I read a quote posted the other day and it said don’t be negative just because you were given a cactus. I found this quote interesting because there are so many innuendos and / or interpretations that could be used for this. After all, some cacti are sharper than others. The negative part was a nice touch in this observation.
I was given a cactus but I enjoyed the lesson learned. Still with me? Most cacti are intended to be hardy plants; the cactus that is the subject of this post was a decidedly sturdy – and sharp – one. Human skin is nowhere near as tough as the exterior of a cactus. Get the point? Yes. That cactus stung. Lesson learned. As a result I did not mishandle or treat this cactus without reverence for the respect that it deserves. This lesson is one another cactus owner has yet to learn, but with time I believe this particular cactus owner will understand the point of this lesson. Yep. Pun intended.
Some favorite quotes to end today’s entry:
It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. (Epictetus)
Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable. (Bruce Lee)
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. (William Butler Yeats)
Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke. (Benjamin Disraeli)
And because it is Pierre de Coubertin’s birthday I wanted to conclude today’s entry with his thoughts: The important thing in life is not victory but combat; it is not to have vanquished but to have fought well.
See you in the next blog post!