Category Archives: Wisdom

High Coo – Oct 6 – National Coaches Day

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National Coaches Day began in 1972 with the statement, “”Coaches are highly qualified teachers—in highly specialized fields. But more than that, they are friends and counselors who help instill in their players important attitudes that will serve them all their lives.” See

Who are your favorite coaches? Who inspired you to be your best in a specific field?

A humble haiku: National Coaches Day

Little things matter,

continuous improvement –

kaizen ev’ry day

For more information on John Wooden’s successful coaching method see Andrew Hill’s book Be Quick – But Don’t Hurry! at

High Coo – Oct 5 – World Teachers’ Day

Lao Tzu – Author of Tao Te Ching

Since 1994, October 5 has been a day for commemorating teachers. Today we focus on “appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world.”’_Day

As the 27th verse of the Tao Te Ching reminds us:

“These are the paths to enlightenment. Those who arrive at their destination teach those who are still on the path, while those still on the path are sources of wisdom for their teachers.” See Tao Te Ching – A New Translation & Commentary by Ralph Alan Dale (c) 2002, p.55

A humble haiku response: World Teachers’ Day

We learn then we teach

consciously or not – our life

is our lesson plan

What My Teachers Taught Me About Teaching – Edutopia

High Coo – Oct 4 – World Animal Day

World Animal Day dates as far back as 1925 when Heinrich Zimmermann organized the first celebration in Berlin. Zimmermann, the publisher of a German animal lovers’ magazine, “Man and Dog,” launched the event to raise awareness and improve the welfare of animals. The date of October 4 is also known as the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron Saint of animals.” See

As highlighted in a 2020 announcement, there are (at least) “seven acts of kindness to animals” we can consider:

  1. Release wild animals into their natural habitat
  2. Place a feeding or water bowl for birds
  3. Make your yard wildlife friendly
  4. Plant a tree
  5. Let them take rest
  6. Help young animals find their mother
  7. Stop making animals fight each other

See for more information.

Today’s humble haiku: World Animal Day

The Golden Rule

applies to all animals –

human and “more than

High Coo – Oct 2 – Happy Birthday Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi b. Oct 2, 1869 – d. Jan 30, 1948

Known as the “Father of the Nation” of India, Mohandas Gandhi was also called Mahatma (Great Soul) or Bapu (Papa). Gandhi’s birthday, 2 October, is celebrated in India as a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Nonviolence.

“Gandhi grew up in a Hindu and Jain religious atmosphere … which were his primary influences, but he was also influenced by his personal reflections and literature of Hindu Bhakti saints, Advaita Vedanta, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, and thinkers such as Tolstoy, Ruskin and Thoreau… At age 57 he declared himself to be Advaitist Hindu in his religious persuasion but added that he supported Dvaitist viewpoints and religious pluralism.” (See

Time magazine named The 14th Dalai LamaLech WałęsaMartin Luther King Jr.Cesar ChavezAung San Suu KyiBenigno Aquino Jr.Desmond Tutu, and Nelson Mandela as Children of Gandhi and his spiritual heirs to nonviolence.” (See “The Children of Gandhi” (excerpt). Time. 31 December 1999.)

One of his most famous sayings is “Be the change you want to see in the world.” (See

Today’s humble haiku response: Happy Birthday Mahatma Gandhi

Complicated man

demonstrating persistence –

truth will overcome

“God is truth. The way to truth lies through ahimsa (nonviolence)” – Sabarmati, 13 March 1927

High Coo – Sept 30 – Rumi Day

Statue of Rumi in Buca, Turkey

Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī, more popularly known simply as Rumi, was born on this day in 1207 in present-day Afghanistan. He later died on December 17, 1273 in present-day Turkey. He was a 13th-century Persian poet and Sufi Mystic.  Rumi’s influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and he has been described as the “most popular poet” and the “best selling poet” in the United States. (See

Rumi was a firm believer in the use of music, poetry, and dance as a means of approaching God. His poetry is divided into common themes: mystical, passion, and life and death. Madonna and Philip Glass are among his many admirers: Madonna recorded readings of Rumi’s poetry, and Glass’s “Monsters of Grace” is based on Rumi’s art. (See

Rumi’s poetry speaks of love which infuses the world. Rumi’s longing and desire to attain the ideal of Love is evident in this excerpt from his book the Masnavi:

“I died to the mineral state and became a plant.

I died to the vegetal state and reached animality.

I died to the animal state and became a man,

Then what should I fear? I have never become less from dying.”

(See Ibrahim Gamard (with gratitude for R.A. Nicholson’s 1930 British translation). The Mathnawî-yé Ma’nawî – Rhymed Couplets of Deep Spiritual Meaning of Jalaluddin Rumi.)

My humble haiku response: Rumi Day

overwhelmed by love

devastated by love’s loss

love seeks love always

Rumi’s tomb in Konya, Turkey

High Coo – Sept 29 – Confucius Day

The Temple of Confucius in Jiading, now a suburb of Shanghai. See

Confucius Day is celebrated on September 29. See

Confucius, or Master Kong, was born on September 28, 551 BCE and lived for nearly 72 years before dying in 479 BCE. Known as a philosopher and master teacher, Confucius presented himself as a “transmitter who invented nothing” yet considered himself a transmitter of values which emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, kindness, and sincerity.

“His teachings require examination and context to be understood. A good example is found in this famous anecdote:


When the stables were burnt down, on returning from court Confucius said, “Was anyone hurt?” He did not ask about the horses.

— Analects X.11 (tr. Waley), 10–13 (tr. Legge), or X-17 (tr. Lau)

By not asking about the horses, Confucius demonstrates that the sage values human beings over property (which animals seem to represent in this example); readers are led to reflect on whether their response would follow Confucius’s and to pursue self-improvement if it would not have.” (See

My humble haiku response is Confucius Day

horses are horses,

humans are humans – are not

both worth honoring?

High Coo – Our First O-bon

There is an annual Japanese holiday which remembers deceased ancestors. The actual date varies by region but usually falls between mid-July to mid-August. It is not an official holiday, rather a religious and traditional holiday which includes using lanterns to guide the dead, making food offerings to temples and celebrating with dancing. See

Here is today’s humble haiku which recognizes this holiday, past and future, yet also celebrates the life still happening on this side of existence.

Our First O-bon

our day of the dead

has not yet arrived – still time

to explore this shore

Obon – Japan’s Day of the Dead @

High Coo – Homage to Spike Milligan and The Dog Lovers

Crying for help –

Not all stories are happy. Today I recognize poet Spike Milligan and his poignant poem The Dog Lovers. Briefly, “Terence Alan “Spike” Milligan KBE (16 April 1918 – 27 February 2002) was a British-Irish actor, comedian, writer, musician, poet, and playwright.” He is also cited as having a major influence on The Monty Python Flying Circus. See

While noted for his comedy, Spike Milligan could also describe tragedy. For example:

The Dog Lovers

by Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan

So, they bought you
And kept you in a
Very good home
Cental heating
A deep freeze
A very good home-
No one to take you
For that lovely long run-
But otherwise
‘A very good home’
They fed you Pal and Chum
But not that lovely long run,
Until, mad with energy and boredom
You escaped- and ran and ran and ran
Under a car.
Today they will cry for you-
Tomorrow they will buy another dog.

My humble haiku response: The Truth Hurts

It seemed right back then

to buy the good life – but we

seemed to miss the point