The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
My life is an adventure, and I relish every exciting moment of it...
My life is a temporary gift; I will use it to the fullest and relinquish it with great sorrow...
I am a unique, irreplaceable, priceless work of God, and since I am like no other, I will not be bound by the chains of conformity. Just as I cherish the right to live my life as an adventure, I will admire the right of others to do unconventional, adventurous things...
My body needs sleep, but I enjoy each day so much that I surrender myself to it reluctantly and awake each morning refreshed and eager for new adventures...
Because I recognize life is a temporary gift, I treasure time and organize it and manage it to the best of my ability...
Because an adventure is that joyful experience that happens on the way to a destination, I will always have a purposeful direction for my life.
But I will always attach more importance to the journey than to the end.
Live your life so that when you die, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.
There are many paths through the mountain of life, and some climbs can be felt like the point of a knife.
Some paths are short and others are long, who can say which path is right or wrong?
The beauty of truth is that each path has its own song, and if you listen closely you will find where you belong.
So climb your own path true and strong, but respect all other truths for your way for them could be wrong.
An elderly man, harassed by the taunts of the neighborhood children, devised a scheme. He offered to pay them a dollar each if they would return on Tuesday and yell their insults again. The children did so eagerly and received the money. Then he told them he would pay only 25 cents on Wednesday. When they returned, insulted him again and collected their quarters, he informed them that Thursday's rate would be just a penny. "Forget it", they said and never taunted him again.
Alfie Kohn in The Boston Globe
Elmer G. Leterman
Frey Madeline Stark
St. Francis De Sales
Once there was an old, very wise Native American Indian chief with two dogs. One was black and one was white. A young brave asked, "Sir, tell me about your dogs. " The chief answered, " One of them symbolizes number of my bad thoughts and behaviors, and one symbolizes number of my good thoughts and behaviors. Every day, every single day, they fight. No matter which dog won or lost the day before, they start fresh in battle again the next day." The little brave then asked, " Which one usually wins?" The chief answered, "Which ever one that I feed the most. "
The great leader asked her to bring her son back in two weeks. She agreed.
When she came back two weeks later, Gandhi explained to the boy why it was so unhealthy to eat sweets.
The mother asked Gandhi why he couldn't have talked to her son the first time.
"Because I was still eating sweets then myself," he answered.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true friends; succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness; they may be jealous; be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; be good anyway.
Give the world your best anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and others anyway.
Jacob A. Riis
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thich Nhat Hanh
Grandmaster Taejoon Lee
If he shoots for score his hands tremble and his breath is uneasy.
If he shoots for a golden price he becomes mad and blind.
His skill was not lessened, but the vision of the target changed him.
Old Chinese poem
It is risky said experience.
It is pointless said reason.
Give it a try whispered the heart.
Stephen R. Covey
The Buddha explained how to handle insult and maintain compassion. One day Buddha was walking through a village.
A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him.
"You have no right teaching others," he shouted. "You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake."
Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man "Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?"
The man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, "It would belong to me, because I bought the gift."
The Buddha smiled and said, "That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself."
In school, you are taught a lesson and then given a test.
In life, you are given a test that teaches you a lesson.
...then having a tool is not much of an advantage.
The industrial age, the age of scarcity, depended in part on the advantages that came with owning tools others did not own.
Time for a new advantage. It might be your network, the connections that trust you. And it might be your expertise. But most of all, I am betting it is your attitude.
C. S Lewis
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
The knowledge, as in "knowing," what to do --is not, alone, what makes one a great anything.
Doing, practicing, re-visiting, re-embracing, polishing, participating, teaching, learning and re-learning, leading, following, and looking deeply at all the elements, each piece of the whole --and the whole made up of each piece --is what turns knowing into being.
And finally, I must remind myself not to make the mistake that, in the end, any of this, this training, quest, and journey, is about me. I am not a separate self, but a part of something much larger --it is not my own development and gain or skill that ultimately matters, it is what I contribute to those around me.
Augustine of Hippo
(A frog in the well does not know the great sea.)
I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and thats why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.
Jose Micard Teixeira
- Does anyone have a spyglass? And yet, I see that on that screed you can foresee a group of people!
- I can see, captain! I have good eyes. There are 4 seamen and a crew chief that are digging.
- Well done, sailor. But how did you know that there is a crew chief?
- He does not dig, captain.
"I ride my bicycle because it is efficient" says one. "Wonderful!" replies the master, "Your path will be smooth and easy."
"I ride my bicycle because it is good for my health" says the second. "Wonderful!" replies the master, "You will live a long and healthy life."
"I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle" says the third. "I am your student!" declares the master.
According to tradition, this is how an Eskimo hunter kills a wolf.
First, the Eskimo coats his knife blade with animal blood and allows it to freeze. He then adds layer after layer of blood until the blade is completely concealed by the frozen blood.
Next, the hunter fixes his knife in the ground with the blade up. When a wolf follows his sensitive nose to the source of the scent and discovers the bait, he licks it, tasting the fresh frozen blood. He begins to lick faster, more and more vigorously, lapping the blade until the keen edge is bare. Feverishly now, harder and harder, the wolf licks the blade in the cold Arctic night. His craving for blood becomes so great that the wolf does not notice the razor-sharp sting of the naked blade on his own tongue. Nor does he recognize the instant when his insatiable thirst is being satisfied by his own warm blood. His carnivorous appetite continues to crave more until in the morning light, the wolf is found dead on the snow!
Eric Michael Leventhal
Thich Nhat Hanh
T. S. Eliot
Dr. Jerry Beasley
J. D. Salinger
Sometimes the [M] is silent.
But most of all ...
I am frightened of the old ones.
then remove the "L"
No one wants their life thrown into chaos. That is why a lot of people keep that threat under control, and are somehow capable of sustaining a house or a structure that is already rotten. They are the engineers of the superseded.
Other people think exactly the opposite: they surrender themselves without a second thought, hoping to find in passion the solutions to all their problems. They make the other person responsible for their happiness and blame them for their possible unhappiness. They are either euphoric because something marvelous has happened or depressed because something unexpected has just ruined everything.
Keeping passion at bay or surrendering blindly to it - which of these two attitudes is the least destructive?
I don't know.
Your thoughts ...
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