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Friday, September 16, 2011

Self-Awareness.


Being in one place and taking stock of the situation.
Noticing the random chaos.
Noticing extraneous stuff demanding your attention.
Aware of how things have changed; how you have changed.

But windows need to be replaced before the rains come.
Weeds need to be removed before they choke your roses.
Firewood needs to be stocked for those long winter days.

Unlike words on a page waiting to be shared, moved around, crossed over, replaced, our actions are irreversible, enduring, permanent.

And life, always, demands action.



33 comments:

Maggie May said...

Its a bit scary sometimes because theres so much needs doing that we are finding difficult now.
This place is too big for us.
Hope you are doing OK, Rosaria.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

becky said...

Yes, how quickly nature will take it over if you don't!

the walking man said...

I'd rather act and make a mistake, irreversible or not than stand there staring and take no action at all.


Thank you Rosaria, I am working on incorporating you advice into my thinking.

Elizabeth said...

Now that is great advice: ACTION!!!!

Rob-bear said...

Action. Yes.
Actions that are irreversible, enduring, permanent. Not so sure. Sometimes, but sometimes not. Even tentative actions have importance, but they're not necessarily final.
But even there, you still have to do something.

Terra said...

Taking action is often necessary and beneficial. I like this scene of the comfy chaise lounge and water beyond.

Brian Miller said...

life does demand action...we pick our battles...and somedays it is good just to take time to survey that change...

Jinksy said...

Inaction, too, has its place when, around us, parts of life happen over which we have no control...

L. D. Burgus said...

Yes, and it continues to build the things that we must do, we must start to streamline some of it. I need to subtract things rather than take on new things.

Helen said...

Dear Rosaria,
I wonder if you realize how many lives you influence with your wise words .....
Take care,
Helen

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

I love these photo essays. Action! Yes! I think my problem right now is that action is demanded, and I want to stand still. But I don't REALLY want to stand still...I'm just afraid of the unknown. Thanks for you sweet words on my blog today.

Joani said...

Action. Each day I try to do something that needs to be done and then I try to do something for fun. I remember in Randy's video that he said to have fun everyday no matter what. One of my many funs is reading your beautifully composed notes. Hugs.

Linda Myers said...

Having read your post, I'll now go outside and prepare the strawberry bed for winter, rather than take a nap.

#1Nana said...

Yeah, it took me years to figure out that even when you don't take action you are making a decision that has consequences. Inaction can create just as many challenges. I guess I can't escape life by being inattentive.

Be well.

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

When our minds and spirit are weary, the everyday actions required can keep us fully engaged with life. Blessings to you for your insight and wisdom, Rosaria!

The Broad said...

What seems to be ordinary, and 'everyday' is the stuffing of our lives -- our shape, who we are. Lovely, poetic post, Rosaria.

Jinksy said...

Hi again! I tried to send you an email this morning, but it got returned as 'Mailer-Daemon'... So I've copied it here, instead.

As I was up at the crack of dawn this morning (no, before the crack of dawn- it's still dark outside even now) when your email/comment popped in my inbox, I went back to your profile, only to discover that the comment

"Inaction, too, has its place when, around us, parts of life happen over which we have no control."

which I left on your Sixty Five What Now blog, had been exactly what had been happening in your life. I did not know.

I've now read back over several posts on your "Notes, Tales and Observations" blog, which have made me see my words were more significant than I had intended, or realised, and I had to email to tell you. I am so sorry to learn of your sadness, and wanted to give a special blogland hug to you right now. BIG HUG!



I put it all down to my odd kind of ESP, where often the words I write come into my head from 'elsewhere' - as in this case. I believe I somehow tuned into you more than I knew. I didn't want you to think the comment had been a deliberate reference to all that had happened in your life - I'd not have done that if I'd been aware of the situation. I hope you can forgive me?

All love and best wishes to you, from an apologetic Penny xxx

Eva Gallant said...

Our actions are irreversible; so true.

JeannetteLS said...

Sometimes seeming inaction is not really that at all. It is preparation for a changed future. The act of letting go does not show at all, I don't think. It's results may be all that indicate you were "acting" all alone.

I think one of the most active periods of all my life were the months after I lost my child so suddenly, when she was 21.Rosaria, you inspire--whether we touch the empty places in our own hearts through watching you face your own sudden spaces, or celebrate at other points.

Your "inaction" touche all who have read your words. I wish I had come back to read the blogs I follow sooner than September. I didn't. So I wish you a gentle autumn.

I hope beauty infiltrates on every level for you. Good luck with the fall cleanings and action, and with creating a bit more order in the chaos.

Just don't forget to enjoy some moments on the hammock!

potsoc said...

Only those who do nothing never commit any errors, but their inaction, of itself, is a major error.

Hilary said...

So true .. such wise advice, as you so often offer.

A Fistful Of Moonbeams™ said...

Such profound wisdom in the simplicity of everyday notices...

That Janie Girl said...

So true.

Robyn said...

I like to think that nothing stays the same forever and that's okay.

xx love to you

She Writes said...

This scares me the most and it gives me the most hope.

Phoenix said...

In the end, I usually end up feeling empowered and fulfilled by taking action. (In the words of Hamlet, "....or to take arms against a sea of troubles..."). But I would point out that taking action sometimes forces me to face my limits. Not everything can be fixed or put right simply by me acting to try and fix it, and it is in those moments that I must stand still and simply breathe it all in.

I hope you are doing well and that you are healing, whether it be through motion or rest.

Amanda said...

yes, it does. i've found that action is the only antidote for a lot of things in life. beautifully said, rosaria.

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Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Yes, you are right. Much to ponder in your words. x

janis said...

ahhh this hits a note with me! Such wonderful words to remember...Life does always demand action. love you~

fiftyodd said...

Aw, now you've got me leaving my computer and vowing to do some very necessary tidying up in my garden instead!

shopgirl said...

so true.

thank you.

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erin said...

i'm not so sure, rosaria. truly. i used to think this way and then pulling up in my drive yesterday i thought, you know what, i might not have enough wood this year. oh well. it will come. there will be more if and when i need it. and sometimes a poem written suffuses me with warmth with no fire at all. i just don't know any more. and that too is just fine.

xo
erin