Debra Darvick

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WISDOM

BEFORE NOW

No One Is An Island — Frederick Buechner

Humanity is like an enormous spider web, so that if you touch it anywhere, you set the whole thing trembling… As we move around this world and as we act with kindness, perhaps, or with indifference, or with hostility, toward the people we meet, we too are setting the great spider web a-tremble. The life that I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place and time my touch will be felt. Our lives are linked together. No one is an island.

Frederick Buechner, b. 1926

 

I don’t usually include a photo, but this spiderweb heart was too fun not to share.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              photo courtesy of Debra Darvick

Rumi — A Small Green Island

A Small Green Island

There is a small green island
where one white cow lives alone, a meadow of an island.

The cow grazes till nightfull, full and fat,
but during the night she panics
and grows thin as a single hair.
What shall I eat tomorrow? There is nothing left.
By dawn the grass has grown up again, waist-high.
The cow starts eating and by dark
the meadow is clipped short.

She is full of strength and energy, but she panics
in the dark as before and grows abnormally thin overnight.
The cow does this over and over,
and this is all she does.

She never thinks, This meadow has never failed
to grow back. Why should I be afraid every night
that it won’t. The cow is the bodily soul.
The island field is this world where that grows
lean with fear and fat with blessing, lean and fat.

White cow, don’t make yourself miserable
with what’s to come, or not to come.

 

Rumi, (Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Rūmī) 1207 — 1273

Acceptance — Matt Kahn

Acceptance is a recognition of what is happening or has already happened. Contrary to popular opinion, acceptance has nothing to do with whether anything is liked or disliked. No matter how much you like what happens or dislike it for whatever reason, no degree of like or dislike has anything to do with the simplicity of seeing what is happening — from one moment to the next.             Matt Kahn, b. 1966 —   

 

 

Samuel Ullman—The Credo of a Kid at Heart

Youth is not a time of life – it is a state of mind. It is not a matter of ripe cheeks, red lips, and supple knees; it is a temper of will, a quality of imagination, a vigor of emotions; it is a freshness of the deep spring of life. Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite of adventure over love of ease.                 Samuel Ullman, 1840 – 1924