Saturday, September 30, 2017

“You have made us for Yourself, Oh Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” – Augustine of Hippo

“The Human Condition: A User’s Manual,” by Arnold Kunst
21 September
One reason we can’t seem to think our way through to a solution to a given problem is that we’re always surrounded by noise, agitation – our spirits are plagued by what the Eastern mystics call “monkey chatter.” If it’s not a TV or a radio blaring, it’s a tapping toe that just won’t quit - drumming fingers will inevitably drown out what the poet called “the still, small voice of God.”

“My heart is perfect because you’re inside.” – Hallmark Card

20 September
“The Human Condition: A User’s Manual,” by Arnold Kunst
Imagine this: you’re a high school senior. You just finished class in your favorite subject. It doesn’t make a difference what that subject is: biology, woodwork, you name it. But that subject is what you have pursued as a career ever since. In fact, your contentment in that career is a major reason you’re content with life in general. In fact all that is true because a few minutes earlier in this particular class you said something of preternatural brilliance, something that represented a quantum leap of creativity, something so earth-shaking that everything just STOPPED. You’re dimly aware that other kids, packing up to go to their next class, are casting furtive glances at you as if you had just walked on water and are just now back on dry land. That’s when you see your teacher seemingly floating in s-l-o-w m-o-t-i-o-n toward you. He stops right in front of you, then, taking both your shoulders in his hands looks you straight in the eye, and says, “That was simply brilliant. You’re really good at this, aren’t you?” And with all the pristine innocence, all the blossoming shyness of which the teen years are abundantly endowed, you look back and say, “REALLY?!?”

“Patience is also a form of action.” – Auguste Rodin

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst:
September 30
 ‘Great distance in either time or space has wonderful power to lull and render quiescent the human mind.'
- Abraham Lincoln

‘The art of medicine consists in keeping the patient in a good mood while nature does the healing.'
- Voltaire

Friday, September 29, 2017

“A baby fills a place in your heart you never knew was empty.” - Anonymous

19 September
“The Human Condition: A User’s Manual,” by Arnold Kunst
An infallible, universal characteristic of babies and losers is that they want what they want NOW, not a week from Tuesday, not in five minutes. 
The good news is, babies will grow up!

“Continue to be who you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.” – Maya Angelou

18 September
“The Human Condition: A User’s Manual,” by Arnold Kunst
A $75 1937 Packard and a $750,000 2018 Lamborghini are idling next to each other at a red light. The Packard bangs and wheezes like it has emphysema; the Lamborghini purrs. The moral: quality is inversely proportional to noise.