My grandpa has Alzheimer’s so he has no idea who my grandma is but everyday for the last three or four months he brings her in flowers from their garden and asks her to run away with him and be his wife and everyday she says she already is and everyday the smile my grandpa gets on his face is the most beautiful heartfelt thing I have ever seen. - hula-hope
In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating that going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still. - Pico Lyer
Lately I've been replacing my "I'm sorry"s with "thank you"s, like instead of "sorry I'm late," I'll say, "thanks for waiting for me," or instead of, "sorry for being such a mess," I'll say, "thank you for loving me and caring for me unconditionally," and it's not only shifted the way I think and feel about myself but also improved my relationships with others who now get to receive my gratitude instead of my negativity. - vijara, found unlinked on pinterest, possibly from tumblr
Could it be that we are meant? Troubled people born to a troubled time, yes, but chosen by trouble as its balm. Chosen not for affliction but for anointing.- Stephen Jenkinson
How to make cashmere heart hand warmers - the Magic Onions
And we can be our own alchemists, transforming the everyday bric-a-brac of our lives into something less recognisable, perhaps more other-worldy, but still true. To me, a life is never dull. But when we create a story out of it all, it can be easier to see our own magic, and a beauty we can pass over too easily in the throes of living. The poetry that’s nestled inside our lives. - Antoinette
Tonight is Lammas or Lughnasadh in my part of the world, the first harvest festival, a time of thanksgiving. I have never celebrated it much for we're still in the smoulder of midsummer and it feels as though it has little real meaning to us. But it is a day to contemplate all we have been given, celebrate the generosity of the earth, and commit to maintaining our care of it although that will require sacrifice.This is certainly a good time to bring those things to mind.
Art by Judith Clay