Look again at that dot

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilisation, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
—Carl Sagan


It is not the critic who counts

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
—Theodore Roosevelt



Here’s to those who have always seen things differently.
The ones who follow a vision not a path.
Where others perceive first as valuable, you value the first thing that actually matters.
While others are distracted by the new, you focus on the significance of a whole new take.
Even before you could see how,
you never doubted we would change things.
And then we did. Together.
Again and again. And again.
Relentless optimism is what moves the world forward.
So, keep seeing things differently.
Keep trusting there is always another way.
A better way. A bigger way.
One that lifts up humanity.
Breaks down our barriers.
And heals the landscape.
You are the difference between the world as it was and the better place it will become.
And different is the one thing about us that will always be the same.