Desert Wisdom 46 Bedouin proverbs to help guide you through the shifting sands of business and life.
After all the talks and presentations I do around the world many people ask for copies of the Bedouin proverbs from my slides. I believe the values we live by only increase in value only when we pass them on, so it gives me pleasure to pass on them onto you. I trust the inherent wisdom contained in these proverbs will inspire you to Lengthen Your Stride and increase your efforts to embed the values of responsibility and sustainability in your personal, family, social and business lives. Response-ably yours, Gary Waterworth Owen Founder and CEO ResponseABILITY Alliance
Few desires, happy life. By all means trust in Allah, but tie your camel first. Ask the experienced rather than the learned. All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are moveable, and those that move. If people have the will, they can control their destiny. In the desert of life the wise person travels by caravan, while the fool prefers to travel alone. You can live without a brother but not without a friend. A camel never sees his own hump but those of his brothers are always before him. The weight of the burden is known only by he who carries it. To each life meaning and purpose.
The mind is free and the slightest thought has great influence, it is therefore important that you think enlightened thoughts. Whoever walks in the desert, is no longer the person he was. Write the bad things that happen to you in sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble. Manage with bread and butter until God brings the jam. The best generosity is giving without being asked. He is a good storyteller who can turn a man's ears into eyes. The same destiny awaits both the wise man and the fool. cord around his neck, God will provide someone to pull it. Man alone is the measure of all things. The fruit of silence is tranquility. If a man puts a rope around his neck, God will provide someone to pull it.
Lost is the person who forgets their past. Only three things in life are certain - birth, change and death. Every day of your life is a page of your history. One day your life will pass in front of your eyes, so make it worthy to look at. When the purpose (passion) is known, there will be no more wonder. He who eats when he is full, digs his grave with his teeth. An army of lambs led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a lamb. Think of the going out before you enter. Planning is half of living. The camel driver has his plans and the camel has his. A promise is a cloud - fulfillment is rain. Seek education from the cradle to the grave.
When your son is young discipline him, when he grows up, become his brother. Do good to people and you'll enslave their hearts. The dearest to me are those of best character. Manage with bread and butter until God brings the jam. You are like a tree, giving your shade to the outside. Fixing what you have is better than waiting to get what you don't have. Dwell not upon your weariness, your strength shall be according to the measure of your desire. Leading by example is better than giving and advice. Let us sit bent but talk straight. Every sun has to set.
When you sleep in a house your thoughts are as high as the ceiling, when you sleep outside they are as high as the stars. The dawn does not come twice to awaken a man. For every glance behind us, we have to look twice to the future. One hand cannot applaud.
46 Bedouin proverbs to help guide you through the ever shifting sands of business and life.