Though feelings can hurt, the ability to feel is a gift. And the ability to express feelings to others is a gift to them. To hold back emotions is to keep back a special gift from the world.
When we notice parts of ourselves that we consider weaknesses, I wonder if we can stop for a moment and…
Thich Nhat Hanh (via defvnct)The way to peace is through the realization that there is suffering on every side of a conflict, by understanding what each party is going through and to do whatever we can to allieviate it. This will result in taking the edge off of the situation and greatly reducing the violence involved.
Imagine a tree that produces not just one type of fruit, but a whole variety of them! Artist Sam Van Aken has brought that vision to life with the Tree of 40 Fruit, an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees that grow over 40 types of stone fruit, including cherries, plums, peaces, nectarines, apricots, and almonds.
Van Aken created these unique trees through the process of grafting—taking a sliver off a fruit tree and inserting it into an incision of another tree, then pruning it to encourage growth as a normal branch.
Turkish company Pugedon recently introduced an ingenious recycling box that’s an innovative way to help both the environment and stray animals. It releases food for the city’s stray dogs and cats every time a plastic bottle is deposited, and it allows people to empty their water bottles for the animals as well. This wonderful service operates at no charge to the city because the recycled plastic pays for the cost of food.