Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

I am so ready for the gloom of winter to pass. These cold, gray and overcast days are affecting my state of mind and disposition.

Winter Gloom

Weekly Photo challenge: Seasons

For me, there is no better harbinger to the changing of seasons from winter into spring then the sunny daffodil. It lifts my spirit and inspires me to come out of the house and into my garden. Somehow the weather does not seem so cold when daffodils are in bloom.



Serenity Sunday

When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. 
Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice 
contentment, you can say to yourself, 'Oh yes - I already 
have everything that I really need.'
                          --Dalai Lama



I think Blizzard is having a senior moment. He sat there so long I was tempted to try and  complete the photo with a napkin tied around his neck and a knife, fork and food bowl placed in front of him.

Serenity Sunday

  There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs 
and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she 
comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she 
climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees 
that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that 
a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. 
She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to 
her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks 
down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, 
puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly. Tigers above, 
tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always 
in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it 
is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only 
strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we 
could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of 
every single moment of our life.           -Pema Chodron