Monthly Archives: June 2010

Spontaneous Joy – Your invitation to join in!

This is TOO delightful not to share: The Levity Project “is a social movement creating change through public acts of play, laughter, and celebration.” Here’s a sample of the stunning stuff they get up to: a CAR DANCING Micro-Movement and … Continue reading

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Vigilance

Vigilance = Virtue

Quotes to consider:

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” – John Philpot Curran

“Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts.” – Buddha

“Doubt must be no more than vigilance, otherwise it can become dangerous.” – Georg C. Lichtenberg

“Beware of rashness, but with energy, and sleepless vigilance, go forward and give us victories.” – Abraham Lincoln
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Loafing

Loafing is a necessary luxury.

It gives rise to inspiration.

Quotes to consider:

“To loaf is a science, to loaf is to live” – Honore de Balzac

“Loafing needs no explanation and is its own excuse.” – Christopher Morley

“It is better to have loafed and lost, than never to have loafed at all” – James Thurber

“In producers, loafing is productive; and no creator, of whatever magnitude, has ever been able to skip that stage, any more than a mother can skip gestation.” – Jacques Barzun
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Global Day of Action – “Hands Across The Sand”

Here’s something special that SANCCOB are doing in Cape Town today: participating in the global Hands Across The Sand initiative.

This morning, people who care are joining hands across the sand at Blouberg Beach, wearing green and bearing placards that say “Yes” to clean energy, while doing their bit in a bid to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Rocky, SANCCOB’s endearing ambassador penguin, will be there as a living reminder of the threat of ocean-related pollution to sea birds. African Penguins have recently been reclassified as ENDANGERED, as per the IUCN Data List, with oil pollution rating as a key contributing factor in their declining numbers. Their plight features in my first novel, OUT OF AIR (see My Books).

Here are two pics of these engaging birds, which Dave took last year at Boulders Beach:


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Uniqueness

Uniqueness contributes colour.

Its celebration brightens the world.

Quotes to consider:

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss

“It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.” – Henri Matisse

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams
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Skill

Skill is learned.

It requires patience and perseverance.

Quotes to consider:

“Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill.” – Unknown

“Technical skill is mastery of complexity, while creativity is mastery of simplicity” – Erik Christopher Zeeman

“Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.” – David Starr Jordan

“After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are always artists as well.” – Albert Einstein
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Personality

Personality is provocative.

It’s no co-incidence that The Lion King‘s Zazu is one of these!

Quotes to consider:

“Personality is everything in art and poetry.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.” – Mae West

“We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.” – Albert Einstein
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