Anticipation vs Procrastination

Camelia, photo by PH Morton

Anticipation vs Procrastination

Thought for the Day

Anticipate things that are difficult while they are easy, and does things that would become great while they are small.  All difficult things in the world are sure to arise from a previous state in which they are easy, and all great things from one in which they were small.  Therefore the sage, while he never does what is great, is able on that account to accomplish the greatest things.
Lao Zi

Thought for the Day: Age

Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.
– Albert Camus

Thought for the Day: Age

Drawing by Sara Kirschenbaum

I remember reading an article about the beautiful Nigella Lawson as few years back. She said that she used to add a few years to her real age when she was asked how old she was. She used to get very admiring and favourable comments and compliments about looking so much  younger that the age she said. I wonder if Nigella had continued to add years to her age now?!!!

I am afraid, age and ageing can’t really be halted.  One way or another it would show.  It may be in your grey hair, telltale wrinkles on the forehead or under the eyes. Loosening of jaw line, sunspot at the back of your hands, turkey wattle on your neck and so much more.



Plenty have tried to defy aging, but only very, very few lucky ones have succeeded but ultimately, defeated. 🙂 – Jean Morton

While you have youth, use it wisely.

More quotes on Aging:

Youth is wasted on the young.
– could be by Oscar Wilde or George Bernard Shaw

Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.
~Maurice Chevalier

Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
– Benjamin Franklin

There is nothing more beautiful than cheerfulness in an old face.
– Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

Young men have a passion for regarding their elders as senile.
– Henry Adams

The Chestnut Tree – A Parable

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Photo by PH Morton

The Chestnut Tree – A Parable

Peter told me this parable from a book he was currently reading.  I thought it was very charming so here it is.

A Food for Thought

One day, a king was walking through a forest when  he came  upon an old man planting seeds from sweet chestnut tree.

The King curiously asked the man, “Why are you planting chestnuts when you would probably not be alive to benefit from the sweet nuts of the tree?  Surely it would take years for the tree to grow?”

The old man replied humbly to the king “If no one planted chestnuts a long time ago, I would not have not known and enjoyed the taste of sweet chestnuts.”


Isn’t that beautiful?  Sometimes we have to think of the bigger picture; our universe is not a one man band.

Stop and Smell the Roses

Stop and Smell the Roses

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.  We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.

Dale Carnegie

Guilty, I am afraid.  I often dream of things that are rather beyond my reach, completely ignoring the fact that what I already have is far  greater and better than what I waste my life hoping and yearning for.   All the things that are really important, sadly I take for granted.  Only when I almost lost these that I realised how stupid wishing my life away. Yet, I continue to do so.  It is human nature; we seem to crave for things that are forbidden, unfeasible and unattainable.

But not anymore, thanks Dale! 😉  Everytime I see a rose, I shall now think of what is really important to me and  that I have got them with me all along and will cherish them.

Thought for the Day: Grief

DSCN6308‘Grief is like a suitcase that sits at the bottom of your bed; every day you have to pick it up, take it with you. Some days it will be heavy, full of rocks, some days light as a feather. That is getting through it.’ “
– Claire in The Whispers

Thought for the Day: Grief

Peter and I were watching this very mysterious tv series, a corroboration with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin production.

Claire, one of the main characters, explained how grief can affect every fibre of your being.  I thought she put it simply but effectively clever. Rather succinct.

Grief is all-consuming, consisting of mostly negative emotions.  And if you are not careful and allow yourself to wallow in it, it will eat you up.  The cure for grief is TIME.  Whatever it is, time ultimately will lessen the grief.