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Starfish Story

 

In an early morning, a man was walking down a sandy beach. The previous night a big storm stroke and huge waves swept the sandy beach. The air was still moist and vapors were now rising from the unusual calm sea. The beach was now scattered an incredible amount of little yellow starfish the storm washed to the shore in the previous night. As the man walked down the beach he saw a little kid running back and forth to the point where the waves hit the beach carrying starfish of the beach into the sea.
When the man came closer, he asked the little kid: “Hey what are you doing? Don’t you realize that you can’t save all these starfish, it doesn’t matter how fast you are, they will die eventually on the sand of this beach. It won’t make any difference …”
The little kid, looked in the eyes of the man, walked towards the next starfish lying in the sand, picked it up and said “It will make a difference for this one!” and throwed it back into the sea.

One Of Us

 
 
 
 

If God had a name what would it be?
And would you call it to his face?
If you were faced with him in all his glory
what would you ask if you had just one question?

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home

If God had a face
What would it look like?
And would you want to see
If seeing meant that you would have to believe
In things like heaven and Jesus and the saints
and all the Prophets

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home
Just trying to make his way home
Back up to Heaven all alone
Nobody callin’ on the phone
cept for the Pope maybe in Rome

 

(What If God Was One Of Us
-Alanis Morissette -)

Paler n-a murit

“Octavian Paler s-a stins din viata”……cum sa se stinga cand de abia de acum cateva zile s-a aprins scanteia in sufletul meu?…….Ce ironie, cum sa moara exact in ziua in care i-am terminat de citit autobiografia?…”Autoportret intr-o oglinda sparta”…si eseul “Avem timp”, ei bine, acum el nu mai are sau dimpotriva, are tot timpul din lume….Dummnezeu sa-l odihneasca…

nu plangeti.paler
n-a murit doar
mai da o raita prin noi
…si se intoarce…

UCIDEREA ZEILOR
“Am crezut ca umplandu-mi palmele cu nisip ii voi renaste in mine pe zei, adica nepasarea lor, pentru ca de acest curaj am nevoie. Uitand cuvantul «suferinta» nu inseamna ca voi reusi sa devin nepasator. Am dreptul macar sa zic ca nu zeii m-au parasit pe mine, ci eu i-am izgonit” – Octavian Paler, “Mitologii subiective”

Interviu cu Dumnezeu

Octavian Paler
 

A – Ai vrea sa-mi iei un interviu, deci… zise Dumnezeu.
– Daca ai timp… i-am raspuns. Dumnezeu a zambit.
– Timpul meu este eternitatea… Ce intrebari ai vrea sa-mi pui?
– Ce te surprinde cel mai mult la oameni? Dumnezeu mi-a raspuns:
– Faptul ca se plictisesc de copilarie, se grabesc sa creasca…., iar apoi tanjesc iar sa fie copii; ca isi pierd sanatatea pentru a face bani……iar apoi isi pierd banii pentru a-si recapata sanatatea Faptul ca se gandesc cu teama la viitor si uita prezentul iar astfel nu traiesc nici prezentul nici viitorul;ca traiesc ca si cum nu ar muri niciodata si mor ca si cum nu ar fi trait.Dumnezeu mi-a luat mana si am stat tacuti un timp.Apoi am intrebat:
– Ca parinte, care ar fi cateva dintre lectiile de viata pe care ai dori sa le invete copiii tai?
– Sa invete ca dureaza doar cateva secunde sa deschida rani profunde in inima celor pe care ii iubesc…..si ca dureaza mai multi ani pentru ca acestea sa se vindece; sa invete ca un om bogat nu este acela care are cel mai mult, ci acela care are nevoie de cel mai putin; sa invete ca exista oameni care ii iubesc dar pur si simplu inca nu stiu sa-si exprime sentimentele; sa invete ca doi oameni se pot uita la acelasi lucru si ca pot sa-l vada in mod diferit; sa invete ca nu este suficient sa-i ierte pe ceilalti si ca, de asemenea, trebuie sa se ierte pe ei insisi.
– Multumesc pentru timpul acordat….am zis umil. Ar mai fi ceva ce ai dori ca oamenii sa stie? Dumnezeu m-a privit zambind si a spus:
– Doar faptul ca sunt aici, intotdeauna.

Childish

 

 

A child has nothing to do with age. Childhood is a state. You can be old and yet a child. You can be a child and yet old. Childhood is a certain attitude deep inside you, of your being ready to learn; that from wherever and whatsoever source life comes, you will be ready to receive; that in your heart there is a deep welcome; that you are not afraid; that you are not yet crippled by knowledge, information; that you are still in a flow and not frozen.
So if one is like a child — and I can see that you are — then many things become possible.

New start

 

By a divine heart, I mean a heart which is unconditionally in love — not with somebody in particular, but just in love with anything, any person, anybody whatsoever. Love becomes your climate; not a relationship. A relationship can grow in it, but you have to make it more a climate rather than a relationship.
Ordinarily love is a relationship, and when love is a relationship you breathe only towards a certain person. You breathe him or her, but the passage is very narrow. The universe is so vast and love gives so much; why make it so narrow? Let it expand and be unconditional, because whenever there is a condition, love becomes ruined. When it is unconditional. it becomes divine.
And love is never satisfied unless it becomes divine because that is the deepest urge in every human being: to be so full of love that whatsoever the condition, the love goes on showering.
So from this moment, remember it. You will forget many times, but again remember. And don’t move indifferently. Indifference kills love more than hatred. Hatred is love inverted, but indifference is absolute negation.

“Heaven is here — just you have to know how to live it.
And hell too is here, and you know perfectly well how to live it.
It is only a question of changing your perspective, your approach towards life. “
 

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

 

 

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

 

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

 

Text of Steve Jobs’ Commencement address