“Look at a tree, a flower, a plant.  Let your awareness rest upon it.  How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being.  Allow nature to teach you stillness.”

–Eckhart Tolle

On my shady covered wrap-around deck are my Maman’s plants from Miami brought here 6 years ago.  They shoot up new leaves without much fuss from me because of the gentle warm breeze and late afternoon sunshine.  However, come winter I must baby them inside from the cold.

“All life on earth emanates from the green of the plant.”

–Jay Kordich

Are we not like the plants that change with the seasons?  We peel off in the heat and bundle up in the cold.

“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.”

–Earl Nightingale

“So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”

Jorge Luis Borges

“We’ve got this gift of love…like a precious plant.  You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself.  You’ve got to really keep watering it.  You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.”

–John Lennon

So will I continue to nurture my mother’s plants to enliven her memory in me.

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Today’s Whimsical Quote

What if you wake up tomorrow and think this?

“And you’re a senior, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years (because your body wasn’t perfect); and you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people — pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and starting off into space like when you were a kid?  It’s going to break your heart.  Don’t let this happen!”

–Anne Lamott

This quote makes me giddy…you too?

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Happy Birthday to all of you this month with an African Violet

Your velvety deep purpled petals exemplify your character with loyalty, faithfulness and watchfulness.

“I do love violets; they tell the history of woman’s Love.”

–Letitia Elizabeth Landon

“The snowdrop and primrose our woodlands adorn, and violets bathe in the wet o’ the morn.”

–Robert Burns

“Look how the blue-eyed violets glance Love to one another.”

–Thomas Buchanan Read

“The humble soul is like the violet, which grows low, hangs the head downward, and hides itself with its own leaves.”

–Fredrika Bremer

African violets remind me of my grandmother’s gentle humbleness; she knew how to flourish them.

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You are one of a kind

“Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place.

“And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world.  In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about.  So be that one person.”

–Richard Buckminster Fuller