Tuesday, June 26, 2012

2012-26 - How to achieve immortality

When he was still a young man, Beethoven decided to compose a few improvisations on a music by Pergolesi. He devoted months to this task and finally had the courage to publish it.

A critic wrote a full page review in a German newspaper in which he launched a ferocious attack on the music. Beethoven, however, was quite unshaken by his comments. 

When his friends pressed him to respond to the critic, he merely said: "All I need to do is to carry on with my work. If the music I compose is as good as I think it is, then it will survive that journalist. If it has the depth I hope it has, it will survive the newspaper too. Should that ferocious attack on what I do ever be remembered in the future, it will only serve as an example of the imbecility of critics."

Beethoven was absolutely right.

Over a hundred years later, that same review was mentioned in a radio programme in São Paulo.

~ Author Unknown
" How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct."

~ Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881), speech, January 24, 1860 


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

2012-25 - In control...

There are many things over which you have no control which nevertheless can significantly influence your life. If they're out of your control anyway, should you just sit back and let them happen?

Yes and no. Let them happen, yes. Sit back, no. No matter how powerful the events beyond your control may be, no matter how powerless you may be to influence them, you can always control how you respond to them and what you make of them.

Even in the most seemingly hopeless of situations, hope is there. Because hope resides not in the circumstance, but in your heart. No one can take it from you unless you let them.

Do your absolute best with the things you can control, and you'll flourish in spite of the vagaries of the world around you. Be prepared to respond positively and effectively, no matter what circumstances come along. Though many things are beyond your control, what you do with them is completely up to you.

~ Ralph Marston
" Events are called inevitable only after they have occurred."

~ Mason Cooley


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

2012-24 - Conformity Is a Trap

Once a spider built a beautiful web in an old barn. She kept it clean and shiny so that flies would buzz a bit nearer. The minute she got a visitor she would clean up on it so the other flies would not get suspicious.

Then one day a fairly intelligent fly came buzzing by the clean spider web. The spider called out, "Come in and sit." But the fly said, "No, ma’am. I don’t see other flies in your house, and I am not going in alone!"

But presently the fly saw on the floor below a large crowd of flies dancing around on a piece of brown paper. It was delighted! It was not afraid if lots of flies were doing the same. So the fly came in for a landing.

Just before it landed, a bee zoomed by, saying, "Don’t land there, stupid, that’s flypaper!" But the fly shouted back, "Don’t be silly, those flies are dancing. There’s a big crowd there. That many flies can’t be wrong." Well, you know what happened, the fly got stuck and died.

 Isn’t it strange how some of us want to be with the crowd so badly that we end up in a sticky mess. What does it profit a fly (or a person) if it escapes the web only to end up stuck in the glue?

~ Author Unknown

" Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth."

 ~ John F Kennedy

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

2012-23 - Faith & Works...

There was an old man who operated a rowboat for ferrying passengers between an island and the mainland. One day a passenger noticed that he had painted on one oar the word "Works", and on the other oar the word "Faith". Curiosity led him to ask the meaning of this.

The old man replied, "I will show you," dropping one oar, rowing only with the oar named "Works". Of course, the boat just went around in circles. Then he switched oars, picking up "Faith" and dropping "Works". And the little rowboat went around in circles again... this time in the opposite direction.

After this demonstration, the old man picked up both oars "Faith" and "Works", and rowing with both oars together swiftly coursed over the water. He looked at the passenger and said, "You see, that is the way it is in life as well as in rowing a boat. You got to keep both oars in the water, otherwise, you'll just go in circles."

~ Author Unknown
"The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man."

 ~ Euripides