Enlightened Words of the Day 15FEB 2014 – Mature Person

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Confucius 02 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The mature person accepts his situation and doesn’t desire anything outside of it. If he finds himself rich and honored, he acts as a rich man should act; if he is poor, he acts as a poor man should act; if he is among barbarians, he acts as a barbarian should act. Life can present him with no situation in which he isn’t master of himself.

In high position, he doesn’t domineer over his subordinates; in a low position, he doesn’t fawn on his superiors. He makes sure that his own conduct is correct and seeks nothing from others; thus he is never disappointed. He has no complaints against heaven and no blame towards other people.

Therefore the mature person lives in perfect serenity, awaiting the decrees of heaven, while the unworthy person walks on the edge of danger, always trying to keep one step ahead of his fate.

Confucius said, “In the archer there is a resemblance to the mature person. When he misses the bull”s-eye, he turns and seeks the reason for his failure in himself.”

Tzu-Ssu (483-402 B.C.E.)

Quote of the Day 03 October 2013 – I Am Never Alone

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Quote of the Day (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “I am never alone”

I am never alone wherever I am. The air itself supplies me with a century of love. When I breathe in, I am breathing in the laughter, tears, victories, passions, thoughts, memories, existence, joys, moments, and the hues of the sunlight on many tones of skin; I am breathing in the same air that was exhaled by many before me. The air that bore them life. And so how can I ever say that I am alone?

~ C. Joybell
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About this author:

C. JoyBell C. is best known for her love of cake, especially that of the red velvet nature. She is also known for her poetry, prose, novel-writing and is famed for her philosophical writings and speeches, many of which have been quoted in various books by different authors and can also be appreciated as incorporated by many artists into their diverse pieces. Moreover, there are those who simply want to look at her pictures! She will say to you “Céad míle fáilte!” (A hundred thousand welcomes!) and “A viaxe continúa!” (The journey continues!)

Can you say I am never alone and mean it at the same time?

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I am never alone with a slice of a 4-layer red velvet cake with cream cheese icing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)