Life Is Color:
“Let my thoughts come to you, when I am gone, like the afterglow of sunset at the margin of starry silence.”
The first time I read the words of this great poet I knew I had found a kindred spirit. Never before or since have I identified so much with another person’s words. The fact that this man was born and passed many years before me and came from a completely different and unknown culture from me mattered not.
His words show a deep and profound connection to nature and spirituality: a connection that I have always instinctively felt for as long as I can remember. My upbringing as a lapsed Catholic couldn’t be further from this, but it is this very sentiment I have felt most deeply.
Tagore seemed to have an understanding of the world and a profound love for the smallest of the small lives mixed with a delightful childlike whimsy that has intrigued me. In my ignorance I thought I was the only one who felt that way and now that I know he lived I don’t feel so alone in my feelings.
As a typical American in that regard, I have not been exposed to or do I know much of other cultures, especially non-Christian ones. I consider this a deficit and I have recently been dipping my toe into the deep waters of the beautiful art and literature of wonderful India. I have been drawn to what I consider a wildly exotic and ancient culture that impresses me greatly.
Rabindranath Tagore in my opinion is the perfect first teacher. I have discovered his works not very long ago and I can’t seem to get enough. What follows are some of my favorite quotes by this amazing poet and fascinating individual. Author ~ By
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Experience the beauty by adjusting your way of thinking:
In your quiet moments, what do you think about? How far you’ve come, or how far you have to go, your strengths or your weaknesses, the best that might happen or the worst that might come to be? Whatever it is….In your quiet moments, pay attention to your thoughts. Because maybe, just maybe, the only thing that needs to shift in order for you to experience more happiness, more love, and more vitality, is your way of thinking. ~Shumi.
Here are few ideas that might help you to adjust your way of thinking (collected from various sources):
1. Don’t think of cost. Think of value.
2. Many people are so poor because the only thing they have is money.
3. Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it.
4. Making one person smile can change the world – maybe not the whole world, but their world.
5. If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay.
6. Making a hundred friends is not a miracle. The miracle is to make a single friend who will stand by your side even when hundreds are against you.
7. If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.
8. Falling in love is not a choice. To stay in love is.
9. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein, etc…
10. Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.
11. Be happy. Be yourself. If others don’t like it, then let them be. Happiness is a choice. Life isn’t about pleasing everybody.
12. When you choose to see the good in others, you end up finding the good in yourself.
13. Don’t listen to what people say, watch what they do.
14. Love and appreciate your parents. We are often so busy growing up, we forget they are also growing old.
15. What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while. Read The Power of Habit .
(To be continue….)
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