Monday, February 9, 2009

Boundless Behavior 2/09/09

The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.

Frederick Buechner
Good vibrations to you.

If you are a Googlelander, you may have one of those NeoCounters on your journal? If so, let it scroll and look at some of those far places it lists. Even if the curious person from somewhere only made one hit on your journal he or she may have read something you wrote that has had an influence great or small on their lives. Or maybe not, but maybe the memory of it dwells in their minds to take it's place sometime in the future. We cannot trace nor measure the influence we have on other people. That's why it's so important to be aware of things that we might write, say or do in a careless moment.

More than twice I remember hearing things said to me that I once said. An idea that floated to the top of my consciousness and got whittled into a simple maxim, a trope or vagabondism has come back to me with new identity. "You know the old saying (so and so)?" I'm sorry I don't get the credit for "the old saying", but I'm not sorry that it has been tacked onto the wall of someone's thinking and tucked into their life's experience.

There is also no sure way of tracing down the ownership of good ideas. What may have appeared for the first time in the manuscript of some famous writer may, in fact, have been said to him by his nameless, forgotten, wise barber. And many good thoughts go through the hands of a lot of temporary ownerships. But so what? I believe in the protection of intellectual property. I've seen the thievery that has gone on when it wasn't protected. But the world of mentality is infinite and everyone has the right and ability to add to it their own simple truths and then let go of them. and let them do their work in the world.

The pebble of thought you throw into the air may transform itself into a mountain in someone's life. It's true.

DB - The Vagabond
(For Vagabond samples check out Joy In The Rain)

May you love your journal friends as much as I love mine.


Alice said...

Wise words for sure that send out good vibrations :)

a corgi said...

very wise words DB; it would be interesting to be able to trace back some of the sayings and ideas to see where they really came from; I bet we would be surprised about their origins


Indigo said...

Wonderful quote and so very true. (Hugs)Indigo

Arlene (AJ) said...

Indeed wise words, wish you could get the words you write out to all, what a great difference you would make in our world....people would stop and think before speaking hopefully and more love would make a more caring world.

Well I blew the casino challenge big time...oh well, I'll survive.

Beth said...

It's kind of funny when people have the same thoughts as you. It's always fun to say, "Great minds think alike!"


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