We've reached our tenth Universal Theme, and this time it's about RELATIONSHIPS! Prior to searching for quotes on the subject, I assumed that there would be a wealth of sage words to choose from. I was wrong, and Henry Winkler had something to say about making assumptions. From there I went in search of terms "related" to relationships. I came up with CONNECTIONS.
Let's start by considering how CONNECTIONS and RELATIONSHIPS are similar and different.
Here's a collection of four generalizations about RELATIONSHIPS. Try replacing RELATIONSHIPS with CONNECTIONS. Does the meaning change? What other terms could you use that would produce similar results?
What do these statements make you think of?
What other generalizations can you construct related to relationships?
Let's start with this quote from Fred Rogers A.K.A. Mr. Rogers. What role does love (or the lack of it) play in relationships? What happens when there's no love? Does love make the world go round?
I was recently asked for a serif font recommendation, and I went with Merriweather. Three of the slides from this collection feature Merriweather. There's a lot to love about it.
Also, take a look at Mr. Roger's signature!
You might know Henry Winkler as The Fonz from the television series Happy Days, or you might know Henry Winkler as the author of the Hank Zipzer book series. This is a photo of termite mounds. These mounds can be as tall as 25 feet! But you probably think of termites as insects that eat wood. What do you think Henry Winkler is suggesting with this quote?
This quote comes from Greek Historian Polybius (200 BC - 118 BC). Consider the time period during which he wrote. How has what he was writing over 2000 years remained the same? How are all events connected and leading to a single end?
Here's the second appearance of the Merriweather font. This time in a Regular weight.
Here we shift from the term relationships to connection with this quote from Melinda Gates. Try replacing "connection is" with "relationships are". Does the meaning and intent remain the same? Why are deep human connections so important? What is the alternative to this? What would be the effect?
We round out this set of quotes with one more quote about the importance of connecting. How could we update the terminology of Melville's statement to be more representative of our times? We are ALL connected and quite simply we can not live only for ourselves. Consider how your actions impact the lives of others.