We all Make choices…it is your life, Remember~
“The chief beauty about time
is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day,
the next hour are lying ready for you,
as perfect, as unspoiled,
as if you had never wasted or misapplied
a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour
if you choose.” ~Arnold Bennett
(at St. Mary’s)
may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that”
~ Lucille Clifton, 1936 – 2010
This amazing artwork is called, “My Life on A Shelf.” It was painted by a woman who suffers from crippling headaches and migraines which I myself have suffered with for over 30 years.
The Artist name is Christa Barnell. I can honestly say this is probably one of the most powerful depictions of what chronic pain does to the life of a human being.
Look at all the little memories enclosed in jars on the shelf! And the smile mask on the floor. I feel like this relates so well to any chronic illness. It’s so powerful.
The sky puts on the darkening blue coat
held for it by a row of ancient trees;
you watch: and the lands grow distant in your sight,
one journeying to heaven, one that falls;
and leave you, not at home in either one,
not quite so still and dark as the darkened houses,
not calling to eternity with the passion of what becomes
a star each night, and rises;
and leave you (inexpressibly to unravel)
your life, with its immensity and fear,
so that, now bounded, now immeasurable,
it is alternately stone in you and star.~Rilke Maria Rainer
Image by Peter Holme iii
In the light of silence, everything we ever need to know is revealed.
Commissioned as an illustration for a book on the fables of Ficino. The specific fable was about Ficino’s belief that power should never be given without Wisdom, or if given it would not hold sway for long.
Marsilio Ficino, a 15th century philosopher said that the soul exists partly in time and partly in eternity, and both sides need attention. We give plenty of attention to those aspects of ourselves that exist in time, but the soul needs to maintain a relationship with eternal issues as well as temporal ones. One of the primary purposes of the arts is to arrest us. A piece of music, a painting, can lift us off the treadmill of our functional daily lives and give us a glimpse of eternity.
The aspects of things that are most important to us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein