I thought a light went out, but now the candle shines.
I thought my tears wouldn't stop, then I dried my eyes.
And after all of this, the truth that holds me here,
Is that this emptiness is something not to fear.
Yeah, I'll keep wondering how we know where we belong,
After all the journeys made, and the journeys yet to come.
When I feel like giving up instead of going on,
Somewhere in between.
~~~Mary Chapin Carpenter
I never want to forget the email Forrester Church told me about — sent by a doomed employee in the World Trade Center who, just before his life was over, wrote: "Thank you for being such a great friend."
I never want to forget the man and woman holding hands as they leap together to their death.
I never want to forget those firemen who just kept going up. They just kept going up.
And I never want to forget what Forrester said of this disaster — that the very worst of which human beings are capable can bring out the very best.
I've learned a few things in my 67 years. One thing I've learned is that the Kingdom of the Human Heart is large. In addition to hate, it contains courage. In response to the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, my parents' generation waged and won a great war, then came home to establish a more prosperous and just America. I inherited the benefits of their courage. So did you. The ordeal was great, but prevail they did. We will, too, if we rise to the spiritual and moral challenge of survival.
~~~ Bill Moyers
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
~~~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
~~~ Eleanor Roosevelt
This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.
~~~ Peace Pilgrim
No one's lost and no one's missing
No more parting just hugs and kissing
And all these stars are just for wishing
In my heaven
~~~ Mary Chapin Carpenter