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Delicate

Delicate

This vivid hibiscus grew in my front yard.

Unfortunately the tree has died since but

this photo I took is a testament to the loveliness

of the flowers this tree produced.

The beauty of nature is a spiritual wonder.

Friday, December 31, 2010

What is the purpose of a resolution?

Resolutions give us the opportunity to "remake" our lives. To free ourselves of negative patterns and habits, impel our lives towards greater success and see ourselves afresh. Whether you hold to your resolutions or not, remember that your resolutions are a sign you are willing to look at what needs to be improved in your life and open to the idea of self-betterment, and one day, sooner or later, you will do what is necessary to make yourself and your life better, whether it is this year or the next. Happy New Year and good luck in making 2011 your best year yet! warmest wishes, Sarina

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Nature Quotes

"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." - Kahlil Gibran
“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.” - Mother Teresa
“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful.” - Alice Walker
“Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.”- George Washington Carver
God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. ~Martin Luther
"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes." - e.e. cummings

Sunday, December 26, 2010

“Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds.” Buddha

Selection of wonderful inspirational quotes - "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."- Albert Camus
"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do." - Helen Keller
"The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities." - James Allen

What makes for a happy life?

Are you happy? Do you think modern society obsesses about "happiness", forgetting that being sad is a natural part of life? What factors in life are important for a happier life? Do you think happiness is more about attitude than possession and circumstances? Tell us what you think, plus the blog's new poll gives you the chance to vote on this interesting subject. To vote, either follow or subscribe via email or rss feed. Love to hear your views on this topic.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Life is there to be enjoyed!

"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look at the stars." -. Henry Van Dyke

Poll - Do you believe in God? If yes, what is your concept of God?

Do you believe in God? If not, why not? If yes, how do you perceive God to be? Do you think spiritual or religious belief to be a good thing or not? And your reasons? Please cast your vote in the poll, and if you like, add your comments to the blog. Would love to hear your opinion!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Stillness - one of my original photographs (and an illustration for my new book).

"Stillness", a photograph I took about two years ago, will appear as an illustration in my new personal development and self-awareness book to be released in 2011. This image reminds me of a Japanese print and I feel it truly conveys the feeling of peacefulness and contemplation. 

I wanted to post this image to test the new twitterfeed I just set up between my new blog and twitter. Fingers crossed that it works!

Friday, December 17, 2010

A work in progress

Not sure about Blogs yet?! If anyone has any suggestions, I am open to whatever tips you may have?! May not get back to this for a while but it is nice to know this blog is sitting here waiting for me when I get the time.

In the meantime, I'd like to wish anyone reading this a wonderful Christmas and a lovely, safe and fulfilling 2011!
all the best,
Sarina D.