“The only cure for contempt is counter-contempt.” – H.L. Mencken
“Only the contemptible fear contempt.” – François de La Rochefoucauld
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” – Og Mandino
Swaddled at birth
In that shroud of contempt
I could not escape
With time and healing
It has become
A badge of honor
Acceptance had a high price
Selling out my mind and soul
Was never on the table
What was lost
Never belonged to me
I walk alone, never lonely
With self-acceptance there is
Always a trusted companion
At my side till the end
Contempt has no place in my life
Only pity for those who chose its path
For those willing to pick up the gauntlet, choose at least one quote, read it out loud and then write where it leads you. Share it if you wish.
“He who establishes his argument by noise and command, shows that his reason is weak.” – Michel de Montaigne
“Every movement reveals us.” – Michel de Montaigne
“Why do people respect the package rather than the man?” – Michel de Montaigne
“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” – Franz Kafka
“Remember then: there is only one time that is important — NOW! It is the most important time because it is the only time we have any power.” – Leo Tolstoy
“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.” – Leo Tolstoy
“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.” – Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
“When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all dunces are in a confederacy against him.” – Jonathan Swift
“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” – Jonathan Swift
“Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through,” – Jonathan Swift
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We’re sorry UK for the invasion you are currently subjected to. Despite becoming an ex-pat, I still have those I care about back in America. It does my heart good to see you take to the streets and demonstrate your response to one who has done so much to harm the Country he is suppose to represent and to the rest of the world. His list of crimes would require another post just to list them all. However, he has delcared war on Nature itself. I sometimes wonder if that has something to do with the fact that we have frequently referred to it as Mother Nature and we are all well aware of his views on women. Thank you to the Media sources who share this information and truth.
United Kingdom Your signs and numbers do you proud!
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THANK YOU UNITED KINGDOM! You do yourselves and any allies proud. I’m not especially motivated by numbers but weigh these against inauguration photos from not that long ago and you do the math…
“I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more.” – Anne Frank
“Peace cannot be kept by force; but by understanding.” – Albert Einstein
The following, I read as a young child. I’ve carried it with me for a very long time. It was always there, within the folds of my heart. It remained a compass for my journey. I’ve never been good at following the main path. I feel strongly about its message and feel the need to share it today. Thank you Max Ehrmann for your words and thank you for reading on.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.
Paix, Peace, Shalom et Bisous,
“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” Stephen Hawking
“Don’t underestimate me because I’m quiet. I know more than I say, think more than I speak and observe more than you know.” Michaela Chung
“Opinion is the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose, larger than the self kind of understanding.” Bill Bullard
Suit of armour
Hard to believe
She choses to wear her
Hair as though the wind
Has had its way
Who would want
To dress so casual
As if it is a uniform
Others cast aside
Her shoes, worn
So out of date
Lacking style, fashion unconscious
If you even notice her
She is off in a corner
Back to any available wall
Book, journal, alone
Sometimes she is joined by others
Pulled from her pages
She holds them in her gaze
Square on, silent
Nodding her head, offering a hand
Armed with hugs
A quiet word as needed
She holds up the mirror
Offers a different view
Her mask keeps frivolity at bay
But those in need
Always seem to find her
Even seek her out
And for them, she is there
Telling no tales