Sunday, October 31, 2010
Joy 35/82: Notes on Fate
"The ungiven gift becomes a weight." -- Michael Meade.
Question: What mistake(s) shaped your life? Meade tells a story about his aunt who intended to give him a history book for his 13th birthday but accidentally picked the wrong one from the bookstore shelf. The book turned out to be Edith Hamilton's "Mythology." When his aunt offered to return it for the right one, Meade refused since he had already been struck by the pictures of the gods and goddesses on the cover. He devoured the stories and they became part of him.
"Life is lived forward but understood looking backwards."
Hafiz from the "God of Four Words" -- "Come dance with me."
Hafiz: One regret, dear World, that I am determined
not to have when I'm lying on my deathbed:
That I did not kiss you enough.