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No Man Has the Right to Dictate…

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”  ― Ansel Adams

Free Somebody Else

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“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.”  ― Toni Morrison

To Have Faith…

 

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” 
― Alan W. Watts

A Part of the Whole

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
― Albert Einstein

Letting go…

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.” 
― Thich Nhat HanhThe Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation

Independence or Interdependence?

Have you noticed that the world seems to have gone a little overboard in terms of independence?  I was shocked one day to sit in a restaurant and overhear a rather loud discussion among a group of older adults.  I couldn’t believe these people were saying that everything they had accomplished in life they did on their own, no one ever helped them.  Really?  Where were their parents, teachers, employers, friends?

No one can survive totally on their own, without others.  Life in this world is not always easy.  We need each other.

Now I’m not talking about giving control of our minds or lives over to another person.  I’m talking about interdependence.  I like the definition from Wikipedia which defines interdependence as mutual reliance between two or more groups.”  The key word here is “mutual.”  We’re not talking about one person or group controlling others.  What we are talking about is people looking out for each other, caring and working together for the common good.

I believe an extreme belief in independence has been a contributing factor to the division and turmoil in much of the world today.  We don’t have to agree with those around us to see that the world might be a better place if we could learn to work together.  Will it be easy?  No.  Will it be worth  it? Absolutely!

Our Power to Choose

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
– Vicktor Emil Frankl (Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist)