The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.
Adam Rifkin stashed this in #love
Twitter is removing my Posterous.
So I'm moving this post of mine from there to here.
A WORD ON STATISTICS, by Wislawa Szymborska
Out of every hundred people, those who always know better: fifty-two. Unsure of every step: almost all the rest. Ready to help, if it doesn’t take long: forty-nine. Always good, because they cannot be otherwise: four — well, maybe five. Able to admire without envy: eighteen. Led to error by youth (which passes): sixty, plus or minus. Those not to be messed with: four-and-forty. Living in constant fear of someone or something: seventy-seven. Capable of happiness: twenty-some-odd at most. Harmless alone, turning savage in crowds: more than half, for sure. Cruel when forced by circumstances: it’s better not to know, not even approximately. Wise in hindsight: not many more than wise in foresight. Getting nothing out of life except things: thirty (though I would like to be wrong). Balled up in pain and without a flashlight in the dark: eighty-three, sooner or later. Those who are just: quite a few, thirty-five. But if it takes effort to understand: three. Worthy of empathy: ninety-nine. Mortal: one hundred out of one hundred – a figure that has never varied yet.
(translated from the Polish by Joanna Trzeciak)
@jessieay from Twitter responded to this post, "I thought of you this morning was I was walking to work, Adam, because I walked past a piece of cement where someone had written: "peace isn't the destination, peace is the way.""
One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things. ~Henry Miller