Tuesday, February 28, 2012

One door swinging open

[ breadcrumb]
Beautiful. Beautiful song.
...and an image in this is also a long overdue breadcrumb.
Holding On And Letting Go
Is anybody out there? Is anybody listening? Does anybody really know, If it's the end or the beginning? The quiet rush from one breath, Is all we're waiting for Sometimes I want my taking, Changes everyone before It's everything you wanted, it's everything you don't It's one door swinging open and one door swinging closed Some prayers find the answer, some prayers never know We're holding on, and letting go. Sometimes we're holding angels, And we never even know Don't know if we'll make it, Or we know, we just can't let it show It's everything you wanted, it's everything you don't It's one door swinging open and one door swinging closed Some prayers find an answer, some prayers never know We're holding on and letting go...
— ROSS COPPERMAN


Monday, February 20, 2012

One of two things

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photo: eric cahan
When you have come to the edge of all the light you have, and you step into the darkness of the unknown, believe that one of two will happen to you...  either you'll find something solid to stand on, or you'll be taught how to fly.
— RICHARD BACH

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Life never tells us

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photo: gypsygirlguide
Hearts are often broken when there are words unspoken. In your soul there are answers to your prayers. If you're searching for a place—you know, a familiar face, somewhere to go—you should look inside yourself, you're halfway there. Sometimes you'll laugh. Sometimes you'll cry. Life never tells us, the when's or why's. 

When you've got friends, to wish you well. You'll find your point when you will exhale. 

— WHITNEY ELIZABETH HOUSTON, 1963–2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

Our words matter

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MLK Statue. Which quote would you have chosen?
Of course our lives and our actions matter, too,  but the words we choose to use have power. The BSA shared a quote of Dr. King's on Friday that I'd never heard before:

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
—MLK

That got me thinking about the quote-controversy of the very poorly edited quote on the MLK statue. This weekend I'll be heading down to the Mall in DC to see the MLK memorial for my first time. Even if they had not botched the quote that is presently carved into the statue, I actually did not feel it was one of his most compelling sentiments. 

I love the photo of the statue (above) but I photoshopped the quote out of it.

Which quote would you have chosen to best represent his life? His vision? His dream? Here are just a few of the ones, in random order, that I find inspiring:
  1. “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
  2. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”
  3. “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
  4. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
  5. “The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important...”
  6. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
  7. “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
  8. “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.”
  9. “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
  10. “The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.” 
  11. “I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.”
  12. “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”
  13. “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
  14. “That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.”
  15. “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
  16. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
  17. “The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’”
  18. “Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies—or else? The chain reaction of evil—hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars—must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.” 
  19. And in the speech he was so tired he almost didn't give, the night before his death, were these words:  “I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”
  20. “Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”
1929-1968 were the days Dr. King was given on this earth. To share, to live, to pray, to struggle, to work, to inspire, and to speak. Not knowing when our book will close, what are the words you are choosing in your life? The actions?

stay curious.
©2012 wendy hudgins

Monday, February 6, 2012

Which one wins?

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One evening a grandfather was teaching his young grandson about the internal battle that each person faces. “There are two wolves struggling inside each of us,” the old man said. “One wolf is vengefulness, anger, resentment, self-pity, fear… the other wolf is compassion, faithfulness, hope, truth, love…” The grandson sat, thinking, then asked: “Which wolf wins, grandfather?” His grandfather replied, “The one you feed.”

This is now a reposted repost... I just love this story so much. Timely as well.
©2012 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, February 3, 2012

Put a lid on it

C R E A T I V E - S P A R K
A few years back at the beginning of the year, I blurted out to a friend of mine, "January's a good thing." His eyes got big and he shouted, "Yes! Brilliant!"

It's a seemingly 'clean slate' that we each get. A 31-day opportunity for us to take the nice deep breath that comes with getting a fresh, new year. Indeed, fresh starts and Januarys are a good thing.

So, a few weeks back, I stumbled across this really neat idea someone had for capturing our memories throughout each year. The idea was that you would write down the things that made you smile throughout the year. Then drop them into a special jar. My 2012 jar is a wonderfully, rustic, old blue Mason jar with a glass lid. Then, at the end of the year, on New Year's Eve, you open your jar and re-read all the little nuggets that made the year memorable. 

Last year, 2011, was a big year for a multitude of very different reasons.

On the 'family' front... I got an adorable new nephew, Reed (Colorado Springs). He's my youngest sister's first baby. Then, one month later an adorable niece Allison arrived (Atlanta). She's my first sister's second baby, and my niece Zoe's little sister. I also went to Atlanta and showed up for my dad's 65th surprise birthday party. The look on his face was priceless. And despite some scares and deteriorating health of some older family members, I was thrilled and blessed that everyone who began the year in my family was also with us at the end of the year. My grandma is 93 and grandad is 94.

On the 'things' front... I had to retire the Jetta, and got a black 4-door Golf. Very fun. On December 14th, I discovered Pinterest (Lord help us all), where this memory-preserving idea came from. And at the end of 2011, after seventeen years of waiting, I made my first purchase at Tiffany. And yes, I asked for a 'flower sketch' from Leyla who helped me with the purchace. It was flower sketch #157, and done on the cover of the blue Tiffany catalog.

And I am still collecting the flowers...

But also last year, last summer, I let go of love. It wasn't easy. Especially after two and a half years. But I'm so glad I fell. In love. Je ne regrette rien. No regrets for that. I loved love. And I look forward to the possibilities of love again. Of finding the one who will still be making me laugh when we both have tennis balls on the bottom of our walkers. It will be worth the wait. I just know it.

This year, once again, January was a good thing, in fact it was a GREAT start to this new year. But right now, I'm 'lovin' me some February. And it's time to keep filling up 2012 with great memories.

Allors, here's to a bonne année!
©2012 Wendy Hudgins
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