Welcome to the September issue of Natural Awakenings, our caretaking issue. So many of us either are caring for loved ones, or have loved ones caring for us, that it seems fitting to offer some great thoughts on this important, sacred and sometimes difficult part of life. Caretaking also applies to the world around us. Natural Awakenings readers are known for their compassion toward others, both human and non-human, and our environment. Here is some food for thought on care and compassion.
There are four kinds of people in the world: Those who have been caregivers; Those who currently are caregivers; Those who will be caregivers; And those who will need caregivers. ― Rosalynn Carter
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. ― Dalai Lama XIV
To love a person is to learn the song in their heart, and sing it to them when they have forgotten. ― Thomas Chandler
For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you. ― Neil deGrasse Tyson
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ― Leo Buscaglia
I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness. ― Mother Teresa
Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace. ― Albert Schweitzer Compassion is the basis of morality. ― Arthur Schopenhauer
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. ― Albert Einstein
When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. ― Maya Angelou
Wishing all of you a month blessed with good care, for yourselves, for your loved ones and for the world around us.