"And if not now - when?" - Hillel The Elder Tomorrow perhaps? Or the day after that? If it means something to you then you'd make the time no? The trouble is, we think we have time. " - Buddha
What are you pushing off, avoiding, telling yourself all the right things you don't want to hear to not get you where you want to be, to not be with the person you want see every single day of your life? To simply not be. As I stand under this clock tower I contemplate the quote said by Harvey Mackay - “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” Use your time wisely, live every moment fully, and live for those moments that life takes your breathe away. So, how will you spend your time?
Pahnan pohjimmaisella (eli mulla) alkaa myös elämä voittaa #pikkuhiljaa 😔 Onpa ollu rankka vuorokausi, viime yönä vietin 6,5h putkeen pönttöä halaten 😷 Pitkään aikaan edes vesi ei pysynyt sisällä, nyt pystyy jo juomaan pieniä määriä limpparia ☺ Mikähän siinä on, että edelleen pitää aina saada keltasta limpparia oksutaudissa, ihan kuin lapsena.. 😂 #norovirus#jaffa#elämävoittaataas
Napoleon in the Pest House at Jaffa
Antoine Jean Gros
1804, Oil on canvas
Dictators aren't always evil and there were qualities and values that made Napoleon a competent and admirable leader. In many ways, he made ditching the feudal system seem like a good idea. So where do we get our less than flattering ideas about him?
Many of Napoleon's critics point to his campaign in Egypt to sum up his worst decisions. He invaded a foreign country, hoping to disrupt British trading routes, Qoran in hand. Napoleon was interested in understanding the religion of the country he was invading and he was supportive of the Egyptian people continuing to follow Islam.
But haven't you ever wondered where the Egyptian artifacts in the Louvre came from? Napoleon chose things to send back to France, including the Rosetta Stone. Many British critics rather humorously criticize this looting (all of Egypt and half of Mesopotamia is in the British Museum!) Napoleon annihilated two Turkish armies and is criticized for killing thousands of Turkish prisoners (he had nowhere to imprison them). And he was only able to hold onto Egypt for about a year. It was a lot of effort and didn't accomplish anything lasting.
This painting shows Napoleon visiting his sick troops in Egypt and the artist has highlighted the courage and care that the Emporer has for his men, fearlessly comforting the dying. There is almost a Christ-like quality to the way that Napoleon's nobility is highlighted in this image. We will talk about Napoleon's relationship with the media and the arts tomorrow.
We had such a wonderful time at our gala dinner last week! Thank you to all of our wonderful performers and guests for making the evening so special- we will be sharing more photos in the weeks to come. Here's a peak at what the night look liked: