“We talk about miracles. What is miracle?
When the sun rises, isn’t that a miracle?
The miracle is what is going on within you.
The fact that you exist is a miracle.
This life that comes day after day is miracle.
And when you start seeing that,
your life will be filled with joy.”
~ Prem Rawat

Prem RawatPrem Pal Singh Rawat (born 10 December 1957, is an Indian American also known as Maharaji, and formerly as Guru Maharaj Ji and Balyogeshwar. Rawat’s teachings include a meditation practice he calls “Knowledge”,and peace education based on the discovery of personal resources such as inner strength, choice, appreciation and hope

“The key to achieving your dreams
is to realize your net worth
does not determine your self worth.”
~ Billy Cox

Billy Cox is a entrepreneur, author, keynote speaker and sales trainer.

“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find
all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.”
~ Helen Schucman

Helen Schucman, Ph.D. (14 July 1909 – 9 February 1981) was a research psychologist from New York City, most famous for her work in producing A Course in Miracles. From 1958 through 1976 she was a professor of medical psychology at Columbia University in New York

“The less you respond to negativity,
the more peaceful your life becomes.”
~ Author Unknown

“It matters not
how educated, talented,
rich or cool we are.
Ultimately the way we treat people
proclaims who and what we are.”
~ Willy Nywening

Willy Nywening is a retired English and special education teacher. In 1997, she published a daily inspirational anthology called Sister Stories. The Journey Home is inspired by her father, who was orphaned at seven.

“Some days are better, some days are worse.
Look for the blessing instead of the curse.
Be positive, stay strong, and get enough rest.
You can’t do it all, but you can do your best.”
~ Author Unknown

“A mistake should be your teacher,
not your attacker.
A mistake is a lesson,
not a loss.
It is a temporary, necessary detour,
not a dead end.”
~ Author Unknown

“If we don’t respect the past, we’ll find it harder to build our future.”.
~ Lord Grantham, Downton Abbey

“There” is no better a place than “here.”
When your “there” has become a “here,”
you will simply obtain another “there”
that will again look better than “here.”
~ Cherie Carter-Scott

“Some people cannot accept mistakes.
Everything has to be perfect from the start.
They think others will look down on them
if they appear to be flawed.
These people are frequently stressed.
The happiest and most successful people
focus on improvement.
They love mistakes and flaws,
because they see them as opportunities to grow.
Learn from these people.
Have lofty goals,
but have realistic standards.
Don’t judge yourself based on the results of your action.
See them as feedback,
and seek improvement from there.”
~Blon Lee

“Hate is a wasteful emotion.
Most of the people you hate never know it.
The others don’t care.”
~ Medgar Evers

Medgar Wiley Evers (July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963) was an African American civil rights activist from Mississippi who worked to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi and gain social justice and voting rights

“Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson (April 13 1743 – July 4, 1826 (aged 83) The third President of the United States (1801–1809), and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776). Jefferson was one of the most influential Founding Fathers. To date, Jefferson is the only president to serve two full terms in office without vetoing a single bill of Congress. Jefferson has been consistently ranked by scholars as one of the greatest of U.S. presidents.

The shooting death of Harambe, the 17-year-old western lowland gorilla, after a four-year-old boy fell into his cage at the Cincinnati Zoo, is a tragedy in all ways.

Harambe delighted zoo-goers, and may have meant the boy no harm.

The little boy’s parents say they are grateful their son survived and is doing well. But many people on social media platforms have attacked the mother as neglectful.

Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society said on his blog that the debate over how Harambe died reminds him of old dorm room discussions where people would pose imaginary questions that weighed the life of an animal against a human being’s.

But if some of the people who snarl at the boy’s parents on social media want to do something more for animals, they may need to look no further than their own dinner.

We have heard a lot in recent years about the 8.5 billion chickens that are slaughtered for food in the United States every year. The ones that live on factory farms are kept in cages about as large as a sheet of copy paper. Their feet never touch the ground. They never see the sun or sky. They never play or mate. Their beaks are often snipped or burned off to keep them from pecking each other to death in those cramped, congested cages.

Harambe’s death might also remind us how more than 100 million pigs are raised for food in the United States. The ASPCA points out that pigs, who are known to be as intelligent as dogs, are one of the few animals Americans both keep as pets and raise for food.

Most pigs are kept in windowless sheds on factory farms, in cages so small they cannot turn around; so they will grow fat. They live in their own manure, and the air is so heavy with ammonia that many pigs develop lesions on their lungs.

Female breeding pigs are put into what are called gestation crates, where they are artificially inseminated. They give birth, then are inseminated time and time again; and when they can longer get pregnant, they’re slaughtered.

We could go on. But it is not necessary to become a vegetarian to change what we eat to consume fewer animals, which is probably healthier anyway.

What happened to Harambe was a catastrophe, but one so rare as to be almost unprecedented. The treatment of so many millions of animals raised for food can be just business as usual.

~ Scott Simon

Scott SimonScott Simon is a Peabody Award-winning correspondent and host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday.

“When you’ve done something wrong
admit it and be sorry.
No one in history has ever choked to death
from swallowing their pride.”
~ Author Unknown

“If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want,
you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time
dealing with a life you don’t want.”
~ Author Unknown
“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded.
It’s a relationship between equals.
Only when we know our own darkness well
can we be present with the darkness of others.
Compassion becomes real
when we recognize our shared humanity.”
~ Pema Chödrön

Pema ChodronPema Chödrön (born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown on July 14, 1936) is a notable American figure in Tibetan Buddhism. A disciple of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, she is an ordained nun, author, and acharya, senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage Trungpa founded