The Most Necessary Work Is Always Love …

Even the best of human love is filled with self-seeking. To work to increase our love for God and for our fellow man (and the two must go hand in hand) – this is a lifetime job. We are never going to be finished. Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up.  If we love each other enough, we will bear with each other’s faults and burdens. If we love enough, we are going to light that fire in the hearts of others.  And it is love that will burn out the sins and hatreds that sadden us. It is love that will make us want to do great things for each other. No sacrifice and no suffering will then seem too much.
— Dorothy Day from On Pilgrimage

Of all the things I have learned in my lifetime, the one with the greatest value is that unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change. Competition will improve quality and lower costs. Confidence will enable us to climb a mountain instead of a molehill.  But kindness that that catches us by surprise brings out the best in our natures.
Bob Kerrey

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate. — Albert Schweitzer

Kindness is my only guiding star.
In its light, I sail a straight route,
I have my motto written on my sail.
‘To live in Love.’
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

The world is a mountain
Whatever you say, good or bad, it will echo it back to you
Don’t say I sang nicely and mountain echoed an ugly voice…
That is not possible
The human intellect is a place where hesitation and uncertainty take root
There is no way to overcome this hesitation … except by falling in love
To reach the sea and be happy with a jug water is a waste
The sea that has pearls…
And a hundred thousand other precious things.
Rumi (translation from Discourses of Rumi by Fatemeh Keshavarz)

The most important hour is always the present. The most significant person is precisely the one sitting across from you right now. The most necessary work is always love.
Meister Eckhart

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