Water Tiger School of T'ai Chi Ch'uan Patchogue Long Island New York

Laoshi Laurince D. McElroy

Suffolk County, Long Island


Shards of Truth

2009 & 2010

If you start to feel sorry for yourself, just do something for someone else.

- Gordon Murray

posted December 19, 2010


Change is more than inevitable; it is necessary.

- Frank Zappa

posted December 15, 2010


Come back to square one, just the minimum bare bones. Relaxing with the present moment, relaxing with hopelessness, relaxing with death, not resisting the fact that things end, that things pass, that things have no lasting substance, that everything is changing all the time — that is the basic message. - Pema Chõdrõn

posted August 23, 2009


If a man lives, it is a certainty he will die. Therefore it is foolish to think of death as a foe as if he were to be vanquished. He will come when he will come. That is all.

- Caine-ism

posted August 16, 2009


Through violence, you may solve one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.

- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

posted August 9, 2009


To get the full value of joy, you must have somebody to divide it with.

- Mark Twain

posted August 2, 2009


Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.

- George Washington

posted July 26, 2009


Three Haves and One Do Without

· When faced with danger, have no fear.

· When faced with difficulty, have no worries or stress.

· When faced with injustice, have no anger.

· At all times live life without guilt.

- Hong Junsheng

posted July 19, 2009


A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

posted July 12, 2009


It doesn’t matter where you go in life …

What you do …

Or how much you have …

It’s who you have beside you .

- Unknown

posted July 5, 2009


Eternity is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve,

too short for those who rejoice but for those who love — time is eternity.

- Henry Van Dyke

posted June 28, 2009


No man has fear, until fear comes to him.

- Caine-ism

posted June 21, 2009


See your skin as what connects you to the universe, not as what separates you from it.

- Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

posted June 14, 2009


As a man is,

so he sees.

- William Blake

posted June 7, 2009


Meditation will not carry you to another world, but it will reveal the most profound and awesome dimensions of the world in which you already live. Calmly contemplating these dimensions and bringing them into the service of compassion and kindness is the right way to make rapid gains in meditation as well as in life.

- Hsing Yun

posted May 31, 2009


Mind is originally clear and calm, fundamentally free from pollution,

and there is no difference between doing and not doing meditation.

It is only essential to understand one’s own mind clearly.

- Ming-pen

posted May 24, 2009


If you eat with both hands, you'll choke.

- Italian Saying

posted May 17, 2009


It is like archers. If they start out competing, they’ll never become marksmen. It is only after long practice, with no thought of winning or losing, that they can hit the target. Same with the study of the Way. If even a single thought of winning or losing appears, you will be chained by winning and losing. - Ying-an

posted May 10, 2009


Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile is the source of your joy.

- Thich Nhat Hahn

posted May 3, 2009


If you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted with pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It’s that simple. What you see is what you get.

- Annie Dillard

posted April 26, 2009


The rewards of the journey far outweigh the risk of leaving the harbor.

- Unknown

posted April 19, 2009


True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils.

- Baltasar Gracian

posted April 12, 2009


I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,

but people will never forget how you made them feel.

- Maya Angelou

posted April 5, 2009


Evil cannot be conquered in the world. It can only be resisted in oneself.

- Caine-ism

posted March 29, 2009


Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.

Each day has enough trouble on its own.

- Matthew 6:34

posted March 22, 2009


True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.

It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever the cost,

but the urge to serve others at whatever the cost.

- Arthur Ashe

posted March 15, 2009


Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you should begin it serenely and with too high spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

posted March 8, 2009


Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small steps.

- David Lloyd George

posted March 1, 2009


The pure nature of mind – emptiness, lucidity and intelligence without limit –

has always been inside us.

- Kalu Rinpoche

posted February 22, 2009


The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched –

they must be felt with the heart.

- Helen Keller

posted February 15, 2009


In order to find your way you sometimes have to get lost. So you might as well enjoy the view.

- Unknown

posted February 8, 2009


I seek to become a cup – empty of myself, filled with oneness.

- Caine-ism

posted February 1, 2009


The real miracle is not to walk on water or thin air but to walk on the earth!

- Thich Nhat Hanh

posted January 25, 2009


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction ... The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

posted January 18, 2009


There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.

- Ansel Adams

posted January 11, 2009


The days come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a distant party, but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

posted January 4, 2009

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