Leaf of the Tree

Finding the Divine in the Details


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Not for ourselves alone

A little feast of gleanings

about the divine details of beauty and creative spirit:

No synonym for God is so perfect as beauty.

 ~ John Muir

Not for ourselves alone but for the whole world are we born.

 ~ John A. T. Robinson

What we take in by contemplation, we must pour out in love.

 ~ Meister Eckhart

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Photo: Jon Ring

Everything important has already been said. But no one was listening, so it must be said again.

 ~ Andre Gide

Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul

 ~ Bruce Lee

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In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm … in the real world all rests on perseverance.

 ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.

 ~ Steven Pressfield

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The power in our choices

11049450_931176180248396_9131258257236031369_nI cannot rid the entire world of noxious problems, but I can patiently cultivate the good earth around my own two feet and grow what I wish to see in my own back yard.

~ Jacob Nordby

Walking the walk means you’re very genuine and down to earth. You take the teachings as good medicine for the things that are confusing to you and for the suffering of your life.

~ Pema Chödrön

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I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration; I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.

In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe