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Open eyes are not always enough – gotta open ’em ‘wider’

July 29, 2014

Antonio de Mairena

from Juan de Mairena


To see things as they are, the eyes must be opened; to see things as other than they are, they must be even wider; to see things as better than they are, they must be open to the full. 


At a recent family meeting my wife came up with the idea of each of us thinking of three positive things that happened that day or the previous day.  We started this morning when I sent an email with my three things to her, and my son (16) and daughter (18).  So far, my wife has replied with her three.

It felt weird, but it felt good. I had to open my eyes wider.

We are trying to get out of a rut.


Break the closed door staring habit and open doors will seem to miraculously appear.

July 28, 2014

This title was inspired by Helen Keller’s quote  below from We Believed –


When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. 


We first raise the dust and then claim we cannot see. George Berkeley

July 26, 2014

Born in the 17th century, there is plenty about George Berkeley’s life and work that don’t really fit into the 2014 mindset. We are conditioned to see contradictions between his viewpoints, but this quote perhaps can serve as a warning not to let our post-modern ‘dust’ get kicked up to blind us as we consider his contributions.   He was a Christian apologist, and even has a feast day in the Episcopal Church, and yet his empirical philosophy is widely recognized as opening the way to the work of  philosophers Kant and Hume, and the scientist Einstein.


Live all you can…the right time is ANY time….Henry James

July 25, 2014

What are you waiting for? Other people to be nicer, for more money, for nicer weather? Live all you CAN. This quote is not about getting yourself all uptight because what you currently can do is not meeting some expectation you or someone else has of you. It also says to do it ANY time, no time pressure to get it perfect by a certain deadline.


Just do whatever.








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