“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust
When is the last time you were a tourist in your own town? It’s fun when I have people visit and we explore my city – seeking out new restaurants, shops and parks…and I wonder why I don’t go out and seek new discoveries on my own!
My heritage is Italian, on both sides of my family – and I have a soft spot for anything Italian. I love the food, the country, and their attitude towards life – il dolce far niente (the sweetness of doing nothing). So this week I’m quoting an Italian Proverb:
“One may have good eyes and yet see nothing.” Italian Proverb
It takes effort on our part to truly see the world; only if we open our eyes and really take a look. This week I’m going to try not to take life for granted.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” The 14th Dalai Lama
This person’s definition of compassion really made sense to me: “It’s easy for me to feel sorry for others. To be compassionate,though, I need to understand why people are suffering and then try to do something about it.”
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” Jack London
Amen to that! When in the creative arts, the artist or author learns that creativity doesn’t only come during moments of inspiration. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to work through the dull periods as will as the bright ones!
“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.” John F. Kennedy
This quote fits for my week since I’m writing a short story that involves a skeptic and psychic!