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Think Often of One and Two

3 Aug

Not long ago I read a passage which I found to be wonderfully wise. Its depth lies in its clarity of thought and simplicity of expression. It was from a book on Confucius, one of China’s famous thinkers and philosophers. I share it with you below. 

May it help you focus on whatever is good in every situation and delight in those one or two things which go your way – every day! 

I once read an essay by the famous Taiwanese writer Lin Qingxuan, about a friend who asked him for a piece of calligraphy to hang in his study. The friend said to him: ‘Write me something that is extremely simple, but which will be helpful to me when I see it every day.’ He thought for a long time, and then wrote just four Chinese characters: ‘Think Often of One and Two.’

That friend did not understand, and  Continue reading

Quote of the Week – Take a Risk

30 Jun

 
“Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it” ~ Chinese Proverb

For thousands of years most seawater pearls were retrieved by divers working across the world’s oceans. The only means of obtaining pearls was by manually gathering large numbers of pearl oysters from the ocean floor. Continue reading

Quote of the Week – Leap of Faith

16 Jun

 

 

“Leap and the net will appear” ~ Zen Saying

This saying has its origins in the ‘Zen’ school of thought, which means ‘meditation’ in Japanese. So it’s quite apt for this weekly series of musings. The quotes are handpicked from various sources with a view to apply their knowledge and insight. I hope they inspire as well as broaden your horizon. Continue reading

Quote of the Week – Thoughts Become Words

9 Jun

 

An analysis of this quote of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao-Tze (meaning “Old Master”). Continue reading

Quote of the Week – Sow Bountifully

4 Jun

 

I came across this quote today by the poet and novelist, Robert Louis Stevenson. We can see why he had such a prolific talent with words. His writing was an inspiration for Nobel laureates like Hemingway and Kipling.

But what can we gather from this vitalising quote? Continue reading

Twenty ‘Ifs’ for a Winning Attitude

1 Jun

Our attitude in day to day living is an essential aspect for living a successful life. The right attitude can transmit enough motivation to help you succeed beyond your dreams. Develop and influence these twenty quotes below, and the rest will sort itself out.

  1. If you have the desire, you are halfway there.
  2. If you do your best, don’t mind the rest.
  3. If you can’t control the wind, adjust your sail.
  4. If you are headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns.
  5. If you can imagine it you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.
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