"We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty; some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box."
I've always been a fan of quotes. As a kid I was intrigued with a book my mom had, Five Thousand Quotations for all Occasions, copyright 1945. That book is now part of my personal library.
Recently in my perpetual purging project, I attacked an overstuffed file folder titled, "Inspirations, Words of Wisdom, etc.," that I've shoved things in for many years. Ironically, I found duplicates of several quotes. Not surprising, really.
After sorting and categorizing, I selected three from one pile that seemed to have sentiments appropriate for 2020, in my humble opinion. The crayon box quote above gets used often in classrooms. It promotes cooperation, acceptance, and understanding in an environment where everyone is different in many ways. It's a reminder to be kind and that we all need to learn, live, and work together.
On a more global scale, John F. Kennedy once said, "World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor -- it requires only that they live together with mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement." Hmmmmm!
The third quote from Samuel Johnson is short and sweet. "Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not."
As I think about the state of our union dealing with the COVID pandemic, political pandemonium, and social unrest, it seem more kindness would go a long way. Just sayin'! Funny thing is that in my regular day to day interactions, I see and experience much kindness and many kind people.
Often, I've heard the Henry James quote, "Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind." What a great concept!
If you have a favorite quote, I'd love hearing from you.
Thanks for stopping by, and have a safe and healthy Labor Day weekend.