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Be Still in Haste

Wendell Berry is one of my favourite poets. He writes with such clarity and practical appreciation for the world. Even in clarity, the world remains ambiguous and fuzzy.

I read the last stanza of this poem as an example of the paradox and tension we try to hold. Perhaps, as much as I would like it to be different, time is always starting over in each moment. Each moments holds the eternity of time to paraphrase Alfred North Whitehead, yet I do not sense that unless I pause and notice time is passing me by.

Unless I pause, time passes me by and, yet, I cannot hold time still. It is inevitable it will start afresh in the next moment. In these pauses, I encounter the world and living as creative processes which I experience more fully when I am awake.

How quietly I
begin again

from this moment
looking at the
clock, I start over

so much time has
passed,  and is equaled
by whatever
split-second is present

from this
moment this moment
is the first.

 

Schlumbergera truncata (Christmas Cactus)

Schlumbergera truncata (Christmas Cactus)

ivonprefontaine:

When we went to the farm for Christmas the Christmas Cactus in the front porch area would be blooming some years to greet us. They are absolutely breathtaking in full bloom.

Originally posted on The Tropical Flowering Zone:

Happy Holidays to all! I will be back shortly with the Pinwheel Flower’s corrugated cultivar form, but I was interested in posting about the Christmas Flower Cactus plant because I was able to acquire a flowering specimen, and was amazed to see the flower in full bloom for the first time. Contrary to my beliefs, these cacti are exclusive to Brazil’s coastal mountain forests. Schlumbergera truncata (Christmas Cactus)

 Schlumbergera truncata (Christmas Cactus) Aka Christmas Cactus, Thanksgiving Cactus, Crab Cactus, or Zygocactus, is native to Brazil, Rio de Janeiro (Serra do Mar and Serra dos Orgãos), to the coastal forests and jungles at an altitude of 100-1500 m. In its native environment it is an epiphyte (occasionally lithophytic, growing on both trees and rocks). They grow their roots into the bark of their host tree. Their only access to moisture and nutrients is from rain and droppings that fall from above. They also always grow under a…

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QUOTE…by John Lennon

ivonprefontaine:

Love is something that we need to nurture and cultivate. It is only in giving we receive it.

Originally posted on Rethinking Life:

We’ve got this gift of love,
but love is like a precious plant.
You can’t just accept it and
leave it in the cupboard
or just think it’s going to get on by itself.
You’ve got to keep watering it.
You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.

–John Lennon

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Variations on a theme

Lessons in Life

Lessons in Life

ivonprefontaine:

Dr. Seuss is such a great philosopher whose work does not lose anything over time.

Originally posted on Practical Practice Management:

Remember you can be a gift to those you know and those you encounter

each day! 

Dr-Suess You_Fotor

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“If You Don’t Become the Ocean…”

ivonprefontaine:

Charles Bukowski and Leonard Cohen quotes in one post. That is enjoyable and incredible.

Originally posted on A Day in the Brine:

With Lumpy Feet“I was a man who thrived on solitude… I took no pride in my solitude; but I was dependent on it. The darkness of the room was like sunlight to me.”
– Charles Bukowski, Factotum
Quelling“If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick every day.”
– Leonard Cohen
Lungs of Salt“The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you’ll never have.”
– Søren Kierkegaard

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Enjoy your week

ivonprefontaine:

A nice Calvin and Hobbes reminder for each of us as we enter each day. Take a few moments, set the busyness aside, and smile with the world.

Originally posted on Otrazhenie:

life quotesFrom http://osarobohenry.wordpress.com

Enjoy your week!

;-)

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