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Friday, December 29, 2006


Assertiveness is inner confidence and positive projection.
It is the fulfillment of self-respect in social interactions.
It is the equilibrium in what is correct.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Grandpa was a lean, hearty man with a 'no-one's fool' gentleness, schooled in common sense and the results of reasoned efforts fired by the love of self-determination. At eighty he had the strength of a man half his age. His personal creed was strong, his code of conduct regarded by many as holy, and his diet rigorous - 'eat anything from the garden, and nothing more.' No drink or smoke passed his lips, nor did bad words.

I came to visit him in his country home bordered by a great garden, a humble estate almost hidden by acres of woodland but for a small break where a railway line could be seen not far beyond. New paint on the house, the weathervane repaired, otherwise it appeared nothing else had changed in five years.

Settled in, I was pleased to visit him and enjoy the country solitude. Grandpa came out to the front porch just as I was sitting comfortably in his old oak rocking chair. As if by the light of heaven, he smiled and said to me, 'Comfort elsewhere is laziness here.' Pointing beyond the garden, Grandpa added, 'Come. Help me with that woodpile over there, then we'll rest.' It was the beginning of many lessons I was to learn on what it is to be free.
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Monday, December 11, 2006

any eventuality

You live for any eventuality that follows death. If you don't, perhaps you should.

Friday, December 8, 2006

fear of losing

You've been afraid of losing crumbs when in fact you've lost the whole loaf of bread.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006


Our responsibilities are always as we find them.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

more or less

The more I understand the less I seem to know.

Saturday, December 2, 2006

simply unassuming

Truth is unequal to all men know. It has no time, yet within the reality of men is its own place. Truth acquires from all, yet learns nothing from us and willingly allows us to draw from it. Oath, shrine, fane or convention cannot bind truth, yet it can be found in these. Truth is not made. It simply is.

Friday, December 1, 2006

chararcter known

Our character is known in what we encounter.