Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The joy of 4 days off . . .









"I have merged, like the bird, with the bright air,
And my thought flies to the place by the bo-tree.
Being, not doing, is my first job."


~ Theodore Rothke




Image from phannhathieu2003






21 comments:

Barb said...

Enjoy your time of Being. What a lovely photo!

Rudee said...

Amen, sister. Enjoy your time just being.

steven said...

"being not doing" ... well kathleen that's harder work than simply doing but it's also more satisfying and real!!! i'm enjoying my time of being tremendously as so much of it involves being with my family!!! enjoy your time kathleen. steven

Alix said...

Being, not doing...

What a grand reminder, especially in this season with such long lists of things to get done. Being, not doing.

I studied Theodore Rothke in my English Lit classes in college. Probably didn't appreciate those words then as much as I do now. Perspective is such an amazingly fluid thing, isn't it? What matters to you vaguely in your youth can become your anthem later in life.

Thank you for the thoughts today. I'll carry them with me.

♥ Casa Hice

Derrick said...

Hi Kathleen,

I hope you'll BE happy, relaxed and surrounded by your loved ones this Christmas. Enjoy your days, just being.

ellen abbott said...

We all forget how to be sometimes, so caught up in what we feel we must do. Thanks for the reminder.

Enjoy your days.

Erin Davis said...

Thanks for "being" here for all of us. I treasure your blog, Kathleen.

Julie B. said...

I hope you enjoy your time off! You definitely deserve a break! Merry Christmas!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Lovely photo.
Merry Christmas, Kathleen ~ love Eddie x

Hilary said...

That's an incredibly beautiful photo. Hope you have a wonderful holiday. :)

Kathleen said...

@Barb: Thank you! Dec 25 was a lovely day of being. And you?

Kathleen said...

@Rudee: Totally relaxing no nonstressful. Dec 25 rocked!

Kathleen said...

@Steven: That is the finest part, isn't it. I feel so blessed to have time with my family. So so blessed. Hope it was a lovely time for you as well!

Kathleen said...

@Alix: So that's why you are such a marvelous writer, your English studies!!!!

What an extraordinary line:
"What matters to you vaguely in your youth can become your anthem later in life."

I need to learn more about Theodore Rothke! Can you point me to some good resources?

Thank you as always, Alex, for your generous comments!

Kathleen said...

AHHHHHH....I mean Alix! (So embarrassing!

Kathleen said...

@Derrick: Ha! Yes indeed I did enjoy just BEing (and I even did some BEAding). More to come on that!

Kathleen said...

@Ellen: Hmmmm...twas reminder for me as well! Hope you had a great weekend!

Kathleen said...

@Erin: You just made me tear up, you sweet thing. I treasure you, your poetry, and your friendship! Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Kathleen said...

@Julie: Thank you, sweet one. It has been a lovely break, made even better by two hugs from you!

Kathleen said...

@Eddie: Thank you, love. Glad you enjoyed the to photo--such a universal thing, this love for a blessed child, eh? Be well, and Happy Holidays!

Kathleen said...

@Hilary: Just delighted that you liked the painting! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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