“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right. especially if the well-being of another, or animal, is at stake. Societies punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” Martin Luther King.
I make my “life” on SPEAKING UP for those who can’t speak for themselves. I channel my emotions into holding someone’s hand who is not able mentally or emotionally to protect themselves. It takes a huge toll on me. But, I am unable to look the other way. On the rare occasion when I have walked away I have been racked with shame. Just one more emotion for me to deal with.
“The garden is one of the two great metaphors for humanity.
The garden is about life and beauty and the impermanence of all living things.
The garden is about feeding your children, providing food for the tribe.
It’s part of an urgent territorial drive that we can probably trace back to animals storing food.
It’s a competitive display mechanism, like having a prize bull, this greed for the best tomatoes and English tea roses.
It’s about winning; about providing society with superior things; and about proving that you have taste, and good values, and you work hard.
And what a wonderful relief, every so often, to know who the enemy is.
Because in the garden, the enemy is everything: the aphids, the weather, time.
And so you pour yourself into it, care so much, and see up close so much birth, and growth, and beauty, and danger, and triumph.
And then everything dies anyway, right?
But you just keep doing it.”
Taken from the tv show “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK”
A garden is where I have gone to hide, it has been a healing place for me to gather myself and start anew.
“If truth is what you seek, then the examined life will only take you on a long ride to the limits of solitude and leave you by the side of the road with your truth and nothing else.” – Thomas Liggoti
“A philosopher is a lover of wisdom. It takes tremendous discipline, it takes tremendous courage to think for yourself, to examine yourself. The Socratic imperative of examining yourself requires courage. You know, William Butler Yeats used to say “it takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on the battlefield.” Courage to think critically” – Cornel West
“I can tell you, an examined life is definitely no picnic, however, I don’t know how one gets through life without close inspection” – Louise Fowler
During the many months that I have read my fellow bloggers posts I “listened”. Under these circumstances maybe “observed”, “read”, “understood” would be better words I don’t know. But “listen” seems to work for me. During this time I chose not to leave my imprint. I preferred to stay still and learn from you, my fellow bloggers.
I am not the kind of person who needs to be the centre of attention all the time, in fact being the “observer” is more to my liking. Through observation the healing started.
“I HAVE LEARNT SILENCE FROM THE TALKATIVE, TOLERANCE FROM THE INTOLERANT, AND KINDNESS FROM THE UNKIND: AND YET STRANGE, I AM GRATEFUL TO THOSE TEACHERS.” Khalil Gibran
The Power of True Kindness
“ONE HAND LIES, THE OTHER TELLS THE TRUTH”