Wednesday, August 20, 2014
So, having shared this, and in lieu of my regular offering, I offer for your reflection a daily email I have received for the past few years called "Daily Gratitude" by Wes Hopper. Here is today's message of "Daily Gratitude."
"I love the smell of the
Universe in the morning!"
Neil deGrasse Tyson
I think it's great that Tyson's quote is
capable of expressing the joy, beauty and
optimism that it does. Can't you just
feel the excitement of a new day in what
I like it even better because of its history.
Tyson has taken a deeply negative and
nihilistic quote and turned it into poetic
The original quote was from the 1979
Vietnam war film, "Apocalypse Now"
and was actually said by Robert Duvall
as "I love the smell of napalm in the
The point of the movie was that the
prolonged and inhuman violence of war
left people teetering on the edge of
insanity. Or over it.
Most of us have a choice very day - do
we face the day with the optimism of
Tyson, or something more like the
pessimism of Duvall's character?
The difference is in what we focus on,
because what we focus on is what grows
in our life.
Do we greet the day with joy, do we see
beauty and opportunity, do we know
the Universe is there to help us, are we
glad to be alive?
If so, then we too can love the smell of
the Universe in the morning!
Take a deep breath!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
I'm taking a few days vacation and today I was grateful to be with some close friends at a practice round of the PGA Championship Tournament in Louisville, KY.
I had never attended a professional, much less major, golf tournament before today. Here are a few of my initial thoughts.
1- Logistics! I was amazed at the planning, organization, imagination and implementation that turns a golf course into a venue that moves, feeds, entertains and otherwise meets the needs of thousands of people while the golfers move casually from hole to hole getting to know the course and preparing for the actual tournament.
2- All of this reminds me that we take for granted so many of the logistics in our modern world that are behind the services, products, and institutions that make our lives comfortable. Take a minute and express gratitude for all of the people, systems and logistics that provide food, clothing, water, transportation, government, and education (the list is long) for us.
3 - Next, as I watched the golfers, many of whom I've seen on TV and read about on sports pages for years, I was reminded that they, just like other professional such as doctors, nurses, firefighters, teachers, and salespeople (again the list is long) are dedicated, practice their skills, take pride in their work, sometimes make mistakes, and above all have fun and enjoy what they do, taking time between holes to sign autographs and pose for photos.
4 - Finally I am reminded of the sometimes incomprehensible disparity in our world. As thousands of people like me and my friends, not to mention the millions watching on TV this weekend, watch and enjoy a sporting event, people on other parts of our planet are experiencing unimaginable violence, pain, heartbreak, and death as conflicts and wars rage in their homelands.
Just a few observations and reflections while hanging around a golf course today.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Below are a couple of my favorite Kierkegaard parables for you to ponder:
"A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that's just how the world will come to an end: to general applause from wits who believe it's a joke."
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