Sunday, January 1, 2012



I think when all the years got together in the back room to tell 2012 what to expect from me then 2012 came up with some type of strict game plan. I am not going to mention any names but I wouldn't put it past two oh one one saying something about laziness. 1987 probably chimed in as well. It could be that 2001 had some nice things to say, but 1997 most likely stayed silent. That's what I'm thinking anyway 'cause let's face it our years know us. They are the map of us. They've been here all along so it was no surprise to me that 2012 would come in barking orders and holding a short list.

Grateful for a wise year.


Anonymous said...

One day, while walking through the wilderness, a man encountered a vicious tiger. He ran for his life, and the tiger gave chase.

The man came to the edge of a cliff, and the tiger was almost upon him. Having no choice, he held on to a vine with both hands and climbed down.

Halfway down the cliff, the man looked up and saw the tiger at the top, baring its fangs. He looked down and saw another tiger at the bottom, waiting for his arrival and roaring at him. He was caught between the two.

Two rats, one white and one black, showed up on the vine above him. As if he didn't have enough to worry about, they started gnawing on the vine.

He knew that as the rats kept gnawing, they would reach a point when the vine would no longer be able to support his weight. It would break and he would fall. He tried to shoo the rats away, but they kept coming back.

At that moment, he noticed a strawberry growing on the face of the cliff, not far away from him. It looked plump and ripe. Holding onto the vine with one hand and reaching out with the other, he plucked it.

With a tiger above, another below, and two rats continuing to gnaw on his vine, the man tasted the strawberry and found it absolutely delicious.

I love this Taoist fable. Very good lesson to take into the new year. Enjoy the fruits that life gives you, for one day we all must meet our tiger.

Anonymous said...

"I am lonely, yet not everybody will do. I don’t know why, some people fill the gaps and others emphasize my loneliness. In reality those who satisfy me are those who simply allow me to live with my idea of them."

‎"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself."

my old life drawing teacher posted these quotes on Facebook. I really liked them and thought you might too.

Shea Goff said...

Dear Anonymous,

I now come to my own blog for the comment section. It used to scare me but now only tigers baring their fangs do. Thanks for showing up, man.