May 3, 2010


*WORDS*. . . 
 my weekly posting of a poem, a quote and a passage from literature.

mother and child (1905), gustav klimt

Be mindful!
Husband the earth. Protect
her from greed and violence. Build
humbly, plant trees, grow flowers and clothe her
with dignity. Respect all her creatures. Honour her
natural laws and the universe which cradles her.
Above all, heartily worship the Source of All that is.

This world needs secret heroes! Be brave, speak the truth,
heal the sick, make peace. Be strong, serve patiently, love
generously, live simply. Enjoy fellowship, eat and drink modestly,
celebrate the festivals. Breathe deeply, sing and make music,
walk often, cycle and recycle. Be thrifty, prefer cashflow to
possession, give good measure. Let your work be your prayer.

Put on the whole armour of light! Unearth the beauty in
everything. Inhale the Spirit of Goodness. Kindle kindness,
especially toward yourself, embracing the sweet
silence of your own soul. Fear nothing. Accept
what you are and — while you have
breath — give thanks.

~John Rogers

Women do not have to sacrifice personhood if they are mothers. They do not have to sacrifice motherhood in order to be persons. Liberation was meant to expand women's opportunities, not to limit them. The self-esteem that has been found in new pursuits can also be found in mothering.          ~Elaine Heffner

"If you are a parent who feels he has little nature lore at his disposal there is still much you can do for your child. With him, wherever you are and whatever your resources, you can still look up at the sky - its dawn and twilight beauties, its moving clouds, its stars by night. You can listen to the wind, whether it blows with majestic voice through a forest or sings a many-voiced chorus around the eaves of your house or the corners of your apartment building, and in listening, you can gain magical release for your thoughts. You can still feel the rain on your face and think of its long journey, its many transmutations, from sea to air to earth. Even if you are a city dweller, you can find some place, perhaps a park or a golf course, where you can observe the mysterious migrations of the birds and the changing seasons. And with your child you can ponder the mystery of a growing seed, even if it be only one planted in a pot of earth in the kitchen window. "
~From THE SENSE OF WONDER by Rachel Carson 


Marcie said...

Those passages are all wonderful and motivating. I especially love the John Rogers quote. I'm not sure which line I like best, but maybe this one: "Unearth the beauty in everything."

Thank you for sharing these beautiful words this morning!

marcia said...

You are welcome :)

I know ! I LOVE that line too. I was thinking I need to add it to some mixed media art and hang it.

I love putting quotes and passages in unexpected places at home for people who visit as well as *discover* and reflect on.

happy day!

Valarie said...

What beautiful quotes. I especially like the Rachel Carson. I read that book over and over again. thanks so much.

softearthart said...

Lovely thoughts, great reading, cheers Marie