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At the heart of each of us, whatever our imperfections, there exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm, which is absolutely individual and unique, and yet which connects us to everything else.
You have the need and the right to spend part of your life caring for your soul. It is not easy...To be a soulful person means to go against all the pervasive, prove-yourself values of our culture and instead treasure what is unique and internal and valuable in yourself and your own personal evolution.
Jean Shinoda Bolen
Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one's soul; when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood.
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
What we have to do... is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities.
There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Jalal ad-Din Rumi
In the matter of religion, people eagerly fasten their eyes on the difference between their own creed and yours; whilst the charm of the study is in finding the agreements and identities in all the religions of humanity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It may seem absurd to believe that a 'primitive' culture in the Himalaya has anything to teach our industrialized society. But our search for a future that works keeps spiraling back to an ancient connection between ourselves and the earth, an interconnectedness that ancient cultures have never abandoned.
In republics, the great danger is that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.
It is thus tolerance that is the source of peace, and intolerance that is the source of disorder and squabbling.
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Personal Stories About ‘Common Ground’
Our Love Is Rock SolidSubmitted by Randy Gollay
Love is a rock. Love is never EVER forgetting, it transcends time! It bridges generations. It is translated into every language. It was present in the cave man era; it will present as long as mankind exists. My greatest valentine is rock solid. It is over a billion years old. It ventured from Lake...
ThankfulnessSubmitted by Anonymous
As a World War II veteran, I served as a dental assistant in hospital that went to Japan a week or so after the bomb was dropped. After visiting a family and having dinner with them and not understanding much of the conversation, I was impressed with their hospitality and friendliness because I was (in reality) a...
"Strength In Family Roots"Submitted by judy
As I listen to the Merle Haggard song, "Roots of my Raising," it brings back memories. Alhough I grew up not in the South, but in northern Wisconsin, there are memories that are the same. We can all think about the past if those memories give us the "strength" to live today . Though today is a "present" and a...
Stories About Everyday Heroes Who Portray ‘Common Ground’
Vincent JSubmitted by
One Christmas Eve my husband was on his way home from work. He drove down the street and made the turn to go home. On the side of the road, with his hand raised, and his thumb out, stood an older man drenched to the bone from the heavy rain. My husband stopped, and asked him where he was going. It was about five...
Marshall RSubmitted by Grant
Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, Creator of Nonviolent Communication Marshall Rosenberg born in 1934 is an American psychologist and the creator of Nonviolent Communication, a communication process that helps people to exchange the information necessary to resolve conflicts and differences peacefully. He is the founder...
Mark FSubmitted by
Mark is one of the most incredible men I have ever known. He came to me when the rest of the world seemed to abandon me. He was selfless, giving, decent, gentle, kind and honest, when he didn't have to be. As I lived my life dying of alcohol and drug addiction, he humbly shared with me his own experience. He...
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Character and charity pay off for everyone.
Larry Fugate, White Hall, Ark.
Um verdadeiro amigo está perto nos bons e maus momentos, que eu seja e tenha amigos. A true friend is close in good and bad times, and I have to be friends.
Anderson, Colatina, ES - Brasil
Being on common ground helps us to move forward in power.
Bruce Willingham, Warner Robins, Ga
common ground: addictions, homelessness and helping others to recovery...i can relate to all of these...i am blessed
penny, south dakota
I have a similar story: From small town, to college degrees, addiction, top level executive, to homeless, to ministry and now leading others to recovery.