Power and Love

Power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose. And one of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites, polar opposites, so that love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love. 

. . . What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.
— Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Speech to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 1967

On the Eve of My 68th Birthday

We reach a point in life, where
by the grace of God, we are spared
from ourselves and all self-judgment.

And by the miracle of life itself,
we discover that all we experience is
but a tiny example of our potential.

And in the midst of our wandering,
the desert and mountains come together, and
at sunset, the god of self-understanding appears.

On gratitude

Gratitude is not dependent on what you have, it depends on your heart. You can even find gratitude for your measure of sorrows, the hand you’ve been dealt.  . . . Sometimes it’s through the hardest things that your heart learns its most important lessons.
— Jack Kornfield