For the final blog of 2016 I thought I’d give myself a little break. So, instead of writing about my thoughts, ideas, experience or research, I thought I’d write down some of my favourite quotes on cooperation and wise intention. As we head into 2017 we have many challenges ahead of us. The best way to deal with these is by cooperation and with an intent that is informed with wisdom.
“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if your liberation is tied up with mine, then let us work together.” – attributed to a native American woman.
“The wisdom of the community always exceeds the knowledge of the experts.” – Harold Fleming
“I can’t save the world on my own – it’ll take at least three of us.” – African proverb“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go further, go together.” – African proverb
“Go to the people. Live with them. Love them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. But with the best leaders, when the work is done, the task accomplished, the people will say ‘we have done this ourselves.’” – Lao Tzu
“We did not put our ideas together. We put our purposes together. And we agreed. Then we decided.” - Popul Vuh (K'iche kingdom manuscript - Guatemala)“Truth is not born, nor is it found inside the head of an individual person; it is born between people collectively searching for truth, in the process of their dialogic interaction.” – Mikhail Bakhtin
“Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect.” – unknown“Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.” – Zen proverb
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Pablo Picasso
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.” – Albert Einstein
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer
“Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one.” – Voltaire
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Harold Whitman
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller
I hope that these few quotations help to inspire you or provide you with something to think about as we come to the close of this year and move towards 2017.