Saturday, 1 August 2009

Quote of the day

Today is my brothers birthday. Happy birthday broo
Roses made by my friend Julie
Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could. Louis Erdrich (The painted Drum: A Novel)


  1. That is a very wise quote, Marja. Thanks for sharing.
    Are those flax flowers with the roses?

  2. Yes Meggie see makes the roses out of flax They were lying on a bench She is a wonderful artist

  3. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up.

    That is what puzzles me with some people. When I was dating my wife I met a lot of her single friends. The guys were alone because basically they were scared some woman would take their stuff. While that mights sound silly each of these guys had a lifestyle that revolved around some possessions . Mostly it was cars but there were also boats, motorcycles, houses,or others items like paintings.

    They complained of being alone and not being able to find that special lady but were unwilling to risk what they loved best.

    The single lady friends of my future wife were just as bad. They complained that any attractive guy they met was either already married or a creep. The ones that were single they complained about how they did not want to change for them. The impression I got was that these guys just did not want to be remade into something the were not.

    What I saw about both sides was an unwillingness to let go of both possessions and of not accepting a person for what they are and wanting to remake them.

    Curiously enough most of my wife's friends that were single when I met them are still that way.

  4. just the quote I needed to read..thanks for sharing this

  5. BB that's a great example what most have to learn Giving up power, control and possesions and just give and receive love.

  6. Marja that is a wonderful thought there. I love the honesty of it.

    Hope you have a great day today.

  7. Brought a tear to my eye.

    Happy Birthday to your bro :)

  8. Beautiful quote, Marja! Especially the first lines!! Thanks for your visit!

  9. Marja, that's brilliant! May we all strive to taste as much of life's sweetness and tartness as we can.

    Who is the author?

    I also really like the photo.

  10. How lovely those roses are
    The quote even lovlier!

    Liked the comparison to sweet apples that fall and get wasted? How else, ever could a tiny ant or creatures on ground taste natures that gift?

    We should infact count on the things we could enjoy that are with in our reach....Thanks for making me think about it Marja!


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