“Let us see the beauty every day. And source our lives from its presence.” ~ Oriah
Good Sunday morning, dear friends. I hope golden October has greeted you kindly. It has been glorious in our area. Truly, a gift from above to look across the ‘hills’ and see glimpses of gold scattered amongst the green and red. The beauty is awe-inspiring.
Nature, dressed in her finest wardrobe, certainly does provide marvelous inspiration for our hearts and souls. However, Mother Nature is not the only source of wondrous inspiration. For me, I also find beauty and inspiration in the words, art, and music of brilliant and talented souls. It is inspirational to learn a new way of doing something ordinary. In other words, turning the ordinary into extraordinary. And, here is my big one, “Learning from others.” We all learn in different ways and from different sources. Indeed, it is amazing to pause and reflect on what we learn from others. Words, phrases, and ideas we want to write down and treasure forever. Because everyone has their own special gifts and we often remember talented people who have crossed our path through these gifts. So, what or who inspires or “uplifts the spirit within you?” Please share.
“And the fruits will outdo what the flowers have promised.” ~ François de Malherbe
Can one really compete with Mother Nature? I don’t think so. Especially, when you think of a pretty tree in the spring, dressed in lovely pink blossoms, and in the fall the same tree bears beautiful and tasty fruit. All these stages are divine. Created for our enjoyment of beauty and flavor, and to help sustain wildlife.
“I’ll get an inspiration and start painting; then I’ll forget everything, everything except how things used to be and how to paint it so people will know how we used to live.” ~ Grandma Moses
“Making Apple Butter,” 1958, Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson Moses)
I am not an art critic by any means. However, I do believe Grandma Moses was successful in conveying how people once lived through her art. Just as a point of interest, an organization Mike belongs to continues to make apple butter every year, in copper kettles, the old-fashioned way (around 700 gallons per year).
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”
There are many things I love and enjoy doing, however, gardening is at the top of the list. New inspiration greets me every day.
“Inspiration is the greatest gift because it opens your life to many new possibilities. Each day becomes more meaningful, and your life is enhanced when your actions are guided by what inspires you.” ~ Bernie Siegel
Learning to cook something new or in a different way can open your eyes to a new world and bring you great joy in doing something wonderful for your family. Just this summer, Mike gifted me with a culinary torch. I had always been tempted by one but was a wee bit intimidated to give it a try. The gift inspired me to try a variety of new culinary delights. He was ‘most’ happy with his purchase.
“Try to be inspired by something every day. Try to inspire at least one person every day.” ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Dear friends, I hope you have enjoyed your visit and received a bit of inspiration. Inspiration can make all the difference in our lives and the lives of those we love. As well as our friends and acquaintances.
Know I wish you and yours a beautiful day.
And, as you walk along your path this week. . .
Remember, you are unique and special. Therefore, you have special gifts to share which may inspire others.
“There are little gems all around us that hold glimmers of inspiration.” ~ Richelle Mead
Images: via Tumblr