Posts Tagged ‘inspirational’
Posted in books, friendship, inspirational, inspiring stories, tagged books, friendship, inspirational, life, literature and Fiction, reflections, The Velveteen Rabbit on April 26, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but Really loves you, then you become Real.”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get all loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
I always love reading and re-reading The Velveteen Rabbit, a poignant and deeply touching story about friendship and love. The book is an endearing and simple story on what love and loving is all about.
What is real in your life?
Posted in Caleruega, gardens, Happiness, inspirational, life, photography, reflections, silence speaks, tagged a bit of myself, Caleruega, inspirational, life, nature, photography, reflections, silence speaks on April 16, 2013 | 9 Comments »
Sometimes, life needs to be taken one small step at a time so you can learn to appreciate what is in front of you and look back with fondness what you left behind.
Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, Happiness, inspiration, inspirational, life, literature and Fiction, Mary Oliver Quotes, nature, photography, poems, silence speaks, tagged books, Close to Nature, Closer to God, inspirational, life, Mary Oliver, nature, New And Selected Poems by Mary Oliver, photography, poems, silence speaks on April 9, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Amazing! There is always something new every time I read Mary Oliver’s poems and you get to imagine the scene while appreciating every word. You get to open your eyes to the way she sees the world – and you smile because somehow she has accurately described what you feel. I can’t wait to read her new book, A Thousand Mornings which a friend bought for me.
Value time, value each moment, love nature! Expressed in simple words but touches the core of your being. So much to learn, so much to appreciate just reading her poems.
Song of the Builders
On a summer morning
I sat down
on a hillside
to think about God -
a worthy pastime.
Near me, I saw
a single cricket;
it was moving the grains of the hillside
this way and that way.
How great was its energy,
how humble its effort.
Let us hope
it will always be like this,
each of us going on
in our inexplicable ways
building the universe.
Where Does the Dance Begin, Where Does It End?
Don’t call this world adorable, or useful, that’s not it.
It’s frisky, and a theater for more than fair winds.
The eyelash of lightning is neither good nor evil.
The struck tree burns like a pillar of gold.
But the blue rain sinks, straight to the white
feet of the trees
whose mouths open.
Doesn’t the wind, turning in circles, invent the dance?
Haven’t the flowers moved, slowly, across Asia, then Europe,
until at last, now, they shine
in your own yard?
Don’t call this world an explanation, or even an education.
When the Sufi poet whirled, was he looking
outward, to the mountains so solidly there
in a white-capped ring, or was he looking
to the center of everything: the seed, the egg, the idea
that was also there,
beautiful as a thumb
curved and touching the finger, tenderly,
as he whirled,
oh jug of breath,
in the garden of dust?
Posted in Closer to God, Faith, His Holiness Pope benedict XVI, inspirational, reflections, tagged 32nd Archbishop of Manila, Closer to God, Faith, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, inspirational, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, messge of Cardinal Tagle on Pope Benedict's resignation, reflections on February 12, 2013 | 4 Comments »
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Pope Benedict XVI’s renunciation of the ministry as Bishop of Rome on February 11, 2013 came as a surprise. The announcement also brought sadness to us. We felt like children clinging to a father who bids them farewell. But sadness gives way to admiration for the Holy Father’s humility, honesty, courage and sincerity. His paramount desire is to promote the greater good of the Church. We know that the Papal ministry is not an easy task. So we thank Pope Benedict XVI, who was elected Pope at the rather advanced age of 78, for selflessly guiding the Church these past eight years with his teaching, simplicity and gentleness.
I am inviting all of you to pray for Pope Benedict XVI especially as he devotes the coming years at the service of the Church through a life of prayer. Let us also pray for the Cardinal Fathers who will elect a new Pope in the coming conclave. In this Year of Faith, let us fix our eyes on Jesus the Good Shepherd. With Him and the Life-giving Spirit, we will journey towards the Father and the Kingdom of God with much hope and love.
+Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
Archbishop of Manila
I’ve been blogging about Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle since he was appointed as Archbishop of Manila.
In so many different ways, every one of us is a survivor.
Posted in blessings, Close to Nature, Closer to God, Faith, inspirational, life, photography, tagged Close to Nature, Closer to God, inspirational, life, nature, photography, raindrops on January 22, 2013 | 8 Comments »
Sometimes the simplest things are the best Nature can give. And seeing the beauty of raindrops is like allowing yourself to feel that life in all its angst is beautiful.
Posted in blessings, Closer to God, Immaculate Conception, inspirational, Mama Mary, tagged Closer to God, Faith, inspirational, life, Mama Mary, prayers, Salve Regina, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae:
Vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus, exsules, filii Hevae.
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia ergo, Advocata nostra,
illos tuos misericordes oculos
ad nos converte.
Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis, post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens: O pia: O dulcis
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!
Our life, our sweetness, and our hope!
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve,
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley, of tears.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this our exile show unto us the
blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus;
O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.
(The above pic is one of my favorite paintings depicting the Immaculate Conception by Bartolome Esteban Murillo 1678. It is housed in Museo del Prado, Spain)