The details are not the details. They make the design ~ Charles Eames
A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching ~ Swami Sivananda
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind ~ Albert Einstein
To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Yesterday was my landlord’s birthday and I invited him to lunch at The Paris Cafe...over in Old Monterey...a lively place long owned by a French family. Next to us was a table of beautifully dressed people laughing and speaking in Russian.
My landlord is a tall, handsome, kind, generous and affirming man who hosts dinner parties for his countless friends. He’s traveled and read widely, has written two books, gives a good deal of his time to his church and feeding the hungry, and loves and admires his brother who lives in NYC. His eyes shine when he speaks of him. He has a charming Bavarian chalet and a beautiful lady love who just returned from a 3-month cruise where they conducted pirate drills on board! It’s a new world, folks...
Hans was born in Germany. When he was in elementary school he and his parents and brother left their homeland as Hitler rattled war sabers. For a time they lived in Albania on the Adriatic Coast...and where Hans’ father was surgeon to the King. They came to America landing in NYC and then motored along the California Coast...from Laguna Beach to Carmel-by-the-Sea where Hans eventually settled after obtaining his Harvard MBA.
I asked him about his mother, who was a doctor though she didn’t work after her two boys were born. The picture he painted conjured a woman whom I knew and greatly admired at Stanford. Also German and a doctor--quietly beautiful, precise, lean, with a cultivated voice and graceful mind that revealed itself in her every move. I could not convey in words how lovely Ursula was because she was as lithe as a breeze, or the sparkle on water.
Hans recalled that when he’d return home from school in the afternoon there would be a freshly peeled and carefully sectioned orange for him that his mother had also lightly sprinkled with sugar...
God is in the details...and that detail reveals a lot about his mother’s style of mothering. Hans also expresses that kind of life-affirmative attention in everything he does. When a person pays affirmative attention they are adding value, enhancing, enriching. Genuinely affirmative people have magic. Think Audrey Hepburn, also born in May, and one of the most life affirmative people who ever existed...as a result the world was enchanted.
The planet is jam-packed with things we do not need more of: bombs, apps, plastic, garish boxes of cancer-causing fake GMO food cluttering grocery shelves, trillion-dollar bombers, horrifying levels of materialism and greed...
What the world needs more of is life-affirmative people. My lunch with ‘the Prince of Albania’ reminded me...that being affirmative is a do-it-yourself project that enriches everything and everyone.
I started this blog 7-years ago approximately around July 23rd...the day my brother tragically died...and then our parents died soon after. It has been a source of healing...and I hope it's added some value. I didn't have a clue about how to design a site, nor a commercial plan for it, it's reflected what interests me...and there is so much I'd love to continue to share.
But if my book is to be published on July 23rd...I need to be focused...and also concentrate on creating a new site that's about what I want to devote myself to for the rest of my life. If you'd like to stay in touch...please friend me on FB.
Thank you so much for visiting here. I wish you and your loved ones abundant health and all the riches of life...
Happy Birthday Weekend to Hans. Happy Mother’s Day to all. God Speed and love from Carmel-by-the-Sea ;) (HERE).