An Amplified Life

“A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.” —- Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic Advertisements

Perspective

“In order to keep a perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.” — Unknown

White Flowers

“but instead I fell asleep, as if in a vast and sloping room filled with those white flowers that open all summer, sticky and untidy, in the warm fields. when I woke the morning light was just slipping in front of the stars, and I was covered with blossoms.” —from “White Flowers” by Mary Oliver

Light

“Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world.” —Mary Shelley

Open

“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” ― Pema Chodron

No Limits

“A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid any more.” ― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Dusk

“Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road