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We are having a snowstorm; our power keeps flickering on and off. I may not be able to post the Gratitude Quilt until the day after Thanksgiving. This is just life, storms and calm, and after all EVERY DAY is a good day to say thank you.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

a good instruction




a good instruction:
what is true in this moment?
feel it come and go

your muscles and bones
do not lie as day passes
 night’s curtain descends

dreams like silver fish
between dusk and dawn
quickened insights flash

go and come feel them
what was true is now long gone
drowned  in black certain-

tea in the morning
the warm cup pressed against palms
what is true right now?


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If you have not sent me a "patch" for the gratitude quilt yet there is still time. My heart flutters with each new addition to the quilt. YOU are all so beautiful and to see all these words of thankfulness integrated as one will truly be magnificent. Thank you to all 120 of you who have already given of yourself in this way. I feel deeply blessed to be a witness to this out pouring of heartfelt gratitude.


80 comments:

  1. So nice Laura. There's nothing truer than this moment. And gratitude for a good cup of tea is in itself a wonderful prayer.

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  2. In this moment;
    A warm studio
    Good jazz
    Cool tea
    Toasty-warm lunch
    Thankfulness......

    XXOO~~
    Anne

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  3. Beutiful picture and poem! I admire you really for your words and pictures.
    Hugs from Ligaya ( Joy)

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  4. beautiful photo of a purplish sky and the words go well with it.

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  5. Very artistic shots and words.

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  6. Wonderful photos!
    Have a nice weekend!

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  7. Excellent poem. The photos are beautiful. The B / W abtracto great.
    Saludos.

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  8. lovely pink sky and beautiful images. Happy skywatching!

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  9. Lovely serie of shots, - great photo-work!

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  10. Thank you for the invitation, an mail is sent, and a link is shared on my blog :)

    As always, beautiful pictures and words :)

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  11. Everything about this is art, the images, poetry...

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  12. Thank you for this uplifting wisdom and beauty, Laura... Raising my morning cup of tea to you. ;o) ((HUGS))

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  13. So beutiful photos! I really love them! Have a nice Friday, and nice weekend!:)

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  14. Laura, your words are so comforting--both the poem and the e-mail letter you wrote to accompany them. They help me at home and at work. Knowing that it is possible to find a space of peace--fleeting as it may be--in the midst of seeming darkness is a soothing balm:-)

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  15. Beutiful picture and poem, Laura, and thank you for the invitation!

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  16. I love that haiku - what is true in this moment? Right now, the coffee tastes especially good while I read your haiku again...

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  17. Good morning Laura, what is true right now... your haiku pressed into the palms of my hands, a prayer, like your cup of warm tea.

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  18. Honestly... I just returned from the local coffee shop where i welcomed home a weary traveling friend of mine that has been gone for the past 10 days. I had tea, and held the warmth of the cup, as you have written, as it has been cold these Fall mornings here in the upper midwest.

    Much peace

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  19. That warm cup sound plenty appealing right now!

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  20. Warm cup pressed against palms is just what I'm doing this morning.

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  21. Surreal! Parabéns! Um abraço!

    O mirante da imagem

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  22. Great post, Laura!
    Have a nice weekend:)

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  23. Nydelig bilde og tekst!! :))
    Takk for at du deler:))

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  24. Oh my! This is amazing.
    And the post below...honoring BeBe...
    Divine. ♥

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  25. A warm cup sounds very good these days. :) I love the combination of your words and the visuals, thanks for sharing!

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  26. I looked in early this morning but didn't comment. Thought of your words and pictures during relaxation at Yoga class later on in the morning. I sent you an e-mail for the gratitude quilt. Thank you for doing this lovely project.

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  27. "What is true right now?" This is, indeed, "a good instruction." Thank you, friend, for this beautiful reminder to be fully aware of each moment. (I also loved the remembrance of your aunt, whose name your lovely daughter bears.)

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  28. I love that first photo, such a gorgeous sky and great silhouettes.

    I appreciate the opportunity to contribute to your quilt, but I'm not much of a writer. Although I'm very grateful for many of the people in my life, and other things besides.

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  29. A gorgeous photo, and a beautiful poetic reminder about being in the moment. Thank you!

    I am honored that you are following my blog, and am sorry I haven't had the time to devote to your blog that it deserves, but I can see it is a treasure trove and look forward to exploring it! You and I have a lot in common - MS, for one! And a similar attitude toward it. :-)

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  30. Lovely words and pics. Have a nice weekend.

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  31. Calling by from Skywatch Friday, I never fail to be impressed by the skies Mother Nature sends us and your photo and words are a beautiful example.

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  32. Beautiful photos...the words describe the night so good

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  33. Wonderful photos and beautiful new header. Thank you for your invitation. Best regards, Synnöve

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  34. {{ oh
    oh ...
    so much goodness over here
    i always stay too long !!

    ~~ tea in the morning~~

    yep,
    that is me
    here now... }}

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  35. I want to thank you yet again, Laura, first for putting together the Gratitude Quilt again this year ... but also for the love and peace you have sent my way - when I feel myself starting to fall apart, I reach for it and know I'll be okay.

    Dad is still hanging onto life, afraid to let go I think. It truly is only a matter of hours or days. In away this "long goodbye" has helped mom and the rest of the family to accept his homegoing, to find the peace we need to go on.

    Thank you so much for your kindness, sympathy and understanding. I will never forget the prayers and love you have wrapped around me and my family.

    I pray for blessings for you today, dear friend.
    Blessings of a good day ... sprinkled with bits and pieces of joy, love and peace.

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  36. Nice shots;-)like the red sky
    Thanks for the invitation, I'll see what I can do;-)

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  37. I'm in ooh and awe over your haiku-series, what a wonderful and imaginairy (is that the right word? I mean that I can picture things in my head...) poem you made - very strong words!

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  38. Excellent photography. I'm reading the information on your gratitude quilts - how lovely they are! Thank you for sharing in such a warm and wonderful way.

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  39. You always present your poetry so beautifully. Here you led us down through the lines to the beautiful resolution.

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  40. Laura, your dawn photo is especially lovely. I'm so happy the quilt is coming along, will be wonderful to see it!

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  41. Right now, is what is true. This is a lovely poem with gratitude for the present moment so well expressed.

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  42. Beautiful colours in your silhouette photo!

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  43. Wonderful photo, love the delicacy you've accomplished in capturing this sheet that refuses to die.

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  44. really wonderful macro work! Hope you have a great week ahead!

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  45. I enjoyed your words very much, and the photography too.

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  46. Lovely reflections and pictures ~ Have a good day ~

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  47. I looked for the "like" button, but found none!

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  48. I get goosebumps to think of how it must feel to read and add all of those, "patches," wow amazing indeed. I'm so glad I got to take part and then to see your extension...I actually had my son tell me the most touching thing at bedtime the other night as we were talking about things we're thankful for and I immediately thought of the quilt...You probably want it via email but I'll tell you any way while I'm here...My five year old son, Caiden, said "I'm thankful that hearts keep beating." Wow. I just burst into tears...from the mouth of babes...such pure intentions. Thank you again for creating this project it is so meaningful. I'll send this in an email as well...I think it is a sign that you're extending it a day...I think Caiden's "patch," is meant to be on this quilt, too. ♥

    Sorry, I got side tracked!! Ha ha...your poem, Laura, is so gorgeous and I just LOVE THE METAPHOR YOU EMPLOY WITH THE SILVERFISH...IT REALLY, REALLY WORKS!! Oh, my goodness...I hadn't intended all caps...this is okay, too though!!

    A very blessed day to you!!! ♥

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  49. Beautiful Laura. I get so busy that I forget to send you something but, I will and thank you so much for the invite.

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  50. So true, our muscles and bones don't lie to us.
    K

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  51. P.S. I think what I posted today would maybe suit your quilt. I'll send it to you and let you decide.

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  52. I like this very much! So true that what was truth a moment ago may not be not truth right NOW! Well expressed.

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  53. dreams like silver fish
    between dusk and dawn...

    Right now? I'm loving these words! :)

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  54. Hi dear one, I regret that I am swamped right now and will not be able to attend... this is always my busy time and I am just barely making deadlines. Thank you for thinking of me and I give thanks for YOU... xox

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  55. Hello sweet Friend. I wanted you to know how much your comments and prayers have meant to me.

    Sissy and I both hold you dear in our hearts. Today has been a hard day for me. I miss Daddy so.

    Love you, dear one. ((hugs))

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  56. The right now...translated in a very kinesthetic way. I enjoyed!

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  57. Such sage advice dressed in lovely wors and peaceful mood. Have a blessed evening. Thank you for creating the quilt.

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  58. What is true is now long gone
    what is true right now
    like those two lines

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  59. Aaah, the elusive truth. Living in the moment, being mindful, can make truth seem quite slippery indeed. I love what you did with certain-TEA and the reference to the warm cup. That touched me. This is a deep piece, and lovely. Peace to you, Amy
    http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/11/14/balloon-girl/

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  60. So beautiful...to live in the now is something so many cannot do...we drag yesterday into today and long for tomorrow.

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  61. This is so insightful! Yes, I am drinking tea now and thinking of your glorious view! Well done and I love the uncertaintea of how we have to keep looking....for the magic in everyday!
    It keeps us alive and filled with wonder :D

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  62. Holy cow, you have a lot of comments...love that. That is the question of this day and everyday and it so hard to capture that momentary truth and revel in it like we should. Great writing, great message.

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  63. so difficult at times to really focus on the now. this is wonderfully written!

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  64. Great combination of words and imagery (in the background).

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