Sunday Sayings

Happy Mothers Day to all the Mothers in Australia for today. I also wish a Happy Mothers Day to those who wanted to be Mothers and couldn’t and all those who have strained Mother – child relationships.

Often it is Mothers or Motherly figures, who have plenty of experience in maintaining perspective as well as minimizing negative emotions. The Dalai Lama does as well.

  • Perspective
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“Disregard small issues.

The most important skill in staying calm is not to lose sleep over small issues. The second most important skill is to be able to view all issues as small issues.”

The Dalai Lama

  • Negative Emotions

“Anger, jealousy, impatience and hatred are the real troublemakers and with them, problems cannot be solved. Though one may have temporary success, ultimately one’s hatred or anger will create further difficulties.”

“Negativity is never the solution.”

The Dalai Lama

Is it Mother’s Day in your part of the World?

Several years ago, I became fascinated with traditional proverbs and sayings, their metaphorical layers and the many different interpretations found within those succinct few words. I marveled at their ability to transcend race, religion, opinions and age.
Mostly anonymous, they are a portal through time to generations past and echo a diverse range of cultures, and the experiences of many lessons learned and the wisdom from thousands of lives already lived.
They offer us knowledge; knowledge that is passed to us in much the same way relay runners might pass a baton. Once it’s handed over, it is up to us what we do with it and how we pass it on.


25 thoughts on “Sunday Sayings”

  1. Lovely post ❤ As you say, on this day that we mom's celebrate, it's good to acknowledge all the different kinds of moms out there and those who would have wanted to be moms but couldn't. It can be a happy day for some and an incredibly sad day for others.

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  2. Oh Amanda, the Dalai Lama speaks so many wise words. I know you share my sentiments of utter confusion that the answer to most things is as simple as his incredibly profound words, yet the world carries on its merry way down the constant path of stress, worry, waste and war. I wish his words brought hope, but sadly I despair!


    1. Too true, Chris. We do have a tendency to over – complicate and analyse things. Somehow the balance has been lost and daily stress, worry, waste and war are familiar bedfellows to us. We can be an example to others, by not falling into that same tendency and in doing do, bring hope to others. I find it hard to think otherwise as the alternative is too gloomy. A bit of denial, perhaps?


        1. I keep thinking that hope is infectious, and more infectious than despair. As Marlene has said, think that the universe wants you to be happy. The alternative is too horrid to contemplate.

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  3. This past Sunday, May 12, was also Mother’s Day here in the U.S. In México recently, a large group of mothers (and fathers) used the day to protest the unsolved murders and disappearances of several (mostly young) people in that nation’s ongoing battle with drug cartels.

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    1. So upsetting to hear that the drugs cause so much grief. I hate them for what they do to people’s minds and lives. The folks who profit from that misery are scum.


    1. This is an excellent quote of Gandhi’s. Revenge might make a person feel more equal, less oppressed or surpressed but in the end the price of that feeling is too high and often too destructive. Why do we feel fixated on equalising matters? It is not something that happens in the natural world.


    1. Couldn’t agree more. It is a choice of attitude, a mindset that gives us space to breathe! It is a wonderful quote, don’t you think? And one that is ready to remember.


    2. Couldn’t agree more, Manja. It is a choice of attitude, a deliberate mindset that gives us space to breathe! It is a wonderful quote, don’t you think? And one that is easy to remember.

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