“From the shadow of domes in the city of domes,
A snowflake, a blizzard of one, weightless, entered your room
And made its way to the arm of the chair where you, looking up
From your book, saw it the moment it landed. That’s all
There was to it.”
― Mark Strand,
“I want us to cool down for a while before we end up on horses’ said Scully.
‘What?’ Hank asked.
‘A definition of confusion.’ Mulder explained, hands clasped behind his head. ‘He jumped up on his horse and rode off in all directions.’ He winked. ‘Scully likes wise sayings like that. She hoardes fortune cookies you know.”
― Charles Grant, The X-Files: Goblins
by Mary Gilmore (1865-1962)
There came an old man down the road,
And, O, he whistled fine,
He brought a tune from out the wind –
A wind as cold as brine;
He took the pain from out the world,
And saved this heart of mine.
And down the stairway by my door,
Two days ago I heard
A whistling boy come hopping by
As if he were a bird;
I felt as though I were a leaf
A happy air had stirred.
God gave the whistling mouth to man
That he old griefs might drive
Back to the dens from which they came.
And keep his soul alive.
A whistling man makes life as sweet
As honey in a hive.
Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 – 1954), Monday 20 June 1949,
foto- storm on waterfall way nr bellingen jan 2014
Before a rain storm:
Cats will clean themselves more and meow more,
Cow and sheep will huddle together seeking comfort,
Horses “switch and twitch” and sometimes bolt,
Insects fly lower and bite more, and
Birds chirp louder.
Imagination has the right to feast in the shade of the tree that it turns into a forest.”
“Just being a human being, I’ve realized that before every big problem you create for yourself, before every huge mess you have to clean up, there was a crucial moment where you could’ve just said no.”
― Taylor Swift
“I would enter the desert alone, to leave in the sand endless footprints only to be obliterated by the wind, to walk the same path each day expecting the same path tomorrow, and perhaps to cease wondering at the bloom and wither of lilies only to linger for death. But no, even in the desert, I would seek a new sanctuary, to contemplate a grain of sand in a sea of dryness…”
― Leonard Seet, Meditation on Space-Time
“Balance. It was all about balance. That had been one of the first things that she had learned: the centre of the seesaw has neither up nor down, but upness and downness flow through it while it remains unmoved. You had to be the centre of the seesaw so the pain flowed through you, not into you. It was very hard. But she could do it!”
― Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight
Thich Nhat Hanh
“The day wore on, and all these bright colours subsided, and assumed a quieter tint, like young hopes softened down by time, or youthful features by degrees resolving into the calm and serenity of age. But they were scarcely less beautiful in their slow decline, than they had been in their prime; for nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy, that we can scarcely mark their progress.”
― Charles Dickens
― David Allen
“The sea was cruel and selfish as human beings, and in its monstrous simplicity had no notion of complexities like pity, wounding, or remorse… You could see yourself in it… while the wind, the light, the swaying, the sound of the water on the hull worked the miracle of distancing, calming you until you didn’t hurt anymore, erasing any pity, any wound, and any remorse.”
― Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Queen Of The South
― Chhenghak Yang
“WHEN THE RAIN FALLS ON A LEOPARD IT DOES NOT WASH IT SKIN AWAY”- Okelola Olagoke
“The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.”
― Maya Angelou
Develop the mind of equilibrium.
You will always be getting praise and blame,
but do not let either affect the poise of the mind:
follow the calmness, the absence of pride.
Not light but darkness rules the night.
With unabated zeal the storm raves on
‘Tis Nature blending all that’s worstand best
‘Tis but the conflict that precedes great peace.
Don’t think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm.
foto – raleigh
Go a mile to see a sick man, go two miles to make peace between two men, and go three miles to call on a friend. (Arabian).
foto – front paddock
Old age, calm, expanded, broad with the haughty breadth of the universe, old age flowing free with the delicious near-by freedom of death.
foto – the corral raleigh 2010