For several months, I've been tossing quotes and ideas into a mailbox on my computer entitled 'BLOGfromtheothersideofseventy'. The folder has grown, and today I began reading through the lines and words, seeing if they are still important to me. Seeing if they have remained relevant. Noticing too if I have absorbed some of the lessons contained in them.
From the folder:
I think I'll give myself a 6 on this one. That's averaging out the 8 on 'finding beauty within the imperfections' part, with the 4 on 'accepting peacefully...' if it relates to my personal cycle of decay, rather than the cycle of plant life.. While I am somewhat more accepting of my body's crankiness, I was not pleased today as I tried crouching to capture a photograph of a purple-hued beetle and landed on my bum on the wet
**From the poet, Jane Kenyon (May 23, 1947–April 22, 1995)
"Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook. Work regular hours."
Also, with a more clear awareness, I am seeking those people who nurture me and who accept my style of being. I'm less likely to count the number of 'likes' my photographs garner on Facebook and more likely to contemplate my process in capturing the images.
**In a fascinating interview with Clayton Cubitt, photographer, filmmaker and writer on thegreatdiscontent.com Clayton concludes the interview with this line:
"Be here now, care for people, make beauty, leave it better than you found it. End of story."
simplicity movement trust.
I drew these Blessing Cards* this morning from an old Quebec butter bowl where all the blessings convene and rest. With closed eyes, my fingers held on to these three small cards. These blessings fit perfectly with this new post that I began writing last evening. They fit perfectly too with the path I am trying to follow, with the world I wish to live in.
I have a long way to go...however, it's a beginning....
* the blessing cards originate from Findhorn