Friday, July 7, 2006

Try a Litle Tenderness

Been in a bit of a funky mood the past week. Things that I've read on-line, things that I've witnessed in my every day life. We seem to live in a time where common courtesy and respect are not in vogue. I find that very sad. It makes me wonder what's wrong with this world and where are we going? I could wallow in that question and be in a funk for weeks. Or I could focus on the positive things I read on-line and witness in my everyday life, set a healthy example by being thoughtful and kind... and hope that it's catching. I'm striving for option two.

"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." ~~ the Dalai Lama

11 comments:

Cyn said...

You do live by example, B. I've taken many cues from you that have helped to make me better in the world. Thank you.

Ironically, I went online last night and read a little something about June Carter Cash. Yes, kindness and living by example are probably about the highest things we can hope to achieve. I constantly work at this; should be so simple.

Here's the link to June. I love this ... everyone as one big family.

http://www.johnnycash.com/june/may18.html

Ann Wesley Hardin said...

Ahmen, sistah!

Ann Wesley Hardin said...

How'd that h get in there? *sigh* Time to clip the nails again.

Mary Stella said...

B, that's a lovely sentiment and so exactly you. I'm printing out the Dalai Lama quote to put up on my computer at work. Thanks for the reminder on a week where I, too, observed many strange and not so nice events.

Beth Ciotta said...

Mighty high praise there, C. And I don't take it lightly. Thank you. :) I have learned much from you as well. How wonderful when the very best qualities of a friend rubs off on the other. I have to thank you for directing me to the article about June Carter Cash. Wow. Just what I needed today. Thanks for 'lifting me up.' :)

ElsieHogarth said...

Beth, I have to also say I'm in a "personal funk" but I believe that it pertains to anyone, right now, actually living in New Jersey due to the stop in government, casinos in Atlantic City etc. What is going on? That's why last night I pulled the Dali Lama's book:An Open Heart:Practicing Compassion in Every day Life

Beth Ciotta said...

Ann, I just thought you were doing a phonetic thing. LOL The sentiment rang through no matter how you spelled it!

M, I'm glad you enjoyed the quote. I'm going to place it where I can see it all the time, too. Check out the article C directed us to. It'll make you feel even better!

Beth Ciotta said...

Elsie, I hear you regarding NJ just now. Because of the casinos shutting down, Steve lost two days of work. Craziness. He's not the only one. Lots of workers lost money, not to mention the casino-related revune the state lost. We're talking millions. Like I said, craziness.

I find it interesting that you, like me, sought peace and enlightment via the Dali Lama. :) Putting that book on my TBR list. Hope you feel better soon!

Scott Oden said...

And when tenderness doesn't work, poke 'em with a stick :)

Actually, I've been helping my sister navigate the American Justice System, Ex-husband Division, and I've come to the conclusion that a stick's too polite. Where's my bazooka?

Jordan Summers said...

I love the Dalai Lama. (((Hugs)))

Beth Ciotta said...

Er, Scott... sounds like you're going trough some tense times. Hugs to your sister and wishing her calmer, happier times very soon. She's lucky to have you by her side. Doesn't her ex know that you have a vast knowledge of ancient (and barbaric) warfare? *g*

Jordan... no wonder we hit it off so well. :)