Personal courage

Most people lose initiative since they fear failures. Hence when others try to take initiative, they predict failure. It is only your courage that can propel you to take initiative in life and do great work for the self and the humanity.

Quotes by Ali Bin Abi Thalib

“He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare,
And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere. ”

“There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance”

“Every breath you take is a step towards death.”

“Get to know the right, then you would know the people of right. Right Is not measured by its men, but men are measured by their right.”

“Love is an illness which doesn’t have good nor recompense.”

“The value of a person is what he does best.”

“O Alaah, i haven’t worshiped you because of lusting of heaven or fearing of hill. I’ve worshiped you because you deserve to be worshiped.”

“A worshiper without knowledge is like the mill donkey it rotates but it does not leave its place.”

“Do not raise your children the way your parents raised you, for they were born for a different time.”

The love you withhold is the pain that you carry

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The Mighty Jah :
The love you withhold is the pain that you carry…?
What does this mean to you? How would you describe this statement?

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Don H

A long time ago I thought that love was something that you reserved for some special set of people that you had judged worthy of it.

After a while I got to thinking about what Jesus had said about turning the other cheek and loving our neighbor. I put the two together and realized that he had made no exceptions in these statements. It became obvious to me that he intended that we exclude no one from the love that we are supposed to be giving. I started thinking about my idea of love and suddenly realized that I had not been loving anyone at all. I had simply been judging everyone and every thing.

Judging someone worthy of love is not love, it is only judgment. I actually started to cry when I realized this. I saw just how much of my life I had wasted being judgmental, thinking of myself as a Christian, when I was actually doing just the opposite of what Jesus had asked us to do.

I thought about the verse judge not lest ye be judged, and I understood it for the first time.

I realized that I have a lot of catching up to do. So many opportunities were wasted. I now try to apply the love that I have for the world in a universal way like Jesus asks us to do.

If I start to feel afraid and think that I see someone that I should not love because of something I have thought or heard I try to catch my mistake as soon as possible. I tell myself that I have forgot the truth and have fallen for the same old trick that had cost me so many opportunities to be loving in the past. The horror of this realization is often all that is necessary to bring me back to my senses and make me drop the judgmental nonsense I was thinking.

I still have a lot to learn about love, but at least I’m making progress.

Love and blessings

Your brother
Don

Quotes from a daily calendar

Here are some great Tamil verses from a daily calendar, translated into English:

1. Some dream of victory, some stay awake working.

2. Persistance is where success resides.

3. A day without a smile goes wasted.

4. A fool’s dream is a wingless bird.

5. Man thinks. God does.

6. Memory is the food of imagination.

7. Patience is the jewel of the wise.

8. Self respect is the fruit of discipline.

9. To vanquish your enemies make them your friends.

10. Machines will occupy the house of a man who works like a machine.

11. On the path of victory, work always happens.

In medio stat virtus

In medio stat virtus:
Virtue stands in the middle.
Virtue is in the moderate, not the extreme position.

- Horace

Voltaire said :
The better is the enemy of the good.
Variant translations:
The perfect is the enemy of the good.
The best is the enemy of the good.

In the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle defined a virtue as a balance point between a deficiency and an excess of a trait. The point of greatest virtue lies not in the exact middle, but at a golden mean sometimes closer to one extreme than the other. For example, courage is the mean between cowardice and foolhardiness, confidence the mean between self-deprecation and vanity, and generosity the mean between miserliness and extravagance.

Virtue, by definition, is a characteristic that promotes individual and collective well being. A vice, on the other hand, does not promote well being. What is surprising to me is that a virtue stands between two vices.

Now, this is something to think about. The present day paradigm is being the best. We all are told that we have to be the best at what we do. And we even strive for it.
We give up things just to be the best in what we do. We encourage children to be first in class. In fact our lives are so competitive that we call it a rat race. We drive ourselves hard and get burnt out.
No wonder this puts things out of perspective. We feel miserable when we cant be the best. We don’t forgive our own mistakes.

Pushing to extreme cant be a balanced way of life, even if the extreme is perfection. Being the best may be good for business, but it may not be good for the spirit.

Is this true?

An army of sheep following the instructions of a lion has a better chance to win the war as compared to an army of lions following the instructions of a sheep.

I’m wondering if there is truth in it …

Food quotes

I enjoyed reading the following quotes which were written on KLM’s in-flight meal boxes.

“A smiling face is half the meal – Old proverb”

“Hungry thought Haiku

The food was so rich
That I wanted to save it
Till I had nothing”

Thought for the day

I read this beautiful piece of writing today and it gave me enough clarity to think through the day.

  • Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. However, it does empty today of its strength.
  • Keep your head and your heart going in the right direction and you
    will not have to worry about your feet.
  • If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.