Sunday Dinner: Acceptance

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“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.

Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow.

Let reality be reality.

Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

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Lao Tzu

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“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining

is let it rain.”

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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“Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty.

It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to

embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides.

The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves

exactly as we are,

but never stop trying to learn and grow.”

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Tony Schwartz

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016

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My happiness grows

in direct proportion to my acceptance,

and in inverse proportion to my expectations.”

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Michael J. Fox 

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For the Daily Post’s
Weekly Photo Challenge:  Details

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The Way of Things

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Things are always changing.  This is the touchstone for all of us past a certain age, I’ve learned.  Gardening brings one intimately close to an understanding of our lives in this material world.  Sometimes changes bring happiness.  Other times we feels frustration as we lose something we enjoy, something we expected to last.

Understanding the nature of change is a lifetime’s work.  Accepting, even embracing it, hones our spirits.

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Our beautiful evergreen Star Jasmine vine covered the railings to our porch long before we ever came to this garden.  An ancient thing, with a large trunk, we enjoyed its greenness all winter and waited for its lovely fragrant flowers to open each spring.  Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds all came to sip from its flowers.  It was one of the most beautiful gifts of the garden.

But harsh cold in winter 2013 weakened it.  Some of its stems never sprouted fresh leaves and flowers that next summer, and flowers came late.  We worked with it all summer and hoped for the best.  But a second harsh winter in 2014, followed by the cold and late spring last year, finished it off.  Its leaves dropped for months.  We were saddened to loose this beautiful vine.  And we didn’t want to lose its bulk and intricate stems which had protected our porch for decades.  What to do?

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Although we did some cleaning up and trimming back, we left the vine in place;  and decided to use it as a framework for growing other vines.  The handful of Muscadine grape seeds I’d casually planted below the Jasmine in 2013 were growing happily, undamaged by the cold.  So we spent last summer training those new vines up and over the framework left by the Jasmine.  I planted a Clematis in a pot at the base of the old trunk, and began training it up into the Jasmine as well.

And now, our bare framework of vines is greening.  The grapevines sprouted tiny green leaves this week, which grow larger each day.  The Clematis has sprouted new leaves as well, with new growth stretching further each day.  We’ll help anchor it along the front face of the old vines above the trunk.

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Change is happening to our framework of vines.  It will glow green and fruitful once again this summer in its fresh clothing of grape leaves and Clematis flowers.

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Change remains the dynamic force of creation.  We can harness its principles to create great beauty around us.  We can work with it when it comes unbidden.  But we cannot arrest its eternal power. 

The tale of change is written all around us in the incredible transformations which have swept over our beautiful planet.  The story unfolds within each of us, and in the faces of our loved ones.

It is the way of things. 

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Sunday Dinner: Changes

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“Walking on the land or digging in the fine soil

I am intensely aware that time quivers slightly,

changes occurring in imperceptible and minute ways,

accumulating so subtly that they seem not to exist.

Yet the tiny shifts in everything-

-cell replication, the rain of dust motes,

lengthening hair, wind-pushed rocks-

-press inexorably on and on.”

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Annie Proulx

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“When a pebble is thrown into a lake, everything,

down to the furthermost depths, moves with it.

… And if, afterwards, everything seems as it was,

the level of the lake has none the less been raised

by imperceptible, incalculable degree.

The old order has been overthrown –

– by a pebble.”

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Théophile Thoré

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“Life and summer are fleeting,’ sang the bird.

‘Snow and dark, and the winter comes.

Nothing remains the same.”

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Elyne Mitchell

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2015

 

 

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Sunday Dinner: Changes

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“In every change, in every falling leaf

there is some pain, some beauty.

And that’s the way new leaves grow.”

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Amit Ray

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“When we resist change, it’s called suffering.

But when we can completely let go

and not struggle against it,

when we can embrace

the groundlessness of our situation and relax

into it’s dynamic quality,

that’s called enlightenment”

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Pema Chödrön

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“Fret not where the road will take you.

Instead concentrate on the first step.

That’s the hardest part and that’s

what you are responsible for.

Once you take that step

let everything do what it naturally does

and the rest will follow.

Do not go with the flow.

Be the flow.”

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Elif Shafak,

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“Consciousness is only possible

through change; change is only possible

through movement.”

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Aldous Huxley

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“Man cannot remake himself

without suffering, for he is both the marble

and the sculptor”

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Alexis Carrel

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“Anyone who knows me, should learn to know me again;
For I am like the Moon,
you will see me with new face everyday.”

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Rumi

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“Nothing endures but change.”

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Heraclitus

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2015

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National Blog Posting Month

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Inspired by The Daily Post’s     

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat

WPC: Change

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“If you realize that all things change,

there is nothing you will try to hold on to.

If you are not afraid of dying,

there is nothing you cannot achieve.”

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Lao Tzu

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Change is the constant in our garden. 

We, like everyone else, watch the seasons come and go.  We watch for the first green leaves to push through the frozen soil in February.  We watch for the lizards to wake up in early summer, and for the butterflies to magically appear in the garden sipping from their favorite flowers.

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We watch for tender green leaves to unfold from bare stems and for those same leaves to yellow and fade, finally blowing away on autumn’s wind.

We witness ice flowers growing from a frozen stem with awe and wonder.

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“To see things in the seed,

that is genius.”

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Lao Tzu

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Yet gardening teaches us to work with change in deeper ways.  We work in longer cycles of time than the changing of a single season.

We weigh the potential of a site before ever moving in.  We build the soil over many seasons, nurturing those living microbes so tiny we will never see them.

We can visualize the vase of flowers inherent in a packet of seeds.  We see the tender petals already forming in a rough brown bulb.

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We plant trees, knowing it will take decades for them to mature, and that we may never taste their fruits.

Time is a constant in our algorithms. 

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We take into our accounts the potential of passing time.  We understand the richness of the wait.

Like thoughtful parents, we understand the profound power of love and attention.

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“Change will not come

if we wait for some other person,

or if we wait for some other time.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

We are the change that we seek.”

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Barack Obama

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We inhabit this Earth for such a short time; and yet we are witness to uncounted change. 

We contemplate those fruits which ripened centuries before our birth.  Myths and paintings bear witness to those fruits and flowers of another age.

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We wonder how the span of our own lives might enrich the harvest in those years to come.

What seeds may we plant now, trusting them to still blossom and bear fruit in a future we can barely  imagine?

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“Become totally empty
Quiet the restlessness of the mind
Only then will you witness

everything unfolding from emptiness”

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Lao Tzu

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Perhaps some of us are drawn to gardening through our fascination with the process of change.

We can watch endless cycles of change play out  just beyond our doorstep.  Our garden is our laboratory, where we tinker with the unfolding of life itself.

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We watch and we listen, smelling the wind, noting the comings and goings of every thing as the seasons unfold.

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And perhaps, if we are very observant, we might learn a bit about life, and maybe even about ourselves.  What things will change; and what will seem immune from its endless transformations?

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Woodland Gnome 2015

For the Daily Post’s

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

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Seeds of Change

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Milkweed pod ready to share its seeds: Asclepias incarnata

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“Only those who sow seeds of change

can hope to grow and reap a harvest.”

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Andrea Goeglein

 

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2015

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Silent Sunday: Change

Jamestown Island, March 6, 2015

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“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.

Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow.

Let reality be reality.

Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
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Lao Tzu

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“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.

Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
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Rumi

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“I alone cannot change the world,

but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
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Mother Teresa

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“Change the way you look at things

and the things you look at change.”
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Wayne W. Dyer

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2015

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Flux

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Flux, movement, transformation, evolution. 

Ice melts, buds awaken, and spring creeps ever closer with each passing day. 

Our first tiny snowdrops have opened.

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Green daffodil leaves push up through the muddy ground.

The sun rises noticeably earlier each morning and set a bit later each afternoon. 

Whether we’re moving forwards, backwards,

or just dancing around in spirals and circles,

movement is life.

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And we are all a part

of this magnificent, vibrating, harmonious

dance of life.

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