My sister, grandmother and I reading 101 Dalmatians
This evening I picked up a book of mine called "The Art of Travel" by Alain de Botton. An old friend of mine gave it to me over four years ago when I was getting ready to leave the place we had been living for four years. Although I have read bits and pieces of it I have never really read it. I rediscovered it on my bookshelf and since I'm about to embark on another journey I thought it was time. To really read it. It's amazing how often one reads books that are meant to be read just then (although perhaps certain things are just brought to your conscience as a result of the book...).
Anyway, on page 8, I read Chamfort's dictum that "a man must swallow a toad every morning to be sure of not meeting with anything more in the day ahead." Botton was using this as a metaphor for the climatic circumstance known as winter but its applicable to many circumstances beyond the weather to day to day survival in this crazy world. To me it's an encouragement to be brave and strong and true in what you do, because you have probably faced worse.