Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Be gentle with yourself.

(I took this photo today with my phone
through large glass windows at work.)
“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun. Care for those around you. Look past your differences. Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices no more easily made. And give, give in any way you can, of whatever you posses. To give is to love. To withhold is to wither. Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.”
~Kent Nerburn

Friday, November 19, 2010

After a while...

This quote, from Kier's blog, touched me:

Petunias with 'palette knife' filter applied.
“After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul, and you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning and company doesn’t mean security, and you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises, and you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open, with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child, and you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans. After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much. So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. And you learn that you really can endure… that you really are strong, and you really do have worth.”

~Veronica A. Shoffstall

Friday, November 12, 2010

...the rust of life.

(Taken summer, 2010.)
"Anxiety is the rust of life, destroying its brightness and weakening its power. A childlike and abiding trust in Providence is its best preventive and remedy." 
~Tryon Edwards

As is bitterness (at least that's what I would add if it were my quote).

Thursday, November 4, 2010

We are all mark makers.

Scribbles after my new art class... learning to see.
"Drawings are not simply things to look at; they are a direct form of positive communication. Part of the reason they communicate so directly is that drawing belongs to everyone. Acts of drawing occur all the time -- someone applying eyeliner, doodling whilst on the phone, or making someone a map on the back of an envelope. We are all mark makers."

Tonia Kovats
Traces of Thought and Intimacy