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Published 9-1-10

D. H. Lawrence, Book of Proverbs, Thomas Fuller, Monica Baldwin, Rabindranath Tagore


Dear Readers,

Our egos make us all like the great Marcel Marceau performing his
box/cage routine. Like the mime's tender character, "Bip," there's
actually nothing but air encasing us, yet there we are, feeling all
around the space with our hands for a way to escape. We are
trapped by nothing but ourselves, our own overblown pride.

The escape hatch is humility. You'll recognize humility in someone
by their sense of gratitude; their acknowledgement that they need
God's gifts; the way they use those gifts to help others; and their
awareness that we are all inter-connected, all one family.

Me? I'm proud of my humility.
Oooops...back to the drawing board.

- Lisa

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When we get out of the glass bottles of our ego,
and when we escape like squirrels turning in
the cages of our personality
and get into the forest again,
we shall shiver with cold and fright
but things will happen to us
so that we don't know ourselves.

Cool, unlying life will rush in,
and passion will make our bodies taut with power,
we shall stamp our feet with new power
and old things will fall down,
we shall laugh, and institutions will curl
up like burnt paper.

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)
English author, poet, playwright, critic


The result of humility is fear of Hashem,
wealth, honor and life.

Proverbs 22:4
The Stone Edition Tanach


Pride perceiving humility honorable,
often borrows her cloak.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)
British clergyman and prolific writer


What makes humility so desirable is the marvelous thing
it does to us; it creates in us a capacity for the
closest possible intimacy with God.

Monica Baldwin (1893-1975)
British nun who left her order and became a writer

The Last Word:
We come nearest to the great
when we are great in humility.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali poet, musician, painter,
Nobel Prize winner in Literature






























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

The older the fiddle,
the sweeter the tune.

Irish Proverb

(Note from Lisa: If you don't understand this, you're too darn young...)


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