“Elizabeth Kübler-Ross sums it up beautifully when she says, “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
―Desmond Tutu in The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World, 2014
Look at the full post………..Poem for Saturday: Like a Tree.
Like a Tree
To live my life like a tree,
to grow steadily from small beginnings,
fervently when possible, and quietly adapt when necessary,
stand in peace and harmony with my neighbors,
bear my fruit appropriately,
bring shelter and comfort to others indiscriminately,
and when my season is over
graciously give my gift to the earth
for the benefit of myself and all around me,
and without fear
patiently wait for my moment to return
poem © 2000 Bernadette E. Kazmarski
Gazetted holiday in India, to commemorate the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi.
Today is also, and on purpose, UN International Day of Non-Violence.
A day to remember, to think. I like very much the quotation in UN web page:
“There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.” Mahatma Gandhi in The Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1927.
It makes me think.
don’t try to recapture it.
The present doesn’t stay—
don’t try to hold onto it.
The future is not arrived—
don’t think about it.
Whatever comes to your eye, leave it be.
There are no commandments to keep.