Thursday, January 1, 2009

Thoughts on New Year's Day- Quotes and Biographies

~Alfred Lord Tennyson
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

~Benjamin Franklin
Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.

~Ellen Goodman
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives, not looking for flaws, but for potential.

~Friedrich Nietzsche
No, life has not disappointed me. On the contrary, I find it truer, more desirable and mysterious every year ever since the day when the great liberator came to me: the idea that life could be an experiment of the seeker for knowledge and not a duty, not a calamity, not trickery.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear, and with a manly heart.

~Irish toast
In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want.

~Martin Luther
Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth

~Minnie L. Haskins
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown. And he replied: Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.

~Sydney Smith
Resolve to make at least one person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made three thousand, six hundred and fifty persons happy, or brightened a small town by your contribution to the fund of general enjoyment.

~William Ellery Channing
I will seek elegance rather than luxury, refinement rather than fashion. I will seek to be worthy more than respectable, wealthy and not rich. I will study hard, think quietly, talk gently, and act frankly. I will listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with an open heart. I will bear all things cheerfully, do all things bravely await occasions and hurry never. In a word I will let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common.


Here is an article for those of you who have always wondered about the words and meaning of Robert Burns poem, Auld Lang Syne, which he wrote in 1788. (I'm not sure why but when you get to the site, you have to scroll all the way up to get to the beginning of the article.)

Two biographies on Robert Burns:




Scotty said...

Happy New Year! Gemma. Thanks for all those quotes and history of Auld Lang Syne.
Hope you had a good Hogmanay! ;)

Mr. Self Respect said...

Maybe this year my wife will consent to have sex with me. Or maybe the sun will crash into the moon. The second event seems the more likely.......

Heidi said...

That first quote, I included it in one of my recent blog posts too. They are all so good, so I can see why you posted so many!

Happy New Year, or Happy NUDE Year, as my DH likes to say!

Gemma said...

Happy New Year to you all!

job29man said...

My hope for anyone who has lost hope for his/her marriage, and lives in despair...

May THIS be the year that you take whatever strong action may be required to either heal the relationship, or bring the misery to a close.

May THIS be the year that you stop complaining, and simply act with firm and peaceful resolve.

May THIS be the year that you act with courage and decisiveness, to do the right thing, regardless of consequence.

May THIS be the year that brings you closer to Christ and to realize that He has plans for your good, and finds no pleasure or purpose in your suffering.

Gemma said...

Mr. Self Respect,

I'm truly sorry that your wife is attracted to lesbian affairs but, honestly, there is more chance of the sun crashing into the moon than there is of your wife repenting and turning from her wicked ways. She's already told you that when it's convenient for her (read: when she's gathered enough money), she will be leaving you for a life of lesbianism. Until then, she wants to continue reaping benefits of being married to you. What more will it take for you to wake up and kick her to the curb?

Please get a reality check. By continuing to live your farce of a marriage in front of your children, you are instilling in them the idea that it's OK for a wife to have lesbian affairs on the side or for anyone to have affairs while living with their spouse. Is that what you think the Roman Catholic Faith wants you to teach your kids about marriage? I grew up in the RC Faith and I still have many relatives and friends who are RC. The *married life* you're modeling for your kids is so far removed from the RC teachings of marriage.

And all your talk about suffering for Christ??? I'm sorry but it's a joke. I understand and believe that we all suffer for Christ at one point or another in our life but suffering while we participate in another person's sin? What part of that do you think honors Christ?

There are 9 ways of participating in another's sin:

1. By counsel.
2. By command.
3. By consent.
4. By provocation.
5. By praise or flattery.
6. By concealment.
7. By partaking.
8. By silence.
9. By defense of the sin committed.

Don't you know that sin is heaped on your own head when you make it easy for your wife to sin? In essence, you're just as guilty as she so why do you complain about her sin? As long as you offer your participation, it's your sin as well. I don't mean to be harsh with you but you need to get a grip and understand that as long as you help your wife sin, you are guilty by being her accomplice.

Now if you want to talk about what I'm saying, I'd be happy to talk to you by email but please don't come on my blog and whine while you make it easy for your wife to continue being part of the family... to continue living with you and the kids... while she engages in sex with her lesbian friends. Truly, God is not being honored with your marriage.