Archive for Quotes & Random Thoughts

Thought for today…

A favorite dreamer of mine...

One year while on vacation, I snapped this photo of a sweet and very intelligent young man I know. He is definitely someone who will fulfill his dreams and I thought it was a fitting image for this quote that I penned back in 1983…..

“Comfort those whose dreams have failed and pity those who fail to dream…”

Maron Craig Bielovitz

Wishcasting…

On Jamie Ridler’s blog, she encourages Wishcasting (Wednedays). It’s a great idea. It’s akin to setting goals, in my mind, and putting them out there into the universe (my Grandaughter’s words) to be fulfilled.  My BIG goal for 2010 is to get in touch with the adventurer inside of me and to get her to move forward on some specific goals that have been “percolating” in her little brain for some time now. These are goals related to my creative life for the most part but they do touch on my everyday life as well. What are you wishing for this year? Put it out there…into the universe…you may just be surprised!!

The Now

A recent disappointment has me feeling depressed so it’s been an effort to be creative. The AED challenge has really helped because art is therapy to me and pushing myself to create every day has been healing. But I have been doing a lot of praying and reading uplifting and meditative material as well.  The first choice for me is always the Bible but the other resource I often turn to for wisdom or comfort is Wisdom of the Ages 60 days to enlightenment by Wayne W. Dyer. Today I turned to a chapter called The Now and found exactly what I needed. It is a quatrain written by Omar Khayam, the scholar and astronomer who lived in Iran. (His life span was aproximately 1048 – 1122) He writes:

The Moving Finger writes; and having writ,

Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit

Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,

Nor all thy tears wash out a word of it.

The lesson of these lines is that we must live for today and let go of the past.  Let go of tears that are a symbol of your attachment to the past because self pity and sadness will not wash away one bit of your past. Learn from your wounds and mistakes, bless them as teachers and get back to the work of your life in the now. Dyer writes that” there is a past, but not now. There is a future but not now. From a thousand years ago grasp this simple truth and write your life with it!”  Words to live by, yes?

Oneness…

Such good friends/journal page

Such good friends/journal page

I was thinking about the topic of “Connecting”, which Leah Piken Kolidas has suggested as a theme for the month of October on her blog,  Creative Every Day. Connecting is something we all do on a daily basis whether we realize it consciously or not.  Connecting with others is one of the most important things we do for ourselves as it helps us to be more grounded and well rounded people. Think of the electric impulses we receive from being around dynamic folks…how charged up we feel after being in their company. Think about how bogged down we feel after being in the company of stagnant, boring or negative people. In his book, Wisdom of the Ages, Wayne W. Dyer explores the teachings of many great minds and the eternal truths that they have taught us. One particular passage speaks very clearly to the benefits of connecting . Dyer says that “mystical teachers and poets are always reminding us of our connectedness and the oneness of everything and everyone.” He refers to the well known passage written in the early years of the seventeenth century by English poet, John Donne who wrote “No man is an island of itself; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. 

So we see that even as far back as the 16th and 17th centuries, enlightened minds were promoting the rewards of connecting! See who you can connect with today and how it will affect your life!

(Don’t) Loose This Day Loitering…

Maggie Loitering...

Maggie Loitering...

Lose this day Loitering – ’twill be the same story

To-morrow – and the next more dilatory;

Each indecision brings its own delays,

And days are lost lamenting o’er lost days.

Are you in earnest? seize this very minute –

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Only engage, and then the mind grows heated –

Begin it, and then the work will be completed!

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832)

German poet, playwright and novelist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe expressed his interest in the natural, organic develpoment of things, rather than an idealistic characterization, and in man’s need to believe in himself.

Work

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. To love life through labor is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret. All work is empty save when there is love, for work is love made visible.     Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

Lebanese mystic, poet, dramatist and artist, Kahlil Gibran lived in the United States after 1910

Something to think about

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured and far away.

HENRY DAVID THOREAU  (from Walden)

(1817-1862