21 February, 2012

Thought for the day

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.
                                  ~Dalai Lama

21 November, 2011

Rilke - On Loneliness

Reading Rilke. He continues to be one of my favorite poets and everytime I read his poems, they never fail to move me. Here is a beautiful one on Loneliness.

Einsamkeit ist wie ein Regen.
Sie steigt vom Meer den Abenden entgegen;
von Ebenen, die fern sind und entlegen,
geht sie zum Himmel, der sie immer hat.
Und erst vom Himmel fällt sie auf die Stadt.

Regnet hernieder in den Zwitterstunden,
wenn sich nach Morgen wenden alle Gassen
und wenn die Leiber, welche nichts gefunden,
enttäuscht und traurig von einander lassen;
und wenn die Menschen, die einander hassen,
in einem Bett zusammen schlafen müssen:

dann geht die Einsamkeit mit den Flüssen...

Loneliness is like rain.
It rises from the sea to meet the evening;
from the plains, which are far and remote,
it ascends to the heavens, it always has.
And it is from the heavens that it falls upon the city.

It rains down into the twilight hours,
when all alleys turn to face the coming dawn,
and when two bodies, that have found nothing,
disappointed and sad, let go of one another;
and when those who hate one another,
must sleep together in the same bed:

then - loneliness flows with the rivers...

Can there be a more vivid imagery?

22 July, 2011

Thought for the day

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."
~ Mark Twain