Friday, August 27, 2010

Cool words for the hottest day.

The hottest day of the year so far. 45 degrees. Too hot to do anything. The sort of heat that doesn't just grab you by the throat but picks you up, twirls you round and throws you down the stairs. After an early morning walk along the lane Wilf just had time for a quick game in the garden with his favourite 'bee' before it became too clammy. For the rest of the day Wilf lay on the cold stone floor of the downstairs hallway. Once he was comfortable he refused to move. Sensible fellow.

Picked up a book called Paradoxical Commandments and found these words written in 1968. Not great poetry but calming and cooling amid the stultifying heat.

" If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway

If you are succesful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building someone could destroy overnight; build anyway ".


  1. Great advice.

    We thought you'd had enough of bees!

    Autumn WILL come sometime.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  2. Hot all over this summer. Here in Alaska we're having a very cool and rainy summer with very few days of sunshine. Hope your heat lets up soon.

  3. Yes I keep reading all about this heat business, and think it would be rather nice, despite all the moaning that seems to go on. I keep trying to persuade Gail to buy me a passport so we can go travelling to somewhere warmer but she says she can easily set the oven to 45 degrees C and pop me and see how I'd like it.
    Currently 6 degrees her in NE Scotland...
    Toodle pip!

  4. What wise words! We are having cooler temps this morning! Thank doG! We hope your temps cool down for you too, Wilf!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  5. love the quote...
    stay cool guys!!

  6. Good advice--I've found that it can be a challenge to do what is "right and good and true," especially when you know others won't appreciate it, but I do it anyway. ;-)
    Enjoy your weekend Angus!

  7. I'm glad that we got a brief reprieve from the heat the last few days. That sounds beastly!

    That is some wonderful advice! I really like that quote.

  8. It has been surprisingly cool here the past few days. Maybe we sent our degrees over to you! :)

  9. whoa! that sounds like south carolina weather to me.

  10. All very sensible things. Could you please send some warm weather up north to Prague? We thank you and send Wilf lots of purrs. Lautrec and Tiny

  11. What wise words of advice that still ring true today!

    It's been hot here too. We got some rain last night but it didn't cool things down any today. Just as hot as ever.

  12. We have had beautiful weather the past few days, wish I could send you some of it. :)

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  13. You have described our entire summer. Edward is so ready for autumn, as am I. Clammy is not a good feeling for either of us.