Two Flowers, Two Thoughts

“The fact that your talents and contributions go unrecognized does not mean they lack merit. Many excellent accomplishments and worthy actions by individuals go unnoticed, because neither awareness nor gratitude are as common among the population as one could wish. If what you achieve and what you do causes no harm and does some good, however limited and unnoticed, then you can be heartened by a justifiable and realistic self-esteem.”

— Albert B. Coutras


“As the bee takes the essence of a flower and flies away without destroying its beauty and perfume, so let the sage wander in this life.”

— The Dhammapada, 49 (translation by Juan Mascaró)


What I Have Learned

What I Have Learned

Thinking is freedom,
Self respect is strength,
Letting go is liberty,
Character is fulfillment.
Life is a gift,
Love is all giving.

Don’t rush,
Don’t get greedy,
Don’t get angry,
Don’t expect courtesy or appreciation.
Be peaceful,
Be happy.

Life is a gift to you,
Love is your gift to others.
Life may reward your love given,
but who knows?