America

A German named America,

But he named it after an Italian,

Yet this all happened in France,

But America was discovered by Spain,

And the most astonishing fact is that

In America we speak English.

 

Today, we have people here from all over the world,

And the whole world looks to us.

A big nation in a big land in the west,

It’s great and all-encompassing,

But most importantly free

We call it America!

 

this poem is from my book Poems for a Good Occasion

motivational quotes 3/3/17

If you are depressed now, don’t give up. Look at the long view and take comfort in the bright future that lies ahead.

Don’t expect your whole day to be good, but if your whole day is bad, then you have a problem.

You can’t quit! You can’t give up!

 Never underestimate the healing power of humor.

If you could change one thing about yourself, change your attitude!

Happiness is spontaneous and is unexpected;

Happiness cannot be induced.

Happiness cannot be planned for.

Spontaneity is the spirit.

Live spontaneously.

I Have

I have once lived.

I have once loved.

I have once felt.

 

But that was a long time ago…

But what a time it was!

 

I have once lived.

I have once loved.

I have once felt.

 

But that was when I was young…

But what an age it was!

 

I have once lived.

I have once loved.

I have once felt.

 

But that was not to be…

But what a dream it was.

 

I have lived once.

I have loved once.

I have felt once.

 

I have…

And that makes me happy.

 

 

this poem was excerpted from my book Poems for a Good Occasion

motivational quotes January 9, 2017

A new year is a new hope

He who wants the wealth of the Indies, must carry home the wealth of the Indies (folk)

It is flat at the top.

The price of being a sheep is boredom. The price of being a wolf is loneliness. -Hugh MacLeod

Man that is born of woman lives but a short time, and is full of troubles -Job, the Bible

Never cultivate the seeds of self-destruction. Nip them in the bud.

I don’t know who is in charge of the universe, but he who is, is a great poet.

The past was wasted. Let it go… and work towards building a great future.

He who put us on this earth knew what we had to do while here, and in doing it, we become worthy of the afterlife.

the thinking of observation

Let us imagine this scenario. You are out and about in society, let’s say, at a restaurant or a cafe, in downtown of wherever you live, your city. And your lunch mate, your friend, has gotten up and left the table, and you are left alone…alone with your thoughts…but you are not thinking. There is nothing you are thinking about. You are eating your sandwich, drinking your pop, and looking around the room, the walls, the ceiling, the other people, and out the window. But there are no thoughts in your head. Does this mean you are not thinking? No! You are thinking. You are thinking without language. You are thinking with your face when you observe. You are thinking with your hands, when you move them. You are thinking with your arms, when you move them and with you are thinking with your eyes when you look closely.

Language is not the only means of thinking. Observation-without language-is a form of thinking. To observe is to think. It is to think about what you are looking at. The people and the place, and yourself. Who you are, what you are doing and the way you look. To know the way you look is a form of thinking. Without language. Unintellectual. And so we may be tempted to label it as unintelligent. But it is nevertheless profound…it can be, if you are able to look carefully. To see the full picture of reality. The full restaurant, the full scene out the window, the full aspect of your fellow creatures surrounding you and your full self.

motivational quotes 11/11/16

The happiest moment of the day may not come at the party. It may come on the way there or the way back.

It’s never too late.

Part of me knows I’m growing too old (Kongos)

Elect good leaders

Look beyond yourself

Every idiot is a savant

It doesn’t matter where you live. It matters what you do.

You can’t make people like you, but you can like them -david garcia