Time Flies

In her article 8 Things Most People Take A Lifetime To Learn, Melissa Ricker writes “When doctors tell patients that their time here on earth is nearing an end, a whole string of regrets immediately start flooding into their minds. The life that they had taken for granted is coming to a close, and most people immediately wish they had learned a few key lessons earlier on.”

What are those lessons?

1 – Failures Are Lessons in Disguise
2 – Live in the moment
3 – Live for yourself
4 – Work Hard, But Don’t Work Too Hard
5 – Procrastination Turns You into a Slave
6 – Actions Speak Louder than Words
7 – Kindness Is So Important
8 – Show Gratitude

For more, please read the full article, 8 Things Most People Take A Lifetime To Learn, from A Conscious Rethink, which works to identify the lessons that life tries to teach us about self-growth, self-discovery, and the pursuit of inner tranquillity.

IMAGE: Self Portrait – Time Flies, Frida Kahlo

She is Strong in Will

I am a part of all that I have met, says the little flower,

or me to her as she fills me with such quiet wonder,

we say: look here for a moment and see with new eyes

How dull it is to pause, to make an end,

To rust unburnish’d, not to shine in use!

Our shared journey here by the roadside, equal temper

made weak by time and fate, but strong in will.

Photo by Jen Payne, Branford, CT. From “Ulysses” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Click here to read the full poem.

Have Mercy

Where better to wander, mid-week in these early days of spring?

Mercy by the Sea is a spiritual retreat and conference center located on 33 acres along the shores of Long Island Sound in Madison, Connecticut. It has a small yet diverse ecology, ranging from wetlands and woodlands to landscaped grounds and gardens. There are many reflective spaces on the property including a garden labyrinth overlooking a private expanse of beach.

Aimless or looking for new directions, perhaps.

A limitless horizon…

…and so many possibilities for what we find next.

A moment to reflect on where we are…

…and where we might go.

Photos ©2019, Jen Payne, Mercy by the Sea, Madison, Connecticut.

travelogue: in this garden

“Immersed in society’s materialism, increasingly boxed into a systematized world, we have become immune to a simpler, more natural way of living and thinking. It is difficult if not impossible under such circumstances to experience and know reality. Despite our accomplishments and possessions, our deeper desires often remain unfulfilled. We find ourselves preoccupied with modern society’s demands, drawing us away from cultivating a more fundamental relationship with Life.…Strolling through a pine forest or bamboo grove, viewing the rock formations, the arrangements of plants and cascading waterfalls, pausing to ponder the quiet surface of the lake and shoreline — little by little we are encouraged to lay aside the chaos of a troubled world and gently nurture the capacity within to hear a more harmonious, universal rhythm. We exchange burden, boredom and despair for renewal, inspiration and hope. Or, from the joy we already feel, we discover an even greater capacity for good. This is the tremendous power the Japanese gardens at Morikami Park hold for us.”

— Garden designer Hoichi Kurisu, on his intentions for the gardens at Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida.

Travelogue, February 2019, photos ©2019 Jen Payne. Text from the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens website, www.morikami.org.