Saturday, April 10, 2010


Have you ever tried shifting perspective on how much you need, how much you have, how much you can give?  It can be an illuminating and satisfying exercise. 

Sometimes when we encounter the viewpoints of others, we can make a leap to a new and refreshing level of perception.  Below are some quotes that I have found helpful in moments of perceiving there was not enough time, love, energy, laughter, money, wisdom ... Perhaps, if you are not already familiar with them, you will find them helpful too.

Abundance is not measured by what flows in but by what spills over.  The smaller we make the vessel of our need, the more quickly will we feel a sense of abundance. 
~Brother David Steindl-Rast

We are vessels; sometimes we hold; sometimes we pour. 
 ~Noah Ben Shea

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else. 
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Among the ashes of my burned house
Have sprouted here and there.

"Strange that I have been called a destitute woman when I have so many treasures in my heart." 
~Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

"Do what you can, with what you've been given, in the place where you are, with the time that you have."
~South African boy who died of AIDS at 12 years of age

P.S.  I know these are not violets, but I wanted to post something that at least looked like a violet and this is all I could find in my photo archives.  In terms of the subject matter of this post, I am allowing these violet-like blooms to fill the vessel of my need!

P.P.S.  Commentors more informed than I have said these are violas, or violets.  Thank you - I need all the botanical help I can get!


  1. smiles. wonderful quotes...sometimes we need to be challenged to change those perspectives when they become too comfortable...

  2. "Violets
    Have sprouted here and there."

    I believe the violets work for this was my favorite of the quotes. I am thankful I'm always willing to change my perspective. Gets me somewhere.

  3. I gave up a great job, moved, left behind adult children, and now a grandchild, to live in a small town and care for failing parents. It truly changed my point of view. You are so right.

  4. Oh...many many years ago when I was feeling envious of people who had good paying jobs and I was struggling as an artist I reminded myself that all those people who had all that 'stuff' were in constant fear of having it stolen. their houses were locked up so tight with alarm systems. this was something I had no fear of as I didn't really have anything worth stealing. It was at that time that I adopted the 'less is more' approach to life. It has served me well.

  5. Hi Bonnie-
    I love and appreciate the wonderful quotes and the amazing comments. "Thank you" for this forum of enlightenment.

    Love Gail

  6. Thank you, Bonnie, for these reminders. I especially was struck by Shokyu-ni's Haiku. What an unstuck mind!

  7. I just spent an hour in the woods with my oldest granddaughter, Amanda...taking photos of wild violets. My vessel is overflowing at the moment!

  8. A perfect summation of what it means to be have nailed this, Bonnie!! Thank you...I feel completely satisfied after reading this...and through these beautiful thoughts, you've brought a smile and incredible joy to my life today! Thank you! Love, Janine XO

  9. Pansies are what you can with what you have........

  10. The first quote speaks to me the most right now Bonnie. Very appropriate for my particular stage of life. Thank-you!
    Kathryn : )

  11. Bonnie, theya re violets, dear
    And your art is simply magic art.

  12. Brother David's quote is exactly where I'm headed - I hope. These are all worth thinking about, Bonnie. Thanks for watering our gardens.

  13. bonnie i'm deeply drawn to the words of shokyu-ni. as so much of what i thought as a young man has transmuted into the reality of middle-age i am looking at the ashes of those wishes and dreams and seeing the violets for what they are. gifts. unexpected gifts. i love your thoughtful posts bonnie! steven

  14. Of all the quotes the 12 year old boy's hits me right in the middle!

  15. Each of these quotes is a truism; in a few words the speaker has hit a universal truth. Perhaps we cannot always see these things for ourselves because the truest word is often the most simple. We tend to look for great, dripping, pearls of wisdom, the quiet voice is lost in our own clamour.


    Friko - what a poetic phrase with which you have graced this post: "...the quiet voice is lost in our own clamour." Lovely!!


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