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Quotes on Humility

Quotes on Humility.

Humility, human, and humble all share the same root word, humus. When we are humble and human we lower ourselves in those moments accepting the humility and humiliation that comes with being human.

The quotes come from a variety of sources, but one that caught my attention was from Abraham Lincoln. We have to lower ourselves sometimes to find our way through living’s dense thicket and underbrush. It is here we find our wisdom and can discern the next possible step.

Humility is accepting that nothing comes with certainty. Discerning at this level allows us to look upwards and find the stars again as they help us on the journey called living. In these spaces, we seek the questions which open space rather than the answers so often fixed firmly in our beliefs.

Sometimes

It is the end of a busy week. It might be the busiest since I came home from Spokane. I don’t coach ice hockey any more, but I help in several ways. For example, I am helping a young man who coached with me several years ago get a hockey related business off the ground. I also facilitate coaching clinics which help coaches with their work. In Canada, this is a time of the year when hockey is busy. It is important to take a break, a Sabbath from the busyness and business.

I came across this poem by Hermann Hesse who is better known as an author of fiction such as Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Journey to the East. He was a wonderful writer of prose writing in a poetic and mystic voice.

The poem reminds me to stop and pause, to listen attentively to the world and my self. It is in the mindfulness that I hear the questions being asked by the world and me. It is in those silences that the world and I create together speaking to each other in richness in our silences.

Sometimes, when a bird cries out,
Or the wind sweeps through a tree,
Or a dog howls in a far off farm,
I hold still and listen a long time.

My soul turns and goes back to the place
Where, a thousand forgotten years ago,
The bird and the blowing wind
Were like me, and were my brothers.

My soul turns into a tree,
And an animal, and a cloud bank.
Then changed and odd it comes home
And asks me questions. What should I reply?

The Illusion of Control

The Illusion of Control.

The link contains a wonderful quote from Maya Angelou and an article explaining the importance of letting go to bring peace to one’s self.

A lack of control over the world and our self feels good. We become explorers rather than chasers who hunt and gather. The hunting and gathering become part of the exploring. When we pause and are present in living, the world embraces us. We create in the embrace that follows as part of a larger community. There is not a forcing, but an ease with which we live life.

The child in us!

The child in us!.

We each have a child in us. When we pause and take a moment to reflect, we find wonderful places waiting our exploration. That is the way the child in us would approach living, as exploring the nooks and crannies we discover in living.

The quote provided in the link is from Paulo Coehlo. He suggests by keeping contact with the child in us we keep in touch with living the life we are living. We gaze upon and explore in the living as we undertake it. What is most exciting is living in the company of others and in the world.

Stillness Speaks…

Stillness Speaks….

The link contains beautiful quotes and photographs about stillness. When we stand in the solitude and peacefulness that Nature provides, it speaks to us. Quieting our self and the busyness even for a few minutes brings into the deepest relationships we can have with Others and the world.

When we become participants in the world and listen closely to what it says, we are offered sanctuary in the quietness and stillness that shelters us. The stillness provides a sense of community we long for. We become linked religiously with the world in all its forms.

“Your daily life is your temple and your religion…”(Khalil Gibran)

“Your daily life is your temple and your religion…”(Khalil Gibran).

The quote from Kahlil Gibran is a wonderful reminder that daily life when attended to and tended to is our temple and religion. Do we choose to make daily life sacred? That is a question with no answer, because one is always being negotiated in living our lives in the moment.

The word religion shares the root with ligaments and suggests religion not as a divisive institution, but a way of living that binds us together in our humanness, humanity, and humaneness. We are more alike than we are different although we lose sight of that.

an ordinary day

an ordinary day.

Bert offers insight into the paradox we live with “the experiencer is the experience(d). While we are experiencing life, others, and the world, we are being experienced by life, others, and the world. We leave our imprint as we are imprinted in these mutual and reciprocal experiences.

Is it an ordinary day? More likely it is an extra-ordinary day. The extra is when we are able to experience each moment as it is, the present and transient now. Each experience is fluid and never returns fully even in retrospect. It becomes part of fictional person we are. Fictional and myth are parts of the reality we live, another paradox. Who we are is a character continuously being written and edited in the living and experiencing we encounter.

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