Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Shadow of the real thing

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Character is like a tree,
and reputation like a shadow.
The shadow is what we think of it;
the tree is the real thing.
—ABRAHAM LINCOLN
©2010 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, March 19, 2010

Friday Photo

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Walking down a road in Giverny, France.
(Down the road from Claude's place)
PHOTO ©2010 Wendy Hudgins

Monday, March 15, 2010

Just the next thing

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Life is a series of changes and adjustments. And this annual time change each spring is only an hour. So why, then, does it always feel so big? Especially on that first Monday. After getting a delayed start to today, I found myself thinking over, and motivated by, these words. Thought I'd share. For our 'to-do' lists, just break it down a bit...

There's not everything,
just the next thing.
—GENIUS

Brilliant.
©2010 Wendy Hudgins

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The stubbornness of spring

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I like the stubbornness of Mother Nature. And while I know we're not quite done with winter, she's moving forward. And what a very welcome sign of that... the first crocus' along Sligo Creek.
PHOTO ©2010 Wendy Hudgins

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

C'est la vie

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"Be happy for this moment, this moment is your life."
- OMAR KHAYYAM
This is a quote I have as a magnet on my fridge from quotables and I so appreciate it. Perhaps especially on the days that don't feel all that wonderful. Our lives, emotions, go through so many phases and changes. Creativity waxes and wanes. We must be patient in those moments that we don't like, or that don't make any sense to us.

I've also heard this phrase: 'sunny weather, rainy weather, neither is permanent.' This is life. It's changing. And thank God for that! Somewhere along the line, there was a perception that steady, constant happiness was the thing to strive for. But look at nature. Look at our planet. Look at a teething child. Change is part of life. And it's not always pretty... nevermind easy.

And while we may not be able to grasp what any one moment means while we're in it, try looking back on those moments... I'll bet they make a little more sense now. They might even give you courage or patience for something you are about to face.

I link to a webcam of the Eiffel Tower, and I love seeing the changes that surround it. So, I snagged these screengrabs over several months to illustrate that the dark, foggy moments are as much a part of life as the brilliant, colorful ones. Sound familiar? Sounds like life.

Take a look... changement, vraiment c'est la vie!


©2010 Wendy Hudgins

Monday, March 8, 2010

Rain. Parades. Patience.

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I am generally not an Oscar-watcher, but got caught up in it last night. I was very happy that 'Up' won. Squirrel! But I turned off the award show shortly after this memorable moment when Music By Prudence director Roger Ross Williams went up to accept an award and was kanye-ed by some seemingly random woman.

Prior to this evening I'd never heard of the movie. Nevermind it's director. But, quenching an apparent drought in my blogging lately, I was really moved by something on Larry King tonight. Larry gave this man the floor tonight to... well... make the Oscar acceptance speech he'd intended to give last night. A little awkward, but sweet nonetheless.

Did you know his mother, his 87 year old mother, flew on a plane for her very first time just to be there? No one in that audience would know. He was kanye-ed. Did you know that the name of Prudence's band, 'Leona,' means rain? He goes on, in this day-later speech tonight, to say that in Zimbabwe — rain is a gift from God.

I think it's interesting that sometimes you have to wait after you feel like you have been wronged, or interrupted, or derailed, to realize that this 'wrong' may very well have been a blessing. Or a mercy.

Had his parade last night not been rained on... we wouldn't be talking about him or his film.

Sometimes we need to maintain patience and grace. Then look back to be able to better understand the mercies that have been laid on us. And how they will unfold. And impact our lives.

And now, my blogging-drought is quenched. On my first Sligo walk today since the DC snowstorms of February, snow has melted, sidewalks are reappearing, and crocus are blooming. Even forced blooms from a dogwood branch that fell in the snows are finally beginning to open.

Mother nature doesn't lie. While the snows may not be over, if we can keep our eye on the inevitable spring to come, I know that focus, and patience, will be rewarded.

Move forward, be kind, have mercy, have patience with others. With ourselves. With life. As, be it from a drought or a freeze, we will thaw out. Come into our own. Begin to blossom again. And get ready to get on with the rest of our lives, our weeks, our day.

Patience. Focus.
©2010 Wendy Hudgins

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