Leaf of the Tree

Finding the Divine in the Details

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To leave the world richer

As the lovely passage from poet Wang Ping above reminds, on the edge of every year, and every moment, the power and great possibility of unrealized potential await.

DCNYE154428_10151437571091802_283903656_nAnd, as Eleanor Roosevelt once described, the manifestation of that potential, the deepest meaning and purpose of it, invites us far, far beyond the limited range of what is merely of this world:

“Mozart, who was buried in a pauper’s grave, was one of the greatest successes we know of, a man who in his early thirties had poured out his inexhaustible gift of music, leaving the world richer because he had passed that way.

To leave the world richer – that is the ultimate success.”

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Unhumiliating truth

Downtown Ambleside 93
 You have  to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.
What you’ll discover will be wonderful.
What you’ll discover will be yourself. ”

~ Alan Alda View from Walla Crag, Keswick 195


The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.   ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Photos courtesy Kathy Gilman.