About altruism…

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“For all those of you unwittingly mired in self-indulgence, think about me for an instant… My colour, my scent, my beauty, indeed my entire being is dedicated to the pleasure and benefit of others… I know in your world it is easy to get carried away in the virtual world of unfettered self gratification, but please take time to empathise with those around you? Particularly those with a real need of your consideration and service…” – Teary rose in the garden, Parklands, Nairobi.

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About a symphony of greenery…

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“If you were watching us on a stage, would your comments about us be ‘He is too old’, ‘She is too ugly’, ‘It is too short’, ‘He is too loud’, ‘She is too fat’? Or would you see harmony, with all of us facing the sun in earnest expectation of warmth and sustenance? We may be old or young, ugly or beautiful, short or tall, loud or soft, fat or thin but we all have fundamental similarities! Should you not be on the lookout for a similar symphony of your fellow beings around you everyday? – Greenery at Moka in Mauritius

About diversity and similarity…

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“There, in the distance, are the waters of Nalu Baale (Lake Victoria)… Here, close by, are the waters of the White Nile… In between, are the natural springs that give impetus to the longest river on your continent and separate it from the Lake… Visibly, you can perhaps discern the difference among us but do you think you could tell the difference within our waters? Amongst humans, you see a variety of people who are different but do you think there is a difference in the basic components of humanity? If we all behaved as if we were intrinsically alike, how would our world outlook change? – Boat ride at the source of the Nile, Jinja, Uganda

About reasons to live…

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Don’t carry the weight of the world on your shoulders… there are enough reasons around you to be pulled down into the mire! Is that what you want? Instead, use the love of the moon, the sky, the clouds and even the trees as inspiration…and fly! Crow flying by the moon, Parklands, Nairobi

About empathy and concern…

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“What is it about humans that makes you want to progress at the expense of others? Do you not see that the cycle of day and night turns those who progress into the others and  others into those who progress? And after all where does all that progress leave you when your final night comes calling? Caring for the poor, the weak, the elderly is indeed caring for yourselves… since we are all essentially but one Soul! – Water, stones and sunlight caring for the fading old tree, Karura Forest, Nairobi.

About wishes for the time to come…

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“What can I say about the effect of Your Benevolence on my life? How do I compare my shining and overflowing heart touched by Your Presence with the everyday dull and drab existence of this world? Is it any wonder then that my deepest wish for the time to come is to be touched by Your illuminating Gaze? – Karura Forest, Nairobi, Kenya

About differences With similarities…

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“Long horns, lanky legs, wide-eyed look? Thickset, furry, squinty eyed? So obviously different looking… Do we really have anything in common that can foster friendly conversation? Hmm…. Let us think a little! How about comparing our instincts for survival? The ways in which we care for our offspring? The intricacies of our group relationships? The effects of the environment in which we live? We all can learn from each other, from our differences, from the other perspective! Listen, you can hear the conversation…” – Diversity discourse, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya.