The First Syllable

In the point of rest at the center of our being we encounter a world where all things are at rest in the same way. Then a tree becomes a mystery, a cloud a revelation, each man a cosmos of whose riches we can only catch glimpses. The life of simplicity is simple, but it opens to us a book in which we never get beyond the first syllable.

Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

h/t First Syllable

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8 comments on “The First Syllable

  1. Bob Braxton says:

    Thomas Gray, 1751

    2013.12.12 Thu twi-lit
    Ensō (円相)
    -turn dust
    to dust
    shall re-
    Can Honour’s voice provoke the silent dust,
    Or Flatt’ry soothe the dull cold ear of Death?

    2013 September 29 Mon
    Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

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  2. shoreacres says:

    Maybe off topic, but maybe not. I just figured out last night that Annie Wilson, who wrote and sings “Clean Curve of Hill Against Sky”, is another former lawyer. She threw it over for teaching English at Emporia high school and song-writing. 😉

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    • Bill says:

      That brings a smile. I used to daydream about teaching English when I was having a miserable day in the office. I could probably do a passable job as an English teacher, but I’d never make it as a songwriter. Surprisingly, it’s the lyrics that give me the most trouble.

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  3. You’ve already seen this one, Bill, but why not again…

    In dwelling, live close to the ground.
    In thinking, keep to the simple.
    In conflict, be fair and generous.
    In governing, don’t try to control.
    In work, do what you enjoy.
    In family life, be completely present.

    lao tzu

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