Karma is the beginning of knowledge. Next is patience.

“Karma is the beginning of knowledge. Next is patience. Patience is very important. The strong are the patient ones, Anjin-san*. Patience means holding back your inclination to the seven emotions: hate, adoration, joy, anxiety, anger, grief, fear. If you don’t give way to the seven, you’re patient, then you’ll soon understand all manner of things…

There was another life that I might have had

“There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.” — Kazuo Ishiguro One of my favourite authors, Never Let Me Go crept up me, and its central idea and character will I am sure indeed never let me go. His latest novel, The Buried Giant,  is for me, his greatest…

Yesterday when I was young

Yesterday when I was young The taste of life was sweet as rain upon my tongue I teased at life as if it were a foolish game The way the evening breeze may tease a candle flame… — Charles Aznavour I first heard this song sung by Dusty Springfield, and as is so often the case,…

It’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a Vogon airlock…

“You know,” said Arthur, “it’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I’d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.” “Why, what did she tell you?” “I don’t know,…

Relax

We’re making the same mistakes we made 1,000 years ago.
So they must be the right ones. So relax.