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Corona Colors September 15, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Nature, Poetry, Word Play.
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Sunny skies . . . bluer than blue

Man-made colors . . . of every hue

When black & white . . . just won’t do

Nature’s palette . . . brightens the view 

Pops of colour . . . against walls of white

Corona colors . . . a refreshing sight!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Co~ro~na  n :  a colored circle often seen around and close to a luminous body (as the sun or moon)

Related post:  Sidey’s Weekend Theme ~ Colours

Wandering Rutted Roads September 15, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Memories are straight-jackets . . . binding the past to our present.

Instead of floating freely, adrift on the endless sea of possibility, memories anchor us to one another,  keeping us moored in “safe” harbors.

Memories remind us of who we once were . . . tugging on heartstrings with insistence when we venture too far afield.

Instead of seeing the world anew, with open eyes and mind, memories filter our experiences through a clouded lens.

Memories weigh us down . . . thwarting efforts to travel light through life.

Instead of letting go of people, places, and things, memories cause us to tighten our grasp on sentimental objects, slowing forward momentum.

James-the-CatMemories hold us back . . . preventing us from reaching our full and unfettered potential.

Instead of exploring new roads and vistas, with alert curiosity, memories encourage us to circle back, again and again, wandering rutted roads.

Memories distract us . . . cluttering our field of vision.

Instead of living in the now, memories shine the spotlight backwards, obscuring the path as it unfolds before us.

Like a water-wheel, filling and emptying its buckets over and over as it turns, we empty out who we were,  to become more fully who we are meant to be.

Rather than allowing our thoughts, emotions, and past experiences to dictate our re-actions to new events, we can view life with alert curiosity.

When we let go of our automatic responses and begin to live spontaneously in the here and now, we uncover the joy and happiness within.

You must empty yourself of the past to receive the present. ~ Zen Parable

Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote to Ponder:  When one door closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. ~ Helen Keller