Thursday, September 16, 2010

My ideal journey: set out early and never arrive.

Beware of those who aren't content with soup and bread.

More sailors have drowned in words than in the sea.

When the wings are too heavy, the bird can't fly.

Writing is talking to yourself-with the hope of being overheard.

Not the light ahead, but the wind pushing me from behind.

Like Noah I built my ark, but the floods never came.

Change is always trivial compared to what doesn't change.

Sometimes out of sheer perversity reality conforms to my wishes.

Your faith is weak if you can't lose it.

I have no heroes except flowers and children.

When the train stays on the tracks, you don't ask why.

Optimists think badly, but live well.

Some truths can only be seen in the dark.

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  1. Hi Marty,

    Just got update of your new post in my Google Reader. =) Thank to Google I am still connected to the ones I found very interesting.

    My favorite aphorism is "I have no heroes except flowers and children" Pure and full of light!!!

    Ekaterina (Genuine One ;))

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  2. So many wonderful ones here!

    "Some truths can only be seen in the dark."- Love it! ;)

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  3. Your aphorisms are always a delight to read and to be honest, I can't pick what I like most. All of them, more or less apply to my life, directly or indirectly. I am so happy for you that your work and wisdom was acknowledge by an on-line magazine. :)

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  4. I like reading your apgorisms. They are always thought provoking and I always take away one or tow and post them on a post it note by my computer. This time: "Some truths can only be seen in the dark. " is my favorite this time. Until next time be well and happy too. :)

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  5. Nerts! I made a typo. I meant to type "aphorisms" of course. Sorry. :(

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  6. Marty dear friend, I am going to do something exciting for this new set of aphorism of yours. I'm going to get images that go with every single one of them and let you know about it once it's completed.. =) Gentle wisdom you bring here is always refreshing. I like the one particularly about heavy wings of a bird. Kind of like how I'm feeling, but nothing a good dose of sleep can't help. =)

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  7. Your hero comment was innovative indeed. But they were all good....as they always are!

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  8. I don't know how you come up with all these great sayings, it's truly amazing ... every once in a while one will float through my head, but leaves before I can grab hold of it

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  9. Hey Marty, you have left me stumped on my favorite this time, because there are so many great ones. Wow, I have to say that before I met you and started reading your blog, I did not have such an appreciation for the art of writing aphorisms. But I agree with the comment just above mine, I don't know how you come up with all of them!

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  10. P.S. What I did notice, reading over them again, is that you have quite an optimistic streak today!!

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  11. I love the all but the one about some truths only being seen in the dark, hit deep. It's been awhile my friend but so glad in my own darkness you are part of the light.

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  12. Hi Marty,
    Thought provoking post as usual. I like:
    ..'More sailors have drowned in words than in the sea.
    When the wings are too heavy, the bird can't fly.
    Writing is talking to yourself-with the hope of being overheard...'
    ..'Like Noah I built my ark, but the floods never came...'
    Thanks for sharing.
    God bless.

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  13. Like these they're very thoughtful, and many are so appropriate to my life at the moment - especially, "Like Noah I built my ark, but the floods never came." In fact if I am honest there are MANY here that are extremely well said for my life at the moment!!

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  14. "Your faith is weak if you can't lose it".
    So true, Marty. If we hold on to our beliefs too tightly, then we close our minds and miss out on the opportunity to learn from one other.

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  15. "My ideal journey: set out early and never arrive". True, again Marty. I find this hard to shake off in my writing. I always start a topic, but I'm always lost midway- never wrote the first idea right. It gets entangled with everything and ends up with another. Thanks for letting me know you're still there! LOL!

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  16. Your words are faultless as ever. I'll have a nice day today thinking on the first aphorism. And the third one. And the one before, and the others :)

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  17. Such an awesome set again mister NP! I just enjoy to read the simplicity of the sentences, but the impact they have is huge! So cool! My fave is "Some truths can only be seen in the dark" ^_^

    Ciaoo!

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  18. Stirring the water you may wonder why you did it...but where do the ticklish patterns come from in these aphorisms of Marty’s? Inner space?

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  19. nice..
    very profound...

    especially: writing is talking to yourself with the hopes of being overheard

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  20. Fourteen jewels strung together brighten my heart.

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  21. lovely! below are my temporary favorite:
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    When the wings are too heavy, the bird can't fly.

    Not the light ahead, but the wind pushing me from behind.

    Like Noah I built my ark, but the floods never came.

    Your faith is weak if you can't lose it.

    Optimists think badly, but live well.

    Some truths can only be seen in the dark.

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  22. Dear Marty—

    As usual, these are so wonderful. You are such a profound writer—it is really such a great honor to be your friend.

    As always, some of these really spoke to me, although they are all wonderful. My personal favorites this time?

    “My ideal journey: set out early and never arrive” This reminds me of another favorite aphorism, “The journey is the destination.” We all need to remember that getting there *is* the journey.

    “When the wings are too heavy, the bird can't fly.” This is perhaps my favorite one—and as Thoreau said, “our lives are frittered away by detail—simplify, simplify!”

    “When the train stays on the tracks, you don't ask why.” That’s so true—as with so many things in life, we don’t spend nearly enough time appreciating what comes easily and well.

    “Optimists think badly, but live well.” I love this! I truly am the eternal optimist.

    Again, all wonderful—and I am so proud and happy for you that your wonderful aphorisms are getting the recognition they deserve my friend!

    Take care,

    Melinda

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  23. Brother NP -- a new post from you is a treat, and always appreciated. Bravo!

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  24. Marty, as always this was a pleasure to read. One in particular strikes me today: "Some truths can only be seen in the dark." So very true...

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  25. Hi Marty! I loved all of then, as usually, but in my opinion the winner is “Change is always trivial compared to what doesn't change”. Why is so hard for people to change? In a so fast and wild world that we have nowadays, if you don’t do that, you are really dead…and like a zombie, you’re only waiting to be buried!

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  26. "I have no heroes except flowers and children." This is absolutely true,love it and this:
    "Some truths can only be seen in the dark. ",wise words,thans my friends to share them with us.Everytime I visit your site I left it with a wise thoght to think about.take care,have a wonderfull w.e!
    wish to como back soon

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  27. I enjoyed all these aphorisms, it is really hard to pick my favorite....but if i must choose, the one that is most personal to me, being a poet/writer is "writing is talking to yourself-with the hope of being overheard" :) There is another one that really strikes me personally with my present situation is: "your faith is weak if you can't lose it" I always enjoy getting up in the morning, turning on the glowing box and reading your daily aphorisms before i start my day....keep it up my friend :)

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  28. I love this one:"Like Noah I built my ark, but the floods never came."
    Hey,Hold on! I'm only enjoy my life on this world.. That's all!- smiles


    All are great and full of wisdom. Thanks!
    Dy,
    ♫♥♪.♫

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  29. I particularly like "when the train stays on the tracks..."

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  30. "I have no heroes except flowers and children."

    Love it :)

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  31. Marty, Thank you for my meditations today. They provide me with some thought provoking ideas like

    Sometimes out of sheer perversity reality conforms to my wishes.

    There are moments when crazy things happen that make wonderful lemonade.

    Blessings

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  32. My favorite is about writing and being overheard, but just in general, I find your take on life delightful, refreshing and often unexpected. I like people who can surprise me in a good way!

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  33. "When the train stays on the tracks, you don't ask why." So true Only when things go wrong do we notice, rather than celebrating the things that are going right. Well that's what it means to me.

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  34. Very nice aphorisms. It was a very good read. Keep up the good work! Cheers! "Some truths can only be seen in the dark." Brilliant!

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  35. "Some truths can only be seen in the dark." - Indeed and insightful as always :)

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  36. "Writing is talking to yourself-with the hope of being overheard"...I agree. Its an expression which is meant to create greater understanding for ourselves as well as others. My hope by writing is to make other people understand me in a way that is not prevalent by my daily conversation and actions. However, I rarely share my writing, I just pretend like others are reading it. I would like to believe that if people were to come in contact with my writing they would find me to be far more full of wisdom than I ever imagined. The reality is that they may or may not. I hope they hear me when I write, but I do not necessarily wish for any feedback other than the reaction I hope they are having...

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  37. I like the one about Optimists. Kind of funny!

    I'm also a huge fan of soup and bread, so that one resonates with me. I'm always suspicious of someone turning down a great bowl of soup. I sometimes wonder if I should be more suspicious of my kids.

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  38. Hello Marty,

    Very lovely aphorism, as always pleasure to visit!
    Wishing you a lovely week ahead...:)

    Greetings,
    from Zuzanna

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  39. Writing is scratching an itch that cannot be scratched...but marty does it quite well anyway.

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  40. So much great stuff here...all packed into one post! What a treat to discover you, Marty!

    I love your sense of humour behind "Sometimes out of sheer perversity reality conforms to my wishes." :-)

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  41. "Writing is talking to yourself-with the hope of being overheard."

    I've always secretly worried that my poems are just the words whispered by voices in my head?

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  42. my favorite, of course, being the traveler that i am, is the first :)

    people ask when i'm going back "home" (they mean the US)... i say "indefinitely"

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  43. Writing is talking to yourself-with the hope of being overheard- Ha ha I love this one! Makes me think of the observer's paradox....

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  44. Your mind must be an interesting place to inhabit :) "Writing is talking to yourself-with the hope of being overheard." - photography too. I've enjoyed reading your thoughts.

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  45. "Writing is talking to yourself-with the hope of being overheard." Thanks for overhearing me, Marty!

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  46. Hi dear Marty!! First, I want to say. I LOVE the comment you left Jay S. on his "It's Okay" post. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that. Brilliant. You are an astounding soul. I left you a comment there as well.

    And I love this one, I needed it today!

    "Beware of those who aren't content with soup and bread."

    I don't know why but it brought tears to my eyes. I found it grounding, soothing and a beautiful reality check. It just made ME feel okay, made my values feel wonderful, warm and comfortable within me, felt like going home.

    Thank you soooo much for...just "being".
    Hugs,
    Robin

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  47. All your aphorisms are good, I read them like I read my daily dose of Rumi. But these are particularly beautiful. Thank you.

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  48. Hi Marty!
    "Some truths can only be seen in the dark."

    Very interesting, are they still true in the light?

    Hope you have a great week ahead =)

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  49. Lovely and I can't help but work out what each one means for me... Love 'Writing is talking to yourself-with the hope of being overheard'.
    Thanks for posting have a great week :)

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  50. I always get something from each and every one of your aphorisms...I LOVE THEM!!!
    HOLLY

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  51. Hi Marty - I am sןǝǝɥ ɹǝʌo pɐǝɥ in love with this month's aphorisms. Excellent, excellent work.

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  52. Is it possible for the one-line aphorism to become longer than a line? Or is the line too short to bear the weight of a longer sentence? We may never know if it matters or not. Or will the meaning just get too strung out (or get too highly strung) and lose its meaning? At any rate these aphorisms are neat and tidy and full of meaning, so go with them instead.

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  53. Hi Marty, This one stood out for me:

    Your faith is weak if you can't lose it.

    Keep posting. Best wishes

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  54. I've saved all these wonderful aphorisms in a disk and I'm going to spread the word all through the blogosphere as much as I can - these need more exposure!

    All the best!

    Alice Roberts.

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  55. Not a sailor - I was a soldier - but I certainly relate to "drowning in words". For that matter, images too.

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  56. "Faith is weak if you can't lose it." THAT is BRILLIANT!

    I happen to, once again, run across what you wrote on Jay Schyer's post titled "It's OK" and I am just blown away, all over again. I SO relate to it. You are the first person I've ever seen express it so simply, honestly and clearly. You are one heck of a Profound.

    You wrote: "There is no such thing as a bad or evil thought; a thought is just a thought. I say enjoy them, no matter how cruel or obscene they may seem."

    You ROCK!! I mean you REALLY rock.
    Thank you for seeing and knowing.
    Robin

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  57. There is an art to travel...two people visit the same place while one is moved to tears the other complains about it being overstated.

    Best Regards
    Aspen

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  58. In the dark no one can hear you laugh, so why not put the light on...?

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  59. Beautiful words. Inspirational and motivational. Your aphorisms are described simple as " a Man Doesn't live by bread alone."

    More Power to You! Cheers!;-)

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  60. "When the train stays on the tracks("stops" is my version), you don't ask why". That's why I come again to tell you my train is well on its tracks again. A new post awaits your visit. Marty, I always have use of your aphorisms, see? So keep them coming, will you? Thanks! Senior Debutante.

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  61. I like it. You've simplified. Any one of these phrases one could repeat to oneself towards bliss.

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  62. Dear Marty, I am glad to be able to read another post here. In fact I had lost my interest in the online life but your and Melinda's blogs always keeps me pulling back towards blogging.

    Here are the words that I loved the most:

    When the wings are too heavy, the birds can't fly.
    Your faith is weak if you can't lose it.
    Some truths can only be seen in the dark.
    I have no heroes except flowers and children.

    Keep thinking , keep writing and keep inspiring.

    Best Wishes

    Ibn Hanif

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  63. Another string of wonderful aphorisms. As always food for thought! In fact, I spent more thinking about each line that reading it. Love them.

    Hmmm.. cannot understand this one though,
    My ideal journey: set out early and never arrive.

    Never arrive? Let me think again...

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  64. You know how it is Marty? Don't You? No? Well, how many times should I tell you, I envy you?!

    I won't pick a one tonight. No, Oh No, I won't.

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  65. Beautiful, NP! Simply thought provoking.

    Have you thought about getting published?

    Not to get rich obviously, but just a little bit extra for the old retirement fund hahahaha.

    Nothing wrong with being self-sufficent - in fact it's the wise thing to do especially if you can benefit from your own talents whilst not depending on others.

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  66. My favorite, "Optimists think badly but live well.
    I have known a number of them in business who constantly flit from one seminar on "Success" to the other to maintain and prolong the high they get from being overly optimistic concerning their own chances to rise in the corporate world and life in general.
    Flowers and children are the only heroes worth having... excepting, of course, Winnie the Pooh!

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  67. Some truths can only be seen in the dark.- nothingprofound.

    This is what i always bear in my mind..love it!

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  68. Hi,Marty!As usual,great aphorisms.Love...Some truths can only be seen in the dark!

    Sometimes you find the truth not by looking but by discovering.

    Thanks for adding my blog in your favs.Can't seem to get through blog catalog.But thanks ,anyway.Truly appreciate it.

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  70. After reading your aphorisms, a lot of things go on in my mind but I always end up with nothing to comment right after. They all leave me speechless and stunned! You're a genius :-)

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  71. nice :)
    It's random, but interesting ^_^
    I like "optimists think badly, but live well" and "I have no heroes except flower and children". That last one is cute !

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  72. Hi my friend, I landed here on your website on a return visit, as you dropped by my place (virtually speaking) yesterday. May I say that I'm honoured by your visit and am delighted to have now subscribed to your wonderful aphorisms. I haven't read them all yet but of the ones that I have seen, my favourites are: "I wasn't in Buffalo when it snowed. But it snowed anyway!" and "Art is a picture of the Spirit"!

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  73. thank you for the visit... i missed reading you :)
    wonderful... allWays. xx

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  74. I am enjoying reading your work - came here from Timethief's blog and stayed to read a while. Thank you!

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  75. Nothingprofound, you're aphorisms bring to mind a quote by a danged good writer in his own right by the name of Sam Clemens:
    To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself...Anybody can have ideas--the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.
    - Letter to Emeline Beach, 10 Feb 1868

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  76. When the train stays on the tracks, you don't ask why... true. And when things are right you don't appreciate them. Or you don't realize you even had them until they are gone...

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  77. All of them, more or less apply to my life, directly or indirectly...

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  78. "Some truths can only be seen in the dark."


    --this was a very harsh, eye-opening lesson for me to learn in life!

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  79. "Writing is talking to yourself - with the hope of being overheard"

    Brilliant! So true!

    It is such a self-therapeutic undertaking...but its nice to know other people read and think about it too!

    Thanks,

    Lauren K

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