People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.Bob Dylan (via purplebuddhaproject)
I just found out that my brother’s wife’s ex-husband was in a freak accident a couple weeks ago. A big tree limb fell on the windshield of his car, crushing his chest and almost killing him. (Note tree branch through steering wheel!) He should live but is still in critical condition weeks afterward. His kids were in the car with him, but only one got a few scrapes.
It just goes to show you… No matter how bad you think life is, things could always be worse.
I posted the above back in July 2012. Notice my last line, that things could always be worse. Well, they are. I learned that my brother’s wife’s ex-husband, who had a tree fall on his car a couple years ago, almost crushing him to death, was actually crushed to death this morning when his car fell on top of him in his garage. I don’t know the details yet but I imagine he was working underneath it. Not sure if it was the same car as shown above, probably not. Anyway, I guess this guy was fated to be crushed to death in an automotive related way. I never met the fellow, and it would be ill mannered to say disparaging things about the recently deceased, so I’ll say no more about him. Anyway, totally weird coincidence.
And you thought your Monday was bad.
Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry - all forms of fear - are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.Eckhart Tolle (via thecalminside)
Grand Central Terminals Pre-Restoration Ceiling Tile
Look carefully at the northwest corner for a small dark square. The spot was kept as a reminder of how dirty the ceiling was before the massive cleaning that took place here in the ’90s—the entire ceiling was covered in the same dark layer from commuters’ cigarette smoke.
(Photographed by R.J. Caputo)
I’ll have to look for this next time I’m there!
“Beastly thing! Shoo! Shoo!" (from things I sometimes say to my cat)
Unfortunately, many have unrealistic expectations, supposing that I have healing powers or that I can give some sort of blessing. But I am only an ordinary human being. The best I can do is try to help them by sharing in their suffering.
Dalai Lama XIV (via whats-out-there)
Another person of faith I hold in the highest esteem.
Ahhhh, that’s nice… a little harder… a little to the left…
WHOA! Not down there, buddy! Buy me dinner first!
There is no reason why God and Science cannot exist together. They do not necessarily contradict each other. The conflict comes not from thoughtful thiests, but from religious fundamentalists; those stubborn folk who cling to demonstrably outdated assumptions about God and the Universe that do not mature with our knowledge.
I do not have the same opinions I had when I was 10, mostly because my knowledge of the world is increase dramatically since I was that age. Imagine an otherwise intelligent and educated adult who still had the same opinions from when they were 10 years old. Would that not seem silly? Yet our culture tries to hang onto bronze age beliefs that should have been upgraded long ago.
He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questionsConfucius (via purplebuddhaproject)
Does anyone else smell sulphur?
Me: This is a manly meal, isn’t it? Chicken wings and pizza!
She: Uh… It’s goat cheese pizza. I’m not sure that qualifies.
Me: You’re right. It should be piled with meat, shouldn’t it?
She: Sausage and pepperoni.
Me: I might as well be drinking no-alcohol beer with this.
She: or a wine-spritzer maybe.
It is often tragic to see how blatantly a man bungles his own life and the lives of others yet remains totally incapable of seeing how much the whole tragedy originates in himself, and how he continually feeds it and keeps it going.C.G. Jung (via purplebuddhaproject)