Boy and I often discuss quotes during car journeys. We often mention Gandhi’s quotes. I usually introduce them when they are relevant to whatever discussion we are having.
One of our favourites that we like to remind each other of is :
“There is enough for every man’s need but not for every man’s greed”.
We do like that one.
We have also previously discussed:
“An eye for an eye and the world goes blind”.
Yesterday I shared with him a lovely quote that a fellow yogini shared during our yoga training on Sunday:
She told us that since the death of her husband she has put a sign up by her front door with these words from Vivian Greene:
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
I told Boy how much I thought that quote was beautiful, profound and so true. But he replied that he wouldn’t want to get wet dancing in the rain like that. He’d rather wait for it to stop first.
Well, he does have a hood I argued… and I went on explaining what a metaphor was and that this quote was about being able to handle whatever challenge life throws at you, looking at the bright side of things and staying positive rather than just being on stand by, sitting tight waiting for things to improve.
It does seem that a lot of us spend their lives like flotsams – carried by the tidal waves of life, unable to steer themselves towards wherever or whatever they want or need to go to.
Picture : Dr Frankenstein’s Coastal Laboratory (2014) Jo Atherton – Flotsamweaving.com
Conversations can get even more interesting when we have one of his friends with us.
Yesterday we were hanging out in a car after Boy and his friend’s swimming lesson – waiting for the friend’s mum and little brother to finish their class – and we were having a conversation about who is the best person in the world.
His friend said: “Jesus is the best person in the world” and Boy replied “No! Buddha is the best person in the world!”. They both looked at me, waiting for me to settle it between Jesus and Buddha.
What followed was a very interesting conversation about all the Saints who rose to help Mankind and were indeed, amongst the best persons of their time…
I added a few more best persons, such as Muhammad, to show them that there were in fact, more than two.
I don’t know why, but I was about to write “Perhaps I should have added Rod Stewart”.
Why on earth?