In the company of our Elders we get a sense of where we came from, and where we are headed. When Elders speak, we need to open ourselves to their words. When Elders move, we would be wise to make maps of their journeys and study each terrain. When an Elder loves us ~ we are greatly loved. An Elder knows the worth of love, how nothing is more precious, how empty we truly are without its full expression. #precious #birthday #empty #full #elders #Mom #loved #love #CWWOL20120228
I have loved the work of Mary Oliver for many years. Reading a poem by Oliver fills me, allows me to revel in a feeling so beautifully described that I can barely contain it within me. It wants to expand, grow, reach up to the moon, the stars. Barely Contained Oliver has always expressed her private nature, her solitary life, but recently I ran across this interview and was greatly surprised by how ebullient she was. I think my favorite question, posed by Maria Shriver, was “
. A flower reminds us how precious life is, she sighed. Why, because it can be ripped off its stem at any moment? He was not in a frame of mind to be too precious about things. Sometimes my fear is overwhelming, she replied. Seeing a flower gives me the courage to offer what I can to the world, even though I feel as fragile and ephemeral as those soft petals. His sour mood evaporated. In that case, I’ll be sure you have fresh flowers to look at every day, he promised. Heart o
… Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well when they cannot be discerned from the mountaintop. So will you learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble. There is always a seed of good. Find it and prosper.
………….~ Og Mandino Shields #precious #stars #shield
It really doesn’t matter that the work I produce is not always profound and amazing and worthy of hanging in a gallery. What does matter is that I am doing it. I am learning how to make better art (closer to my vision) and constantly discovering what I have inside myself. That IS profound and amazing. Life is precious and short. What I choose to listen to, and do, is important. It determines what I am evolving into. This means, in my philosophy, that something about each and