Thank you all for your supportive comments about my word for 2012! I'm having so much fun living this word these days. And the feeling of it keeps popping up all over the place. Here are some lovely words that give me the delightful feeling of LESS:
The Wild Geese
Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here.
~Wendell Berry via Poetry Chaikhana
I’ve heard it said that every day you need half an hour of quiet time for yourself, or your Self, unless you’re incredibly busy and stressed, in which case you need an hour. I promise you, it is there. Fight tooth and nail to find time, to make it. It is our true wealth, this moment, this hour, this day.
~Anne Lamott (read the rest of the Sunset article by clicking here) via the lovely and talented Nicola Taylor
And I’ve learned in my old age that when you say no to people, they don’t like you as much and they’re disappointed. Nonetheless, you know, there are times that it has to be done in order to protect whatever small sanctity of serenity you have built up in your life. It’s inhumane, the pace at which people live in this society. And when I came back from traveling for “Eat, Pray, Love”, I was truly sort of jaw droppingly shocked to see it anew… from fresh eyes and to see the amount of stress and the amount of work that we have, somehow, decided is normal. And it is so warped.
~Elizabeth Gilbert (read the rest of the interview on Big Think by clicking here) via the also lovely and talented Elizabeth Duvivier/aka Mystic Vixen and while you're at it, you might also enjoy this equally inspiring post on the Squam blog
And now for some photos: