Sunday, October 14, 2012


mom's porch sale... 

rainy Sunday... 

from simple abundance
a daybook of comfort and joy

in this world without quiet corners, there can be no easy escapes...
from hullabaloo, from terrible, unquiet fuss.
~salman rushdie

is there a woman alive who doesn't suffer from stress?
if there is, seek her out,
ask her to share her wisdom. when you find her,
i'd be willing to bet she'll offer the following suggestions:

cultivate gratitude.
carve out an hour a day for solitude.
begin and end the day with prayer, meditation, reflection.
keep it simple
keep your house picked up.
don't overschedule.
strive for realistic deadlines.
never make a promise you can't keep.
allow an extra half hour for everything you do.
create quiet surroundings at home and at work.
go to bed at nine o'clock twice a week.
always carry something interesting to read.
breathe-deeply and often.
move-walk, dance, run, find a sport you enjoy.
drink pure spring water. lots of it.
eat only when hungry.
if it's not delicious, don't eat it.
be instead of do.
set aside one day a week for rest and renewal.
laugh more often.
luxuriate in your senses.
always opt for comfort.
if you don't love it, live without it.
let mother nature nurture.
don't answer the telephone during dinner.
stop trying to please everybody.
start pleasing yourself.
stay away from negative people.
don't squander precious resources: time, creative energy, emotion.
nurture friendships.
don't be afraid of your passion.
approach problems as challenges.
honor your aspirations.
savor beauty.
create boundaries.
for every "yes" let there be a "no."
don't worry, be happy.
remember, happiness is a living emotion.
exchange security for serenity.
care for your soul.
cherish your dreams.
express love everyday.
search for your authentic self until you find her.

i love how you find something.
when you need to hear it the most.
i love you son.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.


MyMaracas said...

I so enjoyed exploring each of your photos and the suggestions for a de-stressed life. You're a peaceful presence in a howling world.

Scrappy Grams said...

awesome advice and suggestions!

JOTA ENE ✔ said...

Beautiful pictures

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Before I get to shadows...just had to let you know how beautiful these pictures well as the advice (fantastic!!) I think I need to print that one out and daily remind myself :)

Leah said...

Your photos are so soothing. I love scrolling through them each Sunday.
Your list is an almost exact summery of about 3 years of life lessons that I have had whispered in my mind, and confirmed through friends and books over and over again, until I hit an ugly bottom and say "OK I get it".

GinaLaughed said...

Your pictures are simply amazing! So lovely. The advice is timeless. I'm grateful to have chosen to drop by and check out your shadow shots today. So inspiring! Thank you!


Autumn is sooooo, so gorgeous at each and every turn, isn't it? And you showed us so many wonderful images of the season.

Loved your commentary and advice Robin. Well 'said'.

Kathe W. said...

wonderful words that almost are as wonderful as your photos....classic timeless beauty.

Mya.L said...

Lovely autumnal colours.

Laura said...

Oh Robin, it has been too long since my last visit... I always feel so comforted and soft when I come to your blog.... beautiful as always.