The very same adversity can make one bitter and another better. A thoughtful and prayerful study on how to face adversity can change one’s world.
The wolf is not afraid if the sheep farts
– Robert Frost
Where there is great doubt, there will be great awakening; small doubt, small awakening, no doubt, no awakening.
― Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night
False friends, sometimes also called frenemies, are people who pretend to be a friend and then turn out to be just the opposite. These are people who get close to you for the specific reason to make fun of you behind your back, delight in the misery you endure, use you for whatever you can give them, and find out about your life so they can gossip about it later.
When there is trouble, enemies are sometimes forced to get together to solve problems.
We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters; the deer, the horse, the great eagle, these are our brothers.
“At first, I saw mountains as mountains and rivers as rivers. Then, I saw mountains were not mountains and rivers were not rivers. Finally, I see mountains again as mountains, and rivers again as rivers.”
― Marilyn Monroe
I’d rather treasure an enemy who frankly says that he hates me.. than to keep a friend whose passion is to put me down secretly.
– Yitzhak Rabin
“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.”
― John Lennon
― Sue Monk Kidd, The Mermaid Chair
“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King, Jr
― Isabel Allende, Zorro
Wealth is both an enemy and a friend.
― Guy de Maupassant
“Man’s unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.”
― Thomas Carlyle
― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
To hold one’s self in readiness for opportunity, to keep the serene, confident, hopeful, and joyful energy of mind, is to magnetize it, and draw privileges and power toward one. The concern is not whether opportunity will present itself, but as to whether we will be ready for the opportunity. It comes not to doubt and denial and disbelief. It comes to sunny expecta- tion, eager purpose, and to noble and generous aspiration. –Lilian Whiting.
“Give me strength, not to be better than my enemies, but to defeat my greatest enemy, the doubts within myself. give me strength for a straight back and clear eyes, so when life fades, as the setting sun, my spirit may come to you without shame.”
― P.C. Cast
Amelie Rives. 1863-1945.
"Dai nemici mi guardo io, dagli amici mi guardi Iddio!"
"I (can) protect myself from my enemies; may God protect me from my friends!"
FOTO – raleigh tip
PROVERB 25 : 21 If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them a drink. 22 You will make them burn with shame, and the Lord will reward you.
foto – the cottage raleigh
If the enemy within cannot kill us, then the enemy without can do us no harm.
foto – Raleigh 2010
"Fables and proverbs from the Sanskrit : being the Hitopadésa"
‘An intimate enemy is acquainted with everything Which relateth to one : our blemishes, our hearts, and our degree of courage.’
foto – belly dancers at bellingen growers’ markets may 2010