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2012 as a Splendid Torch


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For the first post of 2012, I share a quote from Irish play write George Bernard Shaw 

 

THE TRUE JOY IN LIFE

“This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as I live it is my privilege - my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I love. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got a hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

 -George Bernard Shaw

Uplifting isn’t it!?  I especially love the part about life not being a candle, but a splendid torch.  Yes, I love that.  And I think that that might be one of my mantras for the year ahead.  Along with Clare’s Amour, Bonheur, Chance (Love, Happiness, Luck), and our toasts to a Simple (thanks JZ), Ease and Grace filled year as we lifted the glasses of bubbly to ring in 2012, I just might be set!  

Shaw’s inspiring quote comes from the preface of “Man and Superman” which is now on my reading list for 2012.  At the very top of that list (it should arrive any moment at my doorstep!) is Amitov Ghosh’s “Sea of Poppies“.  I’m quite sure that Fodor’s or The Lonely Planet might offer more practical ways to prepare for my travels to India later this month, but when I heard about Ghosh’s trilogy a few weeks ago on The World, I was intrigued.

Tell me what’s on your reading list for 2012.  Especially if it has anything to do with India.  I’d also enjoy hearing any good mantra’s you might have for this year ahead which surely will be a wonderful one!

 

 

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