For January 1, to begin his tome, we find Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Better to know a few things which are good and necessary than many things which are useless and mediocre.” The book is filled with what Count Tolstoy intended to be “collected wisdom of the centuries in one book: a wise thought for every day of the year, from the greatest philosophers of all times and all people, about the Good Way of Life”.
Interestingly enough, the entire last page — the seven entries for December 31 — are about time — time, eternity, and the present moment. My favorite, culled from the Jewish wisdom scripture known as The Talmud, says: “‘Time passes by!’ we say. Time does not exist; only we move.”
Published in The Huffington Post 5-25-2010
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