Tuesday, March 22, 2011

So Often Times

on the border

"So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains,

And we never even know we have the key. "

~The Eagles

Lyrics from Already Gone, Album: On the Border (1974)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Seven Blunders of the World

The Seven Blunders of the World is a list that Mahatma Gandhi gave to his grandson Arun Gandhi, written on a piece of paper, on their final day together, not too long before his assassination. The seven blunders are:

Wealth without work

Pleasure without conscience

Knowledge without character

Commerce without morality

Science without humanity

Worship without sacrifice

Politics without principle

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


"The leaders I met, whatever walk of life they were from, whatever institutions they were presiding over, always referred back to the same failure something that happened to them that was personally difficult, even traumatic, something that made them feel that desperate sense of hitting bottom--as something they thought was almost a necessity. It's as if at that moment the iron entered their soul; that moment created the resilience that leaders need.” Warren G. Bennis

Painting: The Magpie, oil on canvas, Claude Monet, 1868-1869

Monet often thought of himself as this magpie sitting alone in a frigid art world as his soul revealed the light of impressionism upon canvas after canvas. Always perceived as one of the leaders of the impressionistic movement, he defined resilience in his time.