Sunday Dinner: Expansion

Redbud, Cercis canadensis


“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.”



“We become aware of the void as we fill it.”
Antonio Porchia




“Sometimes we know in our bones
what we really need to do, but we’re afraid to do it.
Taking a chance and stepping beyond
the safety of the world we’ve always known
is the only way to grow,
and without risk there is no reward.”
Wil Wheaton




“Life can take so many twists and turns.
You can’t ever count yourself out.
Even if you’re really afraid at some point,
you can’t think that there’s no room for you to grow
and do something good with your life.”
Portia de Rossi




“If we don’t change, we don’t grow.
If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”
Anatole France



Photos by Woodland Gnome 2018
“This life therefore is not righteousness,
but growth in righteousness,
not health, but healing,
not being but becoming,
not rest, but exercise.
We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it,
the process is not yet finished, but it is going on,
this is not the end, but it is the road.
All does not yet gleam in glory,
but all is being purified.”
Martin Luther
“Physicists have yet to find anything
capable of exceeding our known speed of light.
The Tao cannot be named,
and so I say there is one thing
that out-paces all things: we call it “thought.”
I can fill a room a with light
before I’m anywhere near the switch.”

Laurie Perez

Lilac, Syringa vulgaris


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5 responses to “Sunday Dinner: Expansion

  1. Lovely post. I especially like the Martin Luther quote.

  2. The earth does expand and contract through the year, doesn’t it? The expansion is particularly exciting. 😉 Great quotes!

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