by JOHN AMARO D.C.,
FIACA, Dipl.Ac. (NCCA)
At this time of the year, I like to reflect on what has been, contemplate
what is to be, while experiencing the joys of the present. Even though
it has been said, "There is no present, only the immediate future
and the immediate past", it is these philosophical words which often
give us a fresh look into our own world and the universe around us. As
each passing year brings another candle on the birthday cake and with
it closer to our own mortality, hearing the words of Satchel Paige the
great baseball pitcher, brings new life to our own reality, " How
old would you be, if you didn't know how old you was"?
Throughout the ages
there have been countless words of wisdom spoken by an infinite number
of philosophers of which perhaps the most known by the majority of people
is "Confucius". Born in Shantung Province in 551 B.C. his real
name was K'ung Fu-tzu. Even though Confucianism is often referred to as
a religion, Confucius was not a religious leader nor a prophet but a philosopher
and learned man of the highest order. He did have followers who recorded
for posterity his wisdom but had that not occurred, the world would never
have had the opportunity to learn from this enlightened man. Listen to
the words of wisdom and as we enter a new year, perhaps one of these statements
will find a special place in your heart. Best Wishes for a prosperous,
healthy and happy 1997 (Year of the Ox).
· Better a
diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
· Study the past, if you would divine the future.
· To be happy take things as the come and let them go just as they
· What the superior man seeks is in himself, what the small man
seeks is in others.
· One way to keep happy is to learn to appreciate adversity.
· Better to do kindness near at home than walk a thousand miles
to burn incense.
· When a multitude detests a man, inquiry is necessary, when the
multitude likes a man, inquiry is equally necessary.
· The great man is he who has not lost his child's heart.
· Let mourning stop when one's grief is fully expressed.
· Experience is a comb which nature gives us when we are bald.
· Govern a family as you would cook a small fish, very gently.
· If you walk on snow, you cannot hide your footprints.
· Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to
fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
· There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view
is always the same.
· When you don't know something, know you don't know it, this is
· It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
· The loftiest towers rise from the ground.
· One thing about raising children is that they grow in any soil.
· Children may tear up a house, but they never break up a home.
· Do not remove a fly from your friend's head with a hatchet.
· A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth
a months study of books.
· He who was bitten by a snake avoids tall grass.
· When wings are grown, birds and children fly away.
· Never try to catch two frogs with one hand.
· Three early risings makes an extra day.
· An attractive person is more attractive when they are laughing.
· It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
· The rich man plans for tomorrow
the poor man for today.
· Two good talkers not worth one good listener.
· A good neighbor a found treasure.
· One man tells a lie
many repeat it as the truth.
· Ladder of success contain splinters, but not realized until sliding
· The man who turns a girls head often ends up being a pain in
· One rotten egg doesn't spoil a dozen only when they are scrambled.
· You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your
head, but you can prevent their making nests in your hair.
· Man judged by company he keep
woman by how late she keep
· All work and no play make one rich.
· Girl with cleanest mind give dirtiest look,
· It's no use for a husband to put his foot down when he hasn't
a leg to stand on.
· If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
· The happiest people are those who are too busy to notice.
· It's not strange that members of a family differ, even the lily
family includes a cousin named garlic.
· Most husbands know how to handle a wife, but their wives won't
· The best beauty preparation in the world is a clear heart and
a good nights sleep.
· A poor man can be happy, but no happy man is ever poor.
· No matter how big a man is, he can always fit under a woman's
· Man sometime discover girl of his dreams only nightmare.
· Top of ladder nice place
but very lonesome.
· A woman's beauty lasts as long as her disposition stays sweet.
· The best way for a man to remember his wife's birthday is to
forget it just once.
· One rat dropping spoils a pot of rice.
· Misery loves company but happiness throws parties.
· Always be happy. When the kettle is up to its neck in hot water,
it still continues to sing.
· Teachers open the door
you enter by yourself.
· If you always give you will always have.
Confucius is credited
with hundreds of statements many of which were obviously never uttered
him. There are only a few here which are not historically accurate. As
Lao Tzu is credited with
saying, " A journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step",
best wishes on your journey!!!!!
John Amaro D.C .,
P.O. Box 1003, Carefree, Arizona 85377