#TenderTuesday . . . . His heart was like a sensitive plant

“His heart was like a sensitive plant, that opens for a moment in the sunshine,
but curls up and shrinks into itself at the slightest touch of the finger,
or the lightest breath of wind.”

Quote from “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall,” by Anne Brontë, 1848.

Illustration by Valentina Catto. Happy 200th Birthday, Anne Brontë (1820-1849).
Text & image source: Edmund Dulac

Don’t bring the ocean if I feel thirsty

“Don’t bring the ocean if I feel thirsty, nor heaven if I ask for a light;
but bring a hint, some dew, a particle, as birds carry only drops
away from water, and the wind a grain of salt.”

Olav H. Hauge

Text & image source: Jana Eid

. . . . and Martin Luther King spoke

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I thought I’d share some favorite quotes.

“I have decided to stick with Love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?’”

“The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

“The gospel at its best deals with the whole man, not only his soul but his body, not only his spiritual well-being, but his material well being as well.”

Text & image source: Jody Van Dam @ Old Soul Community*F

The plain fact…

“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people.
But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers,
storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well
in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight
to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little
do with success as we have defined it.”

~ David Orr

Art by Wendybyrd Smith
Text & image source:  Rivers in the Ocean

High recognitions . . . Human beings have not taken advantage of their precious, varied lives on Earth

“Human spirits reincarnate several times with various peoples and countries. These multiple
lives on Earth are necessary for full development of all the faculties latent in the human
spirit. Each person should obtain new awareness throughout each new lifetime on Earth,
increasing his spiritual and earthly knowledge. However, precisely the opposite has
happened. Human beings have not taken advantage of their precious, varied lives on Earth,
as was God’s Will. In so doing, they have distanced themselves further and further from the
Creator’s Will, and thus accumulated a burden of guilt—which, with the passing of the
millennia, has produced the chaotic conditions seen on Earth today.”

– Roselis von Sass
The author draws inspiration from
The Grail Message “In the Light of Truth”
by Abd-ru-shin

Text and image source: Garden of Illumination

High recognitions . . . The Grail Message “In the Light of Truth”

“To aid in the present transformation toward a new age, knowledge concerning all the
Laws of Creation has been given to us with simplicity and grandeur. In the same manner,
knowledge concerning the meaning and purpose of our lives, and all the connections of
human existence, has been conveyed—knowledge so comprehensive, so complete, and
logical that mankind today cannot imagine possible…. This knowledge is found in the Grail
Message, which, unfolding the truth contains all the truths that have ever been transmitted to
humanity, untwisted. The Grail Message shows us a solution for the most urgent questions
related to humanity, and reveals all that is necessary for the authentic spiritual uplifting of
mankind. Presented in a clear and understandable manner, this vast knowledge of Creation
shows each individual the path to a natural change of his destiny, which results from his
ability to comply with the laws of Creation, that help and favor him. Simultaneously, this
brings about a “spiritual readiness” with which everything is embraced. This is the long
awaited for renovation that begins with the spirit.”

– Roselis von Sass (Threads of Fate Determine Human Life)

Text and image source: Garden of Illumination

#FridayFantasy . . . I asked her…how she understood the world so clearly.

“I asked her how she did it once, how she understood the world so clearly.
She told me that it was a matter of keeping very still and showing no emotions,
leaving room for others to reveal themselves.”

From “Circe,” Madeline Miller.

Text & image source: Edmund Dulac

#PoeticThursday . . . . Fairy Song

Fairy Song.

Shed no tear! oh, shed no tear!
The flower will bloom another year.
Weep no more! oh, weep no more!
Young buds sleep in the root’s white core.
Dry your eyes! oh, dry your eyes!
For I was taught in Paradise
To ease my breast of melodies,—
Shed no tear.

Overhead! look overhead!
‘Mong the blossoms white and red—
Look up, look up! I flutter now
On this fresh pomegranate bough.
See me! ’tis this silvery bill
Ever cures the good man’s ill.
Shed no tear! oh, shed no tear!
The flower will bloom another year.
Adieu, adieu—I fly—adieu!
I vanish in the heaven’s blue,—
Adieu, adieu!”

By John Keats

Artist Yvonne Gilbert
Text & image source: Snowwolfs Woodland Nook