“We have more in common that that which divides us” Jo Cox
Frank, whose fab blog “Dutch Goes the Photo”, has set “Old” as the topic for this week’s Photo Challenge.
Whilst clearing Mum’s house out last year, we had the dubious pleasure of also sorting out the garage! That was no mean feat!! The word “cluttered” did not start to describe it 😊 Mum was not one to throw out and there was quite a cornucopia of old things, including a large heavy wooden chest, an impressive (and VERY heavy) workman’s bench which found a home in a young neighbour’s garage, as well as ancient light sockets, rusting tools etc!! Resting on the rafters above was a box, which we took down and opened. Quite a few pictures, mostly uninteresting but then ………………. We found something very special indeed. It was a framed pencil drawing of my father’s mother when she was young. I never knew her but recognised her from the handful of photos I had been given by my uncle many years ago. I confess, I felt incredibly tearful at finding such a treasure. The frame was crumbling, so the picture is in a temporary frame to keep it safe, and now stands in my study.
Below are my treasured pictures of Annie Paterson, nee Morris (ca 1905 – 1910), Manchester
It brought to mind the wonderful quote by Linda Hogan ………..
“Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.”
Annie on the left
I was familiar with L.M. Montgomery’s books about a young girl called Anne Shirley (“Anne of Green Gables”) but only came across another of her creations the other month. Emily Byrd Starr is an equally imaginative child and in the opening book “Emily of New Moon”, there’s a wonderful quote about springtime which really resonated with me.
“Spring is such a happyfying time”
And so it is !!
I’ve taken it upon myself to learn a poem or two off by heart each month. This month, I went for an easy option as I vaguely know this poem (though always botch up the middle bit) and it’s short.
Such a simple poem but one carrying a very important message. To pause from time to time and appreciate the beauty of nature and the world in which we live.
WHAT is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
I came across this lion at San Lorenzo Cathedral, Genoa the other week. He looked SO worried and made me think of this quote !!!
“Why worry if you can do something about your problem? And why worry if you cannot?” The Dalai Lama
It was Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone with the Wind”, who said “After all, tomorrow is another day”.
We can spend (and waste) so much time and energy on what we should or shouldn’t have done or what could happen that we have little time and energy for what’s important – now.
So if things didn’t go to plan today. Perhaps we didn’t eat as healthily as we would have liked or we didn’t manage to finish a task, then let’s not beat ourselves up. Let’s take a deep breath and start afresh tomorrow.
I love the wisdom of Ralph Waldo Emerson ………….
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“In stillness lives wisdom. In quiet you’ll find peace. In solitude you’ll remember yourself”. Robin Sharma
At the weekend I walked up one our local beauty spots, alongside 200 or so other people to show solidarity in opposing the proposed and imminent drilling at Leith Hill, Dorking (UK). It is an Area of Outstanding Beauty but sadly even that does not protect it!! It made me think of this wonderful quote.
Voice for Leith Hill – see http://www.voiceforleithhill.co.uk/
Frank, whose fab blog is “Dutch Goes the Photo”, has set “CONTINUATION” as the topic for this week’s Photo Challenge. See https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2016/11/15/tuesday-photo-challenge-continuation/
2016 has been quite a year. What with BREXIT here in the UK and more recently the US election results!!
When I read Frank’s challenge this week. I just thought “How apt!!!”. I looked on google for a suitable quote and voila, one spoke to me immediately.
“The past is for inspiration, not imitation, for continuation, not repetition” Israel Zangwill.
Sadly, history does seem to repeat itself and lessons are rarely learnt by those able to prevent such repetitions.
This year, events on the world stage have been at times unsettling, and inevitably have inspired fear and stress in a lot of people, which is all too easy to tap into, consciously or subconsciously. As Frank writes in his post, the world, however, still revolves on its axis. Life continues, we get up, we go about our day, we eat, we sleep and so on.
When we feel wobbly, it’s good to try to ground ourselves, and where better than in nature? Nature does not concern herself with politics and such like. She lives in the moment. Her herons and squirrels and trees are not concerned with how we have voted. They just continue “being”. This is the energy we need to tap into to help de-stress our frazzled nerves and restore our peace of mind.