No Carving the World

“I do not like carving the world
into segments; we are one world.”
~ Indira Gandhi,
Stateswoman
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We’ve Got to Do What Good We Can!

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“I always say to people when I have the chance to talk to them
about Orphan’s Promise: we can’t change them all,
but we can speak to the ones who cross our paths.
We can make a difference.
You can’t just sit down because you can’t fix the whole problem.
You gotta do what you can with what’s in front of you.”
~ Terry Meeuwsen,
Author, Singer, Co-Host – CBN 700 Club,
Miss America (1973) & Director – Orphan’s Promise

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Let’s Find Common Ground

“I like to see myself as a bridge builder,
that is me building bridges
between people, between races, between cultures, between politics,
trying to find common ground.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

Do What We Can Do for Our Country

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you,
ask what you can do for your country.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

Dad & Dependable

“All kids want from their dad
is for them to be around –
and to show up
when they say they’re going to show up.”
~ Nicole Ari Parker,
Actress

Kindness, Love & Compassion for Each Other

“As citizens of this great nation,
it is kindness, love, and compassion for each other
that will bring us together – and keep us together.”
~ Melania Trump,
Model (former), Jewelry Designer &
First Lady of the United States (2017 – )

Humanity’s Mixes

“It’s not even about black and white anymore,
because so many people are from
mixed backgrounds and mixed ethnicities,
and it’s just a great time to be able to pull all that together.”
~ George Lopez,
Comedian, Actor, Talk Show Host, Imagen Vision Award (2003),
Latino Spirit Award for Excellence in Television (2003),
National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award,
& One of “The Top 25 Hispanics in America” by Time (2005)

An Opera in the Cotton Fields

“I used to work in the cotton fields a lot when I was young.
There were a lot of African Americans working out there.
A lot of Mexicans
– the blacks and the whites and the Mexicans,
all out there singing,
and it was like an opera in the cotton fields,
and I can still hear it in the music that I write and play today.”
~ Willie Hugh Nelson,
Singer-Songwriter, Author, Poet, Actor, and Activist

The Christmases in Our Lives

Christmas Family Together Joyful Good Memories or Bad
“It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers.
But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life,
you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories.
Those memories, good and bad, are really what help
to keep a family together over the long haul.”
~ Caroline Kennedy,
Author, Attorney, Diplomat &
United States Ambassador to Japan

The Spirit of Togetherness

The Nativity

“At Christmas, I am always struck by how the spirit of togetherness
lies, also, at the heart of the Christmas story.
A young mother and a dutiful father with their baby
were joined by poor shepherds and visitors from afar.
They came with their gifts to worship the Christ child.”
~ Elizabeth II,
Queen of the United Kingdom
& the other Commonwealth realms,
Longest-Reigning Queen Regnant in History &,
Longest-Reigning British Monarch

It’s a Romantic Process

“Peace is very much like love. It is a romantic process — you have to be living it,
you have to invest in it, you have to trust it.
As you cannot impose love, so you cannot impose peace.”
~ Shimon Peres,
a.k.a Szymon Perski
President of Israel (2007-2014)
‘Israel’s First Social Media President’
Prime Minister of Israel (11.4.95 – 6.18.96) and (9.13.84 – 10.20.86)
Polyglot, Songwriter, Poet, Author
Founder, Peres Center for Peace (1996) a.k.a. Peres Center for Peace and Innovation (2016)
Co-Founder of Kibbutz Alumot, Legion of Honor Commander (1957)
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Because You Really Want to Be

“Look for someone who has a complete life without you in it.
If you have a person you don’t need for anything, that’s ideal.
You’re just together because you really want to be.”
~ Kirstie Alley,
Actress, Comedian, Spokesmodel & Founder of Organic Liason

Falling Apart, Falling Together

“I believe that everything happens for a reason.
… and sometimes good things fall apart
so better things can fall together.”
~ Marilyn Monroe
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer and Film Producer

One Extra Help

“The romantic love we feel toward the opposite sex is probably
one extra help from God to bring you together, but that’s it.
All the rest of it, the true love, is the test.”
~ Joan Chen a.k.a. Chen Chong,
Actress, Film Director, Screenwriter, & Film Producer

Attributes of Leadership

“I know of no single formula for success.
But over the years I have observed
that some attributes of leadership are universal
and are often about finding ways of encouraging people
to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights,
their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.”
~ Elizabeth II,
Queen of the United Kingdom
& the other Commonwealth realms,
Longest-Reigning Queen Regnant in History &,
Longest-Reigning British Monarch