The Wisdoms Project

Sharing the Wealth

I love to win, to succeed, to gain, to be happy, to enjoy….and as much as I want this for me, I also want it for those around me.  I love to see others smile and rejoice with deserved satisfaction.  I want to profit, but I insist that those involved with me also profit.

                        Happiness is made to be shared.

Hugging is healthy.  It helps the body’s immune system, it cures depression, it reduces stress, it induces sleep, it’s invigorating, it’s rejuvenating, it has no unpleasant side effects and it’s a miracle drug.

Hugging is all natural. It is organic, naturally sweet, contains no preservatives, no pesticides, no artificial ingredients and is 100 percent pure.

Hugging is practically perfect.  There are no batteries to wear out, the moving parts are permanently lubricated, regular check-ups are not needed, energy consumption is low, energy yield is high. It’s inflation-proof, nonfattening, has no monthly payments or insurance requirements. It’s theft-proof, tax-exempt, nonpolluting and, of course, is fully returnable.

To enjoy and give enjoyment, without injury to yourself or others:
This is true morality.
Nicolas Chamfort

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples….then you and I will still each have one apple.  But if you have an idea and I  have an idea and we exchange these ideas….
then each of us will have two ideas.
George Bernard Shaw

An idea belongs to those who use it.

If you cannot win, make the leader break the record.

There is a wonderful, mystical law of nature that the three things we crave the most in life
….happiness, freedom, and peace of mind
….are always attained by giving them to someone else.

A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle.

The purpose of life is to discover your gift.  The meaning of life is to share your gift.
                                                                   David Viscott

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.
    Thomas Fuller

There are two ways of spreading light:
To be the candle or to be the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton

The greatest good we can do for others is not just to share our riches with them,
but to reveal their riches to themselves.
Benjamin Disraeli

I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me
….and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.
Abraham Lincoln

When you help someone up a hill,
you're that much nearer to the top yourself.

Fifty years from now, it will not matter what kind of car you drove, what kind of house you lived in, how much you had in your bank account, nor what your clothes looked like. But the world will be a little better because you were important in the life of a child.

How to Build Community:

Turn off your TV.  Leave your house.  Know your neighbors.  
Sit on your stoop.  Look up when you are walking.  Greet people.  
Plant flowers.  Use your library.  Play together.  
Buy from local merchants.  Share what you have.
 Help a lost dog.  Take children to the park.  
Garden together.  Support neighborhood schools.  
Fix something even if you didn’t break it.  Have pot lucks.  
Honor elders.  Pick up litter.  Read stories aloud.  Dance in the street.  
Talk to the mail carrier.  Bake extra and share.  Listen to the birds.  
Put up a swing.  Help carry something heavy.  Sing together.  
Barter for your goods.  Start a tradition.  Ask a question.  
Organize a block party.  Hire young people for odd jobs.  
Share your skills.  Ask for help when you need it.  Open your shades.  
Turn up the music.  Turn down the music.  Take back the night.  
Mediate a conflict.  Listen before you react to anger.  
Seek to understand.  Learn from new and uncomfortable angles.  
Know that no one is silent, though many are not heard.  
Work to change this.

We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb
and clap as they go by.
Will Rogers

                                                       Why is it usually:
                                              “Nobody gets special treatment around here!”....
                                                       when it should be:
                                              “Everybody gets special treatment around here!”?

The true meaning of life is to plant trees
….under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
    Nelsen Henderson

People can’t pull themselves up by their bootstraps
….if they don’t have any boots.
    Nancy Loveland

Lessons from the Geese:

This fall, when you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in a “V” formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way.

FACT:  As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an “uplift” for the bird immediately following.  By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock has at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

LESSON:  People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

FACT:  When a goose flies out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and the resistance of trying to go it alone.  It quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front of it.

LESSON:  If we have as much common sense as a goose, we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go.  We are willing to accept help and give our help to others.  It is harder to do something alone than together.

FACT:  When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.

LESSON:  It is sensible to take turns doing the hard and demanding tasks and sharing leadership.  As with geese, people are interdependent of each other’s skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.

FACT:  The geese flying in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

LESSON:  We need to make sure our honking is encouraging.  In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater.  The power of encouragement (to stand by one’s heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of honking we seek.  We need to make sure our honking is encouraging and not discouraging.

FACT:  When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two follow it down to lend help and protection.  They stay with the fallen goose until it dies or is able to fly again.  Then, they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with their flock.

LESSON:  If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by our colleagues and each other in difficult times as well as in good!
                        Angeles Arrien

When I give food to the poor….they call me a saint.
When I ask why the poor have no food….they call me a Communist.
    Helder Camara

On the whole, with scandalous exceptions, Democracy has given ordinary workers more dignity than they ever had.
    Sinclair Lewis

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much
….it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

If gay and lesbian people are given civil rights
….then everyone will want them.

Life is a hard battle anyway.
And if we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom,
it makes it all go easier.
    Sojourner Truth

This is my wish for you:  

Comfort on difficult days.
    Smiles when sadness intrudes.
        Rainbows to follow the clouds.
            Sunsets to warm your heart.
               Laughter to kiss your lips.
                  Hugs when spirits sag.
                      Beauty for your eyes to see.
                          Friendships to brighten your being.
                              Faith so that you can believe.
                                     Confidence for when you doubt.
                                     Patience to accept the truth.
                                         Courage to know yourself.
                                Love to complete your life.