© 2005, Noel Rowe
From: Touching the Hem
Chakra Garden of Jewels ~ Julie Lusk with inspiration from Kabir
Don’t go outside your house to search for jewels.
Don’t even bother with that excursion, my friend.
There are jewels inside yourself.
Precious, profound and ready to be discovered.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”
― Chuck Close
“That proves you are unusual,’ returned the Scarecrow; ‘and I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.”
― L. Frank Baum, The Land Of Oz
“My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends I’ll not be knowing,
Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take,
No matter where it’s going.”
― Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Selected Poetry
e. e. cummings
The marvellous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.
― Ann Marie Bryan
“You were born to journey in the direction of your purpose. Anything that halts your progress is contrary to your design.”
― Steve Maraboli
Terry Pratchett, Nation
“blessing the boats
(at saint mary’s)
may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that”
― Lucille Clifton
“If we all end up as llamas, I’m going to spend the rest of my life following you around saying ‘I told you so’ in llama-ese.”
― Julie Kagawa, Iron’s Prophecy
“Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvellous. I want to be a writer who reminds others that these moments exist; I want to prove that there is infinite space, infinite meaning, infinite dimension. But I am not always in what I call a state of grace. I have days of illuminations and fevers. I have days when the music in my head stops. Then I mend socks, prune trees, can fruits, polish furniture. But while I am doing this I feel I am not living.”
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
James Whitcomb Riley 1849-1916
The marks of the sluggard or idler are
(1) Loves not difficulties : will not plough by reason of cold, Prov. 20. 4 ;
(2) loves not disturbance, though death’s handwriting may be on the wall;
(3) enjoys not the good in hand ; roasts not what was taken in hunting, Prov. 12. 27 ;
(4) his way hedged with thorns, Prov. 15. 19 ; such were the ten tribes — too lazy to go up to Jerusalem, i Kings 12.28;. so with the servant in the parable of the talents;
(5) allows weeds on his fields, Prov. 24. 30 ;
(6) desires onlybut makes no efforts ; so Balaam wished the death of the righteous, but led not the life of the righteous, Nimi. 23. 10;
(7) makes no progress, turns as a door on the hinges. Prov. 26. 14 ;
(8) makes excuses ; there is a lion in the way, Prov. 22. 13.
"Eastern Proverbs and Emblems Illustrating Old Truths"
foto – frost in raleigh front paddock
Victory, union, faith, identity, time,
The indissoluble compacts, riches, mystery,
Eternal progress, the kosmos, and the modern reports.
This, then, is life;
Here is what has come to the surface after so many throes and
How curious! how real!
foto – scoob and bali