Wednesday, March 31, 2010

It's bottomless . . . .

-Pema Chodron
Photo by Ray Wise via flickr

While putting together today's post, I remembered a previous post from November that relates to the above quote. It's entitled How much can the heart hold? and it always reminds me of just how bottomless the heart really is. The amount of what the heart can hold is truly immeasurable!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010


is about celebrating the moment
and that we're not guaranteed or owed another day
and how cool it is that what we hide
can actually be the fuel towards our glory
and that it's not so bad being proven wrong

is about welcoming the blind turn
and the possibility
that there's no such thing as coincidence
and that empathy is incredibly sexy
and that it's never too late
to pick up a guitar or a paintbrush
or to make an amend or to make a new friend

could be about rekindling a past flame
or igniting a new one
or shapeshifting from a dreamer into a doer
or savouring the caress of a love long gone

means whatever it is you want it to mean

is a celebration of you and your path

'cuz it could go at any second

you rock.

-Photo via One Eyeland

Friday, March 26, 2010

For your viewing pleasure . . . .

Beauty comes from within,
but sometimes,
well, you just have to enjoy the view!

Happy Friday!
Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Life is here . . . .

. . . and it is now.....either we meet it, we live it or we miss it. All life resides in the narrow margin and the broad expanse of the moment. It is in the doing, the dreaming, the feeling and the caring. It is always present in a glorious attemt, a lofty dream, a brilliant insight, an irreplaceable experience, a calming breath, an unbelievable feeling and an irrepressible passion. An unlived life is littered with "could haves," "should haves" and "if onlys." Each moment greets us full of possibility and leaves us hoping we are better for having met. While it is true that we only have right now, there will never be a time when it's not now. Grandma Moses said it best, "Life is what we make it, always has been and always will."
-Kobi Yamada
From the book "be"

Oh, the experience of this sweet life.

Photo via Getty Images

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Do yourself a favor . . . .

Are you putting too much pressure on yourself to be a perfect parent? Do yourself a favor, and STOP! We're not one is!, and we need to stop putting that kind of pressure on ourselves. We can start by focusing on giving our children the best of who we are. Learn to let go of judgements, both from yourself and others, and give your child one of the best gifts available........the best of who you are.

Photo via Melanie Acevedo

Monday, March 22, 2010

"Live" is a verb . . .

Life is waiting for you to live it--your way. There is no "life" without you--only an inert potential that needs you to give it meaning, shape, and purpose. "Live" is a verb; it means to take action, and that's the point. Life is waiting for you to take action, to exercise your free will, to choose your path by using its principles to invoke the magic behind creation in order to live the life you've always dreamed you could live. This is why you're here!

Our actions are our beliefs in motion,
linking the present we know
to the future we expect.

From the book Infinite Possibilities
by Mike Dooley
Photo via Getty Images

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Happy Friday!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

May you never forget what is
worth remembering,
or remember what is best forgotten.
-Irish blessing

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pure pleasures . . . .

Reading in bed on a rainy day.

The laughter of children.

Having time.


The warmth of a hand.

Happy thoughts.

Photo credits:
Photo #1 unknown
Photo #2 by mosippy via flickr
Photo #3 by Yvette Inufil via flickr
Photo #4 via Google Images
Photo #6 via Getty Images

Monday, March 15, 2010

Give it a try . . .

I'll bet you could do something for someone today who'd remember it for the rest of their life. In a good way.

On your mark, get set . . .

-via A Note from the Universe
-Photo via Google Images

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Thank you so much to the staff over at Fab Over Fifty for naming me as one of their (FAB FAVES) favorite blogs. I am truly flattered! How nice is that?

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words,
but to live by them."
-John F. Kennedy

Friday, March 12, 2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Perception. . . .

The place: Washington DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007.

The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

4 minutes later:
The violinist received his first dollar; the woman threw the money in the hat and without stopping, continued to walk.
6 minutes later:
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
10 minutes: A 3-year-old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.
45 minutes:
The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money, but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.
1 hour:
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100. This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities.

The questions raised: In a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made, how many other things are we missing?

Would you recognize beauty incognito?

Virtuoso & Grammy Winner - Joshua Bell

Images via Google Images

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

"To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to."

-Kahlil Gibran

Photo via Twenty Three

Monday, March 8, 2010

Peace through music . . .

"While walking down the street in Santa Monica, CA., the voice of Roger Ridley singing "Stand By Me" was heard from a block away. His voice, soul and passion set us on a course around the world to add other musicians to his performance. This song transformed Playing For Change from a small group of individuals to a global movement for peace and understanding. This track features over 35 musicians collaborating from all over the world. They may have never met in person, but in this case, the music does the talking."
- Playing For Change

Watch, and be inspired.

The Playing for Change Foundation is dedicated to connecting the world through music by providing resources such as facilities, supplies, and educational programs to musicians and their communities around the world. Support them if you can.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Happy Friday!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Here's To You . . . .

From the book Here's To You
Photo via Google Images

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Living in the moment . . .

Have you ever had the experience of driving on the highway, only to realize that you missed your exit, or worse, have no recollection of the previous 15 minutes? We just 'zone out' occasionally. The same thing may happen when you are reading a book. You find yourself at the end of a chapter, and have no idea what you just read! We become so lost in our thoughts that we become unaware of what is going on around us. This is when life can literally pass us by! We can change this by doing our best to live in the moment. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't care about the future. It merely means that when you make a choice to do something, you actually focus on doing it. Most of us have a lot of chatter going on in our minds and when we learn to cut through all that noise, this is when we become more mindful. I find it helps to think of what you're doing as possibly the last time you'll get to experience it. What if it truly was the last day of your life? Would you finally pay attention? No matter what you're doing, try to find something beautiful around you. Being thankful for something that is already in your life will help you notice the present moment. Even the small things can bring life and happiness to routine days.

In her book Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert writes about her friend who, whenever she sees a beautiful place, exclaims in near panic, "It's so beautiful here! I want to come back here someday!" "It takes all my pursuasive powers, writes Gilbert, to convince her that she is already here."

"We have more possibilities available
in each moment than we realize."
-Thich Nhat Hanh

Photo via Getty Images

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams . . .

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams . . .
Follow your heart


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