“Trust is earned, respect is given, and loyalty is demonstrated. Betrayal of anyone of those is to lose all three.”
-Ziad K. Abdelnour
“I knew I had matured when I realized every situation doesn’t need a reaction. Sometimes you just gotta leave people to do the lame shit that they do.”
“Don’t waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all.”
Current state of mind…I’m sure that anyone reading these can think of a person or people who fit into one of these…or all of them.
“Listen and silent are spelled with the same letters. Think about it.”
It took me a few years to figure this out. Have you?? Will you??
Close to the end of my hike today, I crossed paths with two older gentleman. The first man, probably around my age, tipped his hat and greeted me with a hearty “good morning!” The second man, quite a bit older than his hiking partner and moving very slowly, also greeted me warmly. It was what he said next that has stuck with me all day. As we passed each other, he looked me in the eye and said, “aren’t we lucky to be out here?” Indeed we are…
Last summer I saw this affirmation, published it on my blog and was thinking about it today on my hike. After reading it again almost eight months later, I still believe in what it says.
“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.”
― José Micard Teixeira