At the centre of your being you have the answer, you know who you are and you know what you want ~ Lao Tzu

Thursday, January 27

Ahh, Dorothy...

The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity.
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

Wednesday, January 26

Modern and Ancient...

Values are like fingerprints. Nobody's are the same,
but you leave 'em all over everything you do.

Associate with people who are likely to improve you.


Tuesday, January 25

I'm in love...

... with Carole Waller's clothes *sigh*

I want them all :)

And an appropriate quote:

Nobody is bored when s/he is trying to make something that is beautiful,
or to discover something that is true.
William Inge (1913-73)

Monday, January 24

A New Week

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life's desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

~ John O'Donohue ~

Friday, January 21

Wonderful movie!

Nick and I enjoyed a rare evening out at our local cinema last night :)
Since Grantham is something of a cultural wilderness, the film had two daily showings and was scheduled to run this week only!
Not surprisingly, it was shown on the smaller screen (simply cannot compete with The Little Fockers!), yet wonderfully, the auditorium was full last night for the final show!
It's a beautiful, uplifting film - Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are glorious, give them both Oscars!
I thoroughly recommend it :)
PS I'll find more quotes at the weekend :)

Wednesday, January 19

Thinking deeply...

The opposite of love isn't hate, it's indifference...
The opposite of life isn't death, it's indifference.
Elie Wiesel

Tuesday, January 18

A quote I need to hear...

It's not who you think you are that holds you back,
it's who you think you're not.

Monday, January 17

New and old favourites...

No quotes today...
Spent the weekend listening to these...
Only recently discovered Gregory and the Hawk - love Meredith Godreau's delicate voice! And Kate is an old favourite :)

Sunday, January 16

Weekend quote

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,
and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Henry Ward Beecher

Friday, January 14

Tree sculpture at Rufford Park

Most new discoveries are suddenly-seen things that were always there.
Susanne K. Langer (1895-1985)

Thursday, January 13

Forget Emily...

... and her 'Hope is a thing with feathers...'!
Hope is bulbs sent by a dear friend, delivered in the darkest week of the year, which bloom and fill the kitchen with the fragrance of spring *sigh*

Thanks M :-)

Wednesday, January 12

The past is never where you think you left it.
Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980)

Tuesday, January 11

In a crazy world...

... better to light a single candle than curse the darkness...
remembering those killed or wounded in Tuscon, Arizona.

Sunday, January 9

Weekend quotes

Willem van de Velde II (1707)

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship - Louisa M. Alcott

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see - Henry D. Thoreau

Friday, January 7

Wise words...

a neighbour's frosty hedge taken last year
missed posting yesterday's quote - busy day travelling to sheffield for the FES clinic...
exhausted today *sigh*
Thursday's quote: 'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did' - Mark Twain
Today's quote: 'Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new' - Albert Einstein

Wednesday, January 5

Today's quote

My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions,
but in the fewness of my wants.
Joseph Brotherton (1783-1857)

Tuesday, January 4

Today's quote

Take rest.
A field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.

Monday, January 3


Unlike the inspirational - not to mention multi-talented Cathy Cullis - it's taken me till today to post about my own little challenge...
i originally wanted to do a drawing a day, but realized that's quite a big ask...
instead, i have been writing a quote a day in a pretty 2011 diary from Persephone Books.
My Word for the Year is written on the flyleaf, and my quotes so far...
31 Dec: 'You have faith in the goodness of mankind' - inside my fortune cookie when we had a Chinese take-away to celebrate New Year's Eve
1 Jan: 'What one does is what counts and not what one has the intention of doing' - the prolific Picasso
2 Jan: 'Don't judge those who try and fail, judge those who fail to try' - Unknown
3 Jan: 'Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself' - George Bernard Shaw
i've also signed up for The Happiness Project - i don't know exactly what it'll involve, but 'We will not know unless we begin' :)
PS on a totally unrelated topic - i've just found this wonderful website! i love sneak-peaks at folks' creative spaces :)

Sunday, January 2

Card and Word for the Year Ahead

Ace of Cups from
The Tarot of Trees by Dana Driscoll

The Card
i 'pulled' this card from the deck on new year's eve asking for my card for the year...
what a wonderfully inspiring, uplifting card!
it denotes so many things: spring, love, romance, drawing on deep emotions, the element of water, intuition, the unconscious, the feminine, womb, birth, offering, the holy grail...
then yesterday i received this e-letter from dear SARK in my mailbox, as yet more confirmation :)
i confess my cup has often felt only half-full throughout 2010, and more often than not i perceived it as definitely half-empty, focusing too often on only what i can't do, and feeling only loss...
but i hope throughout this new year, whenever i'm feeling depleted, i'll remember this card and all the fullness it represents.
The Word
Christine over at the Abbey of the Arts invites us each year to choose a word for the year...
sometimes the word comes promptly, and sometimes you have to wait awhile...
i had to wait until christmas day when a dear friend gave me a little book of inspirational words and pictures...
Be not afraid of growing slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.
this chinese proverb - with it picture of a succulent desert plant - leapt off the page!
needless, to say, i see all these elements - the card, Sark's letter, the word and image - of a piece, giving me a clear message for the year ahead:
like a desert plant, i can draw nourishment from the least amount of blessing that befalls me. i can dive deep within my own pool of inner resources and become succulent and full, and eventually overflowing and a blessing to others...
this is my hope for 2011 :)