Ass vs. Class

Never sink down to their level is what I say to myself.

As Mark Twain once said, “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”

Classiness is not letting them get to you.

Entering a conversation with an ass is the quickest way to become one.

In spite of it all… Stand tall!

Some days, you just have to choose.

Choose to stand tall.

Choose to smile.

And while you’re at it, sit tall as well.

You will feel instantly better in spite of it all!

(You can see the “concept” drawing of this post on my YouTube Channel at Stand Tall.)

11th November, 2013 – Your Choice, Your Attitude

Why frown when you can smile?

Today an old friend of mine told me that he believes in smiling.
That a smile, sharing laughter and all that it brings is what life is about.

He emails me jokes all the time.
He calls me every so often to see if I am doing ok.
We have a laugh and share the silly things that we have observed.

I believe in smiling too.
What do you believe in?


Mantra 10 – Speak only when…

When I was a child, someone told me something that apparently Buddha had said…

When you say terrible things about others, it is like mud spilling out of your mouth.
Speak only when the words that come out of your mouth are as lovely as a fresh blossoming lotus.

After hearing this, I did not say much for quite some time.
Being a visually imaginative child, I was constantly imagining mud pouring out of my mouth if I said anything terrible.

This has had a huge impact on my life.

Even as an adult, when people are just nasty or complain a lot, I imagine mud spewing from them.
Although I wouldn’t exactly want lotus flowers literally growing out of my mouth, I still visualize this to keep myself from saying things I would regret later.

Today’s doodle was inspired by Buddha.


Mantra 09 – 1.2.3. – S.B.G

These are the words of Zen Buddhist monk and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.
And I am very fond of these words.
Whether things are going well or not, I remind myself to do this.
Even when I am dancing the tango.

(I found out recently that Master Thich Nhat Hanh and I share the same birthday and it makes me feel extra special.)