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Like The Breeze - Emmett Thompson

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Recently a friend told me a story about taking her seven-year-old to the circus. It was a wonderful mother-daughter outing. Just the two of them, no pesky brothers or dad tagging along and getting in the way.

They had the best time. They watched acrobats and clowns and all manner of brand new delights, gasping at one another gleefully at every new feat. They bathed in each other’s company without interruption, laughing and having fun. Literally all the things.

After this magical afternoon, as the two of them were leaving, my friend’s daughter spied the merchandise stand and wanted her mum to buy her a plastic fairy wand. My friend gently but firmly said no.

In the car on the way home, her daughter was quiet.

“What did you like the most? What was your favorite thing today?” my friend asked her.

She was sulking. “I’m just thinking about the wand I didn’t get.”

I’m just thinking about the wand I didn’t get...

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For nonprofit organizations to become self-sustaining, they have to offer products and services. Most of our programs at DRBI provided at no charge and only by suggested contribution. Thus, we need to create revenue to fund our day to day activities. The Board narrowed down the need for investment in agriculture. We have done a preliminary study on “Aquaponics.” You can download a short version of this study here...

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...The systematic effort to reach out to a population and foster its participation in the process of capacity building accelerates markedly when members of that population are themselves in the vanguard of such an effort...
– The Universal House of Justice, 29 December 2015, to the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors.

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"Every branch of learning, conjoined with the love of God, is approved and worthy of praise; but bereft of His love, learning is barren—indeed, it bringeth on madness. Every kind of knowledge, every science, is as a tree: if the fruit of it be the love of God, then is it a blessed tree, but if not, that tree is but dried-up wood, and shall only feed the fire."
~ Abdu’l-Baha,
Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 251.

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It wasn’t until my mother died that I was able to feel her love and have that mother-daughter relationship that I’d been craving all my life. It was not until she died that I was able to learn, and truly feel, compassion—for her and for me.

I’ve always known that compassion for others is a nice thing. We all know that. But it wasn’t until I truly felt it that I was able to create a deep sense of healing...

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"… the oneness of the world of humanity—that all are servants of God and belong to one family; that God has created all and, therefore, His bestowals are universal; and that His providence, training, sustenance, and loving-kindness surround all mankind."
~ Abdu’l-Baha,
The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 106.

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"The world of humanity has two wings—one is women and the other men. … Should one wing remain weak, flight is impossible."
~ Abdu’l-Baha,
Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 417.

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On March 28, 2018 The Bahá'í Chair for World Peace invited Professor Alison Brysk to give a lecture on Speaking Rights: The Ethos of Human Rights and the Crisis of Cosmopolitanism as part of The Ethical Foundations of Human Rights Conference at the University of Maryland.
From: The Bahá'í Chair for World Peace

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On March 6, 2018 The Bahá'í Chair for World Peace invited Audra Buck-Coleman to give a lecture on the potential for art and design to create positive social change at the University of Maryland.
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