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A Friendship Blessing
  - from Anam Cara by John O'Donohue

May you be blessed with good friends.
May you learn to be a good friend to yourself.
May you be able to journey to that place in your soul where
    --there is great love, warmth, feeling and forgiveness.
May this change you.
May it trasfigure that which is negative, distant, or cold in you.
May yoube brought in the real passion, kinship and affinity of belonging.
May you treasure your friends.
May you be good to them and my you be there for them;
  --may they bring you all the blessings, challenges, truth,
  --and light that you need for your journey.
May you never be isolated.
May you always be in the gentle nest of belonging with your anam cara.
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"I always thought that if I were doing something popular I must be doing something wrong."
    - Suzanne Vega
"Oh, I'm so inadequate -- and I love myself!
   - Meg Ryan
"It's Never Too Late -- in fiction or in life -- to revise.
   -Nancy Thayer
"It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.
   - Bridge Bardot
"[I am a] hardened and shameless tea drinker, who for twenty years diluted his meals only with the infusion of this fascinating plant; whose kettle has scarcely time to cool; who with tea amuses the evening, with tea solaces the midnight, and with tea welcomes the evening." -Samuel Johnson
Vinegar Taster Passage from The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoffman

We see three men standing around a vat of vinegar. Each has dipped his finger into the vinegar and has tasted it.  The expression on each man's face shows his individual reaction. Since the painting is allegorical, we are to understand that these are no ordinary vinegar tasters, but are instead representatives of the "Three Teachings" of China, and the vinegar they are sampling represents the Essence of Life.  The three masters are K'ung Fu-tse (Confucius), Buddha, and Lao-tse, author of the oldest book of Taoism. The first has a sour look on his face, the second wears a bitter expression, but the third man is smiling.

To K'ung Fu-tse, life seemed rather sour.  He believed that the present was out of step with the past, and that the government of man on earth was out of harmonty with the Way of Heaven, the government of the universe....

To Buddha, the second figure in the painting, life on earth was bitter, filled with attachments and desires that led to suffering.  The world was seen as a setter of traps, a generator of illusions, a revolving wheel of pain for all creatures....

To Lao-tse, the harmony that naturally existed between heaven and earth from the very beginning could be found by anyone at any time, ....In the painting, why is Lao-tse smiling? After all, that vinegar that represents life must certainly have an unpleasant taste, as the expression of the other two men indicate. But, through working in harmony with life's circumstances, Taoist understanding changes what others may perceive as negative into someting positive.  From the Taoist point of view, sournes and bitterness come from the interfering and unappreciative mind. Life itself, when understood and utilized for what it is, is sweet. That is the message of The Vinegar Tasters.
Tao Te Ching by Loa-tse translated by Stepen Mitchell

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We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds the whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.

We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.