Teddy Bear and the Moon

Prompt: How did a teddy bear get on the moon? Write about this in your Blog entry today.

I wondered that myself but than I thought about all the astronauts that have ventured to the moon and hoped one of them left it there for a child to discover looking up at the moon with a telescope. What a great way to inspire future moon travelers.

But than I remembered all the baby decorations available and so many of them have teddy bears curled up on a crescent moon. Such a sweet image. someone had inspiration but who. I went through 4 google search pages and said, I’m not that interested. I know Teddy Bears came to be popular because they were named after the president Teddy Roosevelt. Wikipedia says, “Developed apparently simultaneously by toy makers Morris Michtom in the U.S. and Richard Steiff in Germany in the early years of the 20th century, and named after President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the teddy bear became a popular children’s toy, celebrated in story, song, and film.”

As a child, I never owned a teddy bear. I had a stuffed collie that I lugged everywhere with me. My first teddy bear was a Steiff Bear, I purchased for myself on my 30th birthday. Over the years, I’ve had some beautiful bears given to me by Vic. My most recent teddy bear is actually a pumpkin bear that was created for me at build a bear by my granddaughter Olyvia last Halloween. I named my teddy Pumpkin but Olyvia told me it needed a spookier name than that so I named him Jack after the pumpkin in the tale of the jack’o’lantern.

I’m curious did you own a teddy bear as a child? And do you know how the teddy bear got on the crescent moon?The teddy bear sleep on the moon

Virtual Continent Hopping 26 Brasilla, Brazil

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phew, that flight was long. 20 hours on a plane. What a way to celebrate my 64th birthday.

We’re going directly to our hotel and catching some much needed rest before we go out for dinner. This is a great time to recap your experiences thus far or do BCoF’s prompts which I’m also sharing.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g303322-d1507171-Reviews-Hotel_Royal_Tu…

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g303322-d2348030-Reviews-Taypa_Sab…

BCoF Discuss some famous people from Brazil

Famous People

or discuss favorite Brazilian food

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/top-10-foods-try-brazil

or write a recap of our trip thus far.

We were walking into the hotel and all I could smell was this fragrant aroma. Come to find out it is a Brazilian Fish Stew called Moqueca. Well, I was exhausted but there was no way I wasn’t going to give this a try. Frigging amazing. They served it over a rice with a crusty bread. Perfect portions. But after the partying on the plane I need a nap before heading out. I may be a young 64 but I am wise enough to know burning candles at both ends one gets burned. I need to be safe in this city, I’m very aware there’s a lot of covid cases.
Looking out the window I have a better perspective of our hotel. It’s built in a horseshoe shape with all of the hotel overlooking the pool. After I take a nap, I’m going to hit the pool before our reservation at the Taypa Sabores Del Peru. Everyone raves about the Ceviche. It is loaded with shrimp, avocados, tomatoes and cucumbers; all marinated in fresh lime juice. They use cooked or raw shrimp, depending on the season. I definitely won’t be having Ceviche since I have a severe iodine allergy, that’s the last thing I need on my birthday. From what I read, they have some exquisite veggie dishes not that I need to be thinking about food when I just had Moqueca.
I slid open the sliding glass door and inhaled the salt water. Heaven.
Oh my …my bathroom is black and white striped marble with a crazy curved tub with a handheld shower head/nozzle and no doors. Wow. It’s frigging huge. Maybe, my nap can wait a bit longer this has my name all over it.

On my way to the lobby to meet Sandra, Blue, Neva, Petra, Carly and Judith… I couldn’t believe who was in the elevator with me… Gisele Bündchen I wouldn’t have known who she was but the man with her was talking about the next Vogue cover shoot. Oh my, I quickly googled her. She’s Brazil top paid supermodel.

I looked at her and then again at myself. I briefly scolded myself for all the indulgences I’ve enjoyed the last 26 days. I did say briefly because I went back to wondering what desserts would be on the menu.
After doing some research on my phone while waiting for the ladies. I decided my birthday dessert is going to be Quindim. “It’s a traditional Brazilian coconut custard cake made with sugar, egg yolks, and ground coconut. The most popular theory about the origin of the dish suggests that it was invented in the 17th century in the northeast of Brazil by African slaves. However, the excessive usage of egg yolks indicates possible Portuguese roots of the dish, since Portuguese cuisine traditionally uses large amounts of egg yolks. The name quindim stems from the Bantu language, roughly translated to the unusual phrase “the gestures of adolescent girls”.
Today, quindim is one of the most popular desserts in Brazil, often consumed at birthdays, weddings, and christenings.”~ https://www.tasteatlas.com/most-popular-desserts-in-brazil

Mpqueca -Fish Stew– total cooking time 40 min.

1 1/2 to 2 pounds of fillets of firm white fish such as halibut, swordfish, or cod, rinsed in cold water, pin bones removed, cut into large portions
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped spring onion, or 1 medium yellow onion, chopped or sliced
1/4 cup green onion greens, chopped
1/2 yellow and 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded, de-stemmed, chopped (or sliced)
2 cups chopped (or sliced) tomatoes
1 tablespoon paprika (Hungarian sweet)
3 tablespoons of coriander
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 small bunch of cilantro, chopped and set aside for garnish (optional)
1 14-ounce can coconut milk

Start cooking the onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, onion greens: In a large covered pan (such as a Dutch oven), coat the bottom with about 2 Tbsp of olive oil and heat on medium heat.

Add the chopped onion and cook a few minutes until softened. Add the bell pepper, paprika, and red pepper flakes. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. (At least a teaspoon of salt.) Cook for a few minutes longer, until the bell pepper begins to soften.
Stir in the chopped tomatoes and onion greens. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, uncovered. Stir in the coriander.

Layer vegetables with fish, add coconut milk: Use a large spoon to remove about half of the vegetables (you’ll put them right back in). Spread the remaining vegetables over the bottom of the pan to create a bed for the fish.

Arrange the fish pieces on the vegetables. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then add back the previously removed vegetables, covering the fish.

Pour coconut milk over the fish and vegetables. Simmer, cook, adjust seasonings: Bring soup to a simmer, reduce the heat, cover, and let simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings. You may need to add more salt (likely), lime or lemon juice, paprika, pepper, or chili flakes to get the soup to the desired seasoning for your taste.

Garnish with cilantro. Serve with rice or with crusty bread.

Rice with a bit of help from garlic.
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup white rice
1 3/4 cups boiling water (check your rice package for the appropriate ratio of liquid to rice for the type of rice you are using)
1 teaspoon salt

Thank you

Fandango’s Dog Days of August #25

Today’s theme is “thank your followers.” As bloggers (and writers), we all appreciate having followers. What would you like to say to your followers to thank them for following you blog (or some other online presence)? Share a story, a poem, a photo, a drawing, some music, or whatever you wish to share about how you would thank your followers.

I’m dedicating this poem to all the different followers of my blog. You’re amazing!

Artists in Motion©
Sketch
to draw
a captivating moment

Paint
to bestow
a visual interpretation

Weave
to interlace
an artistic tapestry

Quilt
to fabricate
a colorful display

Create
to construct
outside the box

Write
 inspire others
in their dreams

Display
to expose
our raw selves.

Shine
as if
No one sees

The Janaku is a simple form of three lines per stanza invented by Eileen Tabios. Each line is based on word count instead of syllables, with the first line containing one word, the second line two words, and the third line three words. There is no limit to the number of stanzas.

As artists we share our passion with the world. We help each other reach our goals by supporting each other. For my followers I want to say more than a simple thank you.  You’re awesome ! You’re kind words have helped me with the dark days waiting for the diagnosis, the surgery and the million scary thoughts that ran amok waiting.  You’ve offered prompts that gave my sadness a place to be.  I’m so truly lucky to be part of your world and so very lucky you’re a part of mine. Mr. Bennett says it so much better than me. but these words matter for every blogger writing.

“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” ~ Roy Bennett

Virtual Continent Hopping 25

 

30DBC+Aug+2020https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293734-d1676197-Reviews-Royal_Mansour_…

All I can say, is we’ve been very lucky when it comes to hotels thus far but no sleeping in for us because we have a hot air balloon ride
at sunrise. We have an extended check out so we’ll be hanging here until our flight.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g293734-d15305958-Hot_Air_Ba…

After our hot air balloon we’re going shopping.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g293734-d15000784-Marrakech_…

30 day write a poem or write a story about your adventures in Marrakesh.

Our hot air balloon is named Marrakech Dreams. Man, I think it needs to have a haiku in it’s honor.

Marrakech dreaming
soaring across a sunrise
making memories


I’m a bit nervous, okay a lot nervous about being so high up in the sky. I was surprised how many hot air balloons were in the air around us. I leaned over to the guide and whispered, Have air balloons collided? It looks like the wind has a mind of its own.
Once my stomach stopped whirling I looked down at the desert. Wow, it looked like it was covered in sparkling glitter as the sun teased every grain to life.

I didn’t expect to be this hungry once we landed. The fresh air definitely played a hand in this appetite I’m sure. The food is incredibly delicious. I love the coffee, so dark and flavorful and complimented the Morrocan pastries.
Our guide said it’s M’hanncha aka snake bread. It’s a traditional Moroccan dessert in which warqa pastry is filled with a delicious almond paste, then shaped into a snake-like form. Although there are numerous recipes for the almond paste, it is typically prepared with almonds, sugar, cinnamon, mastic powder, butter, and orange flower water.

M’hanncha can be shaped into small coils, but at social gatherings and festive occasions, it is made in a large version, so the guests can enjoy it by breaking off smaller portions from the end of the coil. When baked, the pastry is often dusted with powdered sugar or brushed with warm honey.

I should be stuffed but this looks so good too. Our guide called them, Sfenj, which are popular Moroccan doughnut-like fritters made from a sticky, unleavened batter. The dough is traditionally shaped into rings and deep-fried until it develops a golden, crispy exterior. The interior should be fluffy, tender, and chewy. These fritters are usually served hot when sold by street vendors, and they can be consumed plain or dusted with icing sugar.  Kind of makes me think of the fried bread dough we get at the fair.

That’s it, no more food for me. Who am I kidding I know once we hit the bazaar, I’ll be sampling again. Thank goodness this is a virtual experience I would weigh 500lbs.

The bazaar is so alive. The music and the vibrant colors displayed by the vendors. Olyvia loves yellow, I need to find my granddaughter something but which yellow. There are so many choices. Plus, I still have Mikhayla and Caitlyn, CJ and Jacob. Damn why did I wait to the last minute.  I’m a woman on a mission, that’s it.

It’s hard to believe we’ve been virtually traveling for 25 days already. Tomorrow we’ll be on our way to the next continent.

Day 2839: August 25 Marrakech,Morocco
Prompt: Marrakech is a beautiful place. Look at Things to do in Marrakech

 https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g293734-Activities-Marrakech_Marrakech_T… 

and find something you think is beautiful. Why do you think it is beautiful?

I‘m so enamored with the bazaar I’ve chosen to stay here but then the guide hurried us together to explain.
A guide is essential when it comes to navigating the narrow streets of Marrakech’s historic medina (old town), not least because they can fend off the hustlers and carpet touts. Soak up all the magic of Marrakech by night on a private walking tour with just you and your guide. Exploring from the Djemaa el Fna, enjoy musicians, snake charmers, and dancers, sip tea or coffee, and savor traditional snacks.

I decided for safety sake he’s probably right so off we went to see a snake charmer, grab some more of that delightful coffee and more pastries.. oh my are they tasty.

I can’t wait to ask the ladies what they thought of those little bikes with the tents over them shuffling women discreetly to the market. But our guide assured us women in Morocco are not forced to fully cover up. Women also aren’t required to cover their heads, but the ones that do make it a fashion statement. Wearing a Hijab (head covering) is a way of showing they are proud of their culture.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g293734-d15304170-Private_To…

#FDDA 24

Today’s theme is “a fun fact.” What is a fun fact about you that you’d like to people to know about you? Share a story, a poem, a photo, a drawing, some music, or whatever you wish to share about that fun fact.

Fandango’s Dog Days of August #24

I love poetry.

I love how freeing putting the words on the page is.

Poetry gives my pain a voice.

 

A Different Queen of the Night
In the making
Where the
Lady
Lives
Unlike any other
A Singular Style
Steeped in many
Shattering clarity
Tough questions
Asking
Answering
Liberating
One another
Oddities to you
Healthy
Disaster
Mortality
It’s All a Blur
In this World of Fantasy
Moonlight is Denied
Always a grind, never dull©

#FOWC

https://fivedotoh.com/category/one-word-challenge/

Today’s word is “credibility.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Definition of credibility

1the quality or power of inspiring belief an account lacking in credibility.
2capacity for belief –Her account exceeds credibility.
Credibility in Verse©
Reflect, and embrace life
Imitation inspires our muse
Experience denies credibility
Resist change, seek familiarity
Intuition says go cautiously yet
Experience tempts adventure
Reality knocks on the door
Inspiration invites desire but
Experience seeks credibility
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“In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure no one listens.”
― Judith Lewis Herman
In my first marriage, my husband took perverse pleasure in making sure no one would believe me because he couldn’t silence me.
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“Integrity is more than truth and honesty; integrity is an unshackled mind, a happy heart, and a light spirit. Integrity is inner peace with a clear, clean conscience. Integrity is self-respect, honor, and credibility. Integrity is healthy and unfettering, and it is worth defending.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich
It took me a long time to reach this point where I’m truly happy and the shackles of the past have finally been tossed aside.

Vincent Ehindero Award

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The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog.
  2. Make a post of the award (with a photo of the logo).
  3. Post the rules.
  4. Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.
  5. Nominate 10-30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.

Thank you Ingrid for recognizing me with this honor.

https://experimentsinfiction.com/2020/08/24/vincent-ehindero-award/

Ingrid’s Questions for me:

1. Who would you like to see as next ruler of your country, and why? 

Michele Obama is my choice but since that’s not happening I’m supporting Kamala Harris. I’m not a fan of Biden but there’s no way I can support that ignorant baboon we have in office right now so my vote is Biden/Harris.

2. How have you survived lock down? I’m disabled so I was already functioning with a minimal social network. My migraines have made driving challenging so I’m dependent on my husband taking me or Uber. There are days I miss driving more than anything

3.If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be, and why? Eleanor Roosevelt. I’m curious what Eleanor’s opinion about women’s rights, what she would change or keep? Everything I’ve read about her she says she spoke her mind. Honesty is something I value immensely.

4. If you had a time machine but could only travel either backwards or forwards, which would you choose, and why? I would go backwards. There’s so much I don’t understand and I know seeing for myself will give me the answers I need.

5.What is the meaning of life? I don’t know. I just know I want to keep seeking the answer.

6.What is your favorite comedy show or movie (has to be comedy). The Muensters were my first exposure to comedy that I can remember. I’m hanging on to this choice for sentimental reasons.

My Nominees:

esthernewtonblog.wordpress.com

jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com

willowdot21.wordpress.com   
fivedotoh.wordpress.com
whothehellknowshome.wordpress.com 
illustratedbyhannah.wordpress.com
judydykstrabrown.com
jilldennison.com 
peaksofcheeks.wordpress.com
     

Congratulations to all of my nominees! I have chosen these bloggers because they give so much of themselves. I hope you connect with these bloggers and show them your support.

My questions for my nominees:

  1. What genre is your favorite?
  2. If you could be a character in any story which one would it be?
  3. Are you veggie lover or a fruit lover?
  4. What era of music is your favorite and why?
  5. If you change one thing in the world, what would it be?
  6. Why did you begin blogging?
  7. What makes you laugh?

 

I would also like to thank the creator of this blogging award Vincent Ehindero. Vincent is not only a great blogger but also who aspires to impact others’ lives through personal coaching. Do visit his wonderful blog at, Vincent Ehindero.

Share my world

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https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/08/24/share-your-world-8-24-2020/

Share Your World Meets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

1.One of my favorite gifts that Harry Potter received came from the Weasley Twins; and was “Mrs. Mooney’s Marauder’s Map”. This magical document showed every classroom, hallway and secret corner in all of Hogwarts. It also showed you the location- by name- of every person in Hogwarts.  If you had such a magical map of your town, what would you use it for? If you would not use it, is there another person to whom you would gift it?

I think knowledge is power so I would definitely hang on to it. As to how I would use, I don’t really know. I just know that having it is better than parting with it. I’m not against sharing it with others.

2.When was the last time you made a snowball? Were in a snowball fight?

My co-workers and I did. School was cancelled and instead of rushing home after we cleaned our school buses off we had a snowball fight. It was a lot of fun. Girls against the guys until our grumpy boss arrived and put a damper on our snowball battle. (I drove school bus for 31 years.)

3.Many cultures set great value in each child of the family having godparents. Did you have godparents? Are you a godparent yourself?

I didn’t have godparents but I am one.

4.You have found a secret tunnel under your house. Where does it go?

The tunnel goes directly to a coffee shop, apparently the previous owner valued coffee as much as me.


Muggle Questions (of a more philosophical bent this week):

Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?  

The main difference between intelligence and wisdom is intelligence involves the implementation  of the acquired knowledge whereas wisdom is the accumulation of everything we’ve learned.  For me, I feel both serve us well. Life is a lesson plan that never stops and hopefully all the knowledge I’ve accumulated will be used wisely.

How important is play in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

Work and more work makes for a very dull existence. Making time to play allows our bodies and minds to refocus and re-energerize.

Is happiness just chemicals flowing through your brain or something more?

I don’t think it’s just chemicals. I think happiness shows growth rather than being just a mathematical equation. Happiness represents the balance between pleasure and misery.  Happiness unfortunately, is not something ready made.

 

 

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.”
― Audrey Hepburn

 

Virtual Continent Hopping Nouakchott

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30 day here’s  a bit of interesting history.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nouakchott

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293815-d10339182-Reviews-Nouakchott_Ho…

we’re doing a private tour today, looks like an interesting variety.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g293815-d14779091-Nouakchot_…

We’re writers and here’s a golden opportunity to see a famous library and a shipyard graveyard. Our muse should be inspired by one them to discuss. Maybe even both.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-libraries-of-chinguetti-chinguetti-mauri…

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/bay-of-nouadhibou-ship-graveyard

and our interesting dining choice.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293815-d4022339-Reviews-Restauran…

Discuss what you enjoyed on the tour or the library, or the shipyard graveyard or even the restaurant. Maybe all of them. Have fun!

Our hotel is average but then it’s only for one night.
I’m inclined to agree with the reviews about the Mosque, the architecture is average nothing outstanding other than its size compared to other buildings in this location. I’m glad we moved onto the Galerie Zeinart. The textiles were colorful and quite pretty. I like that local artisans are preferred. I purchased a pair of earrings, I do enjoy colorful dangle earrings.
My overall opinion of this tour was it was a waste of my time except for the Galerie.

Day 2838: August 24 Nouakchott, Mauritania.
Prompt: Take a look at Nouakchott 2020 https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g293815-Nouakchott-Vacations.html and answer these questions: What is the best of Nouakchott? Why?

I’m glad we could choose the rest of our day because I moved on to Banc D Arguin. It’s a Mauritanian national park ideal for sighting the birds that migrate from northern Europe and Siberia. How cool is that? We discovered hundreds of birds and we saw dolphins too! The guide said, “this park is one of the most important zones in the world for nesting birds. In addition, This park is formed of sand dunes, areas of coastal swamps, small islands and shallow coastal waters. The austerity of the desert and the biodiversity of the marine area results in a land and seascape of exceptional contrasting natural value.” Lunch was delightful.

The guide told us Nouakchott was a mid size village of little importance until 1958, when it was chosen as the capital of the nascent nation of Mauritania. It was designed and built to accommodate 15,000 people, but drought and increasing desertification since the 1970s have displaced a vast number of Mauritanians who resettled in Nouakchott. “Nouakchott is largely flat and only a few meters above sea level. It is threatened by the sand dunes advancing from its eastern side which pose a daily problem.[8] There have been efforts to save particular areas, including work by Jean Meunier. Owing to the rapid build-up, the city is quite spread out, with few tall buildings. Most buildings are one-story. Nouakchott is built around a large tree-lined street, Avenue Gamal Abdel Nasser, which runs northeast through the city centre from the airport. It divides the city into two, with the residential areas in the north and the medina quarter, along with the kebbe, a shanty town formed due to the displacement of people from other areas by the desert.”~ wikipeida.

The interesting view of Mauritania’s Bay of Nouadhibou is spotted with rusting hulks in every direction, ships that were cheaper to illegally abandon in the harbor than to correctly dismantle. It seems that in spite of it all the rotting ships have produced a few surprising benefits. In addition to a continuing salvage industry that has sprung up around the wrecks, their deteriorating hulls have actually provided new habitats for fish and undersea life, giving the city’s vital fishing industry a much-needed shot in the arm. If only the ships could talk what a story they would tell.

I found the Library of Chinquetti overwhelming. I had no idea how many old documents were stored here. What to look at? Where do I begin? Today there are five such libraries left in Chinguetti containing some 1,300 Quranic manuscripts, as well as civil records including contracts, bills of sale, and legal judgments. The dry desert air and dedication of generations of custodians have helped preserve the fragile parchments, often rolled inside bamboo tubes. We learned the crumbling texts are gingerly inspected by scholars who still visit the site to study Islamic Law. Preservationists have attempted to relocate the collections or set up restoration programs locally, but the libraries’ private owners resist. UNESCO has awarded Chinguetti and other nearby ancient settlements World Heritage status, and efforts are being made to save the city and its libraries from neglect.

So much history… in the water and in the library. But I’m so thirsty especially with this dry heat.
Restaurant Al Fantasia is pretty inside but with all the heat of the day, I’m more thirsty than hungry. The pizza that Blue ordered sounded really good so I decided to get one as well. I felt bad for the waiter, as soon as he filled my glass I downed it and held my glass out again for a refill. I told him I was thirsty but I’m not sure his language skills were up to par. Anyway, I didn’t guzzle the second glass. Sandy and Petra looked tired as well. I didn’t see Neva, I wonder if she’s already headed up to bed. I’ll check at the front desk.
I’m glad we’re moving on this is location looked more appealing than it actually is or maybe it’s just the fact we’ve been traveling 24 days now. Tomorrow we’ll be in Marrakech,Morocco our last location in Africa before moving onto South America.

 

Mauritarian Proverb

To manage yourself, use your head; to manage others, use your heart.