We only have this moment

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake.”  Marie Beyon Ray

cemetaryOne might notice that a number of quotes I use have to do with living in the moment. I have experienced much loss in my life, including my 28 year old son, Zachary Christian Johnson almost 8 years ago. I believe that such losses give one a different perspective on life/living. I almost feel like an evangelist wanting to shake people into an awareness of how fleeting life can be, and to try to appreciate every moment as very precious.

A favorite author of mine, Anne Lamott recently wrote an article that included this: “Spirit zing ourselves awake. Taking a position of gratitude from which we meet the day. Gratitude as a verb–“Wow, I’m gratituding like crazy today, Dude. I was mewling and puking about the traffic, or how annoying my family is, but then, I changed channels, and now I’m gratituding, even though my back is killing me, and I got a head cold the same day as my gum surgery. But I got to get the gum surgery I needed. Now I’m healing. Thank you! Tomorrow I get to eat solid foods. Wow.” https://www.facebook.com/AnneLamott/posts/714765645319748

Photo taken at a cemetery in Atascadero, Ca.

Stepping Away

“Going nowhere … isn’t about turning your back on the world; it’s about stepping away now and then so that you can see the world more clearly and love it more deeply.”  Leonard Cohen

IMG_0393 8x10 self port fbI love Leonard Cohen. Or I should say, I love his poetry and his music. I love the ability some people have to put thoughts/feelings into words that touch our hearts or cause us to think more deeply or even to help change our course when we didn’t realize we were drifting. So thank you, Leonard Cohen, for giving me your powerful insight.

Photo taken at a Rotta Winery vineyard in Templeton, Ca. with my fisheye lens.

the story of your life

“You can try to escape the story of your life. But you can’t. It happened. The baby died, the dog died. My heart broke. I knew you when you were young – your heart broke too.” Amy Jellicoe, the main character in Enlightened, to her now older estranged ex-husband.

264_6426 16x16 gazania web“Telling our stories is not an end in itself, but an attempt to release ourselves from them, to evolve and grow beyond them. We tell our stories to transform ourselves; to learn about our history and tell our experiences to transcend them; to use our stories to make a difference in our world; to broaden our perspective to see further than normal; to act beyond a story that may have imprisoned or enslaved us; to live more of our spiritual and earthly potential.” Rachel Freed

I took this photograph of the “lowly” gazania. They border walkways and we may glance down and notice the splashes of color. But up close, their blossoms are a work of art.

Wildflowers of Spring

“Thus came the lovely spring with a rush of blossoms and music, flooding the earth with flowers, and the air with melodies vernal.”     Henry Wadsworth LongfellowP1000357 pt 16x20 web

Or as August Rush (Robin Williams) said in the movie, “Listen. Can you hear it? The music. I can hear it everywhere. In the wind . . . in the air . . . in the light. It’s all around us. All you have to do is open yourself up. All you have to do . . . is listen.”

This photo was taken on Bitterwater Road, 2015.

The Poignant Beauty of the World

“If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold ever more wonders.”     Andrew Henry

IMG_0380 gtg fbEvery season holds its own beauty. This time of year we Californians get to behold the cloud formations that probably people in other areas take for granted? The vineyards here aren’t lush and green yet, but I love the rolling hills and the patterns made by the grapevines. Well, there are different types of heartbreak as well. Here speaks of the poignant kind that maybe takes your breath away or sways you with the majesty of the beauty of nature.

I took this photograph yesterday, April 25, 2015 near Rotta Winery in Templeton, Ca. as behind me waited my patient husband and our 3 best friends.

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