This quote from Frank Herbert’s Dune is a litany against fear from the Bene Gesserit. I find the litany quite a good way to deal with the unexpected things in life. People so easily succumb to fear, whereas the human mind can conquer a lot of issues encountered in life and the universe.
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see it’s path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
Funny how you as a human being can remain mesmerised all your life by the simple gliding of the clouds in a relatively clear sky. Finding yourself dream away as you gaze upon the drifting clouds…
From Uzumaki Naruto (うずまきナルト):
Uzumaki Naruto: “Iruka-sensei (うみのイルカ), why do people risk their lives for others?”
Iruka-sensei: “When someone dies, they disappear. Their past and present, along with their future. A lot of people die on missions and in wars, surprisingly quickly and easily. Hayate (月光ハヤテ) was one of them. The one who dies has his own dreams, but there are people who are treasured like those dreams. Parents, siblings, friends, and lovers, people who are important… They all believe in and help each other. People who were there since birth took care of them… And those bonds grow even stronger as time passes. It’s not just a saying. It will be so for the ones who are connected, because it is precious.”
Sometimes you meet these people who just amaze you in all they do. That make you constantly smile and you make them smile in return. They show you that happiness lies in the smallest things.
Reminiscent of an angel, taking a dip in the azure blue ocean, washing her hair and then opening her eyes to stare you full in the face…
…and then smiles.
You know who you are. ;)
Found the below tidbit on a site with regard to disturbing postings to a buddhist forum:
“It can be difficult enough to pursue the Dharma with diligence without outside interference, let alone the constant harping of those who may have another agenda, spiritual or otherwise, and/or excessive amounts of unsolicited spam hawking a continuous barrage of lower mortgage rates, enlarging certain body parts, and viewing live cam shots of a variety of body orifices left unnamed.”
I found it aptly worded and definitely funny… :)
A beautiful rendition of a Zen nun:
Edit 2007-05-19: Seems the link is gone.
I was pointed to an image which nicely sums up the thought of the world outside the United States’ borders:
Edit 2008-04-20: The image went away.
Found an old email from an IQ test I did, apparently I am:
“[...] a Visual Mathematician. This means you are gifted at spotting patterns. This and your overall high intelligence make you good at understanding the big picture.”