Archive for February, 2010

Words For Wednesday – Goals

Posted in Words for Wednesday on February 24th, 2010

The Three Goals
By David Budbill

The first goal is to see the thing itself
in and for itself, to see it simply and clearly
for what it is.
        No symbolism, please.

The second goal is to see each individual thing
as unified, as one, with all the other
ten thousand things.
        In this regard, a little wine helps a lot.

The third goal is to grasp the first and the second goals,
to see the universal and the particular,
simultaneously.
        Regarding this one, call me when you get it.

Words For Wednesday: Art and Driving

Posted in Words for Wednesday on February 17th, 2010

Today we have an excerpt from Danny Gregory’s excellent book “The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to be the Artist You Truly Are”.

What if we treated driving like we treat the arts?

We’d assume that people were either born to drive or not.  We’d wait and see if, as children, they started driving on their own, if they had talent and a calling.  If they did, we would be careful not to interfere with their talent and possibly suppress it.  We would make sure to encourage only those who seemed they’d be able to drive professionally.  We’d pay some of them millions of dollars to drive and lavish them with fame; others we would refuse to support, encouraging them to do something more useful for society.  Everyone else would assume that they would never be able to drive and would just stand on the sidewalks and watch the traffic.  At least the ozone layer would be in better shape.

Words For Wednesday: Lincoln

Posted in Words for Wednesday on February 10th, 2010

Today I have chosen some words from Abraham Lincoln, as we prepare to celebrate President’s Day weekend.  This is from Lincoln’s second inaugural address, one of the shortest recorded at 703 words total.

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan – to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Words For Wednesday: Leisure

Posted in Words for Wednesday on February 3rd, 2010

Leisure by W. H. Davies

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.