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Patrick Donovan

Brooklyn, NY, USA
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Joined Feb 27, 2011

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 "You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice."  Bob Marley

   "Everyone says love hurts, but that is not true. Loneliness hurts. Rejection hurts. Losing someone hurts. Envy hurts. Everyone gets these things confused with love, but in reality love is the only thing in this world that covers up all pain and makes someone feel wonderful again. Love is the only thing in this world that does not hurt." 
Love - Meša Selimovic

Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates.

At the first gate, ask yourself, ‘Is it true?’
At the second ask, ‘Is it necessary?’
At the third gate ask ‘Is it kind?

~ Sufi Saying

"To close your eyes, will not ease another's pain."

But now," says the Once-ler, "Now that you're here, the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear. UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

- Dr. Seuss, "The Lorax"

"Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change."
    Jesse Jackson

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”  – Anatole France

The neglect changes you.
The abuse hardens you.
The suffering breaks you.
The ignorance angers you.
The indifference disturbs you.
The injustice destroys you.

On a daily basis…your faith will be tested.
Your heart will be wounded....
Your soul will be altered.

On a weekly basis…you’ll question yourself.
You’ll question your strength.
You’ll question the world.

On a monthly basis…you’ll fall down.
You’ll get up.
You’ll go on…

On a yearly basis…you’ll look back…
You’ll see faces…
You couldn’t save them.
You’ll learn to mourn.
To grieve.
To sob.
You’ll learn to trust a little less.
To do a little more.
To fight a little harder.
You’ll learn to try.
To hope.
To pray.
You’ll learn to fail.
To succeed.
To accept.
You’ll learn when to hold on.
When to give up.
When to let go.
You’ll learn who you are.
What you stand for.
Why that matters.

Then… at times… you’ll forget why you matter.
You’ll question what you’re doing.
You’ll wonder if it’s worth it.

But…here’s the good news… When you forget…
When you question…
When you wonder…
All you have to do…
Is take a look around…
And you’ll see them.

You’ll see their faces.
You’ll see their smiles.
You’ll feel their love.

In their eyes, you’ll see their journeys…
You’ll remember their beginnings…
You’ll know how far they’ve come…
You’ll remember when they didn’t know you…
When they didn’t trust you…
When they’d given up.

You’ll remember how you healed them…
How you loved them…
How they loved you, too.
And as you look back…
You’ll want to move forward…
For them… and because of them.

In your darkest hours, you’ll look around…
To find the differences made…the hope given…and the lives saved…
Because you existed.
In those moments, when you look into their eyes…every doubt will be erased.
Every question will be answered.
Every worry will subside.
Because in that instant…in each of your hearts…
You both share the very same thought: “Every bit of pain was worth it…for this moment here with you.”
And honestly…no matter what else happens…
Those moments hold all the strength you need…
To keep going.

Rescue is pain.
Rescue is joy.
Rescue is worth it…because they are worth it.
And that’s the honest truth.

~ Ashley Owen Hill

President Dwight D. Eisenhower on arms:

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.  This world in arms in not spending money alone.  It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.
- It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.
- It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.
- It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.
- We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat.
- We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.

This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war,
it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

The poem that could break your heart. God bless veterans

"What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?"

- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show.
When you're born in America, you get a front row seat."
George Carlin  [Thank you to AniMae for posting this as a comment.]

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About Me 'When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.' - Abraham Lincoln
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Quotation "The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But, can they suffer?"
- Jeremy Bentham, philosopher/animal rights activist; 1748-1832.

"But now," says the Once-ler, "Now that you're here, the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear. UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
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    Have a good weekend Patrick. Looking out the window watching snow come down....wishing it was a peaceful world that the snow is landing on ... Sadly, it isn't. On that note, I'm gonna try to go about my day. I feel so empty. Like I am not doing enough. Why is this happening ??

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    Hi Patrick. Stopping in saying "hi"

    Hope that you got through the storm OK.

    Enjoy the rest of your evening and hugs to the family. -- Sincerely, Colleen.

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