Wednesday, November 21, 2007

'The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy'.

- Jim Rohn

"Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable".

- Sydney J. Harris

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

“Look for a sweet person. Forget rich.”

- Estee Lauder

“A married couple are well suited when both partners usually feel the need for a quarrel at the same time.”

- Jean Rostand

"Feeling this love for one another
meant our hearts were beginning
to open again. It was a risk -
love brought with it the
ever-present possibility of loss.
But this was s risk worth taking.
More than ever, we understand
how important it was to put love
at the center of our Lives!"

- Love You, Mean It
Carrington et al., 2006

Thursday, November 15, 2007

In this short and simple Aesop’s fable (a fable is a very short story which is meant to illustrate a point or teach us a lesson. Usually, but not always, fables are stories about animals that talk like people. The lesson that a fable teaches us is called a moral), a scorpion, who couldn’t swim, asked a frog to carry him across the river on her back. The frog hesitated, saying, “I’m afraid you will attack me.” But the scorpion pointed out that it wouldn’t be in his interest to do that, because, if the frog died in the water, he would drown. So she consented.

As they were half way across the water, the scorpion suddenly whipped up his tail and stung the frog hard. As the poison spread through the frog and she began to sink, she whispered, “Why? Why did you do that, when now we must both die?”

“Because,” the scorpion replied sadly, “it’s in my nature to sting. I’m sorry.” As he spoke, they both disappeared beneath the water. The moral of the fable is that we can’t overcome our nature, even if it works against our interest.

However this story may seem negative; it is an example of what happens to us when we don’t pay attention to the "nature" of the individuals around us. Some are trustworthy and honorable while there are others who we say "you shouldn’t trust ‘em as far as you could throw ‘em."

One of the earliest known quotations is in a movie by Orson Welles, Confidential Report (1955 – based on his novel Mr. Arkadin). The concept is applied in all sorts of ways to analyses of history, or of recent events, on the “dark” side of human behavior.

There are, of course, elaborations. What if the scorpion wants to kill the frog as soon as they get to the other side of the river? Or will the frog drop the scorpion in the water to eat it when it’s drowned? Or could both be eaten by a fish or a bird? Etcetera. But the true meaning of the story is in it’s simplest form.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

“Love is the expression of one's values, the greatest reward you can earn for the moral qualities you have achieved in your character and person, the emotional price paid by one man for the joy he receives from the virtues of another.”

- Ayn Rand

"The kind of seed sown
will produce that kind of fruit.
Those who do good will reap good results.
Those who do evil will reap evil results.
If you carefully plant a good seed,
You will joyfully gather good fruit."

- Dhammapada

"There is happiness in life,
happiness in friendship,
happiness of a family,
happiness in a healthy body and mind,
...but when one loses them, there is suffering."

- Dhammapada

Friday, November 9, 2007

"No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly"

- Oscar Wilde

Thursday, November 8, 2007

'Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trial'

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Top-10 Favorite Phrases of the Emotionally Constipated

10. Best friend? I don't like to think in those terms.
(Translation: I am secretly in love with my best friend).

9. I like to compartmentalize people, doesn't everyone?
(Translation: I will never, ever, ever let you in).

8. Don't you think you should reconsider whether it really isn't all your fault?
(Translation: I blame myself for other people's neuroses).

7. Once I got over him five years ago, I never thought of him again, the looser...
(Translation: I have no clue about my own neuroses).

6. No, really, I'm over it.
(Translation: I am so not over it).

5. I love separate vacations.
(Translation: Well, from you).

4. I'll deal with it in my own time.
(Translation: I will be dragged to my grave with fingernails clawing into the earth just so that I don't ever have to deal with it).

3. I know everyone thinks 12-step is a big cult...
(Translation: I am about to use 12-step to justify being a looser to you).

2. I know you're unhappy, but I'm so tired of hearing about your life.
(Translation: Can we talk about me, now?).

And finally, the #1, favorite phrase of the emotionally constipated...

1. I already told you I loved you once today, you know the rule.
(Translation: None needed).

Monday, November 5, 2007

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you".

- Maya Angelou quotes (American Poet, b.1928)

'True love has lots of power and energy embedded within it'

- S.R. Pandi-Perumal

'In life, we are defined by our regrets just as much as our accomplishments'

'Life is all about making the right choices or else taking calculated risks'

- S.R. Pandi-Perumal