Listen

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

~ Winston Churchill
Salvador Dali

More on listening:

“To survive and even thrive in a changing world, nature offers another great lesson: the survivors are those who at the least adapt to change, or even better learn to benefit from change and grow intellectually and personally. That means careful listening and constant learning.”
~ Frances Arnold

“To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.”
~ Confusius

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”
~ Ernest Hemingway

“Listen to many, speak to a few.”
~ William Shakespeare

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Listen     /ˈlis(ə)n/

verb
give one’s attention to a sound. “evidently he was not listening”

noun
an act of listening to something.

Come Together

“Let us come together before we’re annihilated.”

~ Stevie Wonder
Come Together by John Lennon

More on coming together:

“I like that about London. It comes together when it needs to, and it has magic.”
~ Faye Marsay

“Today different ethnic groups and different nations come together due to common sense.”
~ Dalai Lama

“Coming together should be considered something positive for people and communities. When thoughts come together, that can be more positive than an individual thought.”
~ Amitabh Bachchan

“That’s what good teams do right there: We come together – and go boom!”
~ Matt Nagy

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Together     /təˈɡeT͟Hər/

adverb
1- with or in proximity to another person or people. “together they climbed the dark stairs”
2- into companionship or close association. “the experience has brought us together”

adjective (informal)
self-confident, level-headed, or well organized. “she seems a very together young woman”

Grieve

“Black Lives Matter started from a post that I put on Facebook after the acquittal of George Zimmerman. I woke up in the middle of the night sobbing, just trying to process what had happened and wanting to find community around being in a lot of grief and having a lot of rage.”


~ Alicia Garza
Souvenir by Albert Bloch, 1921

More on grief:

“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.”
~ Rumi

“There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.”
~ Aeschylus

“The person you consider ignorant and insignificant is the one who came from God, that he might learn bliss from grief and knowledge from gloom.”
~ Khalil Gibran

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”
C. S. Lewis

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Grief     /ɡrēf/

noun
deep sorrow, especially that caused by someone’s death. “she was overcome with grief”

Organize

“Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.”

~ Dolores Huerta
Composition With Color Planes by Piet Mondrian, 1917

More on organizing:

“It is essential that there should be organization of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt

“From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.”
~ Cesar Chavez

“If you care about other people, you might try to organize to undermine power and authority. That’s not going to happen if you care only about yourself.”
~ Noam Chomsky

“You would better educate ten women into the practice of liberal principles than to organize a thousand on a platform of intolerance and bigotry.”
~ Susan B. Anthony

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Organize     /ˈôrɡəˌnīz/

verb
1- arrange into a structured whole; order. “organize lessons in a planned way”
2- make arrangements or preparations for (an event or activity); coordinate. “the union organized a 24-hour general strike”

Envision

“Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is good . . . everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.”

~ Pope Francis
Ram’s Head, White Hollyhock-Hills by Georgia O’Keeffe, 1935

More on vision:

“Where there is no vision, there is no hope.”
~ George Washington Carver

“As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.”
~ Helen Keller

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.”
~ Joel A. Barker

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Vision   /ˈviZHən/

noun
1- the faculty or state of being able to see. “she had defective vision”
2- the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom. “the organization had lost its vision and direction”

verb (rare)
imagine
   

Care

“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

~ Margaret Mead
Game Changer (detail) by Banksy, 2020

More on caring:

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
~ Leo Buscaglia

“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”
~ C. S. Lewis

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you.”
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Care     /ker/

noun
1- the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance and protection of someone or something. “the care of the elderly”
2- serious attention or consideration applied to doing something correctly or to avoid damage or risk. “he planned his departure with great care”

verb
1- feel concern or interest; attach importance to something. “they don’t care about human life”
2- look after and provide for the needs of. “he has numerous animals to care for”

Wise Up

“You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.”

~ Tom Brokaw
Jonah and the Whale by Salvador Dali; 1975, RoGallery

More on education:

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”
~ Mark Twain

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
~Maimonides

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”
~ Albert Einstein

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Education     /ˌejəˈkāSH(ə)n/

noun
1- the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university. “a new system of public education”
2- an enlightening experience. “a day with those kids was an education in patience and forbearance”

Be Brave

“We are built to love. Have the bravery to open the heart you have contracted from life’s disappointments. This is how heroes roll.”

~ Robin S. Sharma
Man at the Crossroads by Diego Rivera, 1933

More on bravery:

“Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.”
Omar N. Bradley

“If the impulse to daring and bravery is too fierce and violent, stay it with guidance and instruction.”
~ Xun Kuang

“Nothing is black or white, nothing’s ‘us or them.’ But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world. There’s incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, and it gives you hope.”
~ Dave Matthews

“If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man. All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened.”
~ George S. Patton

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Brave     /brāv/

adjective
ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage. “a brave soldier”

noun (dated)
a North American Indian warrior.

verb
endure or face (unpleasant conditions or behavior) without showing fear. “we had to brave the full heat of the sun”

Be Strong

“The far right was on the march in the 1930s, and we defeated the fascists through a great united working-class effort. That sense of unity and strength is what gave people confidence to change things.”

~ Ken Loach
Self portrait by Frida Kahlo, 1940

More on strength:

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

“This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.”
~ Winston Churchill

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”
~ Ernest Hemingway

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”
~ Abraham Lincoln

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Strong   /strôNG/     adjective

1- having the power to move heavy weights or perform other physically demanding tasks. “she cut through the water with her strong arms”

2- able to withstand great force or pressure. “cotton is strong, hard-wearing and easy to handle”

Be Grateful

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

~ Melody Beattie
Illuminated manuscript; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

More on gratitude:

“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”
~ Carl Jung

“Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe.”
~ Wayne Dyer

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”
~ Zig Ziglar

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Gratitude     /ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/      noun

the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. “she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support”