Tag Archives: Life

‘Those Were Yesterday’s Feelings….’

3 Jul

I found this on my cyber-travels earlier today, and I love it. I love it so much in fact, that I am considering making it my personal motto when it comes to dealing with all the little nasties that life has a knack for bringing every now and again. The past few weeks have been a very tumultuous time for me, and it has got me thinking. While I believe we are all entitled to feel whatever it is we feel about certain situations, and have the choice to acknowledge and honor all these feelings and emotions that surface, wouldn’t it be simple, if at the end of each night, before we close our eyes, we simply make peace with our days? And move into the next as a new beginning, as a new opportunity to start afresh, telling those thoughts and feelings which we drag around with us, that they belong firmly in the yesterday, and not in our ‘today’.

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All The Small Things…

16 Apr

Small things – our whole world is made up of these tiny little building blocks, and they are to be found everywhere, forming and making up every part of our earthly existence. As part of this month’s topic over at the wonderful Creative Everyday 2011 Challenge, Small, I have put together this series of every day small things and moments I am grateful for. This is to remind me that everywhere I look, wherever I am, whatever I do, there is more to my world than meets the eye, and joy really can be found in the small and simple things!

“All great things are only a number of small things that have been carefully collected together” – Unknown

A single page when bound with many others, brings me the beauty of my notebooks, on which I write the stories of my life, composed by the tiny details of my daily events, all lovingly recorded in small, loopy handwriting all over the lovely lined pages

One tiny berry by tiny berry can I create a healthy body from the inside out, made up of teeny tiny essential vitamins and minerals I can’t even see! But I know they are there when I see the healthy skin and happy glow when I look into the mirror!

The  vibrant petals of the beautiful spring flowers, delicate and elegant, open to receive each new day

Little creatures come out to play in the spring sunshine- the joy of  watching the lady beetle sunning herself on my white-washed window-sill!

The delicate detail on my silver bracelet – those little, hand-crafted swirls are too cute, and make me smile whenever I wear it!

Inspirations

24 Mar

So I’ve been away for a few days. Mostly to finish wrapping up my creative writing course ( which was brilliant, yay!), but also to get my head together and figure out what I am going to do next. Not being one to rest on my laurels for long, I am already looking at other avenues to continue my creative journey and indulge my passions. I have had a look at the list that I cam up with at the beginning of the year and have been referring to it often to fuel my inspiration and get those creative juices flowing. Until the time comes to make a decision about the next step forward, I have been quite happy to simply sit back, enjoy view, and wait for the voice inside to point me in the right direction. The days here have been beautiful – the lovely Scottish sun has made an appearance after many weeks of hiding, and with spring around the corner comes renewal and new beginnings.

I noticed that one of the PostADay topics a few days ago asked ‘ How do you find your Muse?’. This poses an interesting question, one which fascinates me, as for everybody this is so different. One of the things I love about the creative process is finding out what inspires other people – from famous writers and artists, to normal, ordinary people on extraordinary creative journeys. I love to read others’ blogs – whether about photography, art, writing, or simply daily life, it fills me with wonder that we are all unique, different, and have so much to offer the world and each other. Personally, how I find my muse, is surrounding myself with beauty and beautiful things. The glimpse of a majestic seagull against the brilliant blue of the sky, the dusky colours of sunset silhouetted against the mountain outside my window, a  burst of colour across a piece of art. Mozart. Vivaldi. The pan-pipes of South American Andean music. The brilliant yellow of the daffodils sitting on my vintage wooden dresser. The smell of my cinnamon incense mixing with the coolness of the air from my open window. The stack of books I have placed on my desk – the beauty of the written word, woven together to open up new worlds, the poetry of the word flowing across the pages. Moleskine notebooks filled with my ideas and drawings. My latest vision board hanging from a piece of ribbon, spinning slowly, depicting places, people, art . As I sit here now, I have an amazing view of the moon rising slowly over the hill, peeking slowly between wispy clouds, hanging suspended in the inky, clear night. These are all the things that help me to find my muse, to call him out of hiding ( yes, my muse is a him!) and whisper softly to me.

I was recently asked to choose one picture which would describe my inspiration in life right at this moment in time. The one I have chosen is this :

Photo courtesy: per original copyright at:
http://www.foilprints.com/hjn/ascension/11usnationalmemorialservice.htm

If you would like to share your thoughts on your muse, your creative process, or anything in-between, I would be more than happy to hear from you!

A Wise Man Once Said….

1 Mar

Because it feels like I have been away for a while ( which I have, I won’t lie!), I thought I would ease myself back into posting ( at least I can try to pretend I haven’t been away that long) by sharing a few wise words from Lao Tzu, which I discovered on Paulo Coelho‘s blog. I  am a regular reader of his blog, and I have found many an inspirational treasure among his words, and for today, these are the ones, as a collective whole, that have had an impact on me. Enjoy!

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

Rejoice in the way things are.When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.

Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.

The words of truth are always paradoxical.
Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful.
Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.


Lao Tzu ( also Lao Tse) was a mystic philosopher of ancient China, and best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching.

Abandoned Blog? Creativity Block…

19 Feb

I have a look at the dates on my blog-posts, and I can’t believe I have fallen off the blogging band-wagon – even if it has only been for 7 days. This past week has been very difficult for me, creative-wise, and I found that the first thing to go has been the regular writing of this blog. So I am making an effort, even if its to write a few lines, to prove to myself that even thought I am having a bit of a tough-busy-uninspired-creative-killer-mood time, and the last thing I feel like doing  is typing out the words I am now, I must keep going. Often I have heard it said that once you begin, the words just flow and you end up writing more than you thought you could possibly write – that your story, or in this case, blog-post, will write itself, and you will say what it is you needed to say.

At this moment, I don’t have much to say – I am sitting here, staring out the window, listening to Damien Rice ( an Irish singer who performs some of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard), and Moby, contemplating life, with an open copy of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath by my side, my moleskine notebook to record my favorite passages, and of course my laptop open, where I am both typing this, and sporadically working on an autobiographical piece for my writing class. This is also not coming together. I have been writing it for the better part of a week, and all I have managed is 800 words and  not much else. Now, this is not usually like me – I can usually type out as much as I can speak, which is often a never-ending stream of words, that no matter how jumbled and nonsensical they seem, I can always manage to at least edit them into something intelligible, but with this piece I am suffering a severe case of writers block. Nothing wants to be written, nothing wants to run together, words simply do not want to link hands and sprint to my finish line. So I will sit here some more, and listen to some more music, and wait patiently for my inspiration to strike.

If anyone else has been coming up against creative hurdles, or has any suggestions to overcome them, I would love to hear from you!

The Rose and The Bees

9 Feb

A rose dreamed day and night about bees, but no bee ever landed on her petals. The flower, however, continued to dream. During the long nights, she imagined a heaven full of bees, which flew down to bestow fond kisses on her. By doing this, she was able to last until the next day, when she opened again to the light of the sun.

One night, the moon, who knew of the rose’s loneliness, asked: Aren’t you tired of waiting?’ ‘

Possibly, but I have to keep trying’.

‘Why?’

‘Because if I don’t remain open, I will simply fade away’.

At times when loneliness seems to crush all beauty, the only way to resist is to remain open’

( From: Like the Flownig River by Paul Coelho)

(Photo : http://costelodc.wordpress.com/tag/black-and-white/)

Important? Maybe…

20 Jan

Now that I am back from my little trip, I need to get back into the swing of things and get this PostADay back up and running. Which is why I’m sticking to the suggested topic for this post – not that I’m being lazy, but I really need something with structure to help start the ball rolling again. Ok, so where are we….What is the most important thing I am putting off…why haven’t I done it yet..but most importantly, what do I need to make it happen? This is a bit of a tough one for me at the moment, because I have just done the very thing I had been putting it off – signing up for my creative writing course – and took the necessary steps I needed to make it happen. All the other things that need doing in my life at this very moment could be seen as  nothing more but minor nuisances, such as going to the local supermarket to re-stock my waste-land of a refrigerator ( meaning totally empty), making a trip to the post office to post a handful of boring but maybe-somewhat-not really-important letters, sewing back the elusive missing button on my black  coat. But there are other things on my to-do list which could seem more pressing, but only because I want to do them – writing a few lines of poetry for my writing course, scouring the internet for a new job ( only a half-hearted attempt, if I’m honest), finding out when my holidays are so I can begin planning another adventure (!), and writing up my Amsterdam posts. That’s it, I’m afraid. Though now that I have written these words and declared I officially have nothing important that needs my immediate attention, something on a massively, gigantically urgent absolutely-must-be-done-now scale will most likely rear it’s ugly head and come up and bite me tomorrow.