Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 5 November 2014

I want to live the rest of my life, however long or short, with as much sweetness as I can decently manage, loving all the people I love, and doing as much as I can of the work I still have to do.   [Audre Lorde]

Talking with a friend yesterday, we both laughed out loud when we hit upon the Great Truth: None of us gets out of Life alive.

I’ve spent large chunks of time these past 6 months considering how I want to live what is the rest of my Life. I don’t know anymore Now than I did BEfore how long or short that “rest of” it will BE. Sure, there are some statistics, but no one knows anything for certain.

So in this frame, I have asked this of myself:

BE Kind. Make Time. Listen. BE Quieter. Love and DO it Out Loud, no matter who does or says what. Make a Difference, and DO it Now, don’t wait or try another time.

Put things together, give away my art, DO what only I CAN DO, from my heart and with my best thinking.

I’ve NOT been so “sweet.” I am easily bruised and I irritate too darned fast. But I DO want to live “with as much sweetness as I can decently manage.”

I love you, Currie


NatureFootstep said...

those words area true.

This psot would be very suitable for my NF DAM today. If you like to join. :)

Jeanne-Sylvie said...

Hello via AEDM, i love visiting your blog, for the art you share and for your posts, always meaningful . Thank you!

Carol said...

As a "Love Child" of the late 60's and early 70's I have always tried to live a more honest,natural, healthy and kinder life. Sure I have strayed from the path more often than not But I have tried. The greatest compliment I have ever received was when my daughter posted on one of her friends Facebook post that "My mother is the kindest person I have ever known!" My heart swelled and I realized that I had not failed at parenting after all. ♥
Sending LOVE the greatest of all Strengths.

CJ said...

I love your image and your post.

I realized the other day, that if my husband and I are "average" we will probably live for only 9-12 more years. Of course, anything can happen so it may be more or less. I'm 3 years younger than my father when he died and 26 years younger than my mom was. My point was that we all need to decide what to do with the the time we have left.

Your quote reminds me of one of the Dalai Lama's that I love:
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness."

He also said:
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."

To me, he has always seemed to be a very wise man with a good heart.

I think most of us strive for that, too. But being human we are successful some days. Others, not so much.