Kindness in words creates confidence; Kindness in thinking creates profoundness; Kindness in giving creates love. Lao-Tse
*********************As I often do I promised a surprise for the weekend, a petit cadeau. When I made the promise I had no idea what it might be.
This time though it was truly a magical surprise and a gift for me as well: the quote from Lao-Tse.
When I started my first job at 22, I kept it framed on my desk or in a drawer as a constant reminder of how I wanted to live my life; to make whatever effort it took to apply the "laws" in every thing I did. (Kindness in thinking can be a Herculean challenge.)
I thought I had lost my scrap of paper.
It's not as if I couldn't have re-written and re-framed it of course, but it had become a sort of talisman in its original tattered form in a handwriting I barely recognize today. (Maybe there really is something to the science of graphology. The French believe in it and often require a writing sample or a handwritten cover letter as part of a job application.)
My "original" re-appeared in Andrea's recent massive re-organization of my life. It is now in a new frame and back on my desk.
I think these principles come as close to a perfect way to live one's life as is possible on this earth.
Although my story has nothing to do with the theme of the blog, I allow myself such diversions from time to time when I think they might make you smile, sigh or nod your head.
Have a lovely weekend -- rain, snow, or sunshine.