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“Friends are the family you choose” – Jess C. Scott “The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship”. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Walk the Path- Halim Hafez, The Dark Skin Nightingale (1973)-- Translation: The night embraces the worries, there is no moonlight, there is no stars. I walked, I walked, I walked the path, and my steps, my steps, got longer and longer. The wind, the wind is churning my way. Oh! the journey of pain, oh the life of sorrow. I walked the path for many years; the path got weary, but I didn't shatter. I endured my pain, and walked on my despair. I dissolve my doubts with every sunrise. And I got lost, lost, in the middle of the crowd and I continue, I will continue my journey, my journey of pain.
"Real communication happens when people feel safe". Ken Blanchard, The Heart of a Leader.
Maya Angelou “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Richard Martinez, father of one of the victims in University of California, Santa Barbara, mass shooting, calls for tighter legislation on gun control. A grieving father is asking Americans to do one thing. #NotOneMore. Send your elected officials a postcard now: https://act.everytown.org/act/NotOneMore
The upside of metaphors is transforming abstract thoughts into attainable visions. The downside, though, is that people hear what they want to hear and they get hurt when they are wrong.
Orphaned at birth and stigmatized by his village, Abdel Halim Hafez turned to music. He grew up in an orphanage and at age 14, he joined the Egyptian Music Institute, and learned to play multiple instruments. His first break came as a last-minute draft to substitute for a singer in On-The-Air performance; only to be heard by a famous radio broadcast supervisor who offered him a record deal and served as his mentor. At the peak of his success, he lost his beloved fiancée to a chronic illness; a tragedy he never recovered from and is reflected on his heartfelt throbbing songs. All through his life, he struggled with a water-born parasitic disease (Schistosomiasis), which took his life from liver failure at age 47 in Kings College Hospital in London on March 30, 1977. Egyptians deeply mourned his death and till today, he inspired the 2011 Egyptian Revolution with his patriotic songs. English translation of some of his lyrics. http://lyricstranslate.com/en/abdel-halim-hafez-lyrics.html
People share their significant life events with their friend knowing that she or he has their best interest at heart and will support them rain or shine. And if they are not sure of that; it is not friendship! At the heart of friendship are loyalty and trust.
A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that New York’s expanded ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines was constitutional. But he struck down the mandate for banning gun owners from loading their firearms with more than seven rounds, citing that the arbitrary number restriction violates the Second Amendment.
One year after Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting, where are we? Still No Gun Control, no universal background check, still another school shooting.
"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship". – Ralph Waldo Emerson