Sunday Dinner: Transformation

“How does one become butterfly?’ Pooh asked pensively.
‘You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar,’ Piglet replied.
‘You mean to die?’ asked Pooh.
‘Yes and no,’ he answered. ‘What looks like you will die, but what’s really you will live on.”
A.A. Milne
“As we enter the path of transformation,
the most valuable thing we have working in our favor
is our yearning.”
Cynthia Bourgeault
“With full attention,
you become an instrument of healing on our planet,
for all that you touch
and every being you meet
is then transformed
by the power of your focused attention.
Therein lies the possibility
of Heaven on Earth.”
Mary O’Malley
“Justice is the very last thing of all
wherewith the universe concerns itself.
It is equilibrium that absorbs its attention;
and what we term justice
is truly nothing but this equilibrium transformed,
as honey is nothing but a transformation
of the sweetness found in the flower.
Outside man there is no justice;
within him injustice cannot be.”
Maurice Maeterlinck
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2017

After the first winter storm passed in the night, the sun came out brilliantly this morning.  Ice still lingers in the shadows, yet we are surrounded everywhere by color; even in our winter garden.

“Turning imagination into matter
is the most beautiful and fulfilling challenge of all.
I was about to find out
this is also my purpose and meaning.”
Gi Young

About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

14 responses to “Sunday Dinner: Transformation

  1. Hi – well I found the other book that I thought I gifted it out. (and now it is really gone – gave it to my stepdaughter)
    anyhow, it is called Pooh’s Little Etiquette Book by Earnest H. Shephard and I will share a page or two in an upcoming post

    • Beautiful! I haven’t seen that one, Yvette, and will now look for it. I love the little Pooh themed books ❤

      • Well keep me posted if you find it – and actually – I might need to replace the one I just got rid of because it is such an uplifting read – makes a great coffee table book

        • Just found it online at Barnes and Nobles, Yvette. It is under $10, and their December 20% off coupons are good through tomorrow! Have fun! ❤

          • well thanks so much –
            and I actually realized something after I left my comment.
            It was around 18 years ago when I stopped having a coffee table – had little toddler running around and we had this nice Lane wooden one that had sharp corners – and then when we put a coffee table back out – I never added books or coasters – it has always sat plain with a few remotes and maybe a toss pillow – huh –

            • We are creatures of habit 😉 Ours has both coasters and a healthy stack of gardening books! My husband would be happier with a cleared off one, like yours, I’m sure.

              • ha – the gardening books sound wonderful. and back in the 1990s we had three clay candle holders – of different sizes – a gift from MIL – they are long gone – but funny how remembering the set up brings me back with warmth.
                and regarding your coasters – do you have garden coasters? wait – are they stone coasters? or ones with quotes ?
                if that is too personal to share – no worries – ha

  2. wonderful collection of words and beautiful photography (in the WG signature style) and I realized that I do not know very many Pooh and Piglet quotes… so this was my top takeaway:

    What looks like you will die,
    but what’s really you will live on

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