“As my work takes me around the world, sometimes people ask me the best place I ever visited. Most of time, I have no answer; other times, I have too many answers.
However, if you ask me, the place I ever visited that was sunnier, that had bigger roads, higher mountains, the answer will come quickly. I always wondered why it is hard to answer that question. The truth is, we might be amazed by external beauty, but what really touches the heart and stays for a long time, if not a lifetime, is love, it is kindness of people. The place I can call ‘BEST’ I visited, doesn’t have better rivers, it was a place I was most loved, most welcomed. It was a place I felt peace and unity among people. And I don’t remember one place so, they are many like that. God has allowed me to see so much hatred in my life, like the genocide in Rwanda, but I thank Him that He allowed me to see so much love in the world, in people.
If you really want to go somewhere you will enjoy, think of people first. If you want to move to anywhere you will not regret, put those you love in the first place. I remember after the hurricane in Manhattan, the city looked different, it did not look pretty at all, until people started to move around, the smiles brought back life to the city. It is love that makes a difference”. – Immaculee Ilibagiza, author Left to Tell!
May I be no man’s enemy, and may I be the friend of that which is eternal and abides. May I never quarrel with those nearest me: and if I do, may I be reconciled quickly. May I love, seek, and attain only that which is good. May I wish for all men’s happiness and envy none. May I never rejoice in the ill-fortune of one who has wronged me. When I have done or said what is wrong, may I never wait for the rebuke of others, but always rebuke myself until I make amends. May I win no victory that harms either me or my opponent. May I reconcile friends who are angry with one another. May I never fail a friend who is in danger. When visiting those in grief may I be able by gentle and healing words to soften their pain. May I respect myself. May I always keep tame that which rages within me. May I accustom myself to be gentle, and never be angry with people because of circumstances. May I never discuss who is wicked and what wicked things he has done, but know good men and follow in their footsteps.” – St. Eusebius