Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The last day of August

At the school's Welcome Fair today, I found:
a dentist
two German language schools
a hairdresser
two yoga teachers
two spas
a hiking club
a book club
a lunch club
a bowling alley
Afterwards, I went for coffee with a new friend.
A great day!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Eindrücke, Part 1

There is an elaborate set of foot and bike paths that weave their way between, behind and around all the homes and apartment buildings around here. It is a great system, providing both shortcuts, and pleasant, quiet ways of getting from one place to another, or even just a lovely stroll.
Every day, a man rides down the path behind my building. In the front basket of his bicycle, he has a boombox.The boombox is always playing Swiss accordian music, for lack of a better description.
He wends his way past, heading somewhere, I know not where. A little while later, here he comes, headed back. His pace is always the same: slow and steady.

There are rules against any loud noises between 10 PM and 7 AM, and all day on Sunday. You must not offend anyone by making loud noises. Except if you are a church, in which case you can ring all the bells you want, whenever you want, for as long as you want. So it seems.

If you ask a Swiss person if they can speak English, they almost always say, "A little." Then they proceed to speak it quite well, at least enough for us to get the business at hand done. I am appreciative of this.

Zug is kind of like the Greenwich of Switzerland. A  very wealthy community. The chasm between the rich and the poor is wide. The middle class is getting squeezed out by all the changes that have taken place in the last few decades. Picture this: a town of 26,000 that supports both a Maserati and a Ferrari dealership. And all around are farms, cows and barns.

Monday, August 1, 2011

How great?

I found a discarded fortune cookie slip, which said, "What great things would you attempt if you knew you could not fail." (sic)
My first thought was the saying, "With God, all things are possible." Then the enormity of that statement dawned on me. With God, all things are possible, INCLUDING FAILURE. God does not prevent us from failing, if that might be helpful to our growth.
So, the question as to what we might attempt if failure were not an option is unanswerable. It follows, too, that we need not wait for failure to not be an option in order to attempt great things.
Of course, then it comes down to fear, which is at the core of the whole failure concept.
And we all know the answer to that! LOVE! Now that's a great thing!