Monday, October 31, 2005
"What ought one to say then as each hardship comes? I was practicing for this, I was training for this."
"Hope never abandons you; you abandon it."
- George Weinberg
Sunday, October 30, 2005
By Robyn Sarah
Asleep, the two of you,
daughter and son, in separate cribs,
what does it matter to you
that I stand watching you now,
I, the mother who did not smile all day,
who yelled, Go away, get out, leave me alone
when the soup-pot tipped over on the stove,
the mother who burned the muffins
and hustled bedtime, tight-lipped.
You are far away,
beyond reach of whispered
amends. Yet your calm
breathing seems to forgive,
into the air to mesh
like lace, knitting together
the holes in the dark.
It makes of this dark
one whole covering
to shawl around me.
How warm it is, I think,
how much softer
than my deserving.
"The right man is the one who seizes the moment."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"For the American Indian, the ability of all creatures to share in the process of ongoing creation makes all things sacred."
- Paula Gunn Allen
Saturday, October 29, 2005
"A friend is a person before whom I may think aloud."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
"What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?"
"Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision."
Friday, October 28, 2005
Thursday, October 27, 2005
"That which we persist in doing becomes easier - not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased."
"Our greatest battles are that with our own minds."
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
"A warrior of light who trusts too much in his intelligence will end up underestimating the power of his opponent."
"The two worst strategic mistakes to make are acting prematurely and letting an opportunity slip; to avoid this, the warrior treats each situation as if it were unique and never resorts to formulae, recipes or other people's opinions."
"Most people struggle with life balance simply because they haven't paid the price to decide what is really important to them."
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
"Close your eyes and imagine where you want to be. Imagine the complete journey you need to take in order to get there. Now go pack. Your reservations have been made."
--Michelle C. Ustaszeski
Monday, October 24, 2005
"Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive it isn't."
"If you scatter thorns, don't go barefoot."
- Italian Proverb
Sunday, October 23, 2005
The Dharma Wheel
Dharma = Divine law; the law of being; defined broadly as the way of righteousness or "that which holds one's true nature." The fulfillment of an inherent nature or destiny. To "follow dharma" means to act in accordance with divine law.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
All men and women are born, live, suffer and die;
what distinguishes us one from another is our dreams,
whether they be dreams about worldly
or unworldly things,
and what we do to make them come about...
We do not choose to be born.
We do not choose our parents.
We do not choose our historical epoch,
the country of our birth, or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing.
We do not, most of us, choose to die;
nor do we choose the time and conditions of our death.
But within this realm of choicelessness,
we do choose how we live.”
Source: Joseph Epstein
Friday, October 21, 2005
Lounge about in the warm early morning sun
...like the lazy grimalkin at my feet.
Reflect upon your life
...with all the reverence of Buddha at the circus.
Make a silly face at yourself.
Let yourself out to play!
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Iannone Family Picture, 1942, Rock Hill, Bellaire, Ohio
Grandpap Vito Iannone, Aunt Jean [Iannone] Sexton, Don's Dad [Also Don]
Courtesy of Aunt Jean in Columbus, Ohio
Your compass is your heart. Navigate life in line with the coordinates your heart feeds you. You're never lost if you can find your heart.
"What you are, the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world."
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
What is your life path? Look at your feet and what they follow. For better or worse, that is your path.
Is it the right path? Does your heart feel at home on the path? If not, that may be a sign this path is not the right one for you.
How do you find the right path? Ask your heart to help you find the right path. Then, watch where your feet lead you.
At any cost, find a path guided by and filled with heart. You are never alone when you walk with your heart. Just ask Don Quixote.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
"There is no great and no small, To the Soul that maketh all; And where it cometh, all things are; And it cometh everywhere."
Monday, October 17, 2005
Congratulations Mary! Remember this..."A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." Source: Lao Tzu
"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies."
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Saturday, October 15, 2005
See change as beauty,
See life as change
...like the morphing leaves of autumn,
that patiently remind us--
to lead a colorful life.
"A person can fail many times but it isn't a failure until he begins to blame others."
"A smile is a light in the window of the soul indicating that the heart is home."
Friday, October 14, 2005
By Richard Jones
I have been studying the difference
between solitude and loneliness,
telling the story of my life
to the clean white towels taken warm from the dryer.
I carry them through the house
as though they were my children
asleep in my arms.
"Why does no one confess his sins? Because he is yet in them.It is for a man who has awoke from sleep to tell his dreams".
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Bringing out the ancient within us,
Seeing the future before it arrives,
Allowing the arms of time--
to hold me up high--
above the everyday struggles of life,
where spirits soar, and
hearts shine bright.
(to remind myself)
By Wendell Berry
Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill-more of each
that you have-inspiration,
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity. Any readers
who like your work,
doubt their judgment.
Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensioned life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.
Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
By Jim Moore
but that no one will love as I did
the oak tree out my boyhood window,
the mother who set herself
so stubbornly against life,
the sister with her serious frown
and her wish for someone at her side,
the father with his dreamy gaze
and his left hand idly buried
in the fur of his dog.
And the dog herself,
that mournful look and huge appetite,
her need for absolute stillness
in the presence of a bird.
I know how each of them looks
when asleep. And I know how it feels
to fall asleep among them.
No one knows that but me,
No one knows how to love the way I do.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
"Worry is spiritual short sight. Its cure is intelligent faith."
"Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life."
"Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life."
--Ludwig Van Beethoven
Monday, October 10, 2005
"All wisdom can be stated in two lines:What is done for you - allow it to be done.What you must do yourself - make sure you do it."
--Khawwas (Essential Sufism)
"Not out of right practice comes right thinking, but out of right thinking comes right practice. It matters enormously what you think. If you think falsely, you will act mistakenly; if you think basely, your conduct will suit your thinking."
Sunday, October 09, 2005
"Love me little, love me long,
Is the burden of my song."
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.
Saturday, October 08, 2005
"What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires -- desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way."
"There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking."
Friday, October 07, 2005
"A human being is part of a whole, called by us the “universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few people near us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
— Albert Einstein
Thursday, October 06, 2005
We would rather be ruined than changed,
We would rather die in our dread
Than climb the cross of the moment
And let our illusions die.
— W. H. Auden
"Even those who fancy themselves the most progressive will fight against other kinds of progress, for each of us is convinced that our way is the best way."
— Louis L'Amour
The Lonely Men
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Monday, October 03, 2005
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Perhaps like me, you feel this way at times...
"The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began,
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursing it with weary feet,
Until it joins some larger way,
Where many paths and errands meet,
And whither then? I cannot say."
On February 24, 1874 John Peter "Honus" Wagner was born in Mansfield, Pa. (I've actually been there.) When he grew up, he was drafted by the Pirates. (My favorite team growing up.) In 1936, he was one of the first 5 people to be elected into the Hall of Fame. He also was an 8 time National League Batting champion. Honus played for 20 years, and was nicknamed the "The Flying Dutchman." Honus thought that one of the best plays he ever made was a pickoff double play. Honus Wagner played into his 40's, which is old for any sports player to still be playing. On December 6, 1955 he died. He lived to be 81 years old.
Saturday, October 01, 2005
"I am a part of all that I have met."
"I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming that comes when you finish the life of the emotions and of personal relations; and suddenly find - at the age of fifty, say - that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about...It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you."