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This post begins with a beautiful van Gogh quote and an inspiring mix of wonderful images finding beauty everywhere.
Originally posted on The World Is a Book... :
“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”
~ Vincent van Gogh
There are so many small beautiful orange things under the big orange sky. :)
WPC: Orange: What’s not to love about orange? It’s vibrant. It’s cheerful. It makes a statement.
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I follow Lis`blog and do not always know what the text means. The pictures are always so serene looking. Today, there is text I understood from von Goethe. It is a wonderful thought to think that someone who is miles away can be with us and complete the world for us. “The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.”
Originally posted on Gedichte, Zitate in Einklang mit Bilder......:
Die Welt ist so leer, wenn man
nur Berge, Flüsse und Städte darin denkt;
aber hie und da
jemand zu wissen,
der mit uns übereinstimmt,
mit dem wir
auch stillschweigend fortleben,
das macht uns dieses Erdenrund
erst zu einem bewohnten Garten.
The world is so empty, if you
only mountains, rivers and cities
it thinks; but every now and then
someone to know who is with us
matches, which we
also tacitly lives on.
This makes this earth round us
only one inhabited garden.
I am a big Albert Einstein fan and it is his birthday today. I enjoy his eccentric behaviour and wild hair.
Several years ago, a student asked who the guy was in a poster in our classroom.
Without hesitating, I said, “My Dad!” A second student expressed skepticism, but I answered with “Look at him. He has wild hair, is eccentric, and tells great stories. Its my Dad!”.
A third student responded, “It’s Albert Einstein. His name is on the poster.”
For the rest of my teaching years, students, parents, and I were always careful when I began to say something about my Dad. I clarified whether it was my real dad or my figurative dad. The two had interesting quotes in common.
My real Dad would say, “When you stop beating your head against the wall it feels better.” I shared that with students when we talked about Einstein’s definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
International Women’s Day recently passed. It is important to remember those who give birth and nurture life. Educating girls promises an enlightened future of a community. They are the ones who will raise the children.
Originally posted on Eléctrica in the Desert:
Yes, I remember it,
the day I’ll die, I broadcast the crimson,
so long ago of that sky, its spread air,
its rushing dyes, and a piece of earth
bleeding, apart from the shore, as we went.
On the day I’ll die, past the guards, and he,
keeper of the world’s last saffron, rowed me
on an island the size of a grave. On
two yards he rowed me into the sunset,
past all pain. On everyone’s lips was news
of my death but only that beloved couplet,
broken, on his:
“If there is a paradise on earth
It is this, it is this, it is this.”
I love Henri Nouwen’s writing and story. Passion and (com) passion share a common root. There is a certain amount of suffering we have to endure to find (com) passion. It is nice to have people share that journey with us without saying a word and offering advice.
Originally posted on Dr Bill Wooten:
“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.” ~ Henri Nouwen