Chipped Paint

There are moments when life appears to be nothing more

Than the mirror image

Of a wall of chipped paint.

It may be the sorrow experienced through loss, anger, or rage.

Or maybe the surge of pain that made you faint.

But do not despair,

For when life feels fragmented or blue,

And we need another hue,

There is something we can do;

Scrape off the broken pieces,

Pick up a brush,

And dip into the paint,

For it’s never too late for our hearts to reacquaint.

Perhaps our brush can be found in the form of a hug,

Or a prayer that we say while kneeling on the beside rug.

Could it be as simple as a natural brush,

Immersed in warm color that allows anxieties to hush?

No matter your brush, your stroke, or your faith,

My prayer is for you to gain strength from the

Chips that land in your way.

copyright Robyn Graham

A Wall of Chipped Paint

The Influence of Another

“Blessed is the influence of one true and loving human soul on another.” – George Eliot

She is this Influence on Me.

I loved the peacefulness of this image in black and white. I felt the tranquility of one human loving another in the black and white vs. the enlightenment of the soul that I felt with the image in vibrant color.

Make Life Bloom

“People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong…Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Make Life Bloom with the Positive

If ungrateful…

“Lately I’ve begun to notice that the more I give thanks, the better my life goes.  When I become ungrateful, things tend to fall apart.” – A Coworker

The Barn Falling Apart

Happy Thanksgiving

“Gratitude is an act of grace, a way of blessing yourself into a future abundance of gifts.  For when we are grateful we open a channel of receiving in ourselves.” – Daphne Rose Kingma

The Grace of Thanksgiving

Give Details of your Gratitude

“Don’t be cool, reserved, judicious about expressing your love and gratitude.  Be effusive.  Give details. Waste it. Where there is the smallest fraction, share it.” – John MacEnulty

Where there is the smallest fraction of gratitude, share it.

The Bottom Line

“The bottom line is that (a) people are never perfect, but love can be, (b) that is the one and only way that the mediocre and vile can be transformed, and (c) doing that makes it that.  We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.” – Tom Robbins

The Heart Shadow Created by My Husband’s Wedding Band on a Very Well Studied Page of the Bible.

The More Love, the Bigger the Heart.

The Bottom Line: Perfect or Not, Two Hearts are Better than One.

Simplicity

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

No Fanfare, Just the Simplicity of Fall in Reflection

What Does Worry Do?

“Worry divides the mind.” –  Max Lucado

The shape of the lily but and the divisions in it came to mind when I read this quote.

Same image in black and white. I really like the contrast here. Some people say flowers are meant to be in color. I would agree for the most part, but, there are some that I think are striking in black and white.

One of Summer’s Last Hurrahs

As Summer fades away she leaves us with one last vibrant hurrah.