On Love

The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides 
and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on 
that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have 
discovered fire. 
Tielhard de Chardin 

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Love: The One Creative Force 
Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give 
love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor. . 
. . Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be 
the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness 
in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting. 
Mother Teresa 

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A college professor had his sociology class go into the Baltimore slums 
to get case histories of 200 young boys. They were asked to write an 
evaluation of each boy's future. In every case the students wrote, "He 
hasn't got a chance." Twenty- five years later another sociology 
professor came across the earlier study. He had his students follow up 
on the project to see what had happened to these boys. With the 
exception of 20 boys who had moved away or died, the students learned 
that 176 of the remaining 180 had achieved more than ordinary success 
as lawyers, doctors and businessmen. 
The professor was astounded and decided to pursue the matter further. 
Fortunately, all the men were in the area and he was able to ask each 
one, "How do you account for your success?" In each case the reply 
came with feeling, 'There was a teacher." 
The teacher was still alive, so he sought her out and asked the old but 
still alert lady what magic formula she had used to pull these boys out of 
the slums into successful achievement. 
The teacher's eyes sparkled and her lips broke into a gentle smile. "It's 
really very simple," she said. "I loved those boys." 

Eric Butterworth 
Chicken Soup for the Soul 


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