Thursday, October 27, 2016

Just saying

More is not always better. Sometimes less is enough to improve our spiritual wellbeing and therefore our happiness.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Alphabet Quotes: Q is for Questioning

"You can question somebody's views and their judgment without questioning their motives or patriotism."
— Barack Obama

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity."
— Albert Einstein

"For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?"
— James Allen

 
"Animals are such agreeable friends — they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms."
— George Eliot

 
"When asked, 'How do you write?' I invariably answer, "one word at a time."
— Stephen King

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ode on Solitude by Alexander Pope

The English poet (1688-1744) was best known for his satirical verse and translation of Homer as well as for his Essay on Criticism, The Rape of the Lock, and The Dunciad.

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Happy the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air
In his own ground.

Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,
Whose flocks supply him with attire,
Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
In winter fire.

Blest, who can unconcern’dly find
Hours, days, and years slide soft away,
In health of body, peace of mind,
Quiet by day.

Sound sleep by night; study and ease,
Together mixt; sweet recreation:
And innocence, which most does please
With meditation.

Thus let me live, unseen, unknown,
Thus unlamented let me die,
Steal from the world, and not a stone
Tell where I lie.


Second Take: This is how I felt in the spiritual retreat where I spent many a childhood and growing up years. At the time, of course, I didn't know the true value of that experience. Now as I grow old and complicate the hell out of my life, I yearn for the simple and carefree joys of youth, when neither worry nor sorry meant anything. Nothing is lost, though, for Alexander Pope is telling us how we can regain paradise, and with it, a bit of our lost innocence. Mystics have been showing a similar path to lasting peace and happiness.