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THE ART OF CALM: Photographs and Wisdom to Balance Your Life ~ Rebecca Ascher-Walsh

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Just in time for Mother’s Day TLC Book Tours  and National Geographic Society Books sent me THE ART OF CALM for review.  It is absolutely beautiful and would make a lovely gift for the women in your life, and how about just for you?

Rebecca Ascher-Walsh has chosen stunning photographs to accompany each page of her writing wisdoms.  There are lovely quotes from famous women about finding the calm in one’s life, and there are even recipes for special treats and delightful bath soakers.    My absolute favorite parts of the book are the wee exercises that change the mind in a matter of moments and truly bring on the calm and the centering that pulls one back from an unpleasant trajectory.

I learned later in life to start each day with a poem, which allowed me to set my pace in a more thoughtful, positive direction.  This little gem would do that too.  Small enough to keep in the car, a little read before car pool, a deep breath and a picture study when the kids are fighting, or just the right touch before falling asleep THE ART OF CALM is a delight and 5 minutes of peace.

I highly recommend THE ART OF CALM as a lovely gift, for busy women even for one’s self.  A fabulous thank – you gift for someone who did something special.

“Rebecca Ascher-Walsh is a New York-based journalist who has written for outlets including Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Huffington Post.  The author of Devoted and founder of the Deja Foundation, she lives with her husband, twin daughters, and beloved rescue dog, Buddy.” (Cover)

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Who Said That?

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Journal

I just love reading JD Meier’s amazing quotes posts on Sources of Insight.  To me these quotes are like amazing tweets that intrigue the imagination and share wisdom on the quick.  JD says organizing and arranging these quotes is similar to working in a ZEN garden for his mind.   Nice concept- eh?

My Uncle John, my Mother’s younger brother, sent me a book he published for his grandchildren.  It is a lovely collection of his thoughts about his life and it includes some of my family’s infamous quotes that just keep coming past my ear.   It is something I miss with my Mother’s passing, because she was full of many of these herself – and her brother included some of her tweets in his book.

I thought today I would share some of this family wisdom with you, I will organize by person:

Grandfather:
-Just get at it!
-Shoot or give the gun to Eli. (Nothing to do with hunting)
-Get a move on.
-Hold your horses.
-Keep your shirt on.
-Does your train leave any minute?
-Only the very old or the very rich can afford to be eccentric.  You are neither so shape up!
-Cheerful service to others is the best medicine for whatever ails you.
-Hold still – Do you have the PIP?
-He profits most who serves best.
-He who stands in the way of progress gets run over.
-Better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick
-You can’t go broke taking a profit.

Grandmother:
-Happiness comes not from doing just what one likes but from learning to like doing what one must do.
-If something is worth doing it deserves your best effort.
-Measure twice cut once
-If you will get it right the first time around you may save yourself and others considerable time, trouble, and embarrassment.
– If you would kindly move your fat, fashionable, well groomed carcass we could get some work done in this kitchen

Sister Ruth (MUM):
-If you can’t find something nice to say about someone then for heaven’s sake just be quiet-or if you must talk, then talk about the weather.
-Big minds discuss concepts; small minds discuss people. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
-When you get your priorities straight most things tend to fall into place making life both more agreeable and more productive.
– That was fair heavenly!
– Just get busy and get your work done first thing in the morning, then when a moment of pleasure comes around you can truly enjoy it
– Pick out one gift for yourself each birthday and Christmas and then you will always get just what you wanted.
– When you get paid for your work, always put something in savings first.
– In this day and age a woman must be financially independent.  She must not be ignorant of her family affairs
– We do not always have to agree within the family, but the minute you step out the door you are in harmony
– Don’t make others have to tend to your mess

A number of years ago, all 5 siblings went on an Alaskan Cruise together.  All the other passengers wanted to sit at their table because they were so witty and delightful.  These are just the comments we remember and their ability to tell a story – amazing!

Do you remember some favorite family quotes – oft times repeated?  Please share

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Monday, April 11th, 2011

Flowers-Blossom

I have a hand woven flour storage basket.  It has never held flour of any kind, rather I keep it on my desk and undo the hook and latch to drop quotes in that I find pleasing.  When I need a bit of a push with my thinking, I open the lid and reach within and pull out slips of paper.

Yesterday, I played in the sunshine all day.  After 60 days of straight rain, we had a wonderful day of sunshine.  I did not write, instead I walked and greeted my many neighbors who were out and about.  I weeded and puttered in the garden and I just enjoyed the stunning beauty of the sky.

Today the next storm is fast approaching and the wind is picking up; the clouds have gone from white puffy to gray and now with charcoal out over the water soon to be stuck on the mountains as a downpour. I feel cold and I want to eat and break my fast.   Walking, prayers, meditations, laundry, even errands are completed and now soup is simmering on the stove.  Hammer and saw work on the garden beds to prepare for the season ahead and I find I am in need of a shove to get going on these words.

I opened my basket and randomly pulled out 10 slips of paper and here is what I discovered:

7 quotes from Gandhi:
1.    In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
2.    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
3.    An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
4.    A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
5.    You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
6.    We must become the change we want to see in the world.
7.    We do not need to proselytize either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study.

1 Quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

1 Idea from Einstein
The important thing is to not stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing.

And 1 Exercise from Steve Pavlina, I had just placed in the basket this week:
…sit down with a piece of paper, ask yourself what your life purpose is, and keep writing down answers until you come to the one that makes you cry.

I was filled up and ready to go and my mind was in full swing and thinking.  It is a rather magic basket.

One of my daughters keeps a journal of quotes that inspire her.  She keeps them in a rather neat order and within categories.   I kind of like my random jumble.  Do you keep quotes that inspire you?  Orderly or jumbled?  Nature inspires me and relaxes me too; sometimes I just get too relaxed in the great outdoors!

I was even inspired by getting so many quotes from people who practice nonviolence and were concerned with justice.  What do you think about this random selection, I would like to know what motivates you and inspires good thinking and encourages your actions?

A reminder:  there are two book” give aways” happening on Patricia’s Wisdom right now:

April 22, 2011 will be the drawing for a copy of the book THE LONG GOODBYE – all you need to do is be from the USA or Canada and leave a comment.

April 28, 2011 The author of the book THE PROCRASTINATION EQUATION is giving away a copy to the best procrastination story or anti-procrastination technique from the comments section.

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