Just one of those weeks…

Nope, it’s not a quote. It’s just my life. Spent most of this week in the hospital (blood clot in the lungs – in my case, not very dangerous – they were very small), and will spend the rest of it recovering. I’ll be back soon. Until then, there is a search button in the corner you can use to keep yourself amused. What is your favorite quotation? Have I tried my hand at it? Only one way to find out, right?

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The more we are concerned for the well-being of others, the closer we will feel to each other.

The more we are concerned for the well-being of others, the closer we will feel to each other.Dalai Lama

In response to a disaster, her concern for the well-being of others brought her to a foreign land.

In response to a disaster, her concern for the well-being of others took her to a foreign land.

What does that mean?
He has many quotes about our relationship within the greater humanity, but this one is about our connection to our neighbor, our friend, and even our enemy.

To me, this heart of this quote is that we are concerned for the condition of ‘others’ Not just our family. Not just our friends. Not just the people we know or like. Others, without qualification. I would imply ‘without limits.’

That concern we feel, the quote says, will impact our relationship with them. Specifically, we are expected to feel closer to them. That has been my experience. Has it been yours?

This quote applies to others both as large groups of people, as well as smaller groups. You might even ignore the plural and apply it to individuals, one at a time. Be concerned, and feel closer.

Why is concern important? Continue reading

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A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.

A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.Seneca

Paying back an injustice with another injustice isn't justice. It is just revenge.

Paying back an injustice with another injustice isn’t justice. It is just revenge.

What does that mean?
This is also alternately translated in the following manner: “Unjust rule never abides continually.

This quote is an interesting observation of the basics of human nature. Humans are a resilient bunch, and we are often willing to put up with a great deal of trouble and grief for great periods of time.

However, there is always a breaking point. At some point we humans will declare that we have had enough, and we rebel against the injustice.

Those who were oppressed don’t always win the first time, but eventually, they win. Injustice may stand for a while, even generations. But it will fall.

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1200 posts! Woo Hoo!

I now have 1200 posts!

It has been a while, but I have finally reached 1200 posts. I never thought this would go on for so long, but here we are!

While some are, like this post, devoid of meaningful content, that number is small, and I will have a full 1200 meaningful posts by the end of the month.

Thanks for reading.

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Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.Winston Churchill

It doesn't say how many times he failed, but the picture was a celebration of his success!

It doesn’t say how many times he failed, but the picture was a celebration of his success!

What does that mean?
We all have days when things refuse to go right for us. Sometimes we get mad, sometimes we get frustrated. But what happens next?

If you can pull yourself together and try again, well that is exactly how this quote defines success. If you keep trying, learn from what you did, and adjust your approach, eventually you will succeed.

But to get there, you have to keep at it. You have to go from one disappointment to the next without loosing your enthusiasm for attaining the goal.

If you can keep your enthusiasm, motivation, desire or whatever term you use for your driving force, you stand a great chance of lasting through the failures and achieving success.

Why is enthusiasm important? Continue reading

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A meaningful life isn’t about acquiring money and other facilities; it’s about dedicating your life to helping others as much as you can.

A meaningful life isn’t about acquiring money and other facilities; it’s about dedicating your life to helping others as much as you can.Dalai Lama

Donating blood is one of the ways I am dedicated to helping others. What can you do?

Donating blood is one of the ways I am dedicated to helping others. What can you do to help?

What does that mean?
This quote is interesting to me because it discusses what makes life meaningful. We usually worry about happiness or success instead.

The quote starts by saying what it is not. It is not the things we usually think about doing when we want to be happy or successful. These activities might lead us to happiness or success, but not to meaningful lives.

The second half of the quote is about what he thinks is a method of helping make our lives more meaningful. The method is quite simple, and is centered on helping others.

Whether it becomes your life’s calling, or something you do from time to time, it is hard to beat the feeling of having a meaningful life.

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For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.

For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.Seneca

The more wealth you have, the more people want to take what you have.

The more wealth you have, the more people want to take it. Trouble, more trouble.

What does that mean?
This is a meta-quote, with Seneca quoting Epicurus : “The acquisition of riches has been for many men, not an end, but a change, of troubles.

In the quote, he is talking about becoming wealthy, and getting a big house. Now you need furniture, and possibly staff. Constructing, hiring, buying, coordinating, whatever is needed.

Wealth doesn’t stop you from having troubles. That said, I’d rather have to deal with finding drapes to match the couch than struggle to figure out what was for dinner.

Whatever our lot in life is, no matter how low or how high, there will be troubles. Once you are fed, sheltered and generally happy, be careful how much more you pursue.

Why is being realistic important? Continue reading

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