THE BEST TIME to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.
IF YOU are planning for a year,
If you are planning for a decade,
If you are planning for a lifetime,
IF YOU can talk, you can sing;
if you can walk, you can dance.
TELL ME who's your friend, and I'll tell you who you are.
A JOY that's shared is a joy made double.
John Ray, English Proverbs
WORRY often gives a small thing a big shadow.
MAN plans; God laughs.
WHEN elephants fight, the grass always is the one that suffers.
AS A NAIL sticketh between a door and a hinge, so sticketh sin between buying and selling.
WHEREVER the heart is, the feet don't hesitate to go.
WHEN YOU were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
VISITOR'S footfalls are like medicine; they heal the sick.
NO SNOWFLAKE ever falls in the wrong place.
THE DEATH of an old person is like the loss of a library.
MONEY IS a good servant but a bad master.
H. G. Bohn, Handbook of Proverbs
DANGER and delight grow on one stalk.
WHEN "Do no evil" has been understood, then learn the harder, braver rule, "Do good."
Arthur Guiterman, A Poet's Proverbs
THE BEGINNING of health is to know the disease.
IT IS PART of the cure to wish to be cured.
A GOOD LAUGH and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.
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Past Reflections columns include:
Summer (June 27, 2006)
Philosophers' Potpourri (June 9, 2006)
Ponder These Things (May 17, 2006)
Holy Week (April 4, 2006)
Evening Prayer (March 10, 2006)
Morning Prayers (Feb. 6, 2006)
Hope (Jan. 16, 2006)
Christmas (Dec. 19, 2005)
Poetry (Dec. 12, 2005)
Grace that Surprises (Oct. 3, 2005)
Friendship (August 31, 2005)
Wisdom That Sticks (August 8, 2005)
His Body, His Blood (June 08, 2005)
On Baptism (April 25, 2005)
Discovering God (April 07, 2005)
Welcoming the Stranger (Feb. 22, 2005)
The Church and Mission (Feb. 02, 2005)
The Church (Jan. 11, 2005)
Word Made Flesh (Dec. 20, 2004)
The Way of Salvation (Nov. 08, 2004)
Sin and Evil (Oct. 18, 2004)
Teaching and Learning (Sept. 15, 2004)
Wisdom for the Road (Aug. 02, 2004)
Discipleship (July 13, 2004
Conversion (June 09, 2004)
The Outpoured Spirit (May 03, 2004)
He Is Risen (April 08, 2004)
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