1: a fertile or green area in an arid region (such as a desert)
2: something that provides refuge, relief, or pleasant contrast
Oasis: 1610s, from French oasis (18th century) and directly from Late Latin oasis, from Greek oasis, probably from Hamitic (compare Coptic wahe, ouahe “oasis,” properly “dwelling place,” form ouih “dwell“). The same Egyptian source produced Arabic wahah.
“A good relationship is not a refuge from your problems, but an oasis where you can grow better as a person.”
Shon Mehta (short fiction writer; her work includes modern parables, koans, and management stories)
"Too much good fortune can make you smug and unaware. Happiness should be like an oasis, the greener for the desert that surrounds it."
Rachel Field (1894–1942, American novelist, poet, and children's fiction writer, best known for the Newbery Award-winning, "Hitty, Her First Hundred Years")
"Art should be an oasis: a place or refuge from the hardness of life."
Fernando Botero (born April 19, 1932, Colombian artist known for his paintings and sculptures of inflated human and animal shapes)
"Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country? If you are the first, then you are a parasite; if the second, then you are an oasis in the desert."
Khalil Gibran (1883-1931, artist, poet, short-story writer, best known for writing "The Prophet")
"The tech and tech media world are meritocracies. To fall back to race as the reason why people don't break out in our wonderful oasis of openness is to do a massive injustice to what we've fought so hard to create."
Jason Calacanis (b. 1970, American Internet entrepreneur, angel investor, author and blogger)
“Too much good fortune can make you smug and unaware. Happiness should be like an oasis, the greener for the desert that surrounds it.”
Any pleasure that makes us feel bored and complacent, unconsciously turning our brains to mush, is not happiness at; but rather, stagnation or even worse, regression. These excesses can include money, status, vain pursuits, and/or materialistic advantages.
Challenges and struggles are necessary to spur our desires, to inspire us, and to connect us to other travelers who can help and show us The Way.
Happiness can flow effortlessly through our lives when we detach from the outcome, and traverse those journeys that purify our hearts and rewire our minds.
Oases gift us the time and space to rest and enjoy some of the fruits our labor. It is then we are able to gain the insights and the strength to venture out into the elements once more.
Stay frosty, sojourners! Life offers infinite possibilities for great adventures and prosperous opportunities.
Faithfully Yours, Tonya