The fool will try to plant them in the same flowerbox.
The florist will sigh and add a wall divider and proper soil to both sides.
The grandparent will move the flowerbox halfway out of the sun.
The child will turn it around properly so that the fern is in the shade, and not the cactus.
The moral of the story?
Kids are smart.”
― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
When the fern begins to look red,
then milk is good with brown bread :
when the fern is as high as a ladle,
you may sleep as long as you're able :
when the fern is as high as a spoon,
you may sleep an hour at noon.
no veil of false excuses, or artful cloaking and colouring of our faults, will disguise from us our true state, if only we never neglect to consult this mirror in sincerity and with earnest prayer.
Well, whiles I am a beggar, I will rail,
And say, There is no sin, but to be rich ;
And, being rich, my virtue then shall be,
To say, There is no vice, but beggary.
Cicely Fox Smith
FOTO – seagulls at bellwood nambucca heads
It was there that I found them:
the seagulls – the secret
of where they go at night.
Like snowfall on the road,
a tight-hooked rug of white fleece nubs:
no road, no verge, only birds.
Gestalt with Seagulls
Sarah Oppenheimer Feb 8, 2012 Bloodhound
“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles
the sight i see is of my own mind ,
not feeling as if it is in a bind.
i feel as though i’m free to be,
just free flying over the trees.
my feet touch the floor as i look at whats around
this was all in my mind, even the grass on the ground.
i hear the birds chirping and making their own songs,
hearing their beautiful voices all along.
i freeze in my sport and stare at a wonder,
a beautiful white wolf just walking , no hunger.
we make eye contact and stare for a moment,
time is frozen, there is no movement.
i stare at this majestic beauty,
with no fear at all.
just amazement of the wisdom that i feel, like there is no wall.
as i fly back to myself i feel much more wiser,
the gaze of the wolf still all i wonder.
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Be strong, O paddle! be brave, canoe!
The reckless waves you must plunge into.
On your trembling keel,
But never a fear my craft will feel.
E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake), Flint and Feather: The Complete Poems
We want to uncover the truth about ourselves.
We want to discover the attitudes, thoughts, beliefs, fears, actions, behaviours, and the behaviour patterns – that have been blocking us and causing us problems and causing our failure.
E kore te patiki e hoki ki tona puehu
The flounder (fish) does not return to his dust
Do not make the same mistake twice.
Kagwaci ka mwana wene nook kahoragia mwaki
It is always the potato of another family’s boy that extinguishes the fire
The proverb alludes to the custom of roasting potatoes in the embers of a dying fire.
Nobody calls himself rogue.
“Four be the things I am wiser to know:
Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.
Four be the things I’d been better without:
Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.
Three be the things I shall never attain:
Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.
Three be the things I shall have till I die:
Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye.”
― Dorothy Parker, The Complete Poems of Dorothy Parker
and when wrong promptly admit it.
It’s easy to tell the truth when it won’t cost you anything. It’s harder when the truth brings about difficult circumstances. But whether the result is good or bad, let your truthfulness be known to all so that you can live with a clear conscience and be a trustworthy friend.
“Should even one’s enemy arrive at the doorstep, he should be attended upon with respect. A tree does not withdraw its cooling shade even from the one who has come to cut it.”
― Mahabharata 12.146.5
– Bill Deslippe
Many people are afraid to forgive because they feel they must remember the wrong or they will not learn from it. The opposite is true. Through forgiveness, the wrong is released from its emotional stranglehold on us so that we can learn from it. Through the power and intelligence of the heart, the release of forgiveness brings expanded intelligence to work with the situation more effectively.
– David McArthur & Bruce McArthur
― Rudyard Kipling, Kim
I drank at every vine, the last was like the first. I came upon no wine so wonderful as thirst.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay
Bind me-I still can sing-
Strikes true within-
Slay-and my Soul shall rise
Chanting to Paradise-
― Emily Dickinson, Final Harvest: Poems
You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
– Pooh’s Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne
― Amit Abraham, Personality Development Through Positive Thinking
To pursue yourself is an interesting and absorbing thing to do. Once you have caught the scent of a hidden being, your own hidden being, you won’t readily be deflected from the tracking down of it.
– Cynthia Propper Seton
“Ultimately, ‘how’s it going?’ is the most futile and the most profound of questions. To answer it precisely, one would have to make a scrupulous inventory of one’s psyche, considering each aspect in detail. No matter: we have to say ‘fine’ out of politeness and civility and change the subject, or else ruminate the question during our whole lives and reserve our reply for afterward.”
― Pascal Bruckner
― Magenta Periwinkle, Cutting Class
“Toward noon we spotted an animal gazing down at us from a sterile mountain peak of red and black rocks… Our guide stated that the animal must certainly be a unicorn, and he pointed out to us the single horn which jutted from its forehead. With great caution we gazed back at this most noble creature, regretting it was no closer for us to examine still more minutely.” –Friar Faber; 1438
― Margaret Halsey
There’s nothing like rejection to make you do an inventory of yourself.
James Lee Burke