Leadership of Hope


“If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”

“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”

Dr. Martin Luther King


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Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

John F. Kennedy


As we search desperately for answers

our country drifts further from the blue

and into the black, listening to actors

playing a game, tomfoolery

is he too far to the left, is she right?

who will be left, when it’s all said and done?

put away the guns and care about people – first

and foremost

and if we do it right

we can still pay the bills.

But people are always more important



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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Quotes for Warriors

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“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have the strength.”


“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Winston Churchill

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.”

Billy Graham

We all face battles, so in that sense we are all warriors. If you have not faced a battle recently you are very fortunate indeed. I love these quotes above, not only because they encourage us to keep going, (and they do) but because they can help us to understand more of how to fight.

So when you face a tough time in the future, or if you’re going through one now, remember these three principles listed above. And keep fighting!

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I wish you peace.


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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

A Quote about Love

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“Love one another but make not a bond of love. Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.”

Khalil Gibran

Here Gibran is challenging us to go beyond what we normally think about love. We normally think of two people loving each other as a bond, but considering our love to be a moving sea, will add so much more, and move our love into another dimension.

With a moving sea there are no limitations. When you look at the sea from the shore, it’s almost like looking into eternity. A sea also goes very deep in fact it goes so far horizontally and vertically, that for us, it has no end. A sea is also organic. It lives, and has life inside!

So let us think of love as being unlimited, and very much alive.


I wish you peace.


Commentary and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

A Quote from Helen Keller

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No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.

Helen Keller

Helen Keller is truly one of the greatest heroes of human history. Her courage of overcoming such incredible limitations, of not being able to hear, or speak, is nothing short of inspirational. She had to learn how to communicate, from a very young age, and yet she became a prolific author, and world famous speaker. She was an advocate for people with disabilities, for working people, and for women’s rights.

In this quote we can see so much of her courageous, and positive spirit. Keller’s view was that people are limited by being negative. You cannot accomplish something, unless you believe that you can. In her view, being an optimist is what enables us, or gives us the strength and power, to discover the mysteries of the heavens, the uncharted seas, and most of all the opening of opportunities for the human spirit.

Her words here, are meant to provoke us to think about how we approach life, and our attitude. She is also showing us how unlimited we can be, and that we too can accomplish great things! Let us think of her as an example, of overcoming our own obstacles.

I wish you peace!


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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

The Beauty of Water

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“We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.”

Jacques Cousteau      

Why is it that when we look at water, it does something to us inside? Water often has a tangible, calming, or peaceful effect on us. You can feel it. Looking at the ocean or a beautiful lake can even be a spiritual experience, but why is that?

I believe the answer is that we are connected to this wonderful part of nature, in so many ways. Our bodies, and yes that inner person too, can sense the connection. So much of our life depends upon water, and we need water more than food. Our bodies are mostly made of water, and it’s no coincidence that 2/3 of the world is made of water also.

We are absolutely connected, in beautiful ways, like Cousteau the famous explorer, has said. So the next time you see a large body of water, allow yourself to feel connected. Drink in the beauty.

I wish you peace.


Commentary and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

A Quote by Emily Dickinson

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“Hope is the thing with feathers

that perches in the soul

and sings the tune without the words

and never stops at all.”

Emily Dickinson


What a wonderful poet she was! She was American born, and had a way of looking inward, at the heart, and the soul. When she did look inward she often found gold, and shared that great beauty with us.

To be honest this is probably the most beautiful way to describe hope, that I have ever heard. Hope within us has wings, which means it is alive. The illustration here is that it is like a bird, living and dwelling, even if it is on a temporary perch. I am stunned with the line, “sings the tune without words”. In other words we don’t know, or understand how deep this wonderful hope goes. It is so deep, one cannot describe it, it is beyond words.

And it is ongoing. It never ends, because it is alive within the person, and perhaps beyond. I find these words so beautiful, and fulfilling, I wonder if I should write anything about them at all. But I wanted to share their great beauty with you.

I wish you peace.


Commentary and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

A Quote by Robert Frost on Greatness

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There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.

Robert Frost

  I love the poetry of Robert Frost, and this quote gives us yet another look, into the heart and thinking of the poet. There have been many great people of history, but all too often, the people that were called great, were people of war, or that loved war. I love this quote, because I think Frost was saying true greatness is connected to generosity, and that this greatness and generosity, come from, or come out of, a heart of tenderness and compassion.

And let’s not forget that there is a huge difference between weakness and compassion. In fact, a person that is compassionate is incredibly strong. There is nothing more powerful on earth, than love. It takes great strength to forgive someone that hates you. To have tenderness, and compassion for that same person, takes amazing strength, and is one of the most important battles you will ever face.

Never let hatred rule over you. Break the throne of hatred, by responding in the opposite way, with tenderness, and compassion. That is what true greatness is all about.



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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Two Quotes on Education

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“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

Ben Franklin

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

There are so many good quotes on education but these are two of my favorites.

In the quote by Ben Franklin, he had a long term vision in mind. What we invest now, we will reap in the future. He also realized that education pays better than any investment we can possibly make. We are investing in our children! One of my problems with conservative politicians, is that their concerns over higher taxes often seems short sighted. If all I care about is my wallet right now, then my investment in the future will be very small, or non-existent. We need to see the big picture, and have a long term vision, like Ben Franklin did.

In the quote from Dr. King, he realized that learning numbers, chemical reactions, and languages, are all extremely important, but that there should be more, or something that goes beyond intelligence. Our children need to learn how to have compassion for others, how to respect people, and how to have integrity. It’s true, that much of this type of learning goes beyond the classroom, and we as parents have a huge part to play in this.

Let’s invest in a good education. The future of our children, and our world, depends on it.

Education is the bridge to the future.


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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

A Quote on Imagination

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Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

Albert Einstein

Imagination is that part of us that causes creativity. I love this quote, because Einstein helps us to see, that even though knowledge is good and beneficial, imagination goes far beyond knowledge. Our creativity is unlimited! Math will help us to calculate the needs of those caught in poverty, but our creativity, fired by our imagination, will find ways to battle against this plague. Solutions are what we need, and our imagination is the vehicle to get us there.

When you combine love with imagination, then you really have a powerful force!

Have a great Saturday!


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Blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”