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Quote Of The Week – 1/20/09

January 20, 2010

“If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.”

~ John Heywood (English Playwright and Poet, 1497 – 1580)


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  1. clarkscottroger permalink
    January 25, 2010 6:45 am

    Don’t know if I agree with the ‘…and happy’ part of the quote, but for the most part, yeah I can see the benefit in choosing how to characterize your experiences.

    In fact, I might take it a bit further (no! yes, Melanie I really would lol), to the point of saying that all experiences being a ‘reflection’ of the reality that is coming from within us must be viewed in the light of that source (within). Otherwise the trap becomes perfect…’I am feeling this because you are doing that’…

    Fallacy here being the belief that what you do is a part of me…instead of seeing it as…a part of me is (the source of) what you are.

    (I really (italics) need to learn how to use italics in my Replys).


    • January 30, 2010 10:33 pm

      Yeah, the part about being happy might be hard to wrap the head around, but I do agree with it to a certain extent in that it so often our judgment of an event from a finite perspective that causes us to characterize an experience positively or negatively. This is good. That is bad. They are this. They are that. I am good, bad, ugly, worthy, etc., etc., blah, blah.

      When really…who says? Who says what is good? Bad? Right? Wrong? Ultimately…who really says? Is it society, or culture, or mom and dad, or church, or mosque, or democratic, or republican, that says so?

      It’s all just a game. A game of judgment, of the ego, the adversary, the fruit of the tree of good and evil, that perpetuates itself through the energy of judgment and right and wrong.

      If we remove ourselves from the judgment, from the good vs. bad, this vs. that, and realize our life from that place of BEING, that reality of source, we can grow/evolve/become that which Heywood deemed “vigorous and happy”.

      Oh…and to put italics in your reply, just use to bracket the words you want italicized.

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