Three of them wrote about academic arrogance overnight on Sunday. Were they referring to the same person? These four people are residing in another country. Sometimes, just sometimes, not everyone is inclined academically. However, they are talented and gifted in other areas in very special ways. "The two sisters are very different," as mentioned and observed by many people over the years. I must always guard my heart. I must always be grateful and humble. The sun shines on everyone :)
“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I have become arrogant, but simply because I have reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I have lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I have decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that is why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything, I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.” ~ Meryl Streep :)
"Move one side," she said in Mandarin. Neither "please" was mentioned nor a friendly tone was used. I was shocked. I was appalled. I was there first; only a few seconds earlier. She could have waited for her turn to look at the very lovely household items. The place was not crowded at all then. Fortunately, I recognised who she was before I opened my mouth. For the greater good of my dearest and nearest, I kept my silence and walked away. This incident happened three Mondays ago. Her identity will forever remain a secret between I, me and myself :)
"Succumbing to uplift, edification and happy talk is basically saying that there is something more important than telling the truth: not making enemies, not hurting people's feelings." ~ Author Unknown :)
"If one feels that a value or a belief or a form that one cherishes has been reduced, one should rise to its defence. In intellectual and literary life, where the stakes may be quite high, manners must never be the primary consideration." ~ Rebecca West :)
"An intellectual has a solemn obligation to speak out negatively against ideas or books that he believes will have a misleading effect upon people's understanding of important things. To do otherwise would be cowardly and irresponsible." ~Rebecca West :)
"At the beginning, I experienced writing as a sort of constraint. Starting so young as a writer is pitiable, it is beyond your powers, you have to lay bare things that are very heavy, and you don't have the means for that. When I recently looked at my early manuscripts, I was struck by the absence of space, of breathing room. I have always felt like I have been writing the same book for the past 45 years." ~ 2014 Nobel Literature prize winner Patrick Modiano :)
"Hello, Auntie." "Hello." Who was he? A gentleman in his 30s. He greeted me in the neighbourhood mall. He saw me from afar with a smile. He must have recognised the wrong person. Most probably he is wondering about the encounter too. I don't know him. I didn't ask him. I just walked on.
"I am the kind of girl who doesn’t need a long list of friends to show off. I am the kind of girl who doesn’t need many people to keep her happy. I just need a few genuine friends who love me just the way I am and appreciate and value the time I spend with them. I don’t need to be surrounded by a network of people but I wish to cherish just a few relationships which are true, honest, deep and pure. I just need a handful of people who understand me and with whom I can share an extraordinary and special bond that lasts an entire lifetime." ~ Author Unknown :)
"Something has really been bothering me lately. I am utterly amazed at how people have changed. How they have become so self-centered and uncaring, so ungrateful but greedy, so spiteful and vengeful. I don't get it. Used to, people did for others expecting nothing in return. They did out of the goodness of their hearts. They would never do anything to intentionally hurt someone, they considered the other person's feelings and thought before they spoke. Social media has put a monitor between people. We all look at the world now on a screen and that screen doesn't have feelings. So some think. There is a saying, 'What would God do?' Well, he would never be unkind or selfish, never greedy or jealous, never uncaring and self-centered. God gave his only Son to save the world so why is it that we can't try and behave in the same manner as God? Why have we, as a society turned on each other, become mean, concerned only about 'me' and personal gain? God doesn't like that. We are to 'Do unto other's as you would have them do unto you.' So if we want people to be nice to us? Be nice to them. If we want people to be happy for us? Be happy for them. If we want people to respect us? Then respect them. It's really quite simple. Life is way too short to see how mad we can make someone, how we can hurt someone, how we can spite someone, how we can not consider someone else in our actions and decisions. We are none perfect but we are to strive to be. Passing judgment, wishing 'karma' on people, being unforgiving, is not striving to be. Actions speak louder than words and we can tell a lot about someone just by the way they act, regardless of what they are saying. I think we should all think on this. Remember, 'Never pass up the chance to tell someone you love them and never go to bed angry. Tomorrow is not promised and may never come.'" ~ Annette Samford :) * This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written last year. Cheers! :)
Received two surprise text messages before 7am. Our hairstylist informed us that she will be outstation for the next couple of days. One bank staff notified me of the new branch's operation status. Thank you :)
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ~ Elizabeth Kübler-Ross :)
"Be open about our feelings - don't mask our emotions, even at the office. When we are willing to be emotionally honest, we can connect more deeply with the people around us. When we deny ourselves and we deny what we are about, people can see through that. Willingness to be vulnerable is very powerful for a leader.” ~ Brad Feld :)
We must have a measured,
well-considered and gracious
response to an incident.
Incident which will strip us down
to our very core
and exhibit to others
our true maturity,
a maturity that is not
necessarily measured in years :)
Is it with one set of facts
or a hypothetical set of facts?
Consider if someone else
would interpret this differently.
Go through a thorough exercise
before we draw our own conclusion
and take care to consider
the effect on others
when we verbalise these conclusions :)