14th July 2013

“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.” 

John Keats, Bright Star: Love letters and poems of John Keats to Fanny Browne.

I thought this was a beautiful quote in a few ways – from the lovely, summery imagery to the meaning behind Keats’ words. Our weather has been gorgeous at the moment and our garden has been full of butterflies and pretty flowers!

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7th July 2013

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” 

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

I have quoted this chapter of The Prophet before, but it is a book I have read again recently – for me it seems to be one of those that I dip into time after time when I want some philosophical viewpoints on something. And there is just something about the way Gibran words his thoughts that I seem to understand and find useful. For example here, whenever I am sad, I remember that more often than not I am sad about something that once made me happy. It can’t be so bad then, can it?

11th February 2013, for the smiles.

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” 

William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice

This post is just in acknowledgement of  all the people who have made me smile and laugh over the past year – my sisters who never fail to reduce me to acting about 7 years old; my family because, you know, they are funny sometimes (joking, you all make me smile); my friends who make me laugh whether it be through a one liner, something inappropriate  or purely through funny conversation and all my housemates, who are named the ‘Blenheim Zoo’ for hilarious reasons that I can’t even begin to explain. It’s the people in your life who give you something worth smiling and laughing about.

19th September 2012

“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked…When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

I absolutely adored reading Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet; I thought there was an amazing clarity in the way Gibran philosophised different aspects of life. It made me consider things in a new and different way. This is one of my favourite quotes from the book, and no matter which way I consider it, I find the words to be true to some sort of  extent. At the moment (and probably for a long time to come), the things that make me feel sad or sorrowful are also the things that have made so, extremely happy and content. It kind of vicious circle though, because no matter which way you look at it, to have the happy times you’ll have to have the sad at some point or other (how annoying!)

19th April 2012

“One day at a time. This is enough.  Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone: and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come.  Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.”

Ida Scott Taylor

Spending too much time looking at what could have been or what could be is pointless, because if you make today beautiful enough, when you look back on it, it is less likely that it will be with sadness, regret or grievance. No one knows what tomorrow will bring, it could make or break your day, week, year and it could change you in ways you don’t even realise – so don’t over think it. Tonight I realised how much I have changed as a person, how proud of myself I actually am and how, when I look back, it is the happy things I remember. Live in today, and make the most of it no matter how it is going – how might you go about doing that?