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wonderful words… #gandhi

I don’t know about you, but at times like these, I’m a little overwhelmed (perhaps even assaulted) by humanity. I know that for me the tragedy of it all then makes all of the soul-restoring kindnesses that then happen even that much more potent. I am left a little raw. I saw a comment on Instagram yesterday about “an eye for an eye” and before I could even type it, someone else had written, “an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”. I went from despair to relief faster than you can imagine. All of this emotion would normally take it’s toll, but I see so much love in the world, so much hope. It gives me hope that people realize that more violence is not the answer. I wrote on my personal Facebook that I don’t understand why we’re not spending our national defense budgets differently. We could literally take a small piece of it and help re-build areas of conflict – build schools, hospitals, you name it – and it would do more to further our ends than perpetuating this endless cycle of hatred and retribution that we’re embroiled in. Dare I say addicted to? Please don’t let fear & hatred change who you are. You are kind and loving and compassionate. Act accordingly. Speak accordingly. I love all of you so much. Have a lovely day, my friends. xoxo

“An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi quote

Peace is the path.

forgiveness = strength

gandhi

gandhi

Be the change.

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wonderful words… #gibran

A friend pinned a quote of Kahlil Gibran’s this morning and it brought to mind this lovely passage that was read at our wedding…

“Then Almitra spoke again and said, And what of Marriage, master?

And he answered saying:

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.

You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.

Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.

But let there be spaces in your togetherness,

And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:

Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.

Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a lute are alone,

though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.

For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together yet not too near together:

For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

~Kahlil Gibran, from The Prophet

I have to say, it’s proven to be pretty sound advice. And, if I ever feel like Glenn’s trying to crowd or influence me, I remind him that I’m an oak tree and I can do what I want, lol. For the record, “The Prophet” has also guided me through parenting & through loss, proving to be a steadfast “friend” in good times & bad. Enjoy your day, lovely friends. Here are a few of Gibran’s famous quotes to take with you. xoxo

Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran

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wonderful words… #tolkien

I’ll admit it. I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to Fantasy books. I devoured “The Chronicles of Narnia” and the original “Shannara” trilogy (as well as several sequels) growing up, but “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” were and are my favourite books ever. I’ve read and re-read them several times. I just wait to forget enough to make a re-read exciting again. Here are a few of my favourite quotes from Tolkien, all or most of which are from his books. Enjoy them and enjoy your weekend!!

"May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks." ~J.R.R. Tolkien

"You can only come to the morning through the shadows." ~J.R.R. Tolkien

"Not all who wander are lost." ~J.R.R. Tolkien

"Even the smallest person can change the course of the future." ~J.R.R. Tolkien

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." ~J.R.R. Tolkien

"Little by little, one travels far." ~J.R.R. Tolkien

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wonderful words… #camus

I read “The Stranger” decades ago, and while much of the dualism put forward by Camus was lost on me at the time, I can appreciate it more fully now. In 1957, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times”. I enjoy his clarity of thought as well as his general outlook on individual freedom and his idea that love is the only moral compass we need. And it gives me no end of pleasure to see all of his quotes showing up as tattoos in my Pinterest newsfeed. It keeps him current. With love, s. xoxo

“I know of only one duty, and that is to love.” ~Albert Camus

"There is a life and there is a death, and there are beauty and melancholy between." ~Albert Camus

"Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it." ~Albert Camus

"... I recognize only one duty and that is to love..." ~Albert Camus

"In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer." ~Albert Camus

"There is no happiness if the things we believe in are different than the things we do." ~Albert Camus

"Integrity has no need of rules." ~Albert Camus

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wonderful words… #oscarwilde

I take no ownership over loving everything Oscar Wilde has ever said. I am hardly alone. The man was witty. The closest I’ve ever come to “fangirling” was making the pilgrimage to visit his tomb at Père Lachaise in Paris. Twice. The first time, in 2009, I could have kissed his tomb (It’s a real thing. Don’t judge.) & decided against it as it’s frowned upon (& perhaps illegal). The second time, in 2013, I might have gone with certain intentions, but they’d erected a glass wall around it. Of course, more earnest (See what I did there?) fans than I had obviously climbed atop adjacent tombs to plant kisses above the limits of the glass. Ah, the power of love. For myself, I’m just happy to peruse his quotes and watch Dorian Gray on Penny Dreadful each week. xoxo

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” ~Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde quote

Oscar Wilde quote

Oscar Wilde quote

Oscar Wilde quote

Oscar Wilde quote

Oscar Wilde quote

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