Friday, October 30, 2009

. . . wisdom arising . . .




**  ". . . find in even the bitterest losses what remains to be lived."


**  "Anxiety is the price of a ticket on the journey called life . . ."


**  "Wisdom arises through the assimilation of suffering . . . it enlarges the personality and brings amplitude to the soul."


Quotes from James Hollis, Ph.D.
Jungian Psychoanalyst




26 comments:

  1. Oh, Bonnie, so true. Especially. the second one...But... Why? Whyyyyyyy? :p) Oh, all right. It's all part of the yin and yang, right? The trade off. And without the hard parts we don't fully appreciate the wonderfulness of life. The older I get, the more I realize that life is just a big circle that keeps turning, completing, resolving itself and posing new questions. The dark feeds the light. And the light makes the dark bearable.
    Have a great weekend, and feel better, okay? Glad the peroxide is doing its part!

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  2. Or, as my sons would say of bitter experiences..'Builds character!'.
    The second quote about anxiety is certainly what every parent lives with all the time. Before I had kids, I asked my 85-yr-old grandmother is she was afraid of dying, and she replied that she wasn't, except that she wouldn't know if her kids were all right. I didn't get it then.

    Love the second photo, Bonnie.

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  3. Oh! PERFECT!
    I'm going to send this post to some friends, for the beauty of both the quotes and the pictures!

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  4. What a beautiful photo (and words)


    (and yes, as to your comment - it is what it's all about *smiling*)

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  5. Boy do I ever need some wisdom on the breeze.

    Have a good weekend dear Bonnie.

    Love Renee xoxo

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  6. Considering from whence wisdom arises, Bonnie, I must rapidly be approaching genius level by now. lol

    Joking aside, although I would wish pain on no one, there remains little doubt in my mind that adversity is a major doorway to wisdom.

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  7. mmm...love the one about finding wisdom in the suffering...so true!

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  8. but why can we not be wise without all the pain?
    what is it about the human condition that makes us go through purgatory to reach enlightenment?
    I sincerely hope that I have collected enough brownie points to be spared more suffering - or at least, for a bit.

    Bonnie, I think one or two of my last comments got lost in the post; I have been wondering whether you might have caught the flu bug. I am glad to see that all is well.

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  9. "Wisdom arises through the assimilation of suffering . . . it enlarges the personality and brings amplitude to the soul."--I LOVE THAT!!!! And your photos are simply stunning!!!! Beautiful post, as always, Bonnie...I'm inspired by the depth and beauty of the thoughts here...And will revel in it for the remainder of the day!!! Love to you, my dear friend~Janine XO

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  10. Yes. I find the third resonates most for me. And I love the second photograph!

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  11. Bonnie, when I came upon the second photo I literally yelled out, "oh, my God" That is a beautiful sky! Magnificent!

    I love the quotes too. I have always said that adversity is a blessing. It makes us stronger, we grow, we become better more empathetic people. Not a fun lesson to learn, but oh, so worthy. Thank you for the wonderful quotes and the Oh, My God picture! Loved it!
    Hugs :)
    Kelly
    PS: Happy Halloween, Bonnie! (..) Boo!

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  12. So true. We are wide open when we suffer.

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  13. Barbara: Beautifully said - about the interplay between dark and light. "Why" is the question that haunts, yet tortures, us all.

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  14. Deborah: Ah, yes character. I think a lot of us have way more character than we want by now! I posted a while back about not knowing the outcome of things - especially my children's lives - so I can understand where your grandmother was coming from.

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  15. June: Why thank you - I hope they please the recipients too.

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  16. Kathryn: Thank you and congrats again on becoming a grandmother. An awsome and elevated status in my opinion! :)

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  17. Sandra: I hoped with 3 that at least 1 would strike a little chord with everyone.

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  18. Renee: Hmmmmm - think all the suffering you have known has made you very wise already!

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  19. Barry: Considering where you started before the enslaught of cancer, I would figure you are way beyond genius by now!! Yes, I guess wisdom is one of the by-products of suffering for which we can be grateful.

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  20. Friko: Ah, yes the infernal WHY . . . I wonder if we would be comforted if we knew, or if our curiosity would just be satisfied? It is such a puzzling thing and even the greatest philosophers seem to arrive at a level of acceptance, but never a satisfactory understanding. Would that we all have suffered enough.

    Have some of your comments not been posted? I certainly post everything that I see. Wonder what is happening. Anyway, know I would never leave you out - and thank you for your personal concern. No flu . . . yet - but one of my daughters came down with it on Friday.

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  21. Sniffles and Smiles (Janine): Thank you. You are always so appreciative of all our efforts!

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  22. EB: Are you new here? If so, welcome. I will visit you when I finish these comments. Thank you and come again!

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  23. ChicGeek (Kelly): I'm so glad the 2nd picture pleased you!!

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  24. Nancy: Isn't that the truth - open - open to learning, and also vulnerable at the same time.

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