Communication Starters (Handy quotes for those who communicate with others)

Having children is my greatest achievement. It was my saviour. It switched my focus from the outside to the inside. My children are gifts, they remind me of what’s important.
HERE ARE THE CLUES: An Australian model who, after a brief time at Sydney University, was “discovered” while on a ski vacation in Aspen, Colorado. A top model, she made some forays into films including Sirens (1995), Batman and Robin (1997) and A Girl Thing (2001). She also appeared in a few episodes of the hit TV sitcom Friends. She had to sons with second husband Arpad “Arkie.”
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
Albert Einstein
• 5 year old to his mum: “Mum, I’ve notice that everything not made by God is made in China.”
• 5 year old girl after dad tells her it’s how beautiful she is on the inside, not the outside that counts. Her reply: “Well I’ve seen a skeleton and I’m not impressed.”
• Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing.” Phyllis Diller
The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.
Denis Waitley
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.
Jessica Lange
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
Madeleine L’Engle
Elihu’s Key by Mal Garvin – Excerpt:

Three year study shows that spiritual sensitivity is a common fact of life.

A recent three year international study from Oxford has concluded that a sense of God is an essential part of our human nature; that we are naturally predisposed to have an awareness of a divine presence and that some vital part of us survives death. Co-director of the project, Professor Roger Trigg said the research shows that religion is not just something a peculiar few do on Sundays instead of playing golf. “We have gathered a body of evidence that suggests that spiritual awareness is a common fact of human nature across a whole range of different societies.”
Attempts to suppress spiritual sensitivities are doomed to failure.

He said, ”This suggests that attempts to suppress spirituality and religion are always likely to be short lived. Human thought itself seems to be anchored in spiritual concepts such as the existence of God, supernatural agents and the possibility of an afterlife or pre-life.”
We instinctively know there is more to life than human thought can grasp.
We have been given great capacity for spiritual awareness and understanding, not that we always use it. We have a remarkable sense of truth and justice. Nothing of the like is seen in the animal world but sadly we are most conscious of these attributes when our own sense of self has been devalued; when we have been victims of injustice or deception.
Recovering a sensitivity to our spiritual intelligence
The Latin word from which we derive our word intelligence is intelligere, which means ‘to discern,’ ‘to choose between.’ Spiritual intelligence is the capacity to choose between the ego (the soul, the basic uninspired self with its dominant self-absorbed survival instinct) and this spiritual consciousness (the higher altruistic self with its yearning for shalom, self transcendence and a good future for all.) William Frank Diedrich wrote, ”We need to continually remember we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
“The soul is healed by being with children.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.
Bob Keeshan
We spend the first year of a child’s life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There’s something wrong there.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson
“I don’t remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.”
Anne Lamott,