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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

#30 Single Step

My friend Jan on our adventure in Ireland.
We took the step and wound up a thousand miles away.
And loved every minute of it.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

#29 Three Treasures

Yes indeed ... all three of those are wonderful treasures.
Oh to have an abundance of them at all times.

Monday, January 28, 2013

#28 Stop Thinking

Is there not a huge amount of truth in this?
Everything stems from this one thing.


6th Century BC
Maybe 4th or 5th

Sunday, January 27, 2013

#27 Love & Light & Vision

I think I would have said 'knowing' is love and light and vision. Knowing what is important.
There are a lot of people that have a great deal of knowledge in some things,
but it doesn't bless them with love and light and vision.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

#26 Tolerance

The 100 year old grandmother of a friend, when asked what was one of the greatest
changes that she had witnessed in her lifetime, said "People are more tolerant."
I hope so.

Friday, January 25, 2013

#25 Life is Good

These are the hands of my beloved aunt who celebrated her 96th birthday last week;
and the hands of a beloved Friend who will always live in my heart.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

#24 Soar

This is what our women's group WINGS is all about ... we SOAR!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

#23 Brave & Patient

I snapped this little guy today and thought he was perfect for this quote.
It was a frigid morning... but he was brave and patiently waiting for a joyous summer day.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

#22 Walk with a Friend

Walking alone is lovely too, but there's nothing quite like walking with a friend.

Monday, January 21, 2013

#21 Adventure or Nothing

This is the sentence that I quote the most. This is the quote I live by.
 It's tatooed in my brain, front and center.


Week 4 we celebrate:

June 27, 1880 - June 1, 1968

For many of us born in a certain era, when we think of Helen Keller, we picture Patty Duke in the 1962 movie, 'The Miracle Worker'.  Ever since then, I have been in awe and admiration of Helen.

To be born in the late 1800's and accomplish what she did as a woman was impressive as it was, but to do it being blind and deaf is remarkable. She has always been the epitome of strength, courage, determination and perserverence to me.

Born in Alabama, she lost her sight and hearing to illness at 19 months. In spite of that, she lived a remarkably adventurous life - travelling the world and meeting famous people.

She had her first book published at 11, wrote an autobiography at 22 and went on to pen ten more books. She was an activist, speaking out for women's suffarage as well as labour rights.

Helen lived a full, rich and long life, leaving a legacy of wisdom and inspiration that was born of 'walking the walk'.

Wiki info to read more.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

#20 Sweetness of Friendship

My beloved friends ... who know all about laughter and sharing of pleasures.
And of the joy in the little things.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

#19 Stand Together

This is one of my favourites. Advice that I have lived by, which has served me well.

Friday, January 18, 2013

#18 A Flame Spirit

Don't you know it. It is truly great and powerful when passion feeds us.
It can indeed often take us further than wisdom.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

#17 Breath of Life

Throughout 'The Prophet', Gibran often speaks of nature's life giving essence.
 He paints the picture so eloquently with words that we cannot help but see it with fresh eyes.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

#16 Bless You

True, isn't it. It is a blessing to be with those who give so freely, generously and naturally.
This image speaks to me of that which the sea gives, and has no idea that some.
consider it a treasure.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

#15 Beauty Enchanted

Really, is there anything more beautiful to see than a person alight with passion,
or an enchanted moon?

Monday, January 14, 2013

#14 Gibran Beauty in Bloom

I like the way he wrote 'for ever'. I wonder if that was the proper way back then, 
and when it was run together. That's fine too, but this way seems even longer. 
For. Ever.


The book that I have read more than any other publication, and the book that I have purchased more than any other publication is “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran. 

 I got my first copy in 1974 and have read it dozens of times since – every year at least two or three times. I have a copy of The Prophet in all of my spaces – this house, my cabin and Eden by the Sea in Newfoundland. Whenever I find one at a book sale, I pick it up to pass on to someone else. I also bought the audio, and find listening to wonderful voice who reads it, very soothing.

I made bookmarks with the quotes from The Prophet long before I started my card creations. In fact, I send his ‘On Work’ quote along with all my creations.

 Kahlil Gibran
 January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931 

 Gibran, born in Lebanon, immigrated to the USA as a young man where he studied art. He became known a literary and political rebel, and as being at the ‘heart of renaissance’ with his prose style poetry. 

Still a literary hero in Lebanon, Wikipedia states he is “chiefly known in the English speaking world for his 1923 book ‘The Prophet’ – an early example of inspirational fiction.”  It gained a resurgence of popularity in the "1960's counter-culture", which would be why I was able to find it in the early seventies.

Also quoted from Wikipedia is the fact that Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind William Shakepeare and Lao Tzu.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

#11 Within You

I don't doubt that for a minute. We all know what inspires us. 
 We just have to quietly go through pinterest.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

#9 Eloquence

I take the message in this to mean that often we are working so hard, trying so hard - but if we would stop for a moment and look around, we'd see the beauty that exists right in front of our eyes - nature's design.  When we are bent diligently above our own work - our minds focued on whatever task is at hand, we are missing so much eloquence that surrounds us.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


This one is in honour of our monthly WINGS meeting tonight.  It is exactly what our group is about. Motivating, inspiring and helping each other find our wings and soar!

Monday, January 7, 2013

#7 I Want to Sing

I do. Exactly this.  My song is not beautiful, melodious, appealing. But I want to not care, and sing with the voice I have been given. I want to 'Sing Anyway'.

WEEK 2: Rumi

This week's wisdom comes to you from:

September 30th, 1207 - December 17th, 1273

Rumi, who's birth name was Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi, was born in Persia (now Tajikistan). His father - a scholar, theologian, jurist and mystic, also had a connection to spiritual lineage - all of which obviously had an immense impact on Rumi.

From Wikipedia:

When the Mongols invaded Central Asia sometime between 1215 and 1220, Baha ud-Din Walad, with his whole family and a group of disciples, set out westwards. according to hagiographical account, which is not agreed upon by all Rumi scholars, Rumi encountered one of the most mystic Persian poets - 'Attar'.  Attar immediately recognized Rumi's spiritual eminence. 

He saw the father walking ahead of the son and said, "Here comes a sea followed by an ocean."  He gave te boy is Asramama, a book about the entanglement of the soul in the material world. The meeting had a deep impact on the 18 year old Rumi and later on became the inspiration for his works.

He said: "When we are dead, seek not our tomb in the earth but find it in the hearts of men."  Certainly, almost 740 years later, Rumi's words and wisdom, do indeed rest in many hearts.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Saturday, January 5, 2013

#5 Where We Started

It is in the exploring - the 'getting out there', that often brings to a great appreciation for what we have taken for granted. The opportunity to see what we have with new eyes is a gift. 
It is something that a new year, a new start presents to us, if we allow it.

Friday, January 4, 2013

#4 Dark and Still

Is this about death? Or is it about Life? That when we are patient and still in our darkness that we will come to see the light and find the joy and celebration.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

#3 Acceptance

Really, is there any other way? What would be the point of doing anything but. All the fussing in the world isn't going to change it.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

#2 Fresh Beginning

Very true. But sometimes it helps to have a starting point assigned for us.
 And that is exactly what a fresh new year offers.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

#1 And Here We Go Again

And so I begin once again, in earnest. 
Each day - the world through my eyes, with the inspiration of wise souls who inspire me.  
We begin the mission with T.S.Eliot week.

WEEK 1: T.S. Eliot

It's interesting that I chose Eliot for the first week which happens to include the day he left this world. Even more co-incidental is the one that came on the anniversary of his passing. My first instinct was that it spoke of death.

Thomas Stearns Eliot
September 26th, 1888 - January 4th, 1965

T.S. Eliot, a playwright, publisher and literary and social critic was born in the USA. He moved to the UK at the age of twenty five; fourteen years later he became an official British subject.

Wikipedia say that he is "arguably the most important English language poet of the 20th century".  He earned numerous accolades and awards, including the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948.

He is quoted in the October 1950 Time magazine as saying: "The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do more, and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down."

You've got a point, TS ... you've got a point :-D