Friday, December 16, 2005

Owl feathers















"It's not how much you do, but how much love you put into the action."
— Mother Teresa

"Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate."
— Albert Schweitzer

"In a real sense all life is inter-related. All persons are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the inter-related structure of reality."
— Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"When you have found your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall."
— C.S. Lewis

"People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong... Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?"
— Thich Nhat Hanh

18 Comments:

Blogger snowsparkle said...

how you can know the exact words i need to hear at the time i need to hear them is amazing. i'm watching my spouse's painful difficulties in dealing with some conflicts he has with his brother and mother. I think the sage words you quoted contain the seeds of an open hearted resolution. thank you so much. -- peace, snowsparkle

12/16/2005 11:36 AM  
Blogger mermaid said...

Good quotes for the winter, Moose. Liked the last one...reminded me of the heart of Buddhism. We create our own suffering.

12/16/2005 12:28 PM  
Blogger zhoen said...

Careful, or you might be visited by the Cheerfulness Fairy. A woman to be reckoned with.
(See- Hogfather, Terry Pratchett.)

12/16/2005 2:25 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Snowsparkle: my gratitude for having been in the right place and time for you to find it useful.

Mermaid, very much so! Taking a breath of space to allow for kindness keeps me warm in winter.

Zhoen, thanks for the introduction to Pratchett. Never read. Looks like there's a long series. You recommend the books?

12/16/2005 2:56 PM  
Blogger zhoen said...

Pratchett is one of my favorites. I've been thinking about where to start someone on his books, wondering how much of his universe needs explanation. Each book, mostly, stands alone really. Soul Music, Pyramids, Small Gods, Hogfather, even Going Postal, are arguably the strongest books. I love his humor, and wit and subversive insight, his marvelous characters.

12/16/2005 5:41 PM  
Blogger rdl said...

All really great quotes.

12/16/2005 8:22 PM  
Blogger MB said...

That's quite a recommendation, Zhoen, I'll have to check him out. Thanks.

RDL, glad you enjoyed them!

12/16/2005 9:47 PM  
Anonymous beth said...

What wonderful quotes. I especially like seeing inter-relationship through the eyes of MLK Jr. And whether it is from Thich Nhat Hanh or your daughter, that message of optimism and positive energy is so important and one I need to hear just about every day!

12/17/2005 8:12 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Me too, Beth, me too. :-)

12/17/2005 9:39 AM  
Blogger rdl said...

ok curiosty got the cat. I was hoping someone else would ask, but what is that a picture of?

12/17/2005 11:07 AM  
Blogger Sue hardy-Dawson said...

I love the C S Lewis one I think I might put it in the hall

12/17/2005 11:58 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Yes, I love the C S Lewis one. Wonderful. It's made me want to go and see that movie!

12/17/2005 12:19 PM  
Blogger MB said...

RDL: Fingers! I was thinking of the many ways we touch people, physically or otherwise. Didn't mean to be obscure.

Sue, that's a brilliant idea!

Mary, me too, I really want to see the movie!

12/17/2005 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Danny said...

I like the last one and CS Lewis. These quotes made me look back what I have done and accomplished in the past. Thanks.

12/18/2005 7:42 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

That photograph of a hand, hills of skin either in shadow or highlight smudged as if by an artist so they are not in focus, with the knuckle, its folds, lying like a rippling sand dune; one feels the motion of this hand, the work it does, and the moment of rest, before picking up and bending once more...

The quotes, of course, are beautiful. But that hand is stunning.

xo

12/18/2005 8:31 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Danny, welcome! I'm glad you stopped by. Those two are my personal favorites, also, but they all have meaning particularly, I think, in combination.

Ah, Brenda, trust you to appreciate the hand. :-)

12/19/2005 10:30 AM  
Blogger Firehawk said...

Moose,

Good thoughts to consider, each one. I like the one by CS Lewis especially.

12/19/2005 10:41 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Glad you got something from them, Firehawk. Thanks for visiting.

12/19/2005 4:25 PM  

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