Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"Creativity is intelligence having fun." - Albert Einstein

From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual” by Arnold Kunst
“Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Has anyone ever underestimated you to your advantage?

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst
June 27
People underestimated Lincoln at their peril. ‘He was as wise as a serpent in the trial of a case. I have got too many scars from his blows to certify that he was harmless as a dove.’
- Leonard Swett, fellow lawyer and friend

‘Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.’
- D. H. Lawrence

Monday, June 26, 2017

“It is important to act as if bearing witness matters.” – Anonymous

From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual” by Arnold Kunst
You are bearing witness right now, to something.  It isn’t, of course, the words you trot out, but the person you are that bears witness to that something. Those you love are taking that something and emulating you – are you proud of that? Only you can answer that.
But you cannot escape it.

There are seven days in the week, and “someday” is not one of them.

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst
June 26
'Washington was a typical American. Napoleon was a typical Frenchman, but Lincoln was a humanitarian as broad as the world. He was bigger than his country — bigger than all the Presidents together.'
- Leo Tolstoy

‘Periodically you are called on to progress to a new phase of your life. That often means a new birth to a phase of greater profundity. You may not know where that phase will spring from, or what form it will take, or where it will lead, but like the deep stillness before a great storm, be aware that, if you but consent, primordial strength is gathering for a crescendo of magnificent proportions.’
- Arnold Kunst

Sunday, June 25, 2017

“Earth is bulging with heaven.” – Arnold Kunst

From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual” by Arnold Kunst
The story of the Garden of Eden, looked at prosaically, shows Adam and Eve - a husband and wife team - involved in a multitude of mundane activities: sowing, irrigating, tilling, harvesting, storing, distributing. They could have viewed themselves as live-in  gardeners on the estate of some absentee Landlord. But instead, the harmonious meshing together of all these disparate elements became "Paradise". The psychological source of this harmony was, of course, their attitude, their sense of self worth. As their direct descendents, you and I can transform the plethora of the mundane within which we are positioned into Paradise by transforming our attitude, our sense of self worth. For we are not nearly so hermetically sealed off from Paradise as we've conned ourselves into believing. It's all in the attitude.

“If you tell the truth sooner or later someone’s going to find out!” – Arnold Kunst

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst:
June 25
'The slave-breeders and slave-traders are a small, odious and detested class among you [the South]; and yet in politics they dictate the course of all of you, and are as completely your masters as you are the master of your own Negroes.'
- Abraham Lincoln

'If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.'
- Buddha

Saturday, June 24, 2017

“Who am I to judge?” Pope Francis

From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual” by Arnold Kunst
Time is an infallible corrosive. It shows up people, situations, promises as they truly are – as tawdry or exciting; as putrid with death or tingling with life; as an investment that should never be made or an acorn destined, as a towering oak, to survive two centuries and more of hill-top storms.