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Texture and Contrast November 15, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Poetry.

We have to know hunger
To appreciate food
We have to see the bad
To appreciate the good

We have to feel thirst
To appreciate drink
Muddled thoughts help us
Value the ability to think

Opposites exist for a simple reason
Everything has a time, place and season
Contrast provides our days with texture
Nothing in life is a permanent fixture

We have to experience despair
To appreciate hope
We have to experience problems
To value the ability to cope

We have to have had doubts
Before we can appreciate trust
We have to have known injustice
To appreciate what’s just

Opposites exist for a simple reason
Everything has a time, place and season
Contrast provides our days with texture
Nothing in life is a permanent fixture

* * * * *

Acceptance turns boulders into pebbles, allowing us to go with the flow instead of exhausting ourself by struggling against the current.

Embrace all with joy.  Anything can be a gift of gold in disguise.

Barn’s burnt down ~ now I can see the moon. ~ Masahide (1657-1723)

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1. Andra Watkins - November 15, 2011

Thanks, Nancy. I needed that today.

nrhatch - November 15, 2011

May you find “gifts of gold” on your path today, Andra. 😀

2. sweetdaysundertheoaks - November 15, 2011

Thanks from me too Nancy. It’s a good read to start my day 🙂

nrhatch - November 15, 2011

Sweet! Glad you enjoyed.

3. Dounia - November 15, 2011

These are beautiful words of wisdom. I couldn’t agree more with everything you said, but it’s good to be reminded once in a while. Thanks for reminding today; I agree that it’s a great read to start the day 🙂

nrhatch - November 15, 2011

Thanks, Dounia, I share reminders I need to remember.

4. Cindy - November 15, 2011

Thank you, I am off to make some pebbles 🙂 xxx

nrhatch - November 15, 2011

Why is it so easy to transform molehills into mountains and pebbles into boulders . . . while being far more difficult to reverse the process? 😉

Instead of blowing things “out of proportion,” we must learn the art of maintaining mindful perspective.

aah . . . that’s better!

5. Tori Nelson - November 15, 2011

I make a habit out of struggling against the current. Going with the flow is always the last idea that occurs to me. Thanks for this thoughtful post 🙂

nrhatch - November 15, 2011

What we resist, persists. When someone or something angers us, we choose how to respond. If we relax, and view the world with compassion, many “problems” fade away of their own accord . . . without draining us dry.

aah . . . that’s better!

6. suzicate - November 15, 2011

How true this is…we often don’t know how wonderful something is until we’ve felt the pain of not having it.

nrhatch - November 15, 2011

And vice versa ~ we take the absence of a headache or backache for granted . . . until the throbbing pain appears.

7. Ruth - November 15, 2011

Ah, balance – so important, so difficult to attain… Love the pics, especially the white, with its perfect reflection

nrhatch - November 15, 2011

Perhaps life follows the adage. . . “no pain . . . no gain.” 😀

8. granny1947 - November 15, 2011

Thank you Nancy…I have just read this to Wendy…we both loved it.

nrhatch - November 15, 2011

Oh, good. Life’s ebb and flow is easier to accept when things are on a relatively even keel . . . stormy waters require us to bail faster. 😉

9. Denise Allen - November 15, 2011

Lovely post, Nancy, and the lotus flowers are so beautiful – and perfect as always!

nrhatch - November 15, 2011

Thanks, Denise. I love the many colors of lotus flowers. They seem so “hopeful.”

10. sufilight - November 15, 2011

Nancy, this is so beautifully written. Adding only lotus flowers to this entry gives your words a serene touch.

nrhatch - November 15, 2011

Thanks, Marie. Nature nurtures . . . encouraging us to pause.

11. Lisa Wields Words - November 15, 2011

Another great one Nancy.

nrhatch - November 15, 2011

Thanks, Lisa. At times, I need to remind myself that life is a continuum of states ~ a pendulum moving us from positive to negative, pleasure to pain, happy to sad. We are in a constant state of flux . . . this too shall pass. _/!\_

12. kateshrewsday - November 15, 2011

A relative of an ex boyfriend used to tell us: “You have to go to come again…” Loved this post. Dark demands light, light beckons dark. Opposites are the stuff of life.

nrhatch - November 15, 2011

Cloudy days make us appreciate the sun. 😎

13. Maggie - November 15, 2011

Great message!

nrhatch - November 15, 2011

Thanks, Maggie. “Naughty” NaNoWriMo characters make us appreciate beloved characters all the more. 😉

14. souldipper - November 15, 2011

Opposites create the tlipsis for life. In the Benedictine world, this means the filing off, or smoothing out, of our sharp edges.

I really hope I remembered the spelling. My handbook has sunk to the bottom of some pile of books. 😀

nrhatch - November 15, 2011

I’ve never heard the word “tlipsis” before, but I like the idea of smoothing out a few of our sharp edges (so we don’t get snagged on the underbrush). 😉

15. bluebee - November 15, 2011

Beautifully done, Nancy

“We have to experience despair
To appreciate hope
We have to experience problems
To value the ability to cope” – can certainly identify with this, and have even come to appreciate the textures in my life

nrhatch - November 16, 2011

Despair is an awful feeling. I have a quote to remind myself to swing back to hope:

“Despair is hidden arrogance . . . I have seen the future and it doesn’t work.” 😉

16. eof737 - November 16, 2011

This is beautiful and an apt reminder about life and its many peaks and valleys…. Love it! 🙂

nrhatch - November 16, 2011

It’s a roller coaster, ferris wheel, and merry-go-round all in one . . . up, down, round, twist, turn, scream, shout, and laugh. 😛

17. Tilly Bud - November 16, 2011

My husband gets angry when our boys complain they are starving. He has seen starving people for real. We are so lucky not to have experienced that.

nrhatch - November 16, 2011

That’s an example of the English language and its latitude ~ many say “I’m starving” when they are merely hungry.

Lucky for them that saying so doesn’t make it so.

18. johnell74 - November 16, 2011

Pictures are not really beautiful unless they contain balanced areas of light and dark. It is the dark which stresses the light.
A beautiful poem, Nancy. And sound common sense.
Those of us who have lived long lives know how true it all is.
Thank you. John

nrhatch - November 16, 2011

The worlds I’ve seen with no texture and contrast may run smoothly in the absence of friction and controversy . . . but they are gray places to be: Pleasantville, A Wrinkle in Time (the planet with one brain, IT), Stepford Wives.

There is no raisin d’etre in a world without challenges ~ if we are merely “going through the motions,” we begin to resemble a hamster racing on its exercise wheel . . . and going nowhere FAST.

johnell74 - November 17, 2011

Oh, so true, Nancy
Thank you

19. Team Oyeniyi - November 16, 2011

I really like this, Nancy. So true.

nrhatch - November 16, 2011

You’re on an “upswing” now, Robyn. Enjoy every moment.

20. thirdhandart - November 16, 2011

Splendid poem and wise words. Thank you.

nrhatch - November 16, 2011

Thanks! When we look for the silver lining . . . we usually find it.

21. jannatwrites - November 16, 2011

I love that quote at the end. Talk about looking at the bright side (or the stars!)

Your poem is so true. I am always thankful for what I have in my life because I know I’m blessed. But it takes a setback for me to gain a deeper gratitude. I don’t necessarily enjoy going through rough times, but it makes me a stronger person.

nrhatch - November 16, 2011

I agree. After a few “cloudy days” . . . the sunshine of our lives seems that much brighter. 😎

22. jeanne - November 17, 2011

we have to have choas to appreciate calmness…speaking from recent experience. Great post!

nrhatch - November 17, 2011

It’s been an exciting and hectic time for you! Hope the new shop is a big hit with holiday shoppers!

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