Quote Tuesday

The CandleImage by Rickydavid via Flickr
There is a candle in your heart,
Ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul,
ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you?
~Rumi
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The Journey

My reason for creating this blog was as another means to express my thoughts and feelings as I travel along my journey of self-discovery and awareness. Since my health forced me to stop working some years ago, I have been battling to find a new path–one to replace the old. Each time that I think that I’ve made some progress, I find myself right back where I started. At times it feels that I will never find my way. This poem by Mary Oliver resonates with me and offers me hope.

The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life.”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations–
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice,
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.

by Mary Oliver



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Be It, So They Can Live It

As the mother of two grown women and g’mother to two beautiful little girls, I found this blurb meaningful enough to cut it out of some magazine. Regrettably, I cannot remember  magazine in which I discovered it, so I am unable to give them proper mention.

In any case, the quote struck me because we exist in a world where, in many places, including the United States, similarly situated women make less than men, for equal work. In come countries, women are unable to even hold the same jobs as men. Therefore, it is important, no crucial, that each of us women serve as role models for young girls and young women everywhere. This quote reminds us that they are looking up to us to guide their way.

In bathrooms, boardrooms, buses, bagel shops, and everywhere else, we all need to imagine a little girl following us around, repeating everything we do. Think about all the things you want for yourself and your daughters, granddaughters, and girls everywhere–teach them by living it yourself. ~Nell Merlino, in Stepping Out of Line Lessons For Women Who Want It There Way in Love, in Life, and at Work.

Blessings, lydia

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Quote Tuesday

Life has taught me that love does not consist
in gazing at each other but in looking outward
together in the same direction. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry