December 7, 2015

07/12: Music for Monday...

There's something special about the idea of true love, isn't there? Who doesn't relish the thought of being swept off their feet? The inner dreamy, Piscean girl that I am is a huge fan of that notion and always has been. It's a wonderful thought, that's for sure. Gets me every time. Also possibly explains the large number of historical bodice-ripper romance novels on my bookshelf too, just quietly.

While on holidays recently, I had a moment of true love. Like, INSTANT true love. But not in the way you'd expect. I saw a photograph in my Dad's photo album that stole my heart the moment I laid eyes on it. A picture really is worth a thousand words.

The gorgeous couple in the full flush of young love are my father's parents in Germany circa 1932. My father would have been a newborn baby around the time this was taken. There are so many things about this picture I love; how my grandfather's hand tenderly cradles my grandmother's face, how she literally glows with happiness while posing for the photographer, how you can almost 'see' the emotional connection between them. True love right there. And all the more incredible when you consider the time they lived in.

The world was very different place in 1932. The Great Depression was in full force. Unemployment was rife. Support was growing for the Nazi and Communist parties. Life was hard and money was tight. Good news was hard to come by. And unbeknownst to them, the worst was still to come. 7 years later World War II set in motion events that would dramatically change the landscape of the world forever. 

Somehow, perhaps even despite what was going on around them, they were still able to find the good in their lives together. Their relationship (and their son, my Dad) was the joy that their lives revolved around. It certainly would have made dealing with the craziness of the world they lived in a lot more bearable.

So I look at that black and white photograph and can't help but smile. It makes me feel happy and hopeful, too.

In my experience, a true connection between two people is rare; once discovered you can't deny its existence any more than you can stop breathing, the feelings it conjures within are that intense. 

Which brings me to today's Music for Monday offering from singer/songwriter, Vance Joy. He writes and sings so beautifully about matters of the heart and this song is particularly apt for today's post. Anywhere I go, there you are. Oh yes, indeed.

                                                            You're the fire and the flood
                                                        And I'll always feel you in my blood
                                                                  Everything is fine
                                                       When your hand's resting next to mine
                                                                     Next to mine
                                                           You're the fire and the flood

Vance Joy - Fire and the Flood

December 1, 2015

Don't quote me, but...

I truly believe this. Once connected, always connected.

As a lover of the written word in general, I'm a long time fan of the snapshot variety. The quote. My favourites are ones which utterly and completely capture a situation, emotion or a belief that I've had, or still have. They can be simple, just a few words, or a perhaps several paragraphs long; it really doesn't matter. The reason I like any of them is always the same; after reading them it's like someone has stepped inside my head, flicked the light on and cast a probing, all-knowing gaze over the corners of my mind, then unerringly plucked out the exact same thought.

"OMG, that is SO true!"

"Man, I can relate to that!"

"TELL me about it!"

Know what I mean? Ever had that feeling after reading one?

There are times when a quote can sum up precisely what I'm struggling to put into words (something I find incredibly frustrating). But then I'll stumble across a quote and think: "Yeah, that's it EXACTLY." I suspect having my feelings eloquently summed up this way helps my mental process a lot. At any rate, all I know is that I love these little mini bites of thought.

Consequently, I use quotes for lots of reasons in my daily life.
  • To motivate or inspire when I'm feeling a bit meh - feeding the mind with words that kick my arse into gear is aways a good start. If that fails, Spencer gets an extra walk while I power on through with headphones and music!
  • To lighten my mood - generally speaking, I'm an optimist but the Pisces in me can be a little overly dramatic at times so occasionally I need a lift with some humour. Laughter is the best medicine after all!
  • To send someone a message - they say a picture is worth a thousand words and attaching a snapshot of a quote to a text is so much faster than trying to explain what you're trying to say sometimes. This is called making technology work for you. Or being lazy. Whatever. It works for me.

There are quotes about absolutely any topic you can think of. Search Google for what you're looking for and I guarantee you'll find something. My personal favourites include fate, destiny, humour and souls that stay connected. There are literally THOUSANDS of quotes to wade through in cyberspace, so you can right-click-save or Pin til your little heart's content. I should probably also mention here that it is VERY addictive. You can lose an hour before you know it!

For the non-cyber quote collectors among you (and I am sure there will be quite a few) let me paint you a picture: it's akin to being a Tall Grass Devotee. Imagine walking through a never-ending field of tall grass, stretched out as far and as wide as the eye can see. You wander aimlessly around, touching each blade with your hand, savouring its texture between your fingers briefly before your eyes dart off to look at the next one, and then the next one, and then the next one, and then the next one. Occasionally you'll snap a blade off to keep, but still you wander, looking and snapping, snapping and looking, losing track of time and not caring because you're totally in the moment. It's bliss. After twenty minutes you can't see the edge of the field, you forgot why you even went there in the first place but you really don't care. You have fistfuls of grass!

The photo gallery on my phone will stand as testament to this incredibly time wasting fact. What on earth did we do before Pinterest, I ask? Ahem.

I literally have hundreds saved but thought I'd share a few that I'm loving a lot at the moment:

It's all about accentuating the positive!

The beach has always been my happy place.
One day I will live closer to one!

Yes, I am. And I'm worth it.

I think we can all relate to this one... the older I get, the
less inclined I am to tolerate anyone else's BS.

So tell me... do you love a quote? Relate to anything here? What's the best quote you've read lately?

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