Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Watching Television and Missing the Show

"Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed? Why are we reading if not in hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our days, will illuminate and inspire us with wisdom, courage, and the possibility of meaningfulness, and will press upon our minds the deepest mysteries, so that we may feel again their majesty and power? What do we ever know that is higher than that power which, from time to time, seizes our lives, and reveals us startlingly to ourselves as creatures set down here bewildered? Why does death so catch us by surprise, and why love? We still and always want waking. We should amass half dressed in long lines like tribesmen and shake gourds at each other, to wake up; instead we watch television and miss the show."
 - Annie Dillard

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Wheel and The Quilt

(copyright) AAvary Mandala
"The Wheel is turning and you can't slow down. You can't let go and you can't hold on. You can't go back and you can't stand still. If the thunder don't get you then the lightning will" "But the spirit she moves me. In fact she pushes me along It's a patchwork quilt of a life can't stop the river Just let it roll." "Won't you try just a little bit harder? Couldn't you try just a little bit more? Won't you try just a little bit harder? Couldn't you try just a little bit more?" "A patchwork quilt of a life, memories embroidered on your soul" "nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile..."

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Friends and Enemies

Gilgamesh and Enkidu

"It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business."

Mohandas K. Gandhi
The Standard Arkadian Version
compiled as a story in 1300 BC
an ancient poem; it is
the story of two enemies who became friends
and elaborates the wisdom of overcoming hatred.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Amazement and Wonder

 “When it's over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it is over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.

I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.”
Mary Oliver 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Box of Love and Darkness

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness.
 It took me years to understand that this too, 
was a gift.”