Archive for the ‘self knowledge’ category

It Is Never Too Late

April 4, 2010

Too late I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient and ever new! Too late I loved you! And, behold, you were within me, and I out of myself, and there I searched for you.

~ St. Augustine

Oh, let us see now that the Beauty we search for is within us.  Let us come home to ourselves, tired and worn out from the searching, and find that that which was sought was here the whole time.  Oh, that we may see now the truth within, that we too do not find ourselves lamenting on our way out of this world: “Too late I loved you!  And behold, you were within me…”

How to Be at Peace

September 12, 2009

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is ultimately to be at peace with himself.

–Abraham Maslow

Persistent or Just Plain Stubborn?

June 11, 2009

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.

~ W.C. Fields

I love this quote, not just because of its irreverent, no-nonsense nature, but also because it highlights an important distinction and a very tricky fine line.  How do you know when to keep pushing at something and when it is time to let something go?  It reminds me of another quote I read on a blog recently:

The Universe has only 3 answers to our wishes:

1. Yes!

2. Not yet!

3. I have something better for you!

~ Uli Feichtinger

I think the trick is knowing the difference between numbers 2 and 3.  How do we tell the difference between necessary obstacles and challenges on the path to our dream or goal, versus signs that we are on the wrong path or are aiming for the wrong goal?  When should we persevere and when should we give in to the flow of life and let go?

I think maybe Paulo Coelho had the best answer I’ve come across so far:

If your wish is deep-rooted in your soul, persist.  If not – the Universe is simply echoing your inner turmoil.

~ Paulo Coelho

In other words – in your heart of hearts, you will know whether this is an obstacle to be overcome or a sign to change track.  The trick is being able to be still enough to hear the answer you already contain.

 

Still Riding That Camel?

June 9, 2009

First, the fish needs to say,

‘Something ain’t right about this camel ride –

And I’m feeling so damn thirsty’

~ Hafiz