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Modern day parables from the desk of Scott Davis
Some ships sail east, and some sail west, By the selfsame winds that blow. It’s the set of the sails and not the gales That determines the way they go!

-Anonymous

Some ships sail east, and some sail west, By the selfsame winds that blow. It’s the set of the sails and not the gales That determines the way they go!

-Anonymous

Poetry

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering – these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love – these are what we stay alive for.”

Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)

(Source: inquisitr.com)

Not Your Children

"Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They came through you but not from you.
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you,

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”
- Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-U.S. poet and painter
Not Your Children

"Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They came through you but not from you.
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you,
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”

- Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-U.S. poet and painter

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson
Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson
A Weak Mind

"A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones."
—Lord Chesterfield
A Weak Mind

"A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones."

—Lord Chesterfield

Horace Silver
1928-2014

“I personally do not believe in politics, hatred or anger in my musical composition,” he wrote in the liner notes to his album “Serenade to a Soul Sister” in 1968. “Musical composition should bring happiness and joy to people and make them forget their troubles.”
Horace Silver

Horace Silver, a pianist, composer and bandleader who was one of the most popular and influential jazz musicians of the 1950s and ’60s, died on Wednesday at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 85.

His death was announced by Blue Note Records, the company for which he recorded from 1952 to 1979.

Horace Silver
1928-2014

“I personally do not believe in politics, hatred or anger in my musical composition,” he wrote in the liner notes to his album “Serenade to a Soul Sister” in 1968. “Musical composition should bring happiness and joy to people and make them forget their troubles.”
Horace Silver

Horace Silver, a pianist, composer and bandleader who was one of the most popular and influential jazz musicians of the 1950s and ’60s, died on Wednesday at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 85.

His death was announced by Blue Note Records, the company for which he recorded from 1952 to 1979.

There is no poverty that can overtake diligence. 
-Japanese proverb

There is no poverty that can overtake diligence.
-Japanese proverb

Priorities

A boat docked in a tiny village. A rich tourist complimented
the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took
him to catch them.
Not very long, answered the fisherman.
But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?? asked the businessman
The fisherman explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs
and those of his family.
The businessman asked, But what do you do with the rest of your time??
I sleep, fish a little, play with my children, and spend some time with my wife. In the evenings, I go into town to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life.
The businessman interrupted, I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you!
You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra
fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.
And after that? asked the fisherman.
With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one
and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.
Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate
directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You
can then leave this little village and move to Los Angeles, or New York City ! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise.
How long would that take? asked the fisherman.
Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years, replied the businessman .
And after that??
Afterwards? Well my friend, that’s when it gets really interesting,
answered the businessman, laughing. When your business gets really big, you
can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!
Millions? Really? And after that?? asked the fisherman.
After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast,
sleep later, play with your children, catch a few fish,spend some time with
your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends.
The moral of this story ?
Know where you’re going in life. You may already have the important things.

Priorities

A boat docked in a tiny village. A rich tourist complimented
the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took
him to catch them.

Not very long, answered the fisherman.

But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?? asked the businessman

The fisherman explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs
and those of his family.

The businessman asked, But what do you do with the rest of your time??

I sleep, fish a little, play with my children, and spend some time with my wife. In the evenings, I go into town to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life.

The businessman interrupted, I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you!
You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra
fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.

And after that? asked the fisherman.

With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one
and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.
Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate
directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You
can then leave this little village and move to Los Angeles, or New York City ! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise.

How long would that take? asked the fisherman.

Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years, replied the businessman .

And after that??

Afterwards? Well my friend, that’s when it gets really interesting,
answered the businessman, laughing. When your business gets really big, you
can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!

Millions? Really? And after that?? asked the fisherman.

After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast,
sleep later, play with your children, catch a few fish,spend some time with
your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends.

The moral of this story ?
Know where you’re going in life. You may already have the important things.

Happy 4th of July

 ”Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one”
— Benjamin Franklin

Happy 4th of July

”Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one” — Benjamin Franklin
Real Music

"Music is the silence between the notes."
Achille-Claude Debussy (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) French composer.

Real Music

"Music is the silence between the notes."
Achille-Claude Debussy (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) French composer.