Thought for the day: Think lightly of yourself, and deeply of the world. [Miyamoto Musashi]
So this past Saturday, given the choice of going shopping, writing out Christmas cards, or going to the Georgia Art Museum at the University of Georgia to see a samurai exhibit, which do you think I chose? Wasn't a hard choice at all...
Sheaths were things of beauty, and were uniquely designed for each warrior. The ornamentation on the sheath in the foreground depicts numerous insects.
To live by choice, not by chance,
To be motivated, not manipulated,
To be useful, not used,
To make change, not excuses,
To excel, not compete.
I choose self-esteem, not self-pity,
I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the the random opinions of others.
I choose to do the things that you won't do so I can continue to do the things you can't.
By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. [from the 1954 movie Seven Samurai, upon which the later movie The Magnificent Seven, was based]
What does it mean to be Samurai? To devote yourself utterly to a set of moral principles. To seek a stillness of your mind. And to master the way of the sword. [Algren- The Last Samurai]
Isn't this a cool-looking helmet? Too bad I didn't take any notes about it. (Sorry.)
My life is simple, my food is plain, and my quarters are uncluttered. In all things, I have sought clarity. I face the troubles and problems of life and death willingly. Virtue, integrity, and courage are my priorities. I can be approached, but never pushed; befriended, but never coerced; killed, but never shamed. [Admiral Yi Sun-shin]
Oh, and did you know Samuel B.F. Morse was also an artist? I had no idea until I saw some one of his paintings at this museum. (And you don't even have to understand code to appreciate it.)
Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.