The Past Year
A Gift from Six year old Tom
"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” - a classic saying from Ralph Waldo Emerson
Meaning and Purpose - Sea Turtle Bowl from Fiji
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after" by Henry David Thoreau
"Connection gives purpose and meaning to our lives.“ – Brene Brown
Enjoying The Ride Along the Way - Starting the Day at Balgownie
“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” from John Lennon
"LIFE: Love, Intelligence, Fun, Evolution - in that order." from Vanna Bonta
Times to Gather, Re-commit and Enjoy - Gift Under The Tree
"Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.” by Markus Zusak
Thriving in a Focused Light - My Thrill in Getting an Organiser for the New Year
"I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott
"Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.” from Shunryu Suzuki
Soaking in Beauty - Hibiscus Blooms in Balgownie
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” from Maya Angelou
"A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea." from Honore de Balzac
"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” – Elizabeth Kübler-Ross
Sharing with Kevin - Above, product from a successful Coca Cola campaign.
Ann Landers advised: "Know yourself. Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful."
Spanish Proverb - "Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables."
The Wonder of Uniqueness - Above, a Festive packaged home made preserve
Pablo Picasso said "Everything you can imagine is real.”
Dabbling in The World Out There - Liquor from Bali
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” from Douglas Adams
"If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.” from Lewis Carroll
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” from Anais Nin
What We Have at Home - Kangaroo Paws, Native of Australia
“Dig within. Within is the wellspring of good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.” – Marcus Aurelius
“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.” – The Buddha
Six Degrees of Understanding - Garden Icon above
"Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” from Mark Twain.
"The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.” from Chuck Palahniuk