Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.
-- William Bake
Love implies anger. The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing.
--- Edward Abbey
People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy.
---- Bob Hope
One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life, that word is Love.
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
-- Mother Teresa
"Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get."
“Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.”
"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
“ Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. ”
― Anais Nin
“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”
-- Martin Luther King Jr.
“No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.”
― L. Frank Baum
“Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.”
― Vince Lombardi
“Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
― St. Francis of Assisi
“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.”
― Thomas Jefferson
“If you would have your son to walk honorably through the world, you must not attempt to clear the stones from his path, but teach him to walk firmly over them - not insist upon leading him by the hand, but let him learn to go alone.”
― Anne Bronte
“How would your life be different if... You walked away from gossip and verbal defamation? Let today be the day... You speak only the good you know of other people and encourage others to do the same.”
― Steve Maraboli
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
― Denis Waitley
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”
― Albert Einstein
“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”
― Nelson Mandela
“The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom.”
“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.”
― Francis of Assisi Quote of the Day
“Two tired eyes are sleeping, two willing hands are still. For one who suffered far too much is resting in God's will. You never said goodbye to us, perhaps its just as well, we never could have said goodbye to one we loved so well.”
“Learn to be alone and to like it. There is nothing more freeing and empowering than learning to like your own company.”
― Mandy Hale
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
― John Bunyan
“What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature.”
“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”
― Samuel Ullman
“Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.”
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
― Henry David Thoreau
“Parents and schools should place great emphasis on the idea that it is all right to be different. Racism and all the other 'isms' grow from primitive tribalism, the instinctive hostility against those of another tribe, race, religion, nationality, class or whatever. You are a lucky child if your parents taught you to accept diversity.”
― Roger Ebert
“Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity, than straightforward and simple integrity in another.”
― Charles Caleb Colton
“Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
― Pope John Paul II
“The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.”
― Brian Tracy
“True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share.”
― Suze Orman
“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.”
“When we think we have been hurt by someone in the past, we build up defenses to protect ourselves from being hurt in the future. So the fearful past causes a fearful future and the past and future become one. We cannot love when we feel fear.... When we release the fearful past and forgive everyone, we will experience total love and oneness with all.”
― Gerald G. Jampolsky
“Why do we close our eyes when we pray? When we cry? When we dream? Or when we kiss? Because we know that the most beautiful things in life are not seen, but felt by the heart.”
“Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life - all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity.”
― Zig Ziglar
“Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge & harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul. Get even with people... but not those who have hurt us, forget them, instead get even with those who have helped us.”
― Steve Maraboli
“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you?”
― Walt Whitman
“Each of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm. When we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike.”
― Maya Angelou
“When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all. We all need some form of deeply rooted, powerful motivation -- it empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams.”
― Les Brown
“Acceptance doesn't mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there's got to be a way through it.”
― Michael J. Fox
“When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things - not the great occasions - that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.”
― Bob Hope
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
― Maya Angelou
“People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours. Live your truth and don't EVER stop!”
― Steve Maraboli
“The motive behind criticism often determines its validity. Those who care criticize where necessary. Those who envy criticize the moment they think that they have found a weak spot.”
― Criss Jami
“Be generous. Give to those you love; give to those who love you, give to the fortunate, give to the unfortunate - yes, give especially to those you don't want to give. You will receive abundance for your giving. The more you give, the more you will have.”
― W. Clement Stone
“Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”
― Stephen R. Covey
“Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.”
“Love is not patronizing and charity isn't about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same -- with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead.”
― Mother Teresa
"Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people."
----- Elixabeth Green
"The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
----George Bernard Shaw
"Don't make a habit of choosing what feels good over what's actually good for you."
----- Eric Thomas
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the
smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
---- Leo Buscaglia
"I don't want to speak too disparagingly of my generation (actually I do, we had a chance to change the world but opted for the Home Shopping Network instead)..."
_Stephen King (On Writing)
"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."
----- Abraham Lincoln
"One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great
--surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do."
--- Henry Ford
"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
---- John F. Kennedy
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
--- Raph Waldo Emerson
"The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything."
-- Theodore Rooseveit
"If you go looking for a friend, you're going to find they are very
scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you'll find them everywhere."
--- Zig Ziglar
"Prosperity is not without many fears and disasters; and adversity is not without comfort and hopes."
--- Francis Bacon
"Family isn't always blood. It's the people in your life who want you in theirs;
the ones who accept you for what you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile. And who love you no matter what."
True generosity follows the pattern
of nature -- the seed lets go of its identity in order for the tree to sprout; the caterpillar lets go of its old form in order to become a butterfly. For the new to emerge, the old generously lets go of form and identity. It doesn't try to cling to itself but graciously gives way.
--- M.J. Ryan, The Giving Heart
"What we think determines what happens to us; so if
we want to change our lives, we have to stretch our minds."
--- Wayne Dyer
History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
-- Maya Angelou
We have all known loneliness, and we have learned that the only solution is love, and that love comes with community.
- Dorothy Day
“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing what they could and should do for themselves.”
- Abraham Lincoln, in his “Recession Speech”
August 11, 2017:
Hold the Presses!!
South Florida Social has a new publisher. Gloria Jacaruso is taking over the reins of the publication immediately. I can't wait for you to meet her. She is a graduate of the University of Florida (go Gators!) and comes to us with prior experience at the Sun-Sentinel when it was still the Fort Lauderdale News.
Gloria is already involved with several non-profit endeavors in Broward, and I feel sure she will take South Florida Social to even new horizons and will be a great asset to the paper and the community.
I will still be staying on with her parttime. I will miss the day-to-day operation of South Florida Social, but as many of you know, I have a new baby granddaughter expected to arrive in the Northeast around Sept. 15. She will join her precocious big sister, Nora. You can bet I will keep you posted on that new journey!
Sept. 11, 2016:
Let us never forget....
Those of us old enough to remember where we were when the twin towers (World Trade Center) collapsed on that horrific day in 2001, will forever have those images imbedded in our minds.
For me, that memory is the image of members of the Sun-Sentinel staff, huddled in then Advertising Director Shelly Greenberger’s office where the unbelievably frightening images from New York City streamed across the TV screen in his office.
One staffer had a family member who worked in the towers and she was desperately trying to contact someone on her phone to find out if he was safe.
But the image that perhaps looms over the account we were watching on TV were the faces of the people huddled around me. Disbelief. Shock. This was the U.S.
They couldn’t do that to us.
But they did. And it was the end of the innocence, as we knew it – even taken it for granted.
The global world had brought it all into our offices and living rooms.
Fast forward to today.
Since 2001, social media has made is possible for people who still wish to do harm to America to not only spew their hate across the Internet, but to even recruit young, impressive minds to join them.
In 2001, we all felt a common bond. We were vulnerable. We wanted to find the perpetrator and we wanted to find him, her or them immediately.
Today, we look back and know that didn’t happen overnight. It took years of intelligence work before we finally captured and killed Osama bin Laden, the man who was the leader of the “Al Qaeda” group.
But the victory was short-lived, as the Al Qaeda group only spawned new forces of evil: the Taliban, and now perhaps the most deadly and brazen of all: ISIS, an acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
The be-headings of innocent people we have witnessed in recent weeks are only a bellwether of what this group is capable of doing, thanks in part to state-of-the-art equipment (once the property of the U.S.), but stolen by ISIS from groups that we have attempted to help in the past.
What can we do as Americans? Pray and stay vigilant is about the only actions that immediately come to mind.
But, in recent years, we have in so many ways become a nation divided, in so many ways.
Being a child of the south, I grew up in a small town, surrounded by love and a common thread of concern. When someone lost a family member, folks in that town scurried to their house to console their loved ones and leave a covered dish for nourishment, even when there was no hunger due to the loss.
It was certainly not a perfect world, especially for the Black community. Even as a young child, I witnessed devastating mistreatment of the Black community in a very segregated world. Today, we have accomplished milestones, including the election of our first Black president. Martin Luther King would be proud.
In that little southern town, politics in the ‘50s was not nearly as defined by Republican or Democrat as it is today. It was defined by what folks perceived to be the character of the man (or woman) running for office. We had only black-and-white televisions and newspapers from which to garner information.
Today, we scurry about, constantly tapping away on our cell phones to contact someone via text. Many people never consider an actual phone call. I miss the simple communication of speaking.
My hope for the U.S. is that we can all agree to disagree sometimes. Political correctness has given some a license to be judgmental and even hostile to someone who speaks in a way they feel is out of line.
Having grown up in the ‘50s, I have seen this country make great strides in assuring the equal rights of others. Is there still a way to go? Absolutely!
But while we’re still on this journey to fairness for all, let’s be kind to each other. Respect each other’s political and religious beliefs while realizing that we are an even smaller nation than we were in 2001. The enemy of hate is so much closer today.
And if they succeed in their contemptible attempt to topple the U.S., none of our civil disagreements will matter too much. We will all be trying to save our own heads! And our rights!
Dare to believe --- and dare to accept your fellow citizens, even if you don’t agree with what they stand for. We live in a country where they still have the right to believe anything they wish, and live accordingly.
God Bless America and please keep us safe!
Until next time...........Betty