“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o’er wrought heart and bids it break.” Shakespeare
To the friend of someone grieving, I would advise less words and more hugs or just sitting with them and letting them cry, or not . . . But as someone who has had her heart broken by a shattering loss, at some point it does help to begin verbalizing and allowing some expression of the intense pain to come out. It does lead one to begin wanting to live again.
“I don’t know what I may seem to the world, but, as to myself, I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” Isaac Newton
Oh to be open to the possibilities and potentialities that lie before us if we have eyes to see . . .
Photo taken at the dog beach between Morro Bay and Cayucos, Ca.
“You can never know your cat. In fact, you can never know anyone as completely as you want. But that’s okay, love is better.” Caroline Paul
I think we would be better off sometimes if we could set aside always having to “know” or “understand” and instead live in the moment and allow feelings to flow . . . If we could revel in the mystery of what is and not have to analyze every word or action – live with less judgement toward each other.
Photo of my kitty, Pearly, the sweetest natured cat I have ever known. She was rescued and then fostered by a wonderful woman named Annette. Pearly could have ended up a wild feral cat, but because of caring people, the best of her loving nature has been brought out. My gratitude goes out to those out there who give of their time, money and love to help make better lives for homeless animals.
“My kids are starting to notice I’m a little different from the other dads. ‘Why don’t you have a straight job like everybody else?’ they asked me the other day.
I told them this story: In the forest, there was a crooked tree, ‘Look at me – I’m tall and I’m straight and I’m handsome. Look at you – you’re all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you.’ And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, ‘Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest.’ So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, grower stronger and stranger every day.” Tom Waits
“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” Ansel Adams
Good words of wisdom from a great photographer.
I took this years ago with my little Canon G5. Proof that you don’t have to have a mega expensive camera to get some nice images.
“I have seen great beauty of spirit in some who were great sufferers. I have seen men, for the most part, grow better not worse with advancing years, and I have seen the last illness produce treasures of fortitude and meekness from most unpromising subjects.” C.S. Lewis
This is dedicated to all who have, do, or will suffer – be it emotional or physical.
Photo taken in Atascadero of one of my favorite subjects, the sky – an ever changing canvas that never ceases to delight my eye. It serves to remind me to always look up, and not always down, at sometimes unpleasant surroundings or circumstances.