Strength and courage

Strength and courage

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage”. –Lao Tzu

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Lao-Tzu (also known as Laozi or Lao-Tze) was a Chinese philosopher credited with founding the philosophical system of Taoism. He is best known as the author of the Tao-Te-Ching, the work which exemplifies his thought. The name by which he is known is not a personal name but an honorific title meaning `Old Man’ or `Old Teacher’ and there has been countless speculation as to whether an individual by that name ever existed or whether Lao-Tzu is an amalgam of many different philosophers. The historian Durant writes, “Lao-Tze, greatest of the pre-Confucian philosophers, was wiser than Teng Shih; he knew the wisdom of silence, and lived, we may be sure, to a ripe old age – though we are not sure that he lived at all” (652). If he did exist, he is thought to have lived in the 6th century BCE. Read MORE

[Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
The power of gratitude

The power of gratitude

Teacher Whitney Cole at Oak Ridge Elementary School in Sacramento knows how powerful gratitude can be, so she has her sixth grade students keep a gratitude journal that is impacting her students beyond the classroom.  [soulpancake.com]

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

• Gratitude journals
• 3 Things that you are grateful for
• It forces a happy end to the day
• Everybody can find success in their gratitude journals
• Saying thank you
• Being grateful for what you have
• It might make a hard day turn into an easy day
• I’ve actually changed
• It continues, it starts becoming part of their everyday behavior
• They are still inspired
• They have high hopes for their future
• You get to shape who they are
• Then you get to watch them fly on their own
• She means a lot to me

 

 

 

We had the same dream

We had the same dream

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For the last 18 years, Christopher and Eva Dry have lived and worked on their biodynamic farm. It hasn’t always been easy, but their love for their land, biodynamic farming, and this special way of living keeps them here. As Christopher says – “The light makes no sense without the dark. It needs the dark to have strength.”

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

Ordinary kind of job
I tried doing nothing for a while
Growing vegetables
There was some value in what you were doing
A biodynamic farm
We had the same dream
Farming activities
Handling cow manure
Digging in the garden
Driving the tractor
Working with the animals
I love getting involved with it
A source of renewal
It makes me feel better
I love the farm and I love being here
Farming is exceedingly difficult
On every front
Somehow we’ve managed to keep going
The children feel that we’re nuts to be here
There will always be materialism
People working towards more idealistic goals
The light makes no sense without the dark
Next lifetime I’m going to be a materialist

Every single day there is something to be grateful for

Every single day there is something to be grateful for

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Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• I never knew this kind of life existed
• Not even remotely
• Downstairs is our shop, and we live upstairs
• We have a TV, it’s called life
• We lie in the bath at night and watch the stars
• Go visiting
• It’s a quiet life, it’s gentle
• Being a single mom
• It was quite daunting
• I was constantly angry and cross
• I tried to make ends meet
• Giving them an opportunity to actually connect with something that is real
• Add value to their lives
• Every single day is a miracle
• Every single day there is something to be grateful for
• A bread maker
• You spread the load and you’ve got twice as much
• It’s magical
• You can’t explain it
• It’s just a way of being, it’s choice
• We are all one, we are collective

 

 

‘Tis the season to be jolly #22

‘Tis the season to be jolly #22

 

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