Here is something I personally like to live by..
It's a mistake to surround yourself
only with people just like you.
Throw off that worn comforter --
and replace it with a crazy quilt of
different and imaginative people.
Then watch the ideas erupt!
Author: Betty Bender
We live comfortably in the patches of reality where theory is tolerably successful, where reason is functional and predictability predominates.
But any day an unexpected event may expel us from this Eden into the larger world of the incomprehensible.
It is then that our attitude will sustain or sink us.
If we can revel in the mystery, keeping faith in our sights, then we will thrive and grow stronger.
Author: Josh Mitteldor
To feel affectionate toward all things living,
All creatures great and small, is my ideal;
St. Francis is my model for such giving,
Who proves this rational abstraction real.
He shows me it is possible to feel
Our kinship with all Nature and grow kind,
To sympathize with others and to heal
What's broken in ourselves, both heart and mind.
Without such fellow-feeling we grow cold,
Cut off from the embrace of sympathy,
Reduced to what is simply bought and sold,
Transactions without passion, without glee.
What's tender, gentle, soft, confederate
Is best, since what I give is what I get.
Many paths lead from the foot of the mountain, but at the peak we all gaze at the single bright moon.
Author: Ikkyu - Zen-monk poet, 1394-1481