Each day, I promise myself not to
try to solve all my life problems at once --
nor shall I expect you to do so;
Starting each day, I shall try to learn something new about
me and about you
and about the world I live in, so that I may continue to experience
all things as if they had been newly born;
Starting each day, I shall remember to communicate my joy
as well as my despair, so that we can know each other better;
Starting each day, I shall remind myself to really listen
to you and to try to hear your point of view and to discover
the least-threatening way of giving you mine, remembering
that we are both growing and changing in a hundred different
Starting each day, I shall remind myself that I am a human
being and not demand perfection of you until I am perfect,
so you're safe;
Starting each day, I shall try to be more aware of the beautiful
things in our world -- I'll look at the flowers, I'll look
at the birds, I'll look at the children,
I'll feel the cool breezes, I'll eat good food -- and I'll
share these things with you;
Starting each day, I shall remind myself to reach out and
touch you, gently, with my words, my eyes and with my fingers,
because I don't want to miss feeling you;
Starting each day, I shall dedicate myself again to the process
of being a lover -- and then see what happens;
You know, I'm really convinced that if you were to define
love, the only word big enough to engulf it all would be "Life"
-- LOVE IS LIFE -- in all its aspects ... And if you miss
love, you miss life !
Please don't !
from A Start by Leo Buscaglia.
generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.
Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him
with a bright and friendly face.
Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer
of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy
Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech.
Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men.
Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the
sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed,
an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression.
Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts.
Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower
of strength for the fugitive.
Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of
Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the
brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness,
a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the
hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue,
a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean
of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the
diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy
a fruit upon the tree of humility.
Glance at the Future
From behind the wall of the Present I heard the hymns of humanity.
I heard the sounds of the bells announcing the beginning of
the prayer in the temple of Beauty.
molded in the metal of emotion and poised above the holy alter--the
From behind the Future I saw multitudes worshipping on the
bosom of Nature, their faces turned towards the East and awaiting
the inundation of the morning light-- the morning of Truth.
I saw the city in ruins and nothing remained to tell man of
the defeat of Ignorance and the triumph of Light.
I watched the elders seated under the shade of cypress and
willow trees, surrounded by youths listening to their tales
of former times.
I saw the youths strumming their guitars and piping on their
reeds and the loose-trussed damsels dancing under the jasmine
I saw the husbandmen harvesting the wheat, and the wives gathering
the sheaves and singing mirthful songs. I saw woman adorning
herself with a crown of lilies and a girdle of green leaves.
I saw Friendship strengthened between man and all creatures,
and clans of birds and butterflies, confident and secure,
winging towards the brooks.
I saw no poverty; neither did I encounter excess. I saw fraternity
and equality prevailing among man. I saw not one physician,
for everyone had the means
and knowledge to heal himself.
I found no priest, for conscience had become the High Priest.
Neither did I see a lawyer, for Nature has taken the place
of the courts, and treaties of amity and companionship were
I saw that man knew that he is the cornerstones of creation,
and that he has raised himself above littleness and baseness
and cast off the veil of confusion
from the eyes of the soul; this soul now reads what the clouds
write on the face of heaven and what the breeze drawn on the
surface of the water; now understands the meaning of the flower's
breath and the cadences of the
From behind the wall of the Present, upon the stage of coming
ages, I saw Beauty as a groom and Spirit as a bride, and Life
as the ceremonial Night of the Kedre.
Kedre = A night during the Moslem Lent when God is said to
grant the wishes of the devout.]