We’re cutting a wide swath today with these positive quotes today! But sometimes we need reminders that we are humans–simply living and breathing creatures inhabiting a planet. Being human allows for mistakes. Being human allows for a range of wild, rollercoaster emotions. Being human means…
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. ~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
I am not a human being; I am a human becoming. ~Author Unknown
In this century we have made remarkable material progress, but basically we are the same as we were thousands of years ago. Our spiritual needs are still very great. ~Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
The next evolutionary step for humankind is to move from human to kind. ~Author Unknown
There are too many people, and too few human beings. ~Robert Zend
It would indeed be a tragedy if the history of the human race proved to be nothing more than the story of an ape playing with a box of matches on a petrol dump. ~David Ormsby Gore
The power of pet love can run deep. So deep that it can restore the health of one man who desperately missed his Chihuahua.
Just call him Bubba, the one-eyed miracle dog.
The 8-year-old Chihuahua mix has been credited with giving his dying owner the will to live after the two were reunited at a Kentucky hospital.
Bubba’s owner, James Wathen, 73, from Whitley County, Kentucky, has been at Baptist Health Corbin since mid-September.
In recent weeks, his health has taken a turn for the worse as Wathen stopped eating and speaking above a whisper.
One of the social workers at the hospital recently visited the patient and learned from him that Wathen was pining for his beloved rescue Chihuahua, Bubba.
What neither Wathen nor the hospital staff knew at the time was that Bubba also quit eating.
‘We pulled out all the stops and found the dog,’ Kimberly Probus, chief nursing officer at Baptist Health Corbin, told WKYT.
Last Saturday, little Bubba was carried to James Wathen’s hospital bed, and those who witnessed their reunion said there was not a dry eye in the room.
‘He was so sad at first. We had him wrapped in a baby blanket and he was shivering,’ shelter president Mary Ann Smyth told Today.com. ‘The minute we got about 20 steps from this guy’s room… his little head went up,’ ‘His eyes got real bright and he was like a different dog.’
The experience has left both the ailing dog owner and his four-legged pal completely transformed.
As soon as he set his one good eye on Mr Wathen, a previously listless and distraught Bubba came to life, and his owner began to cry tears of joy.
In what nurses at Baptist Health described as a ‘complete turnaround,’ following Bubba’s second visit Tuesday James Wathen sat up in bed for the first time in a long while, and started speaking and eating again.
The wonders of emerging science and technology never cease. Especially for one man who has been blind for over 33 years.
It’s been 33 years since Larry Hester started going blind. But thanks to a new bionic eye, the 66-year-old is experiencing vision once again, Duke Medicine reports. Granted, “it’s not vision as we traditionally know it,” a Duke University scientist tells Duke Medicine. But “turning this device on allows him to experience a whole new world.” Hester is the first person in North Carolina, and only the seventh in the country, to receive an Argus II Retinal Prosthesis Device.
Last month, he had a sensor implanted in his eye; it gathers light signals from a camera on his glasses. On Oct. 1, the device was turned on for the first time. Could he see? “Oh my goodness. Yes!” he said. Hester suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that causes gradual blindness and is shared by some 50,000 to 100,000 Americans, Today reports. Now he can identify contrasts—for instance, the difference between a door and a wall. He’s already spotted a white duck in a pond and his wife’s flowers, and the Herald-Sun reports he’s hoping to see Fourth of July fireworks. The vision has also provided a “sweet and precious moment,” his wife says. “The other night I was sitting on a dark leather chair [and] he was able to scan over and see my face because it was lighter. And he reached out and touched my face.”
Here at the Jersey shore, we wait patiently for this time of year. Not only have all of the tourists gone home, but the area seems to come alive with beautiful autumnal colors and crystal blue skies. May your Fall be as magical.
It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. The rich colours of grass and earth were intensified by the mellow light of a sun almost warm enough for spring… ~P.D. James, A Taste for Death
No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face….
~John Donne, “Elegy IX: The Autumnal”
Oh how we love pumpkin season. You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right? Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin…. We anxiously anticipate it every year. ~Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer, October 2010
…I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, 10th October 1842
Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
’Neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I’m trying to please to the calling
Of your heartstrings that play soft and low…
Of all the seasons, autumn offers the most to man and requires the least of him. ~Hal Borland
Look at the photo and let the emotions it evokes sweep over you and keep you soaring through the day.
A photographer who witnessed what could be the world’s only girl hunting with a golden eagle – an ancient Mongolian tradition – says watching her in action was a breathtaking sight.
Articles like this remind us all that anything that is perceived as a “handicap” can be overcome. What is your handicap? How can you move beyond it today, even a little?
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Despite being a leg amputee and only having two fingers on his left hand, nine-year-old Ezra Frech strives every day to “make it happen.” He set seven national track and field records this year and was recently nominated as Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKid of the Year.
Kids In The House recently sat down with Ezra to hear his story and listen to how he has become motivated to rise above his differences.
Ezra was born with a shorter left leg and only one finger on his left hand. When he was only two and a half years old, Ezra underwent extensive surgery to amputate his foot on the shorter leg and use one of his toes to create a second finger on his left hand. Now, Ezra uses a prosthetic leg to not just walk around, but to compete in sports including basketball, football, karate, and track and field.
“When I play sports it makes me feel at home and I’m not thinking about being different,” says Ezra. “And I just feel like I am one of the guys.
Read more here.
The word “commitment” can often elicit fear in us, as if we’ll be tied down to something (or someone) and never be free. But commitment is needed every day of our lives in a myriad of ways. Here’s how commitment can serve you.
Forget about the clothing.
And the hair.
And the weight.
And the age.
Do you know how good you look simply by being confident? If you’re not feeling particularly sure of yourself, here are some quick ways to look better without buying a thing:
1. Fix your posture. Most of us walk around notoriously slumped. Pull your shoulder back and gently push your chest out in an expansive manner. You’ll feel better just by doing this.
2. Be comfortable. Fashion shouldn’t hurt. Comfortable clothes can look good and make you feel good. Give your tight, constrictive clothing to a local thrift store.
3. Smile. A smile helps relax the muscles in the face and sends a message to the body that you’re happy (which equals confidence).
What external changes could you make in your environment that would shift your mind, your soul? It could be a little altar or big spring-cleaning. Point being? Let us never forget the power of small changes to our environment.
A small gesture from a non-religious Oakland man has brought a surprisingly big impact to a high-crime neighborhood.
Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle / SFGATE.com
The Eastlake neighborhood resident was simply feeling hopeful when he went to an Ace hardware store, purchased a 2-foot tall Buddha statue and placed it on a median strip in a residential area.
What happened next was nothing short of a miracle. Area residents began to leave offerings at the base of the Buddha including flowers, food, and candles. A group of Vietnamese women in prayer robes began to gather at the statue to pray.
The neighborhood completely changed. People stopped littering and vandalizing. The drug dealers stopped dealing in the neighborhood. Since 2012, crime dropped 82%. Robbery reports went from 14 to 3, burglaries were halved, aggravated assaults, narcotics and prostitution completely vanished.
Read more at Sunny Skyz.
It’s touching to know that firefighters are concerned with the smaller forms of life, like a hamster who was in need of medical help. Kudos to the men and women who remind us that all souls count.
Four hamsters in Washington should be feeling very lucky after a close call last week.
Once firefighters in Lacey, Washington put out a house fire that started in a home’s clothes dryer on Friday, they discovered five caged hamsters had passed out from smoke inhalation.
Using tubing and a plastic bag, firefighter Eric Bamer was quickly able to fashion a makeshift oxygen mask that was just right for the hamsters’ tiny mugs.
“The primary reason we were there was to put out a house fire,” Tim Hulse, battalion chief for the fire department, told TODAY.com. “But we’re in the business of customer service, and any time we’re called to help people, we do the best we can to make their bad situation a little better.”
Hulse was on the scene and able to post photos of the rescue efforts of the hamsters — whose names included Oreo and Madonna — on the fire department’s Twitter page.