If you'd learn patience superfine, Go you to fish with rod and line.
The always-hurrying person eats goat, but the one who takes his time eats beef. (Lesotho)
Note: In Lesotho and many other parts of Africa, cow meat is prized much more than goat meat.
looking off the short horizon, the Sun a white daystar of squinch glazing the ground like frozen twilight, no life, no company, no nearness, never a memory or a joke . . . LES MURRAY
“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”
Today is officially the first day of spring, hut I won’t be putting my winter clothes away just yet my grandmother used to say, “It’s not spring until you can plant your foot upon twelve daisies,” and there’s not a daisy to be seen on any of my neighbours’ lawns.
The proverb was first recorded in 1863, but with the implication that it was already in general use.
Patience attracts happiness; it brings near that which is far. Swahili
Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi
With your basket and my basket the people will live
Again referring to co-operation and the combination of resources to get ahead. This proverb can be very useful and is often said.
In for a penny, in for a pound.
If you called yourself a milk mushroom, get into the basket .
“When You Are Old”
WHEN you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.”
What good has impatience ever brought? It has only served as the mother of mistakes and the father of irritation.”
When the melon is ripe it will drop of itself.
― Allan Lokos, Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living
“I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes.
It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process.
It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher.
And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.
That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.”
foto of the urunga footbridge in nsw australia at the mouth of the kalang and bellinger rivers into the pacific ocean
Gumbaynggirr by Travis Blair
“Gather round me children
There’s a story I’ll tell you,
A story about our heritage
A place where we go for a chew.
This place once looked so different
Mangrove trees and river gums,
An abundance of fishing
I encouraged friends to come.
We’d go fishing for Flathead
With our bottle lines and dough
Trying our skills not to tangle
Our lines but we’d have a go.
As we fished the sun shone
We shared our stories and dreams
Hoping our children would continue
Our tradition and what it means.
The white man thought it was better
Destroying my family’s sacred place
Removing all trees and making it a park
And calling it a “community space”.
How can it be a community space?
When the families have left
The place lonely and uninviting,
It hurts inside my chest.
How can my children learn about
Their culture and family?
The laws of survival, the Dreaming
And becoming more manly.
The white man they say “sorry”
yet I still feel sadness and sorrow
I have let down my ancestors
But yet we’ll still live with it tomorrow.
Read more: http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/arts/gumbaynggirr#ixzz2noeD48LI
Huna mshipi, hu nangwe: kuomoa tenga na nini?
Said of somebody who undertakes an impossible task.
Time langa dan rope.
Time is longer than a rope.
Meaning: Things will change eventually.
Even an old woman may run when a goat carries her snuff-box.