Three Quotes: The Beginning

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 “You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.”
Max Ehrmann

Thanks Laura Bruno Lily  for this fun challenge – Three Quotes in Three Days.  I not only accepted the challenge, but decided I would also play by the rules!  Must be something in the air.

The rules of the challenge are:

1) Thank the person who nominated you.
2) Post a quote each day for 3 days.
3) Each day nominate 3 new bloggers to take part.

This is now your mission, if you choose to accept it.  If you don’t, we will put it behind us and never speak of it again.

Eileen at Laughter: Carbonated Grace

Pam at Catching My Drift

Alice at coffee and a blank page

 

 

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“If you listen quietly enough, life will whisper its secrets to you”
― Rasheed Ogunlaru

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Can the secrets of the universe be revealed to us at the bottom of a bottle of wine? I don’t know, but here’s to a delightful search.

July Post For Peace

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Write a letter for peace and send it out into the Universe.

Dear Spirit Guides of the Universe,

I’ve been told I never ask for help (although heaven knows I need it and we could all use some.)  Being independent and stubborn and believing if I try hard enough I can do it on my own often leaves me feeling alone, confused, frustrated and afraid.  You know this, you’ve heard me whine and complain about it.  It’s too hard, I’m so lost, I just don’t know.  Finding this elusive thing called inner peace can be one colossal struggle.

There will always be issues, problems, and challenges;  I get that.  I know I’m just another wandering soul in this vast universe searching for enlightenment, and I know I’ve come this close.  I’d like to know why I shut my eyes tight at the last minute, sure that the light will blind me.

So I guess I could just yell “Help!” into the void and wait to see what happens, but I’m thinking you might want me to be a little more specific than that.  If I chose this lifetime, forgive me, but I can’t remember why.  Please give me some small hints and gentle reminders.

Please help me reach deep inside myself for compassion, sympathy and understanding.   Help me to be more loving, more caring, more giving.   Help me to see and appreciate the beauty and the miracles that are all around me in every smile, every laugh, every hug.

I could use a little help remembering that when I can’t figure everything out –  it’s okay.  Tell me to simply be still and listen. Stop me when I’m too hard on myself, and when I take myself way too seriously.

Make me grateful for the people who are in my life, even when they drive me crazy, because they are here to teach me something.  Could you please speed up that learning process a bit though?   Meanwhile, I will try to stop wishing I could change who they are, because we both know that is never going to happen.  They are who they are, and there is good in everyone, even if it’s hard for me to see.  I’m a little skeptical about true unconditional love for everyone, but I know it’s not impossible.

Don’t let me be tossed about and influenced and messed up by the decisions of other people.  Help me stand my ground, but don’t let limiting beliefs close my mind.  I know, that’s a tough one.  I want to take my own steps forward, without being pushed or pulled.  Help me to accept responsibility for my own happiness, to believe that every ending is simply a new beginning, taking me in a different and better direction.

I promise to joyfully accept the happy accidents, the beautiful chance encounters, the strange and mysterious coincidences that happen in my life. I will try to do everything I can do with what I’ve got, loving and appreciating myself and feeling worthy. Stamp all that on my brain somewhere, would you please?  Along with the fact that I am strong, I am safe, and I am deeply loved.  I tend to forget all these things on a regular basis.

Help me every day to fall in love all over again, with my family, my friends, and this wonderful life adventure in our magical world.   Remind me that every small act of kindness has a ripple effect which reaches out and expands, helping to heal the broken hearts of people I’ve never even met.  Being kind is not a sacrifice, it is a joy.

Most of all, don’t let my past rule my future.  Don’t let me put off celebrating today, this moment, the power and the freedom of now.  Today is the only thing that matters.  There is nothing else.

Well, there you go, I think that’s about it.  I know you can handle all this, being that you’re all-powerful and all-knowing and eternal and all that celestial stuff.  And I know you do all these things for me already even when I don’t ask and for this I am truly grateful.  Inner peace is not an illusion and I know I will find it.

Thanks for rooting for me.

Lots of Love, Grandmalin

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May Post For Peace

We all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun. 

– John Lennon

Patrice Torrillo fineartamerica.com

Patrice Torrillo fineartamerica.com

Sun/Moon Art is fascinating.  Second only to my love of all things African, these delightful works of art fill me with comfort and serenity – peaceful easy feelings.  My African art does this too, but I have no idea how to describe to someone else how carvings of elephants and giraffes, paintings of beautiful black women dancing, and crazy scary tribal masks can inspire peace and joy.  For me they just do.

It will be difficult explaining the sun/moon/stars thing too. But I’ll try.  When someone is miles away, it’s nice to know we are still under the same sky, gazing at the same small glimpse of heaven.  The sun and the moon and the stars belong to everybody. Or to no one at all.  We may be quite different, but we are each tiny parts making up this vast universe.  We all shine.

Maybe we look at the sun, moon and stars with a longing to return from whence we came.  Or it’s simply the yin/yang day/night balance that is pleasing, or the beautiful colors or the symmetry that draw us in.

Explaining art is like trying to work out exactly why a joke is funny.  Some things are inexplicable and best just happily embraced for whatever emotions they may uncover.  I wish you peace, how ever you may find it.

sun moon role reverse hozukidono.deviantart.com

sun moon role reverse hozukidono.deviantart.com

sun and moon by jessica kauffman

sun and moon by jessica kauffman

wall hanging sun moon copper at giftsofart.com

wall hanging sun moon copper at giftsofart.com

moon-sun mikedubois.net

moon-sun mikedubois.net

sun moon god goddess found on tumblr.com

sun moon god goddess found on tumblr.com

 

“Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born: – you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.”  –  E.E. Cummings

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Monthly Peace Challenge for May: Art Thou Peaceful?

Some Possible Number Elevens

English: Johnny Depp at the Cannes film festival

English: Johnny Depp at the Cannes film festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 11th Possibility is the idea that, regardless of data to the contrary, something unexpected and outside the realm of ordinary thought is always potentially around the corner.

“A coin is flipped 10 times, and in each instance lands on either heads or tails.  But even after the normalcy displayed by the first 10 flips, the result of the next flip is still unknown.  The coin could turn into a bird and fly away.  The coin could land perfectly on its ridged edge.  The coin could dissolve upon landing.  It could defy gravity and remain stuck in the air.  This is the 11th Possibility.”

This is an amazing Prompt for the Promptless by Rarsaur.  It’s SO amazing, it has taken me five days to figure out what ‘outside the realm of ordinary thought’ could possibly mean to me.   Because there are some pretty weird thoughts floating around out there, and I may have had one or two of them myself,  if I want to admit it.  “What do you think happens next?”  is my favourite question of all time.  To answer, and to ask.

You walk into a dark room and flip the light switch on.  Normalcy says that the light turns on.  What are some possible 11th Possibilities?  Who knew flipping a switch could conjure up such interesting visions?  Here are a few unexpected (but highly desirable) possible outcomes to turning on the lights.

1.  You are no longer in Kansas or wherever you thought you were.  This is suddenly Narnia and Oz combined, but without the scary parts, like lions and witches and tin men with no brains.

2. A genie appears to offer you three wishes.  And they don’t have to be off the top of your head either!  He leaves you his card and says you can call him later after you’ve had time to think about it.

3. You discover Johnny Depp has dropped by and has been sitting here in the dark waiting to ask you for some help with his pirate research.  Or anything really, who cares. Because oh my gawd, look, it’s Johnny Depp.

4.  You can hear the ocean and feel the warm sand beneath your feet and the sun on your face.  A cabana boy hands you a tall and fruity umbrella drink that smells like strawberries and fresh pineapple and a tropical breeze.  You take a sweet cold sip and think you must have died and gone to heaven.  You get out the duct tape and tape that light switch in the on position, because ain’t nobody gonna be allowed to turn that sucker off.

5.  Some old man who looks a lot like Dumbledor is sitting in the lotus position on your carpet and wants to explain the mysteries of the cosmos to you over a glass of wine.  And he doesn’t even have to kill you once you know everything.

6. All the beautiful people you’ve loved and lost have come back to say a quick hello and to let you know they’ve never been more happy and fine and that they’re not really lost at all.  But come on, being summoned by a light switch is just a tad too bizarre, even for them.  Better make this a sweet and happy reunion, because it’s highly unlikely that this kind of chance encounter will happen for you twice.

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angel dust (Photo credit: vonglee)

7. Someone who calls herself  Ms. Universe and is dressed like a Christmas Angel, tells you to trust in her and her magical powers, live in this beautiful moment, be happy now and love your life.  Be One With Your Couch, you’re pretty sure she says, so you lie down and close your eyes and smile at the beautiful synchronicity in your world.  And when you wake up, you know it wasn’t just a dream.  Because there’s angel dust everywhere.

8.  You are blessed with a little epiphany, a little ‘aha’ moment when you flip the switch and the light comes on. Here’s your home, exactly the way you left it.  You are filled with gratitude and appreciation for your family and all that you have to share with them. When the light comes on you are suddenly able to see that this life you’re living is nothing less than a magical gift and that your happiness has never depended on whimsical daydreams.  It has always been right here, just waiting for you to flip the switch and find it.

(But seriously, that one where Johnny Depp wants to hang out with you?  Man, that one would be such a bonus.)