questions and answers

Isle of Capri, Italy

There are years that ask questions, and years that answer.”

~Zora Neale Hurston

2020 is definitely a year of asking questions.

At least for me.

I’ve noticed how I tend to ask myself lots of questions. Questions for which I don’t have answers. Or at least I’m not ready to delve deep enough to find the answers.

Perhaps there are also years that rest in silence. Years where answers sit in a place of refuge from the bright light of clarity. Years where answers take sanctuary from the free fall of questions.

into the pink air of early morning

San A MX Sunrise 4

What Gorgeous Thing by Mary Oliver

I do not know what gorgeous thing
the bluebird keeps saying,
his voice easing out of his throat,
beak, body into the pink air
of the early morning. I like it
whatever it is. Sometimes
it seems the only thing in the world
that is without dark thoughts.
Sometimes it seems the only thing
in the world that is without
questions that can’t and probably
never will be answered, the
only thing that is entirely content
with the pink, then clear white
morning and, gratefully, says so.

 

I simply love Mary Oliver. She has a gentle grace filled with love of nature and life. I love when I find a poem of hers that I have never read. This one invites curiosity and a positive, light possibility in being.

 

* I took this photo in San Agustinillo, Mexico in the early morning sunrise light.

 

 

to live by

Bellinzona Switzerland - Castle Montebello.JPG

I love inspiring quotes. Especially short ones that make a bold statement. I have a collection of them and picked a handful that I find worthy of living by.

  1.  Be the change that you wish to see in the world. ~Mahatma Gandhi
  2. As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way. ~Mary Anne Radmacher
  3. Change is not something you do, it’s something you allow.  ~Will Garcia
  4. The quieter you become, the more you can hear. ~Ram Dass
  5. Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions. ~Earl Gray Stevens
  6. If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. ~Dr. Wayne Dyer
  7. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~Theodore Roosevelt
  8. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. ~H. Jackson Browne
  9. Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. ~Margaret Lee Runbeck
  10. Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion. ~Michael Jordon

 

Do you have a favorite quote? What core ideas do you live by? Is there an inspirational idea that you want to carry into the new year?

 

* I took this photo last summer in Bellinzona Switzerland at Castle Montebello.