“There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says "Morning, boys. How's the water?" And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes "What... Continue Reading →
Some of you may know this of me, that I find comfort and inspiration in words. So here are some words I have gathered around me this past weeks on my little trip of introspection and reflection. I hope these words take you on a little side-trip to new territory, or re-visit familiar places of... Continue Reading →
“How will you serve the world? What do they need that your talent can provide? That’s all you have to figure out... The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is... Ultimately, we're not the avatars we create. We're not the pictures or the film stars. We are the light that... Continue Reading →
Light flickering…the candle burns to its demise. Like me, it has no choice. I welcome the end though, I wonder if the candle does, if it could think. Never mind, it’s done. What comes next is inevitable like the cliché, night will come after day. But oh what a day I’ve had. I doubt anyone... Continue Reading →
RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 71 with prompt word - color, cover Like soft rainbow hues Her smile transforms the grey skies A shelter from love. - FlorenceT Image © 2015 SianTD Copyright reserved. © 2015 FlorenceT Copyright reserved. The author asserts her moral and legal rights over this work.
“When we open ourselves wide to love, we open ourselves to every imaginable heartache as well as every conceivable joy… That has to be better than flatlining ourselves through fear… don’t you think?”
Be open to the human experience.
To love and be loved… something that sits at the heart of every child. It is only as we grow that the accumulated disappointments, the rejections large and small, teach us to shield our hearts against being hurt again. We all get hurt as we grow… even the happiest childhood will carry the shadows of events, unnoticed and unintended perhaps, that have squeezed the little heart tightly. It may be no more than a ‘Not now’ from a busy parent engaged in something that is not safe for the child… with the best of intentions… but to the small person wanting to show that parent a caterpillar they found, it is a rejection. We all suffer them and learn, brick by brick, how to build a defensive barrier around our emotions.
We are taught that emotions have a time and place too. Some are socially acceptable. We can be calm…
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RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 55 with prompt words - Five, Thrive Five senses compel A life lived well, no regret Will thrive tho' in pain. - FlorenceT The painting above is by Peitro Paolini, titled "Allegory of the Five Senses'. © 2015 Copyright reserved. The author asserts her moral and legal rights over this work.
RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 54 with prompt words - Free, Think Think my dear, you must The future is yours to grasp Free your mind to dream, Soar above the human plight Where fear doesn't taint, love must be. - FlorenceT © 2015 Copyright reserved. The author asserts her moral and legal rights over this... Continue Reading →
RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 53 with prompt words - Guide, Mad Haiku 1: For what is anger Wasted energy, a fear Leading not to love. Haiku 2: May the stars shine bright Leading your crazed heart homeward Lost soul no longer. On a similar theme, here's a song from Swedish producer Avicii... Continue Reading →
Well, I kept the promise to myself to meditate for 30 minutes every day for the month of May. Mid-way through this Mindful in May challenge, I decided to extend myself to meditating morning and night. For a long time now, I have dabbled with meditation, knowing full well its positive impact on my day,... Continue Reading →
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. Tao Te Ching, Chapter 33 Love and power are mutually exclusive. Or are they? I had wondered if one can love and still be a force to be reckoned with. If one loves, and is thus compassionate... Continue Reading →
Tried to keep you close to me, But life got in between Tried to square not being there But think that I should have been Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes Hold back the river, so I Can stop for a minute and see where you hide... These are lyrics to... Continue Reading →
I am Australian, and no matter how much I tried to avoid the sensationalism of the news of 'the siege' yesterday, well it hit me. Disbelief at first, then the sensation which I have since identified as anxiety. 1. The fearful realisation that the city I live in, part of my world, is not immune... Continue Reading →
I love lighthouses… what a realisation! I cannot recall a time when I had missed an opportunity to explore one… and this time, I am dragging my children along. Approaching the lighthouse, the inescapable sense of ‘big’…perhaps the vast blue sky and roaring ocean in the background add to the sense of magnificence. Irrespective of... Continue Reading →