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“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
― John Lennon

Below is my mama and me at Loyola University getting ready to listen to the Dalai Lama speak about non-violence. The surprise guest speaker was Sean Penn. Not too shabby.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

“Family makes me feel there’s a reason I’m alive… I’m feeling my life, which I didn’t always do partly because I’d be drunk a lot.” -Sean Penn