Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers – for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are. ~Osho
The automobile has not merely taken over the street, it has dissolved the living tissue of the city. Its appetite for space is absolutely insatiable; moving and parked, it devours urban land, leaving the buildings as mere islands of habitable space in a sea of dangerous and ugly traffic. ~James Marston Fitch, New York Times, 1 May 1960
** You can’t really see it but I95 is all over the other side of this beautiful building.
Here are some photos I took over the Christmas holiday. Some of them were taken at home and others were taken at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden here in Richmond.
And here we are in January 2013! A cold, bleak month in many places. But I am more hopeful than in many years past because of the things I have been doing. Hopefully, this will result in some interesting content, photos and writing, in the coming months. It really does help to be optimistic.
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan
It would be tough living with a pessimistic state of mind much of the time. It could be downright depressing. I’m sure some bad things can happen this year to us but I won’t imagine what they might be. I look for the good things. Or wait, mostly patiently, for them to happen.
And they often do happen. Believing in the good often helps it to happen. We create our lives as we go along. So let us be patient. And let us focus on the good. We are all artists and our lives are works of art to share with the world. Or the next person we meet.
There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist. ~Mark Twain
I’ve gotten away from the photo memes lately so it’s time to do one or two. The theme is “Good (anything you think is good)” over at Photo Theme For Thursday. And when I think of Albert Einstein the phrase “good thinking!” comes to mind. Also, here are some quotes reportedly from the great man that may give us some insight into him and his brilliant mind.
If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it. ~Albert Einstein
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. ~Albert Einstein
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. ~Albert Einstein