From the Philosopher and Writer
William Henry Channing :
We look forward to the time when the power of love will replace the love of power.
Then will our world know the blessings of peace.
True friends visit us in prosperity only when
invited; but in adversity they come without
invitation. .... Theophrastus.
What is a friend ? A single soul
dwelling in two bodies. .... Aristotle.
Nothing will ever please me, no matter
how excellent or beneficial,
if I must retain the knowledge of
it to myself. No good thing is
pleasant to possess without
friends to share it. ... Senega.
is the only animal that deals
that atrocity of atrocities, WAR.
is the only one that gathers his
about him and goes forth in
blood and calm pulse to
is the only animal that for sordid
will march out...and help
slaughter strangers of his own
who have done him no harm and
whom he has no quarrel. ..
in the intervals between campaigns
washes the blood off his hands
works for "the universal brotherhood
man"--with his mouth. . . .
--- What Is Man?
This piece was sent to me a while
back and I found it very interesting.
John F. Kennedy was known for his
love of the sea - and whether we love it,
are fascinated by it, or even a little afraid of it,
it is a most awesome power and sight.
Enjoy his words.
I really don't know why it is that all of us
are so committed to the sea,
except I think it's because in addition to the
that the sea changes, and the light changes,
and ships change,
it's because we all came from the sea.
And it is an interesting biological fact that
all of us have,
in our veins, the exact same percentage
in our blood that exists in the ocean,
we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in
We are tied to the ocean.
And when we go back to the sea--
whether it is to sail, to fish, or just
to watch it--
we are going back from whence
~ John F. Kennedy, September 14, 1962 ~
Baha'i Prayer For Peace
Be generous in prosperity and thankful in adversity. Be fair
judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be a lamp unto those who
in darkness, and a home to the stranger. Be eyes to the blind,
guiding light unto the feet of the erring.
Be a breath of life to the body of
humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart,
and a fruit upon the tree
YOUTH AND AGE ~~
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
is not entirely a time of life -
it is a state of mind.
is not wholly a matter of ripe cheeks,
lips or supple knees.
is a temper of the will,
quality of the imagination,
vigor of the emotions.
Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years.
grow old only by deserting their ideals . . .
are as young as your faith, as old as your doubts;
young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear;
young as your hope, as old as your despair.
In the central place of every heart,
is a recording chamber;
so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope,
cheer and courage, so long are you
When the wires are all down and your heart is covered
with the snows of pessimism and ice of cynicism,
and then only,
you grown old .
General of the Armies
"To laugh often and much; to win the respect
of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of
false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy
child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is the meaning of success."
-~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
I received this little gem from
a friend by email (thanks Yvonne) .. and of course do not know who the Veterinarian is, nor the people mentioned. But
as it has become public property - more or less - going around in email form, I decided it was too good NOT to put on here.
Wonderful piece of wisdom - out of the mouth of a babe. Enjoy
Being a veterinarian, I
had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners; Ron, his
wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane were all very attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer.
I told the family there were no miracles left for Belker, and
offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told
me they thought it would be good for the four-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt Shane
could learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family
surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood
what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept
Belker 's transition without any difficulty or confusion.
We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering
aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped
up, "I know why."
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me
- I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.
He said, "Everybody is born so that they can learn how to live a
good life - like loving everybody and being nice, right?" The four-year-old continued, "Well, animals already know how
to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."
Many people have older family
members who suffer from Alzheimer's Disease, or from dementia in various stages.
I visited my Doctor's office recently,
and on the bulletin board was a lovely verse. I asked if they would photocopy it for me and they obliged. It
is an "Author Unknown" piece and if anyone recognises it as their own, or from some other source, please let me
know, and I shall acknowledge.
Here it is - something we
can all think about :