“Surely there is grandeur in knowing that in the realm of thought, at least, you are without a chain;
that you have the right to explore all heights and depth;
that there are no walls nor fences,
nor prohibited places,
nor sacred corners
in all the vast expanse of thought.”
~ Robert Green Ingersoll
“There is one spectacle grander than the sea. And that is the sky. There is one spectacle grander than the sky. And that is the interior of the soul.” ~ Victor Hugo
There is a vast landscape inside each of us. It is the place of hopes and dreams. It is the place of wonder and dignity.
It is a grandness that is known as you.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand
Photo locations: Acadia National Park, Maine
Great Smoky Mountains in western North Carolina
Posted by SimplySage on December 7, 2013
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console; To be understood as to understand; To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
~ prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assissi
This is my grown-up Thanksgiving Wish. How about you?
Have a blessed Thanksgiving.
Posted by SimplySage on November 29, 2013
When life gives you thorns …
“Lift your hands toward the holy place, and praise the Lord.” Psalms 134:2
When life gives you thorns …
“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” ~ Dale Carnegie
When life gives you thorns …
“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” ~ Leo Buscaglia
When life gives you thorns …
Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. ” ~ Alphonse Karr
Lo, How the Rose Enduring
Mystifying, life defying,
Wrapped inside the
Not weathered torn.
buds reach praising,
of dreadful storm.
Shall we fare less
inside our thorn?
“When life gives you thorns, grow roses.” ~ Alexandria Sage
Another contribution for NaPoWriMo 2014.
Poem and photos by Alexandria Sage. Photos taken with Nikon D60 with AF-S Nikkor lens 18-55 mm. Photos have no post-processing, editing, or cropping. It’s the same rose, different views.
Perspective matters, doesn’t it?
Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside
Posted by SimplySage on September 15, 2013
“Life consists of a myriad of details that can cloud your vision. To gain a balanced perspective one must overlook some of the minutiae. Details, while very important, are not everything.
You can stand close and still see the big picture.” ~ Alexandria Sage
This is my contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways. I just returned from a trip to Antigua, Guatemala, a lovely city set in the volcanic mountains of that country. The elevation is around 5000 feet which, combined with the tropical climate, makes for an average everyday temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Built in the early 1700’s, Antigua is filled with Spanish Baroque architecture. Though hit by mild earthquakes and a few large ones, the city retains almost all its original cobblestone streets and buildings. It is absolutely stunning. Many hotels, shops, and restaurants now line its streets. They have done a great work in modernizing this city while retaining the beauty of its originality.
Aside from cropping out cars and slight rotation of the first photo, these photos are unedited. I used iPhone 5.
Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways
One Shot, Two Ways by Sph3re
Finding Peace and Tranquility at Hotel Cirilo, Antigua, Quatemala
One Shot, Two Ways by ThirdEyeMom
One Shot, Two Ways by Tina Schell
Posted by SimplySage on August 14, 2013
the place of safety
the place of peace
the place of friendship
where I am me.
the place of comfort
the place of warmth
the place of shelter
where is no harm.
the place of rest
the place I’m known
the place I’m loved
where I call home.
~ by Alexandria Sage
Daily Prompt: Home Sweet Home
P.S. There’s no place like home.
Posted by SimplySage on April 1, 2013
“Wherever you are, be all there.” ~ Jim Elliot
The Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “Lost in the Details”. And what a challenge it is. Don’t we get utterly lost in the details of life? Opportunities missed, lost windows of time—to show kindness or listen, to be all there. What about those that consume, order, and demand, leaving us so distracted we miss the wonder and joy of other moments?
“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ~ William Morris
And then there are those moments that shake us … or rather, shape us. We come to full attention. They are usually spun by a variety of events—some good, some not so good. Whatever their source, I find they can be a birthplace of goodness or newness. They are, in essence, whatever I choose them to be.
“After all, it is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life.” ~ Evelyn Underhill
These moments serve to keep us in check or bring a new awareness of vulnerability or strength, moments to discover what we are made of. Are we flexible to receive honest criticism and ready to change? Or if we have done right can we have peace within and stand firm, even when we are misunderstood? Either way, are we ready to forgive—to let go—to forget, to move on, knowing we can’t fix everything?
“All the details of life and the quirks and the friendships can be laid out for us, but the mystery of their writing remains.No amount of documentation, however fascinating, can take us there.” ~V.S. Naipaul
Whatever moment you are in today, whether joy or pain—never dismiss that moment, for the only moment that truly exists is the one you are in right now. Some moments are times to embrace and absorb joy. For the difficult moments we need to receive love from sane, safe friends and family. It’s okay to not always be the giver or to have all the answers or to have everything together. Cherish the good moments, learn from the difficult. I found the following drawing and thought it details the true reality of life. May it bring a smile to your face as it did mine. I hope it increases your joy as you trek your own crooked path.
“If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.” ~ Maria Edgeworth
See the Weekly Photo Challenge for other interpretations.
Drawing credit: Unknown
All photography by Alexandria Sage, except the first one, which is by S. Michael
(aka—my dear son)
Posted by SimplySage on March 7, 2013
“Before you go out into the world, wash your face in the clear crystal of praise. Bury each yesterday in the fine linen and spices of thankfulness.”
~ Charles Spurgeon
“The man who has forgotten to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson
“Every breath is a battle between grudgery and gratitude.
Give thanks…and you win joy.”
~ Ann Voskamp
“O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry.
When I have work, help me to remember the jobless.
When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all.
When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer.
And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency, bestir my compassion,
And be concerned enough to help—by word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted. Amen.” ~ Samuel F. Pugh
Happy Thanksgiving everybody.
Posted by SimplySage on November 23, 2012
“Worry is a cycle
of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.” ~ Corrie
“Can all your
worries add a single moment to your life? … Look at the lilies of
the field and how they grow. … And if God cares so wonderfully
for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire
tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.”
Jesus Christ Matthew 6:27,
Posted by SimplySage on March 25, 2012
“…it might be true that the sun rises regularly because God never gets tired of rising. His routine might be due, not to a lifelessness, but to a rush of life.
The thing I mean can be seen, for instance, in children—when they find some game or joke they especially enjoy. A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again!” And the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony.
It is possible that God says every morning “Do it again” to the sun, and every evening “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike—it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy—but we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”
~ G.K. Chesterton
Posted by SimplySage on February 19, 2012