Clock of life

The clock of life is wound but once, and no one has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, late or early hour.  I do today that urgent task; I do it with a will, I wait not for tomorrow, my hands may then be still.

Life is mostly froth and bubble, two things stand like stone; Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your own.

Man has but three events in his life:— to be born, to live and to die.  He is not conscious of his birth, he suffers at his death and he forgets to live.

Life is a comedy to those who think, and a tragedy to those who feel.

It’s not true that life is one damn thing after another; It’s one damn thing over and over.-We live, we breathe, we die:—-somewhere in the middle, we have fifteen minutes of fame.

Crossroads are choices that intersect our lives.  They happen at every phase—-expectedly or unexpectedly.  Perhaps, life’s biggest irony is that, one never appreciates crossroads, till one is standing smack on them.

People go about their tasks without weariness, if they have a goal and a belief in what they are doing.  The survivor’s life-jacket is made up of imperishable things with which he surrounds himself——BOOKS, MUSIC, SPIRITUAL FAITH, PURPOSE and A DREAM.

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Watchfulness

Watchfulness is the master-key that unlocks all the inner and outer doors.  Here are a few cues how watchfulness can change our day-to-day living.

(a) WATCH YOUR FACE FROM WITHIN————When we do this regularly, the FEATURES will disappear; THOUGHTS will disappear;; EMOTIONS will disappear and a SILENCE WILL SURROUND YOU..  You will be like an island in the middle of the ocean………….JUST A WATCHER. 

(b) WATCHFULNESS KEEPS PURITY.  When we get attached to small things in life, you become miserable.  If you are only a WATCHER, nothing will affect you.  This UNAFFECTEDNESS will keep you pure. 

(c) RADIATING WATCHFULNESS———As your watchfulness grows, you will radiate it through your body and the rays will reach others.  Just walk behind somebody, watching yourself, and the person will turn and look back suddenly for no reason. 

We all send out or emit vibrations, and that energy has touched the person ahead of you.  Have you ever felt this way?  I have felt thus, many a time.  The person, who feels the vibrations and looks back at you, could be a total stranger.  Age and gender doesn’t make any difference.  Your calm and serene face may help that person to get through the day which, perhaps got off on the wrong note.  He will smile at himself and maybe, light someone else’s life——A colleague, an unhappy person, a child.  It could be anyone, a stranger or anyone known to him.  It is within our power to spread a little sunshine as we go along life’s way.

The colors of life…

It is a remarkable circumstance that the most brilliant colours of plants are to be seen on the highest mountains, in places that are most exposed to the harshest weather.  The brightest lichens and mosses, the loveliest wild flowers abound up on the bleak, storm-scalped peak. 

One of the richest displays of organic colouring was near the summit of Mount Chenebettaz, a hill about 10,000 feet high, immediately above the St. Bernard Hospice. The whole face of an extensive rock was covered with a most vivid yellow lichen which shone in the sunshine like a golden embattlement of an enchanted castle. 

There, in the lofty region, amid the most frowning desolation, exposed to the fiercest tempest of the sky, this lichen exhibited a glory such as it never showed in the sheltered valley. So one lichen from St. Bernard and the other from the wall of a Scottish castle, deeply embossed among sycamore trees; and the difference in point of form and colouring between them is most striking.  The specimen nurtured amid the wild storms of the mountain peak is of a lovely primrose hue, and is smooth in texture and complete in outline, while the specimen nurtured amid the soft airs and the delicate showers of the lowland valley is of a dim rusty hue, and is scurfy in texture, and broken in outline. 

So it is with the person who is afflicted, tempest-tossed and not comforted.  Till the storms of God’s Providence beat upon him again and again, his character appears marred and clouded; but trials clear away the obscurity, perfect the outlines of his disposition, and give bright-ness and blessings to his life—————-Remember, when God puts a burden upon you, HE PUTS HIS OWN ARM UNDERNEATH. 

Simplify your life…

How to save time!

(1) Start the day right——Do everything possible the night before to prepare for the next day, for example: decide what to wear, check for spots, missing buttons, items to carry to office.  Put keys in the same place.  An average adult spends 16 hours/year searching for lost keys.

(2) De-clutter your house——-Freeing yourself from unnecessary possessions, frees time.  You cannot save everything you might need someday.  To de-clutter, start small. Do one drawer, one shelf at a time.  If its broken, fix it or throw it away.  If it doesn’t fit, alter It or give it away.  Don’t put anything down ‘for now’, for example, jackets, glasses, etc. Don’t put it down, PUT IT AWAY.  To do otherwise, means handling every-thing more than once. 

(3) Gently say NO——NO is a two-letter word that can free many hours a week.  Say it gently, but immediately, offering a brief explanation, such as, “I just don’t have the time”.  Avoid giving detailed excuses.  The other person is likely to see a way you could actually fit in the request. 

(4) Don’t save coins and waste hours———Most of us are taught to watch money, but not to value time.  As a result, we may not even think about how much irreplaceable time we waste to save a little cash.  Rather than dismiss the idea with the words, “I can’t afford that”, it may pay to think twice. 

(5) Encourage others to help——In your work, divide the chores into bits, and assign small bits to your co-workers, so that it doesn’t interfere in their schedules and you get your work done too. 

(6) Turn off the tube——It would be simpler for a lot of people, if they could reclaim even a third of the time they spend, semi-hypnotised, in front of the tube.  Consult T.V. guides and sketch out the programs you want to watch on that day, or in the coming days/weeks.  Make sure to watch only those programs and not more than you scheduled.

Of old ships and old people…

A gentleman writing about the breaking up of old ships said that it is not the age alone which improves the fibre in the wood of an old vessel, but the straining and wrenching of the vessel by the sea, the chemical action of the bilge water, and of many kinds of cargoes.  Some planks and veneers made from an oak beam which had been part of a ship eighty years old were exhibited a few years ago at a fashionable furniture store on Broadway, New York, and attracted general notice for the exquisite colouring and beautiful grain. 

Equally striking were some beams of mahogany taken from a ship which sailed the seas sixty years ago.  the years and the traffic had contracted the pores and deepened the colour, until it looked as superb in its chromatic intensity as an antique Chinese vase.  It was made into a cabinet, and has today a place of honour in the drawing-room of a wealthy New York family. 

So, there is a vast difference between the quality of old people who have lived flabby, self-indulgent, useless lives, and the fibre of those who have sailed all seas and carried all cargoes and have been the helpers of their fellow men.  Not only the wrenching and straining of life, but also something of the sweetness of the cargoes carried get into the very pores and fibre of character.  When the sun goes below the horizon, it does not set; the heavens glow for a full hour after its departure.  And when a great and good man sets, the sky of this is luminous long after he is out of sight.

When such a man goes, he leaves behind him much of himself.  Being dead, he speaks.  LIVES OF GREAT MEN ALL REMIND US, WE MUST MAKE OUR LIVES SUBLIME; AND DEPARTING, LEAVE BEHIND US FOOTPRINTS ON THE SANDS OF TIME.

A few sayings…

(1) Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile; but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy———-Thich  Nhat  Hann. 

(2) It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. 

(3) Good ideas are a dime a dozen; bad ones are free. 

(4) Little faith will bring your souls to Heaven, but great faith will bring Heaven to your souls. 

(5) Every one is kneaded out of the same dough, but not baked in the same oven———-Yiddish proverb. 

(6) We ought as much to pray for a blessing upon our daily ROD as upon our daily BREAD.———-John Owen. 

(7) Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.———-Van Gogh. 

(8) He who smiles rather than rages, is always the stronger.———-Japanese proverb.

(9) A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal———-Oscar Wilde. 

(10) Those that watch for Providence, will never want a Providence to watch for. 

(11) Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.———-C.S.Lewis. 

(12)  A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our souls——-Frank Kafka. 

(13) Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. 

(14) Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, GIVE HIM POWER.-Napoleon Bonaparte.

Strange…but true…

Strange, but true.   Ants are able to sense earthquakes before they strike.  They prefer to build their colonies along active faults, fractures where the earth ruptures, in Germany.  Ants would carry out their usual activities during the day before retreating into their mound at night.  But before an earthquake, they would stay awake and remain outside the mound during the night, leaving them vulnerable to predators.  The researcher suggested, that the ants only changed their behaviour when the earthquake was over magnitude 2, the smallest that humans can feel.  The ants are able to predict the earthquakes b picking up changing gas emissions or shifts in the earth’s magnetic field.————(2)The world’s oldest romantic novelist—Ida Pollock, released her 124th book at age 105.  Her other novels (a) White heat; (b) Mountain of dreams; (c) Love in the afternoon; (d) The man who came back.  She used 10 pseudonyms———Susan Barrie, Pamela Kent, Averil Ives, Rose Burghley, Mary Whistler and Marguerite Bell.———-(3)  Dog T.V. was launched in the U.S. last year(2012).  It is now available in Israel on Channel—39.  The programs on the channel run up to 6mins. in length and are scientifically designed to keep dogs stimulated, happy and comforted when they are left alone at home.