Thursday, 28 January 2016


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:

     **Wabi-Sabi-  – "Much has been written on this Japanese concept, but in a sentence, one might be able to understand it as 'a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.' "

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."

I score higher on this one. Consciously reducing commitments to doing things I don't love, I am freeing myself to spend more time with my camera.  Wandering alone, I hear the silence and breathe in the hidden.

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  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."  

And finally, not from the folder, these words: 
       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



  1. Great guotes and photos as your new hobby. Wabi Sabi; this was a mantra for us girls trying to get our clinic open when we owned our home. With 2 weeks to open the perfection of every painted, scrapped, cleaned surface was slowing progress, so we just kept looking at one another with every completed wall saying "Wabi Sabi" next.... letting go and then noticing the beauty and character in the aging furniture placed before the doors opened was so freeing....something I too look at daily and the wisdom of that. DEB

  2. Lovely! There's that bug!! Did you know there are 750,000 species of beetle? A century ago there were 350,000 but they have discovered that many more.
    XXX Barbara