Sunday Dinner: Growth

March 25, 2016 sunset 003


“Your hand opens and closes,

opens and closes.

If it were always a fist

or always stretched open,

you would be paralyzed.

Your deepest presence

is in every small contracting and expanding,

the two as beautifully balanced

and coordinated as birds’ wings.”





“The only way that we can live, is if we grow.

The only way that we can grow is if we change.

The only way that we can change is if we learn.

The only way we can learn is if we are exposed.

And the only way that we can become exposed

is if we throw ourselves out into the open.

Do it. Throw yourself.”


C. JoyBell


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“An authentic and genuine life grows like a sturdy tree.

And like a tree, it grows slowly.

Every time you make a different and better decision,

it grows a little.

Every time you choose to do the right thing,

even when nobody would find out otherwise,

it grows a little.

Every time you act with compassion,

relinquish your right to strike back,

take a courageous stand,

admit fault or accept responsibility,

it grows a little.”


Steve Goodier


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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016


February 29, 2016 early flowers 078


“Whenever you should doubt your self-worth,

remember the lotus flower.

Even though it plunges to life

from beneath the mud,

it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it

to affect its growth or beauty.”


Suzy Kassem


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