Sunday, May 05, 2013
Vincent Van Gogh "Old Woman of Arles " 1888
Van Gogh Museum , Amsterdam .
A LIFE WELL LIVED
When an old lady died in the geriatric ward of a small hospital near Dundee , Scotland , it was believed that she had nothing left of any value.
Later, when the nurses were going through her meager possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. One nurse took her copy to Ireland . The old ladys sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the North Ireland Association for Mental Health.
And now this little old Scottish lady, with seemingly nothing left to give to the world, is the author of this simple, yet eloquent, poem that is traveling the world by Internet. Goes to show that we all leave "SOME footprints in time".....
A Crabby Old Woman
What do you see, nurses
.. What do you see?
What are you thinking
.. When youre looking at me?
A crabby old woman
.. Not very wise?
Uncertain of habit
.. With faraway eyes?
Who dribbles her food
.. And makes no reply,
When you say in a loud voice
.. I do wish youd try!
Who seems not to notice
.. The things that you do,
And forever is losing
.. A stocking or shoe?
Who, resisting or not
.. Lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding
.. The long day to fill?
Is that what youre thinking??
.. Is that what you see??
Then open your eyes, nurse
.. Youre not looking at me.
Ill tell you who I am
.. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding
.. As I eat at your will.
Im a small child of ten
.. With a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters
.. Who love one another.
A young girl of sixteen
.. With wings on her feet
Dreaming that soon now
.. A lover shell meet.
A bride soon at twenty
.. My heart gives a leap,
Remembering the vows
.. That I promised to keep.
At twenty-five now
.. I have young of my own,
Who need me to guide
.. And a secure happy home.
A woman of thirty
.. My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other
.. With ties that should last.
At forty, my young sons
.. Have grown and are gone,
But my mans beside me
..To see I dont mourn
At fifty once more
.. Babies play round my knee,
Again we know children
.. My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me
.. My husband is dead,
I look at the future
.. I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing
..Young of their own ,
And I think of the years
.. And the love that Ive known.
Im now an old woman
.. And nature is cruel;
Tis jest to make old age
.. Look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles
.. Grace and vigor depart,
There is now a stone
.. Where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass
.. A young girl still dwells,
And now and again
.. My battered heart swells.
I remember the joys
.. I remember the pain,
And Im loving and living
.. Life over again.
I think of the years
.. All too few, gone too fast,
And accept the stark fact
.. That nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people
.. Open and see,
Not a crabby old woman
.. Look closer
. see, ME!!
Remember this poem when you next meet an older person whom you might unthinkingly brush aside without remembering that there's young soul that still lives within them ... for we will all, one day, be there, too!
~ Author Unknown
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blessings and hugs...........lita
Sunday, April 28, 2013
She looks at herself and sees a Queen.
She looks at herself and sees Cinderella.
She looks at herself and sees an Ugly Step-Sister.
(Mom, I can't go to school looking like this!)
She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" but decides to fix herself up as best she can and go out anyway.
She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" and decides she doesn't have time to fix it but she's going out anyway.
She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" but says, "At least I'm clean" and goes out anyway.
She looks at herself and sees "I am" and goes wherever she wants to go.
She looks at herself and thinks of all those who can't even see themselves in the mirror anymore and goes out and conquers the world.
She looks at herself and sees wisdom, laughter, and ability, goes out and enjoys life.
Doesn't bother to look. Just puts on a purple hat and goes out to have fun with the world.
...Maybe we should all grab that purple hat earlier.
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blessings and hugs..................lita
Sunday, April 21, 2013
YESTERDAY, TOMORROW... and TODAY
The journey's our goal, our path is the point ...
There are two days in every week we should never worry about,
two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
One is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its aches and pains, its faults and blunders.
Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday.
We cannot undo a single act we performed, nor erase a single word we've said. Yesterday is gone.
The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow, with its impossible adversaries,
its burden, its hopeful promise and unknown performance.
Tomorrow is beyond our control.
Tomorrow's sun will rise either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds ...
but it will rise ... and until it does.
We have no stake in tomorrow, for it is as yet unborn.
This leaves only one day: TODAY!
Anyone can fight the battles of just one day.
It is only when we add the burdens of yesterday and tomorrow that we break down.
It is not the experience of today that drives people mad.
It is the remorse of bitterness for something that happened
yesterday, and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.
Make TODAY the best day it can be,
and live one day at a time!
~ Author Unknown ~
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blessings and hugs.....lita
Sunday, April 07, 2013
If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit
After you've done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over.
~Alfred Edward Perlman
Change always comes bearing gifts.
The circumstances of the world are so variable that an irrevocable purpose or opinion is almost synonymous with a foolish one.
~William H. Seward
When you are through changing, you are through.
There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in raveling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position, and be bruised in a new place.
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
~John Kenneth Galbraith
Stubborness does have its helpful features. You always know what you are going to be thinking tomorrow.
The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble.
Growth is the only evidence of life.
~John Henry Newman, Apologia pro vita sua, 1864
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed.
Life is its own journey, presupposes its own change and movement, and one tries to arrest them at one's eternal peril
~Laurens van der Post
Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them.
Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower
If you're in a bad situation, don't worry it'll change. If you're in a good situation, don't worry it'll change.
~John A. Simone.
Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.
You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish.
We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves.
No two men ever judged alike of the same thing, and it is impossible to find two opinions exactly similar, not only in different men but in the same men at different times.
People don't change. Only their costumes do.
The birds are molting. If only man could molt also his mind once a year its errors, his heart once a year its useless passions.
All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.
If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing.
What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.
Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history.
~Joan Wallach Scott
The wheel of change moves on, and those who were down go up and those who were up go down.
He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights.
~Pauline R. Kezer
A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator. ~Francis Bacon, "On Innovation," Essays, 1597
If you want to truly understand something, try to change it.
Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly. ~Francis Bacon
It's the most unhappy people who most fear change.
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
~Author unknown, commonly misattributed to Charles Darwin
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Victor Frankl
If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies.
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