Photo by Judy Lesko
“Prayers of thanksgiving and petition go hand in hand . . . When we are lacking something–food, or money, or love, or success–we feel that having it will surely make us happy. But no sooner do we have it, than we begin to feel the pinch of fear. What if we lose what we’ve so longed to have?”
“Happiness is just a treaty we make with our circumstances. One can be happy in squalor, while another whines in luxury. It is not what we have that makes us happy, nor what we lack that makes us unhappy. True thanksgiving means acknowledging what life has given us, without bargaining to get more, or holding on more tightly.”
–Patricia Monaghan, The Goddess Companion, 1999.
Rafting on the Merced River facing Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.
Don’t be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.–Richard Bach
I’m starting a new writing project for 2014 and taking some time away from WordPress.
Take good care of yourselves, and so long for now.
The Washington Monument Obelisk on the National Mall, Washington, D.C.
Corpus Christi Skyline before rain in Texas.
Crown Fountain Video Sculpture in Millennium Park – Chicago, IL
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Find more illumination or shine your own light at Where’s my backpack? with Ailsa.
Have a great weekend!
Just for grins, newbie sketches from a beginning artist. Click on the pics for more detail.
And explore more WPC Beginnings HERE.
Enjoy : )
Wishing everyone a year of sweet, colorful surprises in 2014!
Baked by my children to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Thank you Lauren and Nick! xoxo
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.–Theodore Roethke
Contemplating a gift of amaryllis bulbs provides a moment of respite from the holiday hustle and bustle. This trio will bloom with brilliant red flowers in mid-February.
Enjoy a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, my friends!
And thank you so much for taking the time to visit with me : )
See you all again in 2014.
Click the pic for a closer look at the painting.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.–Melodie Beattie