Friday, July 13, 2012

H is for Hope

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Dale Carnegie

The ninety and nine are with dreams content; but the hope of the world made new, is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true.
Edgar Allan Poe

If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.
Henry Ford

Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves.
Henry Miller

Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel.
Leonardo da Vinci

Middle age is when you're sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn't for you.
Ogden Nash

Jenny Matlock

Monday, July 9, 2012


I should be writing! Instead I've been reading about zen.

There was always a tentative interest because it seems like one of those things you can ponder for yourself and I like DIY projects. But after all the stress I had lately I decided it's time to give it a more in depth study. Maybe it's something for me, maybe not. Or maybe just some of it. Time will tell.

I already completed an exercise.

Exercise 1: Do Nothing
Find a situation that is troubling you and that you have been trying
to work out. Think about it and Do Nothing. Think about it
again, and Do Nothing again. Stop all unnecessary activity,
thoughts, and machinations. Take a walk at the beach (or anywhere
that is relaxing to you), enjoy the moment—then think
about the situation. Still Do Nothing at all. Keep walking, keep
When this situation actually appears in your life, continue to
Do Nothing. After about a week of this, notice the changes that
have taken place without your interfering at all.

from Zen Miracles

Saturday, July 7, 2012

G is for Growing

Although I am not disposed to maintain that the being born in a workhouse, is in itself the most fortunate and enviable circumstance (...) in this particular instance, it was the best thing for Oliver Twist that could by possibility have occurred.
The fact is, that there was considerable difficulty in inducing Oliver to take upon himself the office of respiration (...)
Now, if, during this brief period, Oliver had been surrounded by careful grandmothers, anxious aunts, experienced nurses, and doctors of profound wisdom, he would most inevitably and indubitably have been killed in no time.
There being nobody (...) Oliver and Nature fought out the point between them.
The result was, that, after a few struggles, Oliver breathed, sneezed, and proceeded to advertise to the inmates of the workhouse the fact of a new burden having been imposed upon the parish...

Charles Dickens - OLIVER TWIST

That pretty much sums up the secret of parenting, growing plants or tending animals. Don't do any more than you have to do. And, sometimes, the best thing to do is nothing.

Jenny Matlock