Ponder This 5/28/17

Omar El Akkad – Harper’s Index – John Burroughs – Kahlil Gibran – The Grifters – Keb Mo – Mignon McLaughlin

This is the second post of a new feature in the dkhometree blog: occasional posts of quotations I stumbled across and liked.  Sometimes I’ll stick in a DK original.  Up to a dozen quotes in each post.  Not more than two posts per month.  There is a menu item above where you can get a list of all “Ponder This” posts.  You can get a list of all the posts for a particular person by clicking on their names in the tags to the left of each post.

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Ponder This 5/8/17

Michael J. Fox – Will Rogers – Emma Curtis Hopkins – Luis Sierra – St. Augustine – Jon Kabat-Zinn – Shakespeare

First post of a new feature in the dkhometree blog: occasional posts of quotations I stumbled across and liked.  Up to a dozen quotes in each post.  Not more than two posts per month.  None promised.  There is a menu item where you can get a list of all “Ponder This” posts.  You can get a list of all the posts for a particular person by clicking on their names in the tags on each post.  Got one you want to share?

 

“My happiness goes in direct proportion to my acceptance [of matters], and in inverse proportion to my expectations.” – Michael J. Fox, AARP Magazine, April-May 2017

“Never miss a good chance to shut up.” – Will Rogers

“Complaints increase conditions.” – Emma Curtis Hopkins, Scientific Christian Mental Practice

“Unexpected things happen now and then; mostly now.” – Luis Sierra, ADK Yoga, Plattsburgh, NY, from a teacher of his.

“If the past and the future exist, where are they?” – St. Augustine

“We can’t stop the waves, but we can learn to surf.” – Attributed to Jon Kabat-Zinn.

And this our life,
Exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees,
Books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones,
And good in everything.
– William Shakespeare, As You Like It
– A motto/mantra of TheBalsamean

Expectations

I find that things improve when I lower my expectations, including people.  I can improve them beyond my expectations!

I like the angle Sylvia Plath gave it.  “If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed.”

See the source of this image: Inspirational Sylvia Plath Quotes (LogicalQuotes.com) for many more Sylvia Plath quotes.  I recommend LogicalQuotes.com, one of only two quotations blogs I follow, and I’ve seen scads.  Great stuff from all the greats.  Nicely curated.  (Unbiased review.)

The Balsamean Blog

Visit my other blog, The Balsamean™header3-balsam-spires-summer-txt-2014-1000x288 (Ball-sah-MAY-en)– Balsamea is the forest refuge I live in, named for Abies balsamea, the balsam fir tree.  Living there makes me The Balsamean, of course.  The blog is about my forest-dependent lifestyle and the nature of things here.  It’s a biophilia thing.

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Philo-juice: Socrates Quotes

By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher. ― Socrates

Source: Inspirational Socrates Quotes – Daily Inspiration

I’m not one for subscribing to “daily inspiration.”  I have more inspiration than I know what to do with.  But I think the inspiration label is nicely misapplied in this case.  The posts at DailyInspiration.me are not necessarily inspirational, just philosophical, and that means FUN.  The Socrates-attributed quip above about marriage is one of my favorites … given my experience with marital shipwreck.

Prime Directive for Problem Solving

Prime-Directive

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Organized Lovelessness

Aldous-Huxley
Huxley: too much on his mind

In his 1945 book, The Perennial Philosophy, Aldous Huxley wrote, “Our present economic, social and international arrangements are based, in large measure, upon organized lovelessness.”

Some things just never change.  And some get worse.

The good news?  Some kinds of organized lovelessness have dwindled since 1945, albeit too slowly, such as institutional racism and sexism.  (Sectarianism overall yet thrives.)

In the end, money is, always has been, and hopefully won’t always be the most organized way to conduct lovelessness.  I even use it to be loveless toward myself.  It is such an efficient means.

Just contemplating things from a little light reading in some old notes taken several years ago during the study of an old book.

Related reading (I think so):

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