“People often believed they were safer in the light, thinking monsters only came out at night. But safety – like light – is a façade…the only way to truly be safer, was to accept the dark” “
~ C.J. Roberts, Captive in the Dark
Photo: Shining Lights by Nilgun Kara on deviantart
Lake Kaindy, Kazakhstan
Lake Kaindy (Kazakh: Қайыңды көлі, Qayıñdı köli) is a 400-meter-long (1,300 ft) lake in Kazakhstan that reaches depths near 30 meters (98 ft) in some areas. It is located 129 kilometers (80 mi) east-southeast of the city of Almaty and is 2,000 meters (6,600 ft) above sea level.
The lake was created as the result of an enormous limestone landslide, triggered by the 1911 Kebin earthquake. The track to Lake Kaindy has many scenic views to the Saty Gorge, the Chilik Valley, and the Kaindy Gorge. Dried-out trunks of submerged Picea schrenkiana trees rise above the surface.
Alma Recinto. Port Moody.BC.Canada.Flickr
F. Scott Fitzgerald gave some fantastic advice to his 11-year-old daughter Scott in a 1933 letter, as Maria Popova points out at Brain Pickings.
Discussing what to worry about in life, Fitzgerald touches on several things that are relevant in 2014:
Things to worry about:
Worry about courage
Worry about cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship
Things not to worry about:
Don’t worry about popular opinion
Don’t worry about dolls
Don’t worry about the past
Don’t worry about the future
Don’t worry about growing up
Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don’t worry about triumph
Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don’t worry about mosquitoes
Don’t worry about flies
Don’t worry about insects in general
Don’t worry about parents
Don’t worry about boys
Don’t worry about disappointments
Don’t worry about pleasures
Don’t worry about satisfactions
Things to think about:
What am I really aiming at?
How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:
(b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?
(c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?
The letter is found in “F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Life in Letters.”
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“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
? Neil Gaiman
Photo by Svetlana-Belyaeva
Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~ Albert Einstein
Life is Life – whether in a Cat, or Dog or Man. There is no Difference there between a Cat or a Man. The idea of Difference is a Human Conception for Man’s Own Advantage. ~ Sri Aurobindo
We human put ourselves on top of the hierarchy of living things, perhaps of our intelligence level, our analytical skills. Basically, that is what inequality coming from. So if we see all living things as the same, we are as vulnerable as a little cat, or just a plant, we would be able to show our compassion to others unconditionally. There will not have discrimination, hated, prejudice and wars. ~ Uniqvie