The years slid by
Unnoted while King Ógun2 reigned. The World
Was young: upon the craggy slopes the trees
Shot forth red buds, and ancient Ífè, gaunt
With suffering, dreamed again her early dreams.
Taught by the Gods, the folk began to learn
The arts of Heaven’s peace anew; the drum
Returned to measures of the dance, and Great
Orísha saw the joy of life once more
In his creatures’ eyes. Thus lived mankind among
The Gods, and multiplied until the youth
Of Ífè sought new homes and wider lands
In the vast Forest; and thus was born the first
Fair daughter of Odúwa’s city. Men called
Her Úbo, and the leader took the name
Olúbo of Úbo with his chieftaincy.

Myths of Ífè

Book 2, VIII

Whatsoever thou dost affect, whatsoever thou dost project, so do, and so project all, as one who, for aught thou knowest, may at this very present depart out of this life.

And as for death, if there be any gods, it is no grievous thing to leave the society of men. The gods will do thee no hurt, thou mayest be sure. But if it be so that there be no gods, or that they take no care of the world, why should I desire to live in a world void of gods, and of all divine providence?

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

We stand before this great world. The truth of our life depends upon our attitude of mind towards it– an attitude which is formed by our habit of dealing with it according to the special circumstance of our surroundings and our temperaments.

Rabindranath Tagore

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January 15, 2017