Thirteen Things I’d Like To Write in the Sand

Once when I was getting over a heartbreak I went to the beach for a few days by myself, and I wrote the name of the person who had broken my heart in the sand.  Then I watched as the waves washed away the letters – symbolically washing that experience from my mind.   I liked the symbolism of it.  So this week I have listed thirteen things I’d like to write in the sand and then have the waves wash them away.  I’ve also included quotes about each hurtful habit or attitude.

(1) Unkindness  (Be kind to unkind people — they need it the most. ~anonymous) 

(2)  War  (War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their own free choice — is often the means of their regeneration. ~Mill, John Stuart)

(3)  Selfishness  (Love is what is left in a relationship after all the selfishness is taken out. ~Richardson, Nick)

(4)  Foolish Pride  (The owl of ignorance lays the egg of pride.  ~Proverb)

(5) Gluttony (Gluttony is the source of all our infirmities and the fountain of all our diseases. As fire extinguished by an excess of fuel, so is the natural health of the body destroyed by an intemperate diet. ~Burton)

(6) Regret  (A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. ~ Barrymore, John)

(7) Worry  (Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson)

(8) Impatience  (A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering.  ~Burke, Edmund)

(9) Unloving attitude (Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.  ~Chesterton, Gilbert K.)

(10) Terrorism  (In every child who is born under no matter what circumstances and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again, and in him, too, once more, and each of us, our terrific responsibility toward human life: toward the utmost idea of goodness, of the horror of terrorism, and of God. ~James Agee)

(11) Disorganization  (The fact is, the old clichés work for us in abstract terms, but they never work out in real life quite the same way. Life is messy; clichés are clean and tidy.  ~Hugh Macleod)

(12) Clutter (Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow. ~Og Mandino)

(13) Superficiality (Do not judge men by mere appearances; for the light laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy. ~Edward Chapin)

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24 Responses to “Thursday Thirteen – Edition #48 – Thirteen Things I’d Like to Write in the Sand & a Quotation for Each”

  1. Chelle Says:

    I should have remembered #1 when the “bill collector” called me today. She was a total snob, and I was trying to explain my situation. I suddenly became so defensive, that I became snotty too. I should have read your post first! )

  2. Raggedy Says:

    Thursday Thirteen has come to an end!
    I have enjoyed my visits and consider us friends.
    Thank you for sharing your thirteens with me.
    The comments you left me filled me with glee.
    It is hard to believe it is really true.
    I am trying very hard to not be blue.
    Happy TT’ing!
    (“)_ (“)Å 

  3. Joan Says:

    I think I forgot to include my blog addie when I clicked Mr. Linky. This was a very deep and thought-provoking TT. I am trying to get mine up tonight.

  4. christieo Says:

    great list!! i love the symbolism of the waves washing them away. it’s so therapeutic!! happy tt! will miss these lists so much!!

  5. DKRaymer Says:

    Great post, Carol. So sorry it’s the last. I have certainly enjoyed meeting people through this meme. It’s the only one I participate in! Please drop by my blog any time you’re in the neighborhood.

  6. Susan Helene Gottfried Says:

    What wise words. If only it were so easy to get rid of such ugly things…

    But then, if we did, what would we use as a measure of ugliness?

    So I guess these things have a (scarily small) purpose.

    Happy Final TT. I’ll miss visiting.

  7. beth Says:

    Beautiful post!

  8. Gattina Says:

    A lot of these things I would write in the sand too ! It’s a very nice TT.

  9. rashenbo Says:

    Great list! ) Thank you for sharing. It’s beautiful.

    Have a lovely Thursday.

  10. John Says:

    Very good list. Too bad it’s not that easy to wash away some of these problems.

    My 13 are up.

  11. The Gal Herself Says:

    My favorite is #12, the one about clutter. Please feel free to visit my Thursday Thirteen. In honor the Oscars, it’s my tribute to the Supremes, the original Dream Girls.

  12. PRACTiCAL CHiCK Says:

    What a great idea for a list!! My TT is up too.

  13. Christine Says:

    I loved your list. Simple. Effective. Evocative. I’ll certainly miss the TT meme. I’m all about books this final week. Take care, XINE

  14. Rose Says:

    I enjoyed the quotes beside each word.

  15. Loretta Says:

    You always have such thoughtful TT’s )
    I hope that it doesn’t go away. I contacted Leanne and I’m determined to rescue the thirteen if I can!

  16. Michelle Says:

    Oh what a great TT! And I loved the quotes – I think ‘the owl of ignorance’ one is just the best!

  17. Babystepper Says:

    Great idea! To bad there aren’t any waves around here. Hmmm. I could write them on the back of my car and take it to the car wash, but there’s just something missing there in the symbolism. Great TT! Sorry that this is the end!

  18. Jane Says:

    What a great idea for a T13…..and a great way to end T13!!! I loved this. These are all words that would be best erased from our vocabulary.

  19. Nancy Says:

    WOW! What a neat idea. Some of those qotes were amazing. Love this!

  20. Dane Bramage Says:

    What a great idea. Normally I would give notice that I am stealing this idea for some future T13 of my own but I will have to come up with another reason to steal it. And I agree 200% with your take on war.

    As for the last T13 I go out with a nice round
    number. My Thursday 13 #30 is up. It is ironically 13 Thursday Thirteen Logos I made and used during the last 30 weeks. Stop by if you get a chance.

  21. Queen of Wands Says:

    This is so what I needed today! Thanks! (-:

    That is a great idea of letting the ocean waves wash away the sorrow!

  22. Marcia Says:

    GREAT post. . I think we should all go to our nearest beach, write these words and similar and watch the water wash them away. . . And those that can’t get to the beach can do it in the dirt and hose them away. . . in apartments, buy a bag of sand, put it in a plastic box,write the words and pour water in to wash them away. (Can you tell I love this idea?)

  23. Nancy Bond Says:

    What a grand idea! I can think of a few things I’d like to toss to the waves myself.

  24. alisonwonderland Says:

    very nice TT! i’m feeling the need to go to the beach and write a bunch of stuff in the sand and let it wash away! i like the imagery a lot.

    happy thursday! thanks for stopping by!

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