“The Yen Buddhists are the richest religious sect in the universe. They hold that the accumulation of money is a great evil and a burden to the soul. They therefore, regardless of personal hazard, see it as their unpleasant duty to acquire as much as possible in order to reduce the risk to innocent people.”
― Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad
FOTO – IZZY’S PLACE IN BONGIL BONGIL FOREST
The spot check inventory. Steps one through nine have sensitized us to see the truth about our own behaviour and the manner in which the rest of the world, especially people, respond to our actions. Having developed this awareness, we come to see, during each moment of each day, what is really going on. In other words, we are living in the truth of the moment. We have, in addition to a new awareness, also developed some measure of ability to actually control our actions. No longer are we simply sleep-walking under the direction of old habits—habits, the way we think and act when we are not thinking about what we are doing, and our elaborate delusions. The process of exchanging good habits for destructive old habits is, unfortunately, laborious.
The wolf is not afraid if the sheep farts
Six SANITY Steps for Regaining a Healthy Relationship with Adult Children
S = STOP the Enabling and STOP the Flow of Money
A = ASSEMBLE a Support Group
N = NIP Excuses in the Bud
I = IMPLEMENT Rules and Boundaries
T = TRUST Your Instincts
Y = YIELD Everything to God
― Jules Renard, The Journal of Jules Renard
Eat only what you can handle. Never eat too much, not only will you feel ill, you will look impolite and greedy. However, don’t eat too little, and whatever you do, don’t abandon a dish. It could seem incredibly impolite if you are served food which you then don’t touch. If you are served something you dislike, try to eat it anyway, to be polite. If you are served something you are allergic to, politely tell the hostess this, preferably before she puts it on your plate.
James Whitcomb Riley 1849-1916
The marks of the sluggard or idler are
(1) Loves not difficulties : will not plough by reason of cold, Prov. 20. 4 ;
(2) loves not disturbance, though death’s handwriting may be on the wall;
(3) enjoys not the good in hand ; roasts not what was taken in hunting, Prov. 12. 27 ;
(4) his way hedged with thorns, Prov. 15. 19 ; such were the ten tribes — too lazy to go up to Jerusalem, i Kings 12.28;. so with the servant in the parable of the talents;
(5) allows weeds on his fields, Prov. 24. 30 ;
(6) desires onlybut makes no efforts ; so Balaam wished the death of the righteous, but led not the life of the righteous, Nimi. 23. 10;
(7) makes no progress, turns as a door on the hinges. Prov. 26. 14 ;
(8) makes excuses ; there is a lion in the way, Prov. 22. 13.
foto – frost in raleigh front paddock
Edgar Albert Guest
1881-1959, written in 1920
Francois De La Rochefoucauld.
Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.
foto- raleigh bamboo 2010
Sun Before the Long Wait
Break gods on the steps under a forgotten sun
unwind what goes along, and what is led
fears that can’t approve or anxieties listen
time toughs the excuses out
having been released from the long wait.
foto – bello champagne dec 09
"The Swimmer" : Adam Lindsay Gordon
If there is light in the soul,
There will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person,
There will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house,
There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world.
foto – pelican at iluka dec 09
Drunkenness is a had excuse.
foto – ilnam estate winery carool 2009