To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Monday, February 13, 2012

RIP Whitney Houston

I've  always admired good music and good voices. Since I was a kid I've been into singing and for me it's my soul and passion, there is something within that forms each time I sing the notes and even just listening to them. I got this  singing talent from my father and I'm thankful my parents exposed me the earliest to music and even let me sang in events when I was very little. As I can remember, my first major performance was singing in our graduation ceremony in Kindergarten. I was just six years old then. And it went on to different programs and any other singing engagements  either alone or with choir.  I just stopped singing since I moved here, abroad.

As a music lover or just crazy about melodies, I definitely  have many singers that I look up to,  local or  foreign, group or soloist. Whitney Houston  has been one of my idols since in elementary days, her song "the greatest love of all" was a favorite. There was even a time my aunt invited me to their Christmas party  to sing the song. Oh such memories and then her "one moment in time" and the rest.

I have personal favorite vids of Whitney admiring her talent and skills. She is indeed a legend, no matter what had happened to her before her death, it never affects the beauty and what she had contributed to the music industry. Should I mention the lives she touched with her songs and voice? She will always be remembered and her voice along with her songs will always be touching  hearts. Rest in peace, Whitney...your 48 years on earth was good enough.

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