Some Thoughts to Ponder for Saturday: “Truth is like fire; to tell the truth means to glow and burn.” —Gustav Klimt
“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.” —Rumi
“Your life is not about you; you are about Life. You are an instance of a universal, eternal pattern.” —Richard Rohr
“It’s time for women to stop being politely angry.” —Leymah Gbowee
“Don’t you love the Oxford Dictionary? When I first read it, I thought it was a really really long poem about everything.” —David Bowie
“We can never be born enough.” —e. e. cummings
“. . .to cry out like Cassandra, but be listened to this time.” —Grace Paley
Aldo Leopold: “Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish [her] right hand and chop off [her] left.”
“Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” —John Muir
“Our time is hungry in spirit. In some unnoticed way we have managed to inflict severe surgery on ourselves. We have separated soul from experience, become utterly taken up with the outside world and allowed the interior life to shrink. Like a stream disappears underground, there remains on the surface only the slightest trickle. When we devote no time to the inner life, we lose the habit of soul. We become accustomed to keeping things at surface level. The deeper questions about who we are and what we are here for visit us less and less. If we allow time for soul, we will come to sense its dark and luminous depth. If we fail to acquaint ourselves with soul, we will remain strangers in our own lives.” —John O’Donohue
“Justice is not negotiable.” —Dr. Denis Mukwege
Gratitude List: 1. Endings and Beginnings 2. Changing up the rhythms 3. Sifting and shifting 4. Word play 5. Sharp cheddar cheese on a bagel.
from the room of this minute
into the room of the one to come
we scuttle and race
trailing the detritus
of our days like the stuff
falling from a half-open suitcase
appointments and obligations
litter the ground behind us
and we are gasping
grasping for the next
take a breath
on the floor
of the room
of this moment
watch how the minutes flow over you
when you release your grasp
on the one ahead
watch how the space of this room
takes shape around you
watch how your breath
blooms into the air
Quotations for a Snowy Sunday Morning, Audre Lorde’s Birthday:
“There is a pivotal juncture in every Heroine’s Journey when she stands alone. Instinctually she is led by the depth of her convictions to take a stand – to name the unaddressed – to call out of hiding the secret malaise in her community. To bring to the surface some yearned-for truth. She arrives at a standpoint not without doubts, but in spite of them. Worse than the criticism such disobedience can invite, may be her rejection from those who are at odds with her truth. But the silent prayer which keeps her company in the night is that it is not for her critics that she raises her voice, but for those who would otherwise be made voiceless.” —Toko-pa Turner, “Belonging”
“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” —Voltaire
“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” ―Mary Oliver
“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor … Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” ―Rumi
“Persephone walks abroad. The crocus have opened their golden throats and the earnest melissas are gathering pollen as an offering to their queen.” ―Beth Weaver-Kreider, a few Februaries ago
“I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.” ―Audre Lorde
“Wherever the bird with no feet flew, she found trees with no limbs.” ―Audre Lorde
“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me, and eaten alive.” ―Audre Lorde
“The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” ―Audre Lorde
“And we must ask ourselves: Who profits from all this?” ―Audre Lorde
“Your silence will not protect you.” ―Audre Lorde
“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” ―Meister Eckhart
When you wandered through that desert,
what was the summons that kept pulling you onward?
What color was the bright strand
that shimmered ever before your eyes?
What was the sound that filled your ears,
urging you not to give in
to the bone-aching weariness?
Remember it now
as you sit in this restful garden,
your hand in the cool quiet water,
breeze on your face,
the bells from the village
ringing across the valley,
in case you need it again some day.
Gratitude List: 1. People who are willing to gently say, “No, I think you might have it a little wrong there.” To open up the conversation to new levels and learning.
2. Today is my first official day of school meetings. I am actually excited to go to meetings! New beginnings.
3. The BookWorm Frolic. I think I might make it over there for a while after the meetings. It’s been a few years since I have been to the Frolic, but now I have a professional reason to go.
4. Those bright red waxy tips on the ends of the cedar waxwing feathers I found.
5. Beginning to learn the difference (perhaps a little) between making assumptions and using my intuition.