Where the ground is flat, is where most people want to dwell. History has it that people used to travel long distances in search of flat land to live in and cultivate the soil for their crops. Flat lands also offered some comfort for people’s movement from one point to the other of the same village. However, the brave in most cases considered weird would go their own way and build themselves a dwelling on top of the mountain or on its slope.
With life you sometimes can not tell who is crazy based on decisions in moments of life. The ones who built on flat grounds would often discover that those lands are easily prone to flooding. They also would discover that for defence purposes against invading scavenging enemies, they were at a disadvantage of not being able to see far. Thus to see the advances of the enemies from a far and prepare defences in good time. This made those on mountain tops look wiser, for they could see all down below them.
As it were nature is unpredictable, mountains have been known to erupt hot liquids from beneath without warning, killing in their path any signs of life. Also it is common knowledge, mountains have disintegrated without notice bringing down with them gushes of water, mud accompanied by trees which destroy anything in their path. The certainty of knowing and not knowing is never certain. We all need to live life and as long as there is happiness no one knows for sure about the others comfort. To that end others make both their dwelling place, the mountain side and the flat land.
The quotes this week are extracted from a book which except for the Bible has sold many copies, has been reprinted many times. I am sure that the selected quotations below from this book will enlighten you to one or two life lessons. Read and enjoy:
A MESSAGE TO GARCIA AND OTHER ESSENTIAL ESSAYS ON SUCCESS by Elbert Hubbard
“A PRAYER – I wish to be simple, honest, frank, natural, clean in mind and clean in body, unaffected – ready to say ‘I do not know,’ If it be so, and to meet all men on an absolute equality – to face any obstacles and meet every difficulty unabashed and unafraid. ——I wish others to live their lives, too – up to their highest, fullest and best. To that end I pray that I may never meddle, interfere, dictate, give advice that is not wanted, or assist when my services are not needed. —— If I can help people, I’ll do it by giving them a chance to help themselves; and if I can uplift or inspire, let it be by example, inference, and suggestion, rather than by injunction and dictation.”
“…… I refer to the habit of carping, sneering, grumbling and criticizing those who are above us. The man who is anybody and who does anything is certainly going to be criticized, vilified and misunderstood. This is part of the penalty for greatness, and every great man understands it; and understands, too, that it is no proof of greatness. The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure insult without resentment. Lincoln did not resent criticism; he knew that every life was its own excuse for being, ………..”
“That each one living naturally will do the thing he can do best, but that in useful service there is no high nor low. ——- That to set apart one day in seven as ‘holy’ is really absurd and serves only to loosen our grasp on the tangible present. —— That all duties, offices and things which are useful and necessary to humanity are sacred, and that nothing else is or can be sacred.”
“Keep your mind on the great and splendid thing you would like to do; and then, as the days go gliding by, you will find yourself unconsciously seizing the opportunities that are required for the fulfilment of your desire, just as the coral insect takes from the running tide the elements that it needs. Picture in your mind the able, earnest, useful person you desire to be, and the thought that you hold is hourly transforming you into that particular individual you so admire.”
“If you must vilify, condemn and eternally disparage, why, resign your position, and then when you are outside, damn to your heart’s content. But I pray you, as long as you are a part of an institution, do not condemn it. Not that you will injure the institution – not that – but when you disparage a concern of which you are a part, you disparage yourself. —— More than that you are loosening the tendrils that hold you to the institution, and the first high wind that happens along, you will be uprooted and blown away in the blizzard’s track – and probably you will never know why. The letter says, ‘Times are dull and we regret there is not enough work,’ et cetera.”