Cat Happy

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“A big cat saw a little cat chasing its tail and asked, ‘Why are you chasing your tail so?”  Said the kitten, “I have learned that the best thing for a cat is happiness, and that happiness is in my tail.  Therefore, I am chasing it: and when I catch it, I shall have happiness.”

 “Said the old cat, “My son, I too, have paid attention to the problems of the universe.  I, too, have judged that happiness is in my tail.  But I have noticed that whenever I chase after it, it keeps running away from me, and when I go about my business, it just seems to come after me wherever I go.”

– C. L. James

Just stop chasing my tail – novel idea!

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Ralph Waldo Emerson – Self Reliance

emerson_self_reliance1“The other terror that scares us from self-trust is our consistency; a reverence for our past act or word . . . A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. – “Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.” – Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

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