Saturday, January 30, 2010

Un Cadeau

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.


Anonymous said...

I love it! I think I may have to post it on my desk!

Marsi said...

Wow, that is food for thought. Merci!

I like how the paper reappeared in your life.

I have a Moleskine notebook in which I "collect" interesting sayings and quotations. Yours just went in it. (I keep it right here on my desk and call it "Words to Live By."

Bon week-end, ma chere!

James said...

What a great way to look at life! Thank you.

Shelley said...

Thank you very much. It's a worthy concept, indeed. I agree that kind thinking is the hardest!

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Tish,
Great words to live by, kindness can change things around us. It must have been your petit cadeau when Andrea uncovered it after all these years.
You are an incredible writing talent my friend, have so enjyed all your Cherie series.
Bon weekend!

materfamilias said...

Kindness is so important and so often under-rated. I love this quotation -- thanks for sharing it!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I think it a fabulous idea to require handwriting samples with job applications. Handwriting is so often revealing of personality, don't you think? Lovely words in your talisman, too.

And on a completely different note.... I must confess I do adore those new Galliano designs!

BigLittleWolf said...

This is lovely. Merci, Tish.

Chemin des Muguets said...


I can relate to this post. Years ago, my mother-in-law to be, gave me a holy card (I am not Catholic), and every time I saw her she gifted me with a copy of the same card. She is gone now, but I keep finding these cards tucked away in unexpected places, and have even taken to carrying one in my wallet. And, its there when I need some motherly comfort.


Von said...

The beauty of serendipity!

She Writes said...

Fabulous words to live by!

knitpurl said...

Merci Tish.

Style Artisan said...

I had a stressful hectic day today, with people and responsibilities pulling at me from every direction.

Then, I came home and read this post. And suddenly, I felt a peace and calm that had eluded me all day.

I needed to hear that and be reminded of how I should choose to live my life every single day.

Thank you so much!

Semi Expat said...

Love that so much... I am going to write it out now and try my hardest to live by it. Daily.
Thank you Tish.

That's Not My Age said...

Yes, I agree. More kindness needed, full stop.

Marieanne said...

That's lovely.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Tish dear,
I am so honored by your comments! You found me through Mimi? Do you know here in "the flesh"? I am deeply touched by your enthusiasm over my blog! Oh, don't be intimidated by little old me! I have quite the story to tell; yes I am a prof in a French immersion school and I am always flabbergasted by my achievements because I started to learn French at 34 for fun! And now, I am conversing in French...go figure! Oh I wish you could have come to my blog a lot earlier; I have written stories, plays, poems and well, it has been so much fun. I am impressed with you, being a professional writer! My aim is to write childrens' books. I just defended my Master's thesis and I am currently working on a final paper, then I will have more free time to write. I am Une Femme d'un Certain Age myself, but I don't let that stop me! Oh do come again...I will follow your blog as well; it is lovely!! Bisous, Anita

Anonymous said...

Thank you what a lovely post.

BonjourRomance said...

Dear Tish,
Thank you for coming by, you leave the nicest comments. It is easy to miss all the beauty around here when I'm busy and zipping around the city. I guess its still fairly new to me, a little over three years - and a huge change from Florida!
The 'deadline' is February 5th and of course you can go undercover.
Have a good evening!

Trouvais said...

Bonjour Tish. Thank you for your kind comment this morning. Glad to hear your Shepard is hale and hearty. Kindness just gives you such a great return for the investment. Love your blog. If the sun wasn't finally peaking out between the clouds I would continue my resolution of getting all the way back to its beginning! Tomorrow I begin anew. Merci, Trish

Bonjour Madame said...

I think you are a living example of this. You have always been so kind to me and I appreciate it so much! I love the quote.

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