FOTO – IZZY FOREAL IN MALLACOOTA 2013
now regret, like a man
walking the length of the bar on his hands
balancing a drink on his shoe
Balancing Object on Nose, longest duration, 31 minutes 0.01 seconds, Phuket, Thailand, February 2014
To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.”
― Bessie Anderson Stanley, More Heart Throbs
“You see, we cannot draw lines and compartments and refuse to budge beyond them. Sometimes you have to use your failures as stepping-stones to success. You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair.’ He paused, considering what he had just said. ‘Yes’, he repeated. ‘In the end, it’s all a question of balance.”
― Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance
― Gordon B. Hinckley
“Given enough time, you could convince yourself that loneliness was something better, that it was solitude, the ideal condition for reflection, even a kind of freedom.
Once you were thus convinced, you were foolish to open the door and let anyone in, not all the way in. You risked the hard-won equilibrium, that tranquility that you called peace”
― Dean Koontz, The Good Guy
Prayer Blessing Wakan Tanka, Great Mystery, teach me how to trust my heart, my mind, my intuition, my inner knowing, the senses of my body, the blessings of my spirit. Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter my Sacred Space and love beyond my fear, and thus Walk in Balance with the passing of each glorious Sun. ~ Lakota Prayer
“Balance. It was all about balance. That had been one of the first things that she had learned: the centre of the seesaw has neither up nor down, but upness and downness flow through it while it remains unmoved. You had to be the centre of the seesaw so the pain flowed through you, not into you. It was very hard. But she could do it!”
― Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight
Kate Atkinson, Life After Life
I’m on whiskey diet… I’ve lost three days already!
~old man G— to Monseigneur Bienvenu Myriel” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
There is a fine line between perseverance and insanity.
At what point have you tried your best,
and it’s time to do something different?
It’s a balance – a paradox.
If you get in the habit of giving up
as soon as something gets difficult,
your life won’t work,
but if you keep tilting at windmills –
madly trying the same thing again and again,
your life also won’t work.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie
“The basic problem with the world today is the unbalance between the male and female aspects, the unbalance between our inner and outer world, the unbalance between knowledge and wisdom, the unbalance between intellect and intuition and the unbalance between activity and rest.”
― Swami Dhyan Giten, The Silent Whisperings of the Heart – An Introduction to Giten’s Approach to Life
Develop the mind of equilibrium.
You will always be getting praise and blame,
but do not let either affect the poise of the mind:
follow the calmness, the absence of pride.
James Hollis, What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life
“If he saw two truths that seemed to contradict each other, he would take the two truths and the contradiction along with them. His spiritual sight is stereoscopic, like his physical sight: he sees two different pictures at once and yet sees all the better for that. Thus he has always believed that there was such a thing as fate, but such a thing as free will also. Thus he believed that children were indeed the kingdom of heaven, but nevertheless ought to be obedient to the kingdom of earth. He admired youth because it was young and age because it was not. It is exactly this balance of apparent contradictions that has been the whole buoyancy of the healthy man.”
― G.K. Chesterton
Two Years On
I want to write a poem about gardening,watering the veggie patch & how it reduces things down to a manageablesize. To write a poem about putting onanother load of washing, takingthe rubbish out, catching the bus home.I want to cut a word here & there:trimming flowers before arrangingthem in a vase. To write a poemabout yoga: feeling vulnerable, inflexible,briefly graceful. A poem that tells youto be gentle, that there is time.
© Elizabeth Allen
Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.
Barbara De Angeli
foto – egret at raleigh 2010
A madman’s word, and a good man’s word, are thought to be of equal value, because mad men are supposed by the common folk to be very good. Though they sin, the people say they do not sin for they know not sin, but are like the beasts of the field.
foto – wesak moon over raleigh 2010 april
De dinero y bondad, siempre la mitad.
Of money and kindness, always the middle.
foto – raleigh mists 2010
Arrogance and rudeness are training wheels on the bicycle of life — for weak people who cannot keep their balance without them.
Laura Teresa Marquez
foto – raleigh sunrise 2010