"a person is only a person through other people"

“We had a lot of trouble with the western mental health workers who came to Rwanda after the genocide. We had to send them home, because they did take people into dingy little rooms, one at a time, and have them sit around and talk about the bad things that had happened to them - instead of being all together outside, in the sun, dancing, and making music or drumming, and get the blood flowing again.”

~ A Rwandan talking about his experience with western mental health and depression



- Brené Brown

"Compassionate and truly committed people are boundary-conscious. One of the greatest barrier to compassion is the fear of setting boundaries and holding people accountable for their actions. The heart of compassion really is acceptance. The better we are at accepting ourselves, the better we become in accepting others. It's difficult to accept others if we allow them to hurt us or take advantage of us or walk all over us. If we want to practice compassion, we have to start by setting boundaries and holding people accountable for their behaviour."

- Brené Brown   in The Gifts of Imperfection 



"Le renard se tut et regarda longtemps le petit prince:

- S'il te plait ... apprivoise moi, dit il!

- Je veux bien, répondit le petit prince, mais je n'ai pas beaucoup de temps.

- On ne connaît que les choses que l'on apprivoise, dit le renard. Les hommes n'ont plus le temps de rien connaître. Ils achètent des choses toutes faites chez les marchands. Mais comme il n'existe point de marchands d'amis, les hommes n'ont plus d'amis.

- Que faut-il faire? dit le petit prince.

- Il faut être très patient, répondit le renard. Tu t'assois d'abord un peu loin de moi, comme ça, dans l'herbe. Je te regarde du coin de l'oeil et tu ne diras rien. Le langage est source de malentendus. Mais, chaque jour, tu pourras t'asseoir un peu plus près ..."

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry   in Le Petit Prince

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