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wisdom quotes

A stranger can only become trustworthy by first putting your trust in this person.
The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him. (Henry L. Stimson)
It’s not knowledge, but imagination that shows true intelligence.
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. (Albert Einstein)

Random Superlatives

1. flat – Clear; unmistakable; peremptory; absolute; positive; downright.

2. next – Nearest in time; as, the next day or hour.

3. rude – Characterized by roughness; umpolished; raw; lacking delicacy or refinement; coarse.

4. straight – Right, in a mathematical sense; passing from one point to another by the nearest course; direct; not deviating or crooked; as, a straight line or course; a straight piece of timber.

5. strait – Parsimonious; niggargly; mean.

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It’s Tuesday, September 15, and a new bill is paving a path to employment for California’s incarcerated firefighters.Inmate firefighters have battled some of California’s most destructive wildfires, including the Thomas Fire, the Mendocino Complex Fire, the Ferguson Fire, and the Camp Fire. But for years, most former inmates who had received firefighting training were ineligible to become professional firefighters; their criminal records prevented them from getting the state license necessary for employment.That changed on Friday, when Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2147 into law. The bill, which was sponsored by Democratic Assemblymember Eloise Reyes, makes it easier for former inmates who have received training as firefighters to have their criminal records expunged. With a clean record, former inmates can obtain the emergency medical technician (EMT) certification that is needed to work in a municipal firefighting department.“CA’s inmate firefighter program is decades-old and has long needed reform,” Newsom tweeted after signing the bill. “Inmates who have stood on the frontline, battling historic fires should not be denied the right to later become a professional firefighter.”With the passage of AB 2147, some former inmates have said they are eager to apply to a firefighting job. “The news is huge,” said Michael Gebre, a former incarcerated firefighter, in an interview with NPR. “With me being an EMT, I could do more for the community that I serve.”— Joseph WintersSmog cloudsTHE SMOGNeed-to-know basisYesterday, in a visit to California to meet with Governor Gavin Newsom and other state officials, President Trump confirmed once again that he does not understand or believe in climate change. After blaming this year’s historic wildfires on forest management practices alone, the president assured them that “it’ll start getting cooler.” When the state secretary for natural resources quipped back, “I wish science agreed with you,” Trump responded, “Well, I don’t think science knows, actually.”A natural buffer that is helping to prevent two important glaciers in Antarctica from flowing out into the sea is deteriorating, according to a new analysis of satellite imagery. If one of these, the Thwaites glacier, collapsed, it could trigger the collapse of the entire West Antarctic ice sheet, which could raise sea levels by about 10 feet.Meanwhile, on the other side of the earth, temperatures in the Arctic have skyrocketed, likely changing the climate there for good. In fact, the Northern Hemisphere as a whole just had its hottest summer on recordthe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Monday.— Emily PontecorvoThe post Firefighters beyond bars appeared first on Grist.MORE GRIST FOR YOUR MILL Right-wing conspiracists falsely linked antifa to wildfires. Then the Russian media gave them a boost.How overlapping false claims about the wildfires ricocheted around conservative social media thanks to a bogus story from Russia. What oil executives say when they think no one’s listeningSecret recording shows they still think they can advertise their way out of the climate crisis. Google plans to power your searches with carbon-free energy by 2030Google’s announcement comes as historic fires linked to climate change have burned millions of acres across the Western U.S. ‘Climate arsonist’: Biden slams Trump’s wildfire response with a new insultThe presidential candidates just had their first scuffle on climate. Will the West’s giant fires spark a climate awakening?“If this doesn’t open people’s eyes, I don’t know what will.”

Random acts of kindness

  1. Get together with friends, neighbors, classmates, co-workers and family and brainstorm ways you can show kindness to yourselves, to others and to the earth
  2. Tell your employees how much you appreciate their work
  3. Remove debris or other obstacles from a road or path
  4. Deliver fresh-baked cookies to town or city workers
  5. Say a nice thing to someone in a sour mood

Random phrases of the day

  1. Man of Few WordsMeaning: A person who does not speak a great deal; someone who talks with as few words as possible.
  2. Jumping the GunMeaning: Something that occurs too early before preparations are ready. Starting too soon.
  3. Keep On Truckin’Meaning: To keep going, pressing forward; never stopping.
  4. Birds of a Feather Flock TogetherMeaning: People tend to associate with others who share similar interests or values.
  5. Not the Sharpest Tool in the ShedMeaning: Someone who isn’t witty or sharp, but rather, they are ignorant, unintelligent, or senseless.

Wisdom Quotes

To get success you have to get started.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. (Mark Twain)

Put your everything in even the smallest step and you’ll be on the path to success.
Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. (Swami Sivananda)


Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, early 17th century

(of an amount or supply of something) unable to be used up because existing in abundance

Examples of Inexhaustible in a sentence

“‘Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.’ —Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”

“It seems like there’s an inexhaustible supply of treats in the pantry.”

Wisdom Quotes

The way you affect those around you is perhaps the most important question in life.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
The intelligent know to belief only half of what they hear. The wise know which half.
An intelligent man believes only half of what he hears, a wise man knows which half. (Even Esar)

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1-Sentence-Summary: A Monk’s Guide To Happiness will help you find more joy in life by identifying the mental pitfalls you fall into that make it so hard to have and how to shatter the shackles of suffering to finally find inner peace.

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A Monk's Guide To Happiness Summary

Last week was tough. I felt mentally drained and disappointed in myself. But this morning, all of that is gone. What happened? All I did was take a little time yesterday afternoon to be mindful. 

Examining my feelings without judgment, I could see where I had been wrong to be so hard on myself. I also had the opportunity to consciously choose to become happier and to look at the opportunities to become better in the week ahead. 

It almost felt like at the flip of a switch I found peace. I’m not always this good at being mindful, but when I do it, life gets better almost instantly. 

Can you imagine how powerful it would be if you could have this superpower to feel calm in any circumstance?

Well luckily for you and me that’s just what Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten will teach you in A Monk’s Guide to Happiness: Meditation in the 21st century

Here are the 3 most helpful lessons I got out of this book:

  1. The first step to having more joy in life is to understand what happiness is.
  2. When we recognize the thinking patterns that make us unhappy, we open up the path to contentment.
  3. Tranquility comes from learning to be mindful, which we can practice in every experience we have throughout each day.

Happiness, here we come!If you want to save this summary for later, download the free PDF and read it whenever you want.

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Lesson 1: Knowing what happiness consists of is the first step in the journey to finding more joy.

I love to reflect on the past so that I can learn from it. I also enjoy planning ahead for the future so I can use that knowledge to improve my life and the lives of those around me. 

This is why the following quote by Lao Tzu worried me when I first heard it:

“If you are depressed you are living in the past.

If you are anxious you are living in the future.

If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

“But isn’t it important to learn from the past and prepare for the future?” I thought. Only by recognizing the importance of the present, however, did I learn how to connect the important lessons of the past and the opportunities of the future together. 

The keyword in the quote is living in the present, which is the sweet spot where happiness exists.

Thubten teaches us that there are three components to happiness now:

  • Fullness
  • Anchoring to the present
  • Freedom

When we recognize that we don’t need anything to be content, we feel fullness, which makes us happy. It’s a feeling of contentment with who we are and what we have, right now.

Getting an anchor to the present involves staying focused on the here and now. We don’t need to get caught up in past failures or future worries. 

And last is freedom, or the feeling of liberation from every source of unhappiness. This involves not letting our negative emotions hold us hostage.

Lesson 2: You will have more enjoyment in life if you understand what you do that takes it away.

It may seem counterintuitive to learn how to be happy by learning about unhappiness. But whenever we uncover the roadblocks in our way to something we want, we set ourselves up for success.

And looking back to our first lesson, it’s easy to see that whenever we’re feeling down, it’s because of three mentalities:

  • Incompleteness
  • Being mentally removed from the present
  • Confinement

These attitudes come from wanting things that we don’t have but that we think we can’t be happy without. 

Let’s say you’re looking to get a promotion at work, for example. You don’t have it yet, but you somehow think that getting it will make you happy. This gives you a feeling of incompleteness.

This comes from the incorrect assumption that you can find happiness outside of yourself and in some future occurrence instead of now. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to get something material or an experience or achievement, wanting what you don’t have makes you unhappy.

It’s also a problem because it locks your happiness up by putting it in the hands of circumstances that you have no control over. In the case of your promotion, for example, no matter how well you do it’s still up to your boss whether or not you get it.

And even if you do end up getting it, your satisfaction won’t last long. Soon you’ll be habitually looking to the next thing that you think will make you happy.

Lesson 3: Meditation is the pathway to inner peace and contentment, and you can develop it with daily practice in any situation.

Now that you understand the nature of happiness and unhappiness, it’s time for some concrete actions you can take to have more joy. And the big secret is, all it takes is learning how to meditate properly. 

That’s because meditation does a perfect job of helping us experience fullness, freedom, and anchoring to the present. And you can do it every day, even right now. 

All it takes is three simple steps:

  1. Find something in the present to anchor your mind to.
  2. Notice whenever your mind wanders.
  3. Softly bring your thoughts back to your anchor.

The easiest way to practice the first step is to anchor your mind to your breath. I learned from the Headspace app that it helps to count the breaths up to 10, then start over. 

It’s important to remember that your mind is going to stray. When this happens, you simply need to recognize it without judgment. 

It’s normal to think about other things when you’re meditating, but you do want to bring your mind back to the present. 

You can try this with actions you already do, like brushing your teeth. Anchor your mind to the taste or sounds. Then when your thoughts wander, observe that it’s happened and gently get it back on track.

A Monk’s Guide To Happiness Review

I really liked A Monk’s Guide To Happiness and I’m confident that you will too. It does a great job of undermining our dysfunctional beliefs about how to feel peace and gives great tips for beating them. I already feel happier just after reading it, I can’t wait to see how applying its lessons is going to change my life!

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Who would I recommend the A Monk’s Guide To Happiness summary to?

The 58-year-old who is too engrossed in social media to notice the feelings of the people around her, the 34-year-old who has been working for a few years and is tired of striving for the happiness they think promotions will bring, and anyone who wonders why it’s so difficult to find joy.

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Mastery in servitude

It is because of love that the contacts and relations between individual souls become significant; and it is love which gives meaning and value to all the happenings in the world of duality.But, while love gives meaning to the world of duality, it is at the same time, a standing challenge to duality.As love gathers strength, it generates creative restlessness and becomes the main driving power of that spiritual dynamic which ultimately succeeds in restoring to consciousness the original Unity of Being.

——-AVATAR MEHER BABA[GEMS FROM THE DISCOURSES OF MEHER BABA By Meher Baba. An Avatar Meher Baba Trust eBook June 2011. Copyright © 1945 by Circle Productions, Inc. (a New York Corporation), Copyright © Adi K. Irani, 1967 Copyright © 2007, Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India.]

8. International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer – 16September

8. International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer – 16September

Ozone Protection Content Marketing Ideas

This day seeks to celebrates over three decades of remarkable international cooperation to protect the ozone layer and the climate under the Montreal Protocol.

Content marketing opportunities:

  • Listicle idea: X Household items that could be contributing to global warming
  • Infographic idea: X Ways the COVID-19 pandemic is healing the earth
  • Video idea: How is the ozone layer breaking down?
  • Podcast idea: Why are younger children more aware of climate change struggles?

Brand campaign that worked:

The video by National Geographic shows us the importance of the ozone layer and how CFCs have contributed to the hole in the ozone layer.

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