Thursday, January 01, 2009

2009 In Like a Lamb

A new lamb came into the world in the field next to our home. They stayed in this makeshift manger at the corner of our yard just across the fence line. I thought it would be a good idea rather than write a narrative to just intersperse some words of wisdom between the images. So here goes...

"On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time." ~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

"Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. To perform this difficult office it is sometimes necessary for him to sacrifice happiness and everything that makes life worth living for the ordinary human being." ~ Carl Jung

The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves. ~ Eric Hoffer

"A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on" ~ Carl Sandburg

"You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life." ~ Albert Camus

Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true. [paraphrased of Buddha]

"You must love the crust of the earth on which you dwell more than the sweet crust of any bread or cake. You must be able to extract nutriment out of a sand-heap. You must have so good an appetite as this, else you will live in vain." ~ Henry David Thoreau
Happy New Year !

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