Deep Thought by Sasastro

The good memories we have of the past always seems more glorious than it really was. The more distant the past, the more glorious the good memories we have seem. The fact is many of us like to look at the past from time to time. But because it exists in our heads, our perception of events can be subjective.

Maybe the past was rosier than it is now. Maybe it was not. One thing is certain the past is the past. Living in the past or trying to recreate the past is hardly possible. Unless we realize this, we may face disappointment or even danger.
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Cornsweet Illusion by Fibonacci

Many of the changes that we face in life involve people. After all, their choices and our choices create the reality around us. It is therefore important to ensure, as far as possible, that we have good relationships with the people who appear in our lives. This makes it easier for us to achieve our goals and to flow with change.

But before we proceed further, please look at the picture above. What do you see? Is the colour the same shade throughout?
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Joy by Simmbarb

The Prophet on Joy and Sorrow

Then a woman said, “Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.”

And he answered:

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.

And how else can it be?

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?

And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”

But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.

Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.

When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

-Taken from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

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Medieval Labyrinth by Wikipedia

Recently, I have taken an interest in mazes and labyrinths. When I was young, I found the movie Labyrinth fascinating. This was something I never forgot even though it has been over twenty years. Although I could not fully appreciate the movie then, I watched it again a few months ago and enjoyed myself thoroughly. But it was only yesterday that I realized the error in the movie’s name. You see what the movie depicted was a maze, not a labyrinth. Labyrinths are not supposed to confuse people; they are actually for healing and centring the mind.
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To succeed at anything you do, you have to be able to flow with the time and circumstances. When the times favour an advance, advance with vigour. When it is better to retreat, do so with haste. Advance and retreat are a natural part of life and success. To retreat when you should advance leads to missed opportunities. To advance when you should retreat leads to disaster. But how then will you know when to retreat? There are a few signs to look out for. Read on to find out.
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Defeatism is a dangerous attitude to have. When you expect to fail and accept it, it is highly likely you will. Defeatism takes away your objectivity and composure. It leaves you unable to handle events in an effective manner. It also robs you of the perseverance you need to succeed in what you set out to do. With this attitude, you give up too quickly at the first sign of trouble. Thus the very failure you expect becomes a reality. Due to Luke’s defeatism, even the wise Yoda had trouble with him. Read on to learn about the dangers of defeatism.
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