quote du jour ~caddy – when you feel that you have reached the end…

When you feel that you have reached the end and that you cannot go one step further, when life seems to be drained of all purpose; what a wonderful opportunity to start all over again, to turn over a new page.

~Eileen Caddy

the view from my window

morning sky – December 31, 2011

One of my favorite things about my little cottage is the view from my kitchen window. It’s a double window that faces east-southeast, so, on the days when I rise early enough, I’m treated to some glorious sunrises. Since I live in the city, in an older neighborhood with lots of sixty- and seventy-foot trees, this sort of view is not necessarily a given, because the tree canopy often blocks it. Continue reading

when caving is a good thing

So there are days when all of the stress and worry and confusion and “overwhelmed-ness” pile up one on top of the other and they finally exceed the weight limit and your tough outer shell just…caves. Last Friday was one of those days. Continue reading

danielle laporte on life balance & passion

“If you want to do great things, striving for balance is a losing game. I don’t think remarkable artists, scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, or generous souls set out on their giving journeys with the aim to be measured and harmonious.”

To read the entire post:

http://whitehottruth.com/creativity-art-design-articles/the-suck-factor-of-life-balance-passion-as-a-cure-to-stress/

inside the wind ~mark nepo

Sometimes I go about with pity for myself and all the while
Great Winds are carrying me across the sky.

~Ojibway saying

Our crucial task when in pain or despair is not to let the sour feelings spill into everything, so that we stain our sense of the world. Yet we must also take care not to so contain our feelings that they fester and infect our sense of ourselves. Somewhere between these two extremes waits the life of healthy expression, not personalizing everything and not painting the world with our troubles.

Our inner work is often most demanding when we are sad and afraid, Continue reading

quote du jour ~palmer – i love the fact…

I love the fact that the word humus—the decayed vegetable matter that feeds the roots of plants—comes from the same root that gives rise to the word humility. It is blessed etymology. It helps me understand that the humiliating events of life, the events that leave “mud on my face” or that “make my name mud,” may create the fertile soil in which something new can grow.

~Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

believing ~mark nepo

Believing is all a child does for a living.

~Kurtis Lamkin

Picasso once said that artists are those of us who still see with the eyes of children. Somehow, as we journey into the world, more and more gets in the way, and we stop questioning things in order to move deeper into them and start questioning as a way to challenge things that we fear are false. Continue reading

it’s not WHAT you are, but HOW you are… sarah susanka

“The point is that if we’re not present in our lives, we’ll never see the opportunities that are there because they will almost certainly look nothing like what we are expecting, and we’ll be too busy doing what we think we’re supposed to be doing to notice.”

~Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big Life

If you haven’t read The Not So Big Life, I highly recommend it. To read the entire post….

http://www.notsobiglife.com/community/blog_view.php?t=300