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” Smile at each other; smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other-it doesn’t matter who it is-and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other. ”

– Mother Teresa

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” I want to start with the most important thing I have to say: The essence of working with another person is to be present as a living being. And this is lucky, because if we had to be smart, or good, or mature, or wise, then we would probably be in trouble. But, what matters is not that. What matters is to be a human being with another human being, to recognize the other person as another being in there. Even if it is a cat or a bird, if you are trying to help a wounded bird, the first thing you have to know is that there is somebody in there, and that you have to wait for that “person”, that being in there, to be in contact with you. That seems to me to be the most important thing. ”

– The Primacy of Human Presence by T. Gendlin

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Serenity prayer

Lord, grant me the serenity

To accept the things

I Cannot change

The courage to change

the things I can

And the wisdom to know the difference.

– American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr