Article Title: A "Review": Hope, Love, Dream, Believe, Peace (from the words and inspiration of Desmond Tutu)

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Category/Key Words: Desmond Tutu, Hope, Love, Dream, Believe, Peace, Inspiration, Words of Inspiration and Empowerment, South Africa

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A "REVIEW": HOPE, LOVE, DREAM, BELIEVE, PEACE (from the words and inspiration of Desmond Tutu)

Submitter's Note:

Craig was privileged to hear Desmond Tutu speak many times and has been collecting (and been 'inspired by') the churchman's most uplifting and inspirational thoughts and quotations over many years. I was kindly given the gift of this great series of booklets from the words and inspiration of the former Archbishop of Cape Town, so am sharing a few thoughts from the great little book 'BELIEVE' (together with a few of my own) in the spirit of encouraging and uplifting others... because , I believe it's in the small things we do that make a difference in the world. So ENJOY....





(published by Ubuntu, which roughly translated, means humanity towards others, ie. "I am because of who and what we ALL are")

The 20th century's most remarkable humanitarians. Take inspiration from the African concept 'ubuntu', which shows that the only way we can ever be human is together. The only way we can be free is together. Each book is founded on the work and example of one of the 20th century's most remarkable humanitarians. I think these books are available from major booksellers and at Amazon. Royalties (kindly) to Tygerburg Children's Hospital and Philani Clinic in Cape Town . Thanks Archbishop Tutu for sharing your great generosity of spirit throughout your life.




"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson



A Ministry (Mission) of Reconciliation (the mission of Jesus)

"To love someone more dearly every day To help some wandering child to find its way To ponder over noble thoughts and pray And smile when evening galls. To seek the Truth as blind men long for light To do our best from dawn till night To keep our hearts fit for His Holy sight And answer when He calls."

"We are true witnesses, if we are on the side of the weak, the powerless, the exploited." (Just as Jesus was a voice for the "voiceless".)

"If I diminish you, I diminish myself."

"I am what I am because of what we all are." A person is a person through other persons. We need other human beings in order to be human. I am because other people are.

If we could but recognise our common humanity, that we do belong together, that our destinies are bound up in one another's, that we can be free only together, that we can be human only together, then a glorious world would come into being where all of us lived harmoniously together as members of one family, the human family. Differences are not intended to seperate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realise our need of one another.

People are really wonderful. The only way we can survive is together, black and white; the only way we can be truly human is together, black and white.

Let us come together and be one, let us be people of peace, let us be people of harmony."

Those who forget the past, as many have pointed out, are doomed to repeat it.

One has got to say to our people, 'I love you, I care for you, enormously.' And when I care about black liberation, it is because I care about white liberation.



We humans can tolerate suffering, but we cannot tolerate meaninglessness (As Viktor Frankl said in his book 'Man's Search for Meaning')..

At times of despair, we must learn to see with new eyes.



"Peace without justice is an impossibility.

Peace involves inevitable righteousness, justice, wholesomeness, fulness of life, participation in decision making, goodness, laughter, joy, compassion, sharing and reconciliation.

"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light... and where there is sadness, joy. I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

- St Francis of Assisi (thanks, drearest mom for sharing those inspirational words with me)

"God needs human beings 'working' in partnership to help make peace become a reality in the world. God works through the hands and minds of 'ordinary people', who attempt extraordinary things through making 'seemingly unrealistic' decisions and are sustained by the amazing power of faith." - craig

Thanks for being such a channel of inspiration and hope... and an instrument of peace (even at times of severe provocation) throughout your life, Archbishop Tutu



"Forgiveness is not an occasional act - it is an attitude of mind." - Martin Luther King

Forgiveness gives us the capacity to make a new start... And forgiveness is the grace by which you enable the other person to get up with dignity to begin anew...In the act of forgiveness we are declaring our faith in the future of a relationship and in the capacity of the wrongdoer to change.

'For true reconciliation is a deeply personal matter. It can only happen between persons who assert their own personhood and who acknowledge and respect that of others.'

- Extract from a speech given at Steve Biko's funeral, September 1977

We have a capacity to feed all and yet millions starve, because we seem to lack the moral and political will to do what we know is right.

It is unity we are talking about, not uniformity. What is needed is to respect one another's points of view as a 'person of integrity'. Our maturity will be judged by how well we are able to agree to disagree and yet continue to love (and respect) one another...and to cherish one another and seek the greater good of the other." (Inaugeration as first black Archbishop of Cape Town, Sept 1988)

Instead of separation and division, all distinctions make for a rich diversity to be celebrated for the sake of the unity that underlies them. We are different, so that we can know our need of one another."

"When you forgive (another person or country), you empty your mind of negative thoughts (perhaps even thoughts as strong as hate). Then the infinite Spirit of God makes a fresh space in our hearts to allow new positive feelings to take their place.. to pour into our hearts. The 'freed' person then moves forward with a new spirit...which takes root in people's minds, hearts, spirits and even in the deepest recesses of their souls." - craig A last thought.... LET YOUR LIFE BE A LIVING EPISTLE TO GOD

And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32

"To everything there is a season, A time for everything under heaven. A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing. A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to weep and a time to throw away; A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace."

-Ecclesiastes 3

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Shine YOUR own bright light on humanity.

"Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let's see how many people we can impact, empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials. Change YOUR world and you help change THE world."

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About the submitter:

Craig believes in (and loves) sharing information and insights to try to make a difference in the world: to help and especially encourage people along life's magical journey ... and that brings him the greatest joy. He believes in the great potential of every human being in the journey of life and loves to encourage people to share their individual spirits, so that they become all that they are CAPABLE of being.
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"Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let's see how many people we can impact, empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials. Change YOUR world and you help change THE world."