Friday, December 01, 2006

WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH

I collect sayings. Do you?

Take for instance one of my favourites: 'They also serve who only stand and wait.' John Milton, On His Blindness.

The first time I read that, I said, 'Whoa, I can do that!' Because, see, sometimes I don't have the courage to do more than stand and wait. Then, over the years I learned that sometimes just standing is very courageous.

'Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail'
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

And I moved far away from family and friends and came to a place where nobody knew my name.

'You don't get harmony when everyone sings the same note.'

'A camel is a horse that was designed by a committee.'

'Raising children is like chewing on a stone.'

'Make it happen.'

And, 'When the going gets tough, the tough get going.'

Now, I'm sure that there are a zillion other quotes that are much more profound and I'll snap my fingers and say, 'Why didn't I think of that? (Treppenwitz :) ) But for now that's what comes to mind.

Shabbat is almost here. Dontcha just love shabbat? Our menu for this weekend is: roast chicken and broiled vegetables and moussaka with rice and salad. A nice combination of Ashkenazi and Spharadi.

Sometimes that's like mixing oil and water and other times it's like fitting a hand into a soft leather glove.

Shabbat shalom.

Have a great day...stay safe...and thanks for dropping in.

18 Comments:

At 3:45 PM, Anonymous the guv said...

So happy to hear that the advice you gleaned over the years worked for you !

My grandmother a.h. used to say, " It's easier to slide on grease than it is on gravel". But, I dunno.

Before I moved into a condo, my house in the suburbs had a huge driveway. Great place for my two youngsters, and their friends, to play on as they grew up. O.K., so I avoided lots of skinned knees. But, over the years, have you ANY idea how much it cost to lubricate that area ? And, then there were those careless, awkward visitors to our property.................. Trust me, gravel would have been MUCH cheaper !

Funny, my Nanny Sue was usually such a bright woman !!!

The Guv

 
At 3:46 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

ahhhhh guv...when you are right you are right...my daughter in law's savta used to say...better your tuchess should burn for an hour than you should suffer for a lifetime!...and my all time favourite was from Mrs. G. (AH) never look a horse in the mouth, especially if he's carrying a gift!!! a sweet shabbat shalom my friend

 
At 5:28 PM, Anonymous sydonia said...

For now, I'm into escapism.
My contribution: "When the going gets tough the tough go shopping.":))
After the dust settles I'll try to get my intellect back in working order and may have something more in the way of wisdom to work with.

 
At 7:59 PM, Anonymous John said...

Um... I just want to let you know that I won't be making it for Shabbat dinner. The weather is bad, and the traffic is worse!

And, since I know how well you cook, I will need to replace my keyboard - 'cuz I drooled all over it!

- John

 
At 9:15 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

john honey...well, i guess i'm going to have to eat your portion as well...so what is going to happen to the old diet??? shabbat shalom...loveyou...thanks for everything

 
At 9:20 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

thanks sydonia...that is hysterical...and i know i know...if G-d had meant for me to touch my toes...He would have put diamonds on the floor!!!...shabbat shalom

 
At 3:56 AM, Blogger Leann said...

sorry haven,t been on to read eather for a while.my mom passed away on the 25th.and the funeral was the 30th.its been a very hard year.we know mom is with Jesus,but its still hard to know we will not see her tell we our selves go home.shabbat shalom.don,t know what that is and Iam sorry I don,t know.but if its important to you then it is to me.God bless you friend.

 
At 4:03 AM, Blogger Leann said...

O I forgot.here is my saying."this year has had more trouble then carters got little liver pill,s."the Lords mercys are new every morning."a bird in hand is better then two in a bush."

 
At 7:21 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

dear dear leann...i am so sorry to hear about your Mother...may she rest in peace...no matter how old we are our parents are dear to us...thanks so much for writing...shabbat shalom means a peaceful sabbath...to you and yours also

 
At 7:57 AM, Anonymous Shelley said...

Hi Marallyn,
I love reading your blog, especially when you and The Guv are bantering back and forth, you guys make me laugh!!!
Here are some of my favourite expressions: You can't put your head on someone else's shoulders...This should be the worst thing ever to happen to me,(pause) in my whole entire life...If hindsight were foresight, there would be no Vegas...and my all time fave...You gotta find the funny!!!
Keep on keepin' on...hugs to you et al!!! ttfn...

 
At 8:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are in my prayers, leanne.
My Mum says that.."You have more..whatever..than Carter has pills!" I thought it was something about Jimmy Carter, but wasn't he a peanut farmer? I don't get it.
Blessings

 
At 8:36 AM, Anonymous shelley said...

shabbat shalom shelley...hiiiiiiiiiii honey...ya godda keep on truckin'...love to you and yours...stay safe...thanks for dropping in

 
At 8:50 AM, Anonymous Anna said...

I wonder if pill is another word for peanut?
My Daddy always said, " Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you you are."
Blessings

 
At 8:56 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

shalom anna...in the fifties, i think, there was a famous ad for liver pills...carter's little liver pills...was supposed to be good for you...like cod liver oil...yukkkkk...and the expression was...may you have more 'something' than carter's has pills...there were a gazillion pills in each bottle...and your dad was right...stay safe and thanks for dropping in

 
At 6:10 PM, Anonymous Miriam said...

David Ben Gurion: Anyone who does not believe in miracles is not a realist.
Indira Gandhi: You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
Oscar Wilde: We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Shavua tov (have a good week)!

 
At 6:41 PM, Blogger cheated are the clouds said...

ah yes raising kids is a lot like chewing on stones, but eventually it breaks into small enough pieces and you realize it's all gone, nice enjoyed these, please share more, quote lover myself

 
At 9:38 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

shalom miriam!!! oy i love that...oscar wilde...but some of us are looking at the stars...i'll remember that one...thanks so much for caring and for sharing...a sweet shavuah tov to you

 
At 9:40 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

hi cheated!!! never thought of that...thanks...this was fun sharing quotes...so glad you liked the post...stay safe my dear friend

 

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