Proverbial Friday – Global Wisdom

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.

Each Friday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking. 

I hope you will too.

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There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is still the same.

– Chinese proverb

 

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This Chinese proverb is reassuring to those who sit outside the box, to those who don’t fit the mold, non-conformists who are so often cast aside from the mainstream, as being less valued.

We all, every single one of us, ends up in the very same place There is no immortal life on earth. Death is a leveling experience. The thought that we are racing headlong towards the end of life has slipped the mind of some, has run past many others, whilst a few appear hell bent on getting there before anyone else.

To paraphrase a song lyric:  “The race is long, but in the end, it is only with yourself.”

 

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“How abundantly do spiritual beings display the powers that belong to them! We look for them, but do not see them; we listen to, but do not hear them; yet they enter into all things, and there is nothing without them.”

― Confucius

 

Confucius has many profound things to say, and this strikes me as pertinent, both from a religious and secular angle. The human race is not convinced about the existence of supernatural beings or extra terrestrials, strange metaphysical happenings, ESP, intuition, citing the need for tangible evidence before any acknowledgement is publicly given, yet religion heavily relies on intangible belief and imagination from the flock.

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Something to Ponder About this Friday

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My Frozen places

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Take a tour with me –

 

Iceland – the ultimate Frozen landscapeIceland Thingvellir

 

A snow bunny in the frozen Norwegian countrysideOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Delicate frozen-ness atop the Swiss Alpssnow

 

Icy vastness in the Antipodes of New Zealandsnow

 

Even in Australia, one can find frozen Gum treessnowgums falls cree 2011

 

The snow was icy and ‘sharp’ this day. If you fell skiing, it really hurt!Beitostolen

 

A face that could freeze hearts!

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Linking to the Travel theme: Frozen

 

Monday Mystery Photo – Last time Switzerland

Each Monday*, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object. I do encourage you to leave a comment if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photograph is located, or what it is. Thanks to Millie Thom for contributing the photograph this week.

Where is the world is this?

Mosta Dome, Malta

Last time on MMP,  (photo shown below), we were in Switzerland, casting our glances over a wintry day on the Linmat river in Zurich. Tidious Ted and NonsmokingLadyBug and SnowSomewhere both correctly recognized the photograph. Perhaps they have been to Zurich and know that it was founded as a Roman settlement in 15 BC, or that the Bahnhofstaße is a very wealthy street as Zurich’s banks hold the largest stocks of gold reserves in the world. Despite this fact, 4/5 of Zurich’s population works in the service industries.

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*Please note that during the Northern summer of 2016, MMP may not be posted each and  every week due to circumstances beyond my control.

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Monday Mystery Photo – Brienz and Morocco

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. I encourage you to leave a comment, if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photo, was taken. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog. Guest contributions are always welcome.

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 Where in the world would you see the photo above?

Several people attempted a guess and they were all pretty close zeroing in on the western European areas, but it was Tara, from After the rain who was the first to correctly identify last week’s photo, to be somewhere in Switzerland.

Indeed it was the Swiss town of Brienz, and the lake by the same name, located in the Bernese Oberland, or northern-easterly region of Switzerland.  Brienz, which is well-known as the “village of carving” has a long tradition in wood processing and to this day has a school for carving and violin-making. Read more  about Brienz here Continue reading “Monday Mystery Photo – Brienz and Morocco”