That a time of smallness is a time to become great;
And a time of greatness is a time to become small.
For in smallness lies the power to receive
and in receiving lies the power to become great.
And greatness endures only through its power to be small.
Vayakhel-Pekudei 5732:1. 5740:5. Torat Menachem 5742,
In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animals, for Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell men that he showed himself through the beast, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and moon should man learn.. all things tell of Tirawa. All things in the world are two. In our mind we are two — good and evil. With our eyes we see two things — things that are fair and things that are ugly … We have the right hand that strikes and makes for evil, and the left hand full of kindness, near the heart. One foot may lead us to an evil way, the other foot may lead us to a good. So are all things two, all two.
– Eagle Chief (Letakots-Lesa) Pawnee
The Old Man and the Sea
People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something.
English Translation of Sanskrit Quote:
Night will be over, there will be morning,
The sun will rise, lotus flower will open.
While the bee inside the lotus flower was thinking thus,
The lotus plant was uprooted by an elephant.
The Mudgee Blockie
I am dust
as I sit and ponder
bereft of soul
for my soul is dancing in the wind with butterflies,
my soul is flashing silver backed gum leaves
in the sun
my soul is singing and sighing in river caves;
by Diane de St Hilaire Simmonds (c)
Loving oneself isn’t hard, when you understand who and what ‘yourself’ is. It has nothing to do with the shape of your face, the size of your eyes, the length of your hair or the quality of your clothes. It’s so beyond all of those things and it’s what gives life to everything about you. Your own self is such a treasure.
Edward Lear, English artist, writer (1812-1888) ‘literary nonsense’
“I prefer sinners and madmen, who can learn, who can change, who can teach- or people like myself, if I may say so, who are not afraid to eat a lobster alone as they take on their shoulders the monumental weight of thirty years”
― James Baldwin, Just Above My Head
― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me
“Time talks behind our back. To our face it’s friendly and logical, never hesitating to give more of itself. But when we’re not looking, it steals our lives and says bad things about us to the parts of us it’s stolen”
― Jonathan Carroll, A Child Across the Sky
There is a place in distant seas
Full of Contrarieties:
There, beasts have mallards’ bills and legs,
Have spurs like cocks, like hens lay eggs.
― Kahlil Gibran
“The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.”
― Kahlil Gibran
“The best thing about knitting is its slowness," says Murphy. "It is so slow that we see the beauty inherent in every tiny act that makes up a sweater. So slow that we know the project is not going to get finished today–it may not get finished for many months or longer–and that allows us to make our peace with the unresolved nature of life. We slow down as we knit.”
― Carl Honoré, In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed
Rick Bragg, All Over But the Shoutin’
“A man is born into this world with only a tiny spark of goodness in him. The spark is God, it is the soul; the rest is ugliness and evil, a shell. The spark must be guarded like a treasure, it must be nurtured, it must be fanned into flame. It must learn to seek out other sparks, it must dominate the shell. Anything can be a shell, Reuven. Anything. Indifference, laziness, brutality, and genius. Yes, even a great mind can be a shell and choke the spark.”
Chaim Potok, The Chosen
"Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages: Classified Subjectively and Arranged Alphabetically"
Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
foto – a cottage on the south coast 2010
“I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets.”
foto – new baby 2010
"A century of Australian song"
Nie chwal dnia przed zachodem słońca
Don’t praise the day before sunset
foto – sunset ulmarra dec 09
"I long to put the experience of fifty years at once into your young lives, to give you at once the key of that treasure chamber every gem of which has cost me tears and struggles and prayers, but you must work for these inward treasures yourself."
foto – lynne sanders maroubra 1950
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But Today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore to this Day.
foto – kathryn at kati b’s baby shower bellingen dec 2009
Imagine it. A radio playing
and everyone here was crazy.
I liked it and danced in a circle.
Music pours over the sense
and in a funny way
music sees more than I.
Music Swims Back to Me
foto – MARK QUINN AND IZZY FOREAL bilambil sports club 2008 december
"Scottish proverbs, collected and arranged by A. Henderson"
The tree of silence bears the fruit of peace. Arabian.
foto – orange tree in kalang 2008
In the country it is difficult to know these three things : the treasure buried in the forest, the old meaning buried in a song, and the heart of the mistress of a house.
foto – droughtbreakers with leonie at wide river cafe ulmarra nov 09.