Sunday, March 11, 2007

A Quiet Life


Naturalist Olaus Murie was a quiet man, who lived a quiet yet profound life.

When questioned about his ability to get along with everyone, including the very disagreeable, he answered simply that in each person he met he looked for something to admire.

Something...to admire.

10 comments:

Annie said...

A Golden Nugget of wisdom!

For you readers of Cherie's blog, I'd like to recommend her post called St. Augustine Revisited. She added some very good insights to the quote from Joe. Scroll down a little bit and you'll see. :)

Cherie said...

Thanks, Annie! I know that I have put the advice of Olaus to practice many times, and it has made a difference.

Also, thanks for the plug of my revisions. I figured they were buried by more recent postings and would be constrained to the minds of you, me, and Ashley, which isn't a bad thing. However, maybe more feedback - so much the better!

Sandy said...

I love this idea!

Pam said...

This very basic idea was used in a "Marriage Encounter" weekend Joe and I went to long ago. (No, we weren't having problems, it was a gift from his parents and a marriage-building retreat of sorts.) Anyway, I never forgot that small simple thought, to look for or remember those things you admire about your spouse when you're angry and wanting to run with the anger in the opposite direction.

lisasmith said...

Beautiful advice! Whenever I feel ugly towards someone I always try to remember the things that drew me to them in the first place. I have a list about my husband and I add to it often. This can also work with people who seem to "get on our nerves." I always try to compliment them often remembering that I probably get on nerves too! I love the quote "something...to...admire."

liz said...

Cherie, my friend Iain, also a presbyterian minister, directed me to your blog.
"in everyone he met...he found something to admire". Timely words for me struggling right now to love those with whom I must work.
thank you.

Cherie said...

How refreshing to know that Olaus's words were helpful to you, Liz! I appreciate you telling me so. I've enjoyed reading your comments on Iain's site. I shall go visit your site now. Thanks for stopping by!

Ashley said...

The words and the picture are peaceful. I'm sitting here looking at it wishing I was there. I like what Olaus Murie said. I will remember it.

Cherie said...

It relaxs me, too, Ash. It's a waterfall in Sitka. A cool, secluded, wonderful, rushing, splashing place of goodness.

Katey B. said...

I love this pic!!!!!! I like the saying too. It'll help with some of the kids at school. Thank you.You are lucky to get to go to Alaska!!!!!!