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According to Rabbi Bunim
of P'shiskha, everyone should have two pockets, each containing a slip
of paper. On one should be written: I am but dust and ashes, and on the
other: The world was created for me. From time to time we must reach
into one pocket, or the other. The secret of living comes from knowing
when to reach into each.
The world is not an abandoned monument. It is an event of tremendous
proportions, the conclusion of which is not yet apparent. The theories
that people employ to construe this event are themselves incidents in
the mammoth procession. The truths the theories attempt to fix are
successive approximations to the larger scheme of things which slowly
they help to unfold. - George Kelly
Chinese proverb: The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today.
"If, instead of identifying ourselves with the work," said Ralph Waldo
Emerson, "we feel that the soul of the workman streams through us, we
shall find the peace of the morning dwelling first in our hearts, and
the fathomless powers of gravity and chemistry, and, over them, of life,
pre-existing within us in their highest form."
On Having No Head by DE Harding
The best day of my life – my rebirthday, so the speak – was when I found
I had no head. This is not a literary gambit, a witticism designed to
arouse interest at any cost. I mean it in all seriousness: I have no
It was about eighteen years ago, when I was thirty-three, that I mad the
discovery. Though it certainly came out of the blue, it did so in respo
nse to an urgent enquiry; I had for several months been absorbed in the
question: what am I? The fact that I happened to be walking in the
Himalayas at the time probably had little to do with it; though in that
country unusual states of minds are said to come more easily. However
that may be, a very still clear day, and a view from the ridge where I
stood, over misty blue valleys to the highest mountain range in the
world, with Kangchenjunga and Everest unprominent among its snow peaks,
made a setting worthy of the grandest vision.
What actually happened was something absurdly simple and unspectacular: I
stopped thinking. A peculiar quiet, and odd kind of alert limpness or
numbness, came over me. Reason and imagination, and all mental chatter
died down. For once, words really failed me. Past and future dropped
away . I forgot who and what I was, my name, manhood, animalhood, and
all that could be called mine. It was if I had been born that instant,
brand new, mindless, innocent of all memories. There existed only the
Now, that present moment and what was clearly given in it. To look was
enough. And what I found was khaki trouserlegs terminating downwards in a
pair of brown shoes, khaki sleeves terminating sideways in a pair of
pink hands, and a khaki shirtfront terminating upwards in – absolutely
nothing whatever! Certainly not in a head.
It took me no time at all to notice this nothing, this hole where a head
should have been, was no ordinary vacancy, no mere nothing. On the
contrary, it was a nothing that found room for everything—room for
grass, trees, shadowy distant hills, and far beyond them snow-peaks like
a row of angular clouds riding the blue sky. I had lost a head and
gained a world. more here
Washington Post Annual Neologism Contest
Winning submissions to Washington Post's regular contest, in
which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common
The winners are:
1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have
3 . Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat
4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you
absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.
7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you
are run over by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.
11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by
13. Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.
14. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with
15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), (back by popular demand): The belief
that, when you die, your Soul flies up onto the roof and gets
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