Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Weekly Inspiration: Find Some!

Here are some of the things that have caught my attention lately.
Is there a piece of art, of any kind, that you think I should see?
Something you'd like me to include in a future post?
Send your thoughts and/or suggestions to:

xxxx Alyssa Marie

"There is a crack, a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." —Leonard Cohen
"I go through phases. Somedays I feel like the person I’m supposed to be, and then somedays, I turn into no one at all. There is both me and my silhouette. I hope that on the days you find me and all I am are darkened lines, you still are willing to be near me." —Mary Kate Teske
Artist Unknown
(I love this picture…if you know who made this, let me know so I can give them credit!)
"A long time ago, when you were a wee thing, you learned something, some way to cope, something that, if you did it, would help you survive. It wasn’t the healthiest thing, it wasn’t gonna get you free, but it was gonna keep you alive. You learned it, at five or six, and it worked, it *did* help you survive. You carried it with you all your life, used it whenever you needed it. It got you out—out of your ass-backwards town, away from an abuser, out of range of your mother’s un-love. Or whatever. It worked for you. You’re still here now partly because of this thing that you learned. The thing is, though, at some point you stopped needing it. At some point, you got far enough away, surrounded yourself with people who love you. You survived. And because you survived, you now had a shot at more than just staying alive. You had a shot now at getting free. But that thing that you learned when you were five was not then and is not now designed to help you be free. It is designed only to help you survive. And, in fact, it keeps you from being free. You need to figure out what this thing is and work your ass off to un-learn it. Because the things we learn to do to survive at all costs are not the things that will help us get FREE. Getting free is a whole different journey altogether." —Mia McKenzie
"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” —R. Buckminster Fuller
Drawing by Parfenova Lisa
“I mean, we’re all trying to find out who the hell we are, aren’t we?”
Robert Ludlum

"Will I be something?
Am I something?
And the answer comes:
You already are.
You always were.
And you still have time to be."

—Anis Mojgani
Painting by Juan Esteban Rodriguez
"I am learning everyday to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be,
to inspire me and not terrify me.” ―
Tracee Ellis Ross
Artwork by Dakota Bardy
"I read once that the ancient Egyptians had fifty words for sand & the Eskimos had a hundred words for snow. I wish I had a thousand words for love, but all that comes to mind is the way you move against me while you sleep & there are no words for that."
—Brian Andreas, Story People
Artwork by Shin KwangHo

“Stars are not small or gentle.

They are writhing and dying and burning.
They are not here to be pretty.
I am trying to learn from them.”
—Caitlyn Siehl, Sky Poem 

Photo by Alison Juliah
“You meet a girl: shy, unassuming. If you tell her she’s beautiful, she’ll think you’re sweet, but she won’t believe you. She knows that beauty lies in your beholding… And sometimes that’s enough. 
But there’s a better way. You show her she is beautiful. You make mirrors of your eyes, prayers of your hands against her body. It is hard, very hard, but when she truly believes you… Suddenly the story she tells herself in her own head changes. She transforms. She isn’t seen as beautiful. She is beautiful, seen.” 
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of The Wind

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