Peace, Love, Understanding, and Mobility

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On a day we remember how hate can be manifest into reckless slaughter, perhaps we can find a moment to also remind ourselves that the provision of mobility as a basic tenet of urban planning is one small but nonetheless fundamental way we can strengthen the brotherly ties between neighbors, nations, cultures, humanity. ~ian

 

"People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. People who really want help may attack you if you help them. Help them anyway. Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world your best anyway." -Mother Teresa

 

"This day I completed my thirty first year, and conceived that I had in all human probability now existed about half the period which I am to remain in this Sublunary world. I reflected that I had as yet done but little, very little indeed, to further the hapiness of the human race, or to advance the information of the succeeding generation. I viewed with regret the many hours I have spent in indolence, and now soarly feel the want of that information which those hours would have given me had they been judiciously expended. but since they are past and cannot be recalled, I dash from me the gloomy thought and resolved in future, to redouble my exertions and at least indeavour to promote those two primary objects of human existance, by giving them the aid of that portion of talents which nature and fortune have bestoed on me; or in future, to live for mankind, as I have heretofore lived for myself."  -Meriwether Lewis
Ian Sacs, P.E. is a worldwide transportation solutions consultant based in Finland.

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Hey, Ian: I appreciate those thoughts and your courage in posting them. In no way do I mean to diminish their value, but now that a couple of days have passed, you and your readers may want to know that another person claims to have originated the "Anyway" poem:
http://www.paradoxicalpeople.com/paradoxicalpeople/the_mother_teresa_con...

(I myself think it doesn't sound much like the words of Blessed Teresa.)
Anyway, best to you.

Mike Stanger

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