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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Stronger Than You Know






tender blossoms grow
born of scarred weathered branches
tissue paper thin
love whispers through each petal
you are stronger than you know



Chesed she b'Gevurah - Love within Strength



Today Rabbi Yael shares this portion of Psalm 8:5-6 as encouragement on day eight of our spiritual journey toward Sinai as we count the Omer.


“What is it to be a human being-- so vulnerable, so fragile and at the same time only slightly less than gods, strong and powerful, crowned with splendor?”


Every day offers its own life lesson; today I understand this as strength in fragility. Patience, compassion, lovingkindness, acceptance for how my body is able to function moment by moment, releasing expectations "If I could do such and such yesterday, today I should be able to________." With MS this just isn't so. And in truth the same applies to everyone. MS does not make me special. Learning to live companionably or at least with some equanimity with whatever comes our way allows us to find our strength in fragility, to love life simply as it is. For we are all fragile beings and I believe we are all far stronger than we know. (Or think we know.)

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56 comments:

  1. So true and compelling. Although it appears paradoxical - there is great strength and power in fragility and vulnerability. Sometimes we can be most effective when we feel inadequate and weak. Maybe it's because we don't have the energy to maintain the masquerade and we simply let the 'true us' shine through? Your post really touched me. Thank you so much.

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  2. Today not only should you be able to... You are able and it is such a sweet welcoming peace to see you and your creations an recreations...

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  3. Yes, we all are stronger than we know. Learning to be present in the moment and happy with What Is, Now, is the secret of a happy life. Beautiful, Laura. Positive and inspiring, as always.

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  4. Such a beautiful post...and good reminder to each and every day, live fully.

    light and love to you
    x..x

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  5. Beautiful message to go along with your absolutely beautiful and stunning photography! Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Those beautiful flowers reminded me of a bride for some reason.
    And your words, well, they remind me how to live.

    Thank you Laura.

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  7. That top shot is superb!!! The placement of the flower in the composition..the negative space of the beautiful blue sky...the clarity of the macro flower...lovely!!!

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  8. I like the diffused light Laura, and that last shot is a stunner!

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  9. Beautiful flowers and uplifting post.

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  10. smiles...def uplifting and a great message...strong than you know...smiles.

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  11. Beautiful shots and lovely poetic words!

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  12. I definitely like to think about "You are stronger than you know." It would be a good sign to have on one's bathroom mirror to start the day with. Thank you for those words.

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  13. loveliness! yes we each are delicate petals yet
    strong survivors.

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  14. Lovely collection.Rabbi Yael's Torah portion is very good , too.

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  15. a touch of spring wrapped around a metaphor.

    bliss twins....

    thank you.

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  16. Stunning shots with words that inspire and simply mesmerize. Beautiful post.

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  17. A wonderful post, and such beautiful photographs!

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  18. Fantastic macro shots of beautiful flowers ~ 'love the quote' ~ there is a book ~ 'Strong in the Broken Places' ~ another good metaphor ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

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  19. Beautiful images, philosophical too.

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  20. Beautifully said. Love the images.

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  21. Beautiful pictures and words ~

    Cheers ~

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  22. Laura, your flower shots are truly divine!

    As to your Q: 'what is it to be a human being?'... is a world of physical comfort and pain. But we are not only human. We are all spirit too. And in our spiritual wholeness we link to the divine and each other where there is no physical concerns. Just a thought.

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  23. Your prose touches my heart. Just what I needed to hear today. Blessings to you.

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  24. Terrific captures of the beautiful spring flowers!

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  25. Laura,

    Gorgeous photos as always! I too believe that we are all far stronger than we know. :)

    Jeanne

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  26. Such grace and courage, Laura... this shines! And when all else seems wobbly, our minds can always be our source of strength. :o) ((HUGS))

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  27. Yes, we are each so much stronger than we know. Thank goodness.
    This was a lovely, gentle read.

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  28. A message I needed to hear today. Thank you!

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  29. What a marvelous post to start the day with.

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  30. inspiring spring blooms, Laura. :)

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  31. Very meaningful words, Laura. Thanks for this.

    Enjoying your flower shots as well.

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  32. What a wonderful message to combine with the macros of the blossoms!! Thanks for sharing the message. :)

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  33. Your touching verse shares the lesson I learned through challenge. I am much stronger than anyone, least of all myself, would have imagined. It is good to learn that.
    And your photos bring me a sense of peace and calm. Thank you for that. I was in need this morning! ;-)

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  34. This was such a beautiful faith-break, Laura. May our week be blessed by the balance of the middle pillar...I needed to remember this, today. Wonderful photography, too.

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  35. That is so true, Laura. I took photos of blossoms over the weekend as well, they are so fleeting.

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  36. Ahh, Laura... this is a beautiful metaphor. I love the pics, too.

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  37. I love the poem you wrote to go with the flowers. They are words I truly needed to hear. Thank you :o)

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  38. So very pretty Laura and your poem is lovely. Thank you for sharing at Your Sunday Best this week. :)

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  39. love it. the colors and the flower.

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  40. lovely blooms laura....you never know how strong you are, till being strong is your only choice!!

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  41. I've come to love the amazing pictures you put up to illustrate your poems. Invariably, they provide an exquisite backdrop to the words.

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  42. Wonderful photos from this little blossoms. So beautiful !
    Kind regards, Synnöve

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  43. Such lovely blooms and words!
    Thanks for sharing, Laura;o)

    ***
    Hope you are having a very nice week****

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  44. Incredible images... with heartfelt words. Sorry I have been out of touch...xo teri

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  45. so lovely, laura. i'm sorry i've not been visiting as much...my daughter is graduating from college this may so i haven't been blogging as much. you are often in my thoughts and prayers, though...

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  46. tissue paper ... such gentle beauty from gnarled branches... just a lovely poem (and photos)

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  47. Your closing two lines, Laura, are especially touching, thank you!

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  48. Just beautiful and so inspiring!

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  49. pretty flowers and lovely words...

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  50. so pretty. I really love the fourth the best. fabulous!

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  51. Beautiful, beautiful post!

    Anna :o]

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