A star, however willing, cannot help the moon.
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Out of Solitude
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.
“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.
In the spider-web of facts, many a truth is strangled.
Gorduz Backstabber, Hobgoblin Chieftain
“There was a goblin, or a trickster or a warrior. A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. Nothing could stop it or hold it or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world…”
― Steve Moffat
― 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
– Aldous Huxley
“…for the first time in my life, a voice went off in my head:’You have no power over what happens in your life. Drugs dictate exactly what you’re going to do. You’ve taken your hands off the steering wheel, and you’re going wherever the drug world takes you.’
That had never changed. The feeling would well up inside of me, and no matter how much I loved my girl or my band or my friends or my family, when that siren song ‘Go get high now’ started playing in my head, I was off.”
― Anthony Kiedis, Scar Tissue
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords
“Bottom line is, even if you see ’em coming, you’re not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can’t help that. It’s what you do afterwards that counts. That’s when you find out who you are.”
― Joss Whedon
“I like to change liquor stores frequently because the clerks got to know your habits if you went in night and day and bought huge quantities. I could feel them wondering why I wasn’t dead yet and it made me uncomfortable. They probably weren’t thinking any such thing, but then a man gets paranoid when he has 300 hangovers a year.”
― Charles Bukowski, Women
― Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
“We have an obligation to one another, responsibilities and trusts. That does not mean we must be pigeons, that we must be exploited. But it does mean that we should look out for one another when and as much as we can; and that we have a personal responsibility for our behaviour; and that our behaviour has consequences of a very real and profound nature. We are not powerless. We have tremendous potential for good or ill. How we choose to use that power is up to us; but first we must choose to use it. We’re told every day, “You can’t change the world.” But the world is changing every day. Only question is…who’s doing it? You or somebody else?”
― J. Michael Straczynski
A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“I tried to utter, but could not. The tongue had got all tangled up with the uvula, and the brain seemed paralyzed. I was feeling the same stunned feeling which, I imagine, Chichester Clam must have felt as the door of the potting shed slammed and he heard Boko starting to yodel without — a nightmare sensation of being but a helpless pawn in the hands of Fate.”
― P.G. Wodehouse
so many gifts and talents,
birds soaring into their dreams,
and the sea, the sea,
chorus of rich, resonant salt,
touch the water,
we touch the sea,
And the waves tell the firm coast,
"Everything will be fulfilled."
Though the sky of this tear-stained world is overcast with clouds, the light of truth shines in the heart. (Japanese).
Only A Passing Cloud
When darkness hides the sun from view and shadows move across the blue -never let it worry you.
It is only a passing cloud.
Don’t let people spoil your day by what they do and what they say, it doesn’t matter anyway,
they are only passing clouds.
And if a big blow should descend do not think that it’s the end.
You’ll see when once you’re round the bend
It was only a passing cloud.
© Wayne Rickard 2011
foto – raleigh nsw jan 2011 the year of the brisbane floods