Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ship's log - January 2009

Another year has passed. For myself, it was a mixed year (aren’t they all?) I know it was not a year of increase on the material wealth plane. Nor on the physical health plane. Nor on many another plane. But it was the year I started Healing Philosophy. And so it cannot be considered a bad year. What started out as a project to share philosophy has become something of a journey of discovery. I revisited old shores and took bearings in some unknown waters, all the while advancing into the open seas with the prospect of some new discovery only a day’s sail away.
It seems very providential to me that this year should end with my posts on Habit. It would be the world’s pity not to use our new philosophy in our daily life. 2008 was the year of discovering some great truths. 2009 must be the year of putting them into action. As we have seen, we can choose what we wish to become. And as we gain in wisdom, we will choose more and more wisely…

Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable. Francis Bacon

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle

We first make our habits, and then our habits make us. John Dryden

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Discover The Tale of Genji, the 11th Century classic of Japan (click image)

Discover The Tale of Genji, the 11th Century classic of Japan (click image)
Kiyomizudera Temple has a large veranda looking out over Kyoto and beyond