Take a seat and feel at home

bench in the shrubs

Chairs are about status

I’m not sure I always feel like I’m in the seat. Sometimes I’m only holding on by one hand and flying out behind the roller coaster. I don’t know anybody who doesn’t feel that way. – David Morse

 

 

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On my way through the woods

on my way

I might not be where I want to be, but thank God I’m not where I used to be

I am an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way.

 

Abendlicher Waldweg nach Riebrau durch die Göhrde.

Wanna hide – don’t be special

don't be special

you will always be the same person you were when you woke up

You will always be perfectly imperfect just the way you are, wherever you are. Instead of berating yourself for falling short, give yourself credit for making progress. Grow as you go. Let go of how things should be so you can see all the great possibilities in front of you. – Melchor Lim

I am longing to be with you

I am longing to be with you,

let it sparkle

“I am longing to be with you, and by the sea, where we can talk together freely and build our castles in the air.” ― Bram Stoker

Every now and then I sit and watch the sun rise

Sounrise over the Elbe River - Bitter

Sunrise – a time when all truths are still clean and enviable

Every now and then I sit and watch the sun rise to remind myself how it’s done—peacefully, steadily, warmly, and in beautiful color.  ― Richelle E. Goodrich

Preparation for rainy days

lily of the valley

Expect surprises

Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine. –  William Feather

Sparkling fernleaf

fernleaf

In the first morning light

I am convinced that there are times in everybody’s experience when there is so much to be done, that the only way to do it is to sit down and do nothing. – Fanny Fern

Wild cherry blossoms in the morning sun

 

wild cherry blossoms in the morning sun

Just enjoy

You must not know too much, or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and water-craft; a certain free margin, and even vagueness – perhaps ignorance, credulity – helps your enjoyment of these things…  – Walt Whitman

The forest is not burning

sunset forest

confusing inner peace with wishful thinking?

“I often find that people confuse inner peace with some sense of insensibility whenever something goes wrong. In such cases inner peace is a permit for destruction: The unyielding optimist will pretend that the forest is not burning either because he is too lazy or too afraid to go and put the fire out.” ― Criss Jami

If people did not love one another

spring crocus

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.

“If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be in having any spring.”  ―  Victor Hugo

Go to the forest to stay healthy

backlit-pines

meet the wise green friends

“Every day spend at least an hour in a forest to stay healthy, and much more than this, to stay sane in this insane world!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

Enlightened leaves and moss

a few old leaves

Winter is leaving

“If I stayed here, something inside me would be lost forever—something I couldn’t afford to lose. It was like a vague dream, a burning, unfulfilled desire. The kind of dream people have only when they’re seventeen.”  ― Haruki Murakami

Sunbeams awaken the delicate snowdrops

snowdrops enlighted

Am I too early?

“Beautiful Flower!” said the Sunbeams, “how graceful and delicate you are! You are the first, you are the only one! You are our love! You are the bell that rings out for summer, beautiful summer, over country and town. All the snow will melt; the cold winds will be driven away; we shall rule; all will become green, and then you will have companions, syringas, laburnums, and roses; but you are the first, so graceful, so delicate!”

That was a great pleasure. It seemed as if the air were singing and sounding, as if rays of light were piercing through the leaves and the stalks of the Flower. There it stood, so delicate and so easily broken, and yet so strong in its young beauty; it stood there in its white dress with the green stripes, and made a summer. But there was a long time yet to the summer-time. Clouds hid the sun, and bleak winds were blowing.

“You have come too early,” said Wind and Weather. “We have still the power, and you shall feel it, and give it up to us. You should have stayed quietly at home and not have run out to make a display of yourself. Your time is not come yet!”
Hans Christian Andersen

When I get lonely….

when i get lonely

own unfulfilled yearnings?

“When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

The snow loves the trees and fields

the snow loves the trees and fields

…..till the summer comes again…

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” 
 Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Sunset on snow

sunset-on-snow

Getting the mood

I could stare forever into the tiny opening between your winter hat and scarf.

Morning frost

morgenfrost

Clear and crisp

“Life is very tough and fragile at the same time, it never backs down or surrenders, but will break open to reveal its beauty and ugliness. As an evening primrose that blooms in the flooding moonlight, just before being trampled upon underfoot by the four-legged frost of the night.”
Anthony Liccione