07 October 2010

150 (34-36)

34.  Rules to live by.

"Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile."
"Depart from evil and do good; seek peace, and pursue it." 

Write these words down.  Tape them to your bathroom mirror.  Dare to look at them and say them and do them every day.  See what happens.

35.  "Strive Eternal with they that strive against me; fight against them that fight against me."  Reading about Philip Roth's new character, Bucky Cantor, holding off phlegmatic thugs on a Newark playground during a 1941 polio scare, brings this text to mind.  "He wanted to teach them what his grandfather had taught them:  toughness and determination, to be physically brave and physically fit and never to allow themselves to be pushed around or, just because they knew how to use their brains, to be defamed as Jewish weaklings and sissies."

36.  Appreciation.  The exaggeration of the simplest things in order to celebrate or *appreciate* their existence.  "They are abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou makest them drink of the river of thy pleasures."  Remember when Albert Brooks has his first meal after he dies in "Defending Your Life?"  The eggs especially.  It was the greatest omelet he ever had and he meant it.  I go back to that scene over and over when I feel I'm not tasting the food, you know?

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