To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
January 1, 2011
Believe, Wish, Inspire, Relax... Always!
The Maine House is beginning a new year.....it is our blessing and our gift! Places to go and promises to keep. I prefer thinking of this term, a promise to ourselves, as opposed to a resolution. Endless are the possibilities of our lives. And so...we.....believe!
The village is laden with snow. How beautiful and peaceful snow appears as it falls gently from the heavens. Yet, once weeks old and scattered about, the loveliness fades and extends feelings of coldness and bleakness.
We savor winter's sweet sentiments of a warm evening meal while the promise of spring perfumes the air. Tucked within a candlelit dining nook and sheltered from the cold, a wistful tableau of nostalgia and romance will embrace us with the fragrance of our flowers, paying tribute to our garden and restoring new life.
And so...we are .....inspired!
Our thoughts turn to a longing for spring
and fresh beginnings.
Yes, that is where we want to be.
"If I had a single flower for every time I think of you,