Patience, According to Da Vinci

da-vinci-profile“Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.”

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Artist, architect and engineer

Judgement Day

On judgment day, there will be atheists who meet Love face-to-face and say, “That was you?  Please forgive me, I didn’t recognize you when I saw you.”

On judgment day, there will be believers who meet Love for the first time and say, “who are you?  What do you want with me?”

Knowing someone’s name, address and work isn’t the same as actually knowing the person, after all.

I love quotes!

“I want you to fearlessly pursue your dreams and your destiny, conscious that you are not what you do, listening to your inner voice, refusing to let superficial things define you, asking yourself the hard questions about what you believe and what you will serve, fighting the fears in your own mind . . . ” Kelly Cutrone

I love quotes.  Lately, I have been reading lots and lots of quotes from people who are living lives or have done things that I admire or respect.  Their advice is sooooooooo different from the sort of well-meaning advice I get all the time.  I keep telling people close to me that I feel like I’m standing on thin air right now.  There is nothing in my life that says, “everything’s OK!  You’re doing the right things!  Stay the course!” right now.  I have no reason to believe that my life is anything but a shambles right now – except . . .  Well, except for the fact that I know that I have been following God and He won’t fail me.  And except that those who have gone before me keep telling me that where I am at is just the dark before the dawn.  Except that I know that when you find yourself in a dark place because you’ve been living in a good way, the darkness is only as dark as the brightness of the day will be when it gets here.

So here’s my challenge for you: who are you going to believe?  Your own fears and all the people around you nice, safe, neat lives?  Or the promises of God and the testimony of those who have gone this way before?

In Phillipians 4:8, Paul (someone who lived a life and did things I respect and admire) says:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

So, that’s what I’m going to keep doing – finding my quotes and letting them drown out anything that isn’t good enough to be allowed access to my brain.  How about you?

HT: Thanks to Small Hands Big Ideas for the Kelly Cutrone quote – I’m going to be hanging onto it all day!

BTW, for those of you who also love quotes, my new book includes several pages of my favorite quotes.  It’s available for sale on right now – go buy it!  😉

Ain’t that the truth?

I was reading an excellent column by Clarence Page today about Robert F. Kennedy’s speech in Indianapolis on the day that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered. In his speech RFK quotes the ancient Greek dramatist Aeschylus:

He who learns must suffer, and, even in our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.

My goodness. Isn’t that the truth? Another choice quote from Aeschylus:

It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.

Hmmmm . . . I wish someone had taught me that earlier in life. As I recently told my oldest son, people tend to like the smart, the wise and the good from a distance. Once they get too close, they make people uncomfortable and inspire hostility at worst or more commonly, are just held at a safe distance where they are more enjoyable to the average person.

I always love finding ancient truth which rings true across the eons. It’s the truth of Ecclesiastes:

That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done . So there is nothing new under the sun.

To round this collection of fairly random thoughts let me recommend to you, if you haven’t done it before, to read the book of Ecclesiastes. There’s nothing else like it in scriptures and it’s a treasure trove of quotes and poetry. In our house there are certain days when all we have to say is, “it’s been an Ecclesiastes kind of day” and the other knows just what we mean.