Monday, 24 August 2009

New beginnings, ascending

I hold a bird in my hands. This bird of love. It looks up with sad eyes and I notice then that its wing is injured. Whose fault was this? Yours, mine or ours? It doesn't matter now. I must heal it without fail.

On waking one day, I find, not when I tell it to, but when the bird tells me, that it is well again - I can let go, let it fly, let it be. The eyes are no longer sad, but trusting, aware, forgiving. "Forgive me", I still say. For whatever we do or don't do that causes pain, we humans should always ask forgiveness. There is value in releasing hurtful pride, and allowing truth to be our friend. Acknowledge the wrong. This could be apathy, forgetfulness or worst of all, ignorance. Be truthful that it might have been your fault and if it wasn't, there is something to be said for healing the wound that isn't your doing.

Love is one of the most precious things we can offer. How easy it is to forget the love we see every day, the love we share, the love we hold. How foolish it can be to look for it elsewhere, either out of sadness or even boredom. The brave heart understands the trust in its hands. The mind reminds it to look at it, every day, every night.

"Forgive me" are powerful words. With them, we lay ourselves open to love and - acknowledge the weakness we are programmed to hide in this motorised world. We are not machines, mistakes will be made. The lesson of wisdom when this happens is what you do afterwards. Do you ignore it? Turn your back on it? Or heal the wing?

Years might have passed, or simply days before such questions are asked of ourselves. The important thing is to ask them. Believe in the good and let it come through you as light that rests within us all. Ready to shine, glisten or murmur through your skin ever so quietly.

Love is a tender bird, strengthened by our actions. Love is the bird in flight. Treated well, it can transcend time and trials. Know yourself and those you love by understanding - without judging. Loving freely soon follows.



Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

What a beautiful and inspiring post! Truly words to to live by...thanks for sharing!

Nora Johnson said...

What a profoundly thought-provoking piece!

Thank you for starting off our week on such an uplifting note!

xxLola & Nora:)

French Fancy said...

All very true. I recently said 'forgive me' to one of my oldest friends with whom I had not spoken for about 12 years. I'm so glad I got in touch with her - life is too short not to keep in touch with people who have touched our lives in a positive way.

(waves at Nora and little Lola)

Renee said...

Clarity the things that you tell us. The words that you whisper on the wings of the birds.

You help me. You probably would never have known that, but you help me.

Love Renee xoxo

Laurel said...

You move me to tears with your spledid words. You always seem to nail it. Sometimes the truth hurts. Your words remind me of my faults. I have things I am holding onto that keep the wounds alive and burning. Not sure how to forgive sometimes. Though I pray for it often. I often pray (try) to pray for the one I feel has wronged me in some way hoping that will lighten the load. It does sometimes. I guess I will let go and heal when I am ready. I really want some peace with one certain relationship I have. Your words I will read and re read.
Love to you my very speacial friend.

un bel oiseau said...

oh this is so beautiful. great metaphor. and not to mention the breath-taking bird photos :)

but you knew i would comment on that.

ps ive been wanting to follow your blog, but you dont have the "follow" application posted for everyone to see... please?


Clarity said...

Thank you Karyn and Nora, I am touched.

French fancy, glad you did that, losing touch is a habit needing breaking.

Dear Renee, love, xxx.

Laurel sweet. It does hurt sometimes, but that is partly the release. I hope you feel better soon.

Dear Bel, thank you and I didn't know I had to put the followers gadget on - rectifying now.

Cheryl Lynn said...

How beautiful is this post, Miss Clarity. This is so true about us, too many of us hold pride before humility. How fitting of you to expose this human frailty in such a loving and compassionate manner.

Thank you. And thank you for visiting me and my elephants. Keep coming back, I promise they'll show up again.

Have a wonderful day, my dear.

Jeanne said...

Beautiful posting
Thanks for your visit and kind words
Much love

Honor Woodard said...

Another wonderful post. Sorry I've been a stranger. It's been a strange summer. Wise words, as you always have for us. Another important bit is to forgive one's self - sometimes the hardest one to forgive. In forgiving one's self, we can forgive a whole lot more. Likewise, in being so bold as to love one's self, we can so much better love others...
Your love is very powerful, and with it I send love to you.

Cafe Fashionista said...

This is one of the most beautiful posts ever. So profound and thought-provoking, and, of course, eloquently written.

I think forgiving people and moving on is one of the biggest hurdles in life. But once you have accomplished such a feat, you know that you have the strength to accomplish anything! :)

Heavenly Housewife said...

Beautifully put, I couldn't agree with you more.

Micki said...

Thanks for a very uplifting post!

Micki said...

This was a lovely post. Thanks for sharing!

Clarity said...

Thank you Cheryl, for understanding. I enjoy your illustrations.

Jeane, much appreciated as are your visits.

Honor, welcome back traveller. I still need to learn that lesson you describe. Love back, x.

CF, you are so right.

HH, many thanks.

Micki, thank you and welcome back.

highlandwriter said...

I like what you say about believing in the good and letting that light shine through...


Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Giovanna said...

Beautiful and inspiring post!! Thanks for such beautiful words.
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Marie said...

Dear Clarity,

"Love is a tender bird".
It must be true that you are that
tender bird, singing to your readers an understanding of life.

Forgiveness, the seeking of
and bestowing is so important.
Thank you, Clarity for reminding
me of this which I so needed.

"Glisten or murmur in your
skin so quietly". Ahhhh, yes.


Anonymous said...

Excellent post. The subject matter you are describing is very complicated. I agree, love and forgiveness do go hand in hand. But sometimes it is so hard to forgive. It really is hard.

The Socialite said...

I might just frame your posts. lol You should write a cute book - I'd buy it in a second!

This post makes me think of my mom. How easy it is to snap at the ones we love, the ones we see everyday? They know us the best and sometimes we forget all that they do for us. You've just made me feel guilty.

hahaha jk! I just kind of miss my mom now. :)

Lori ann said...

dear Clarity,

it's really lovely that what you write about touches each of your readers in a different way. In a meaningful way. i love the responses you evoke from your beautiful words and images.

and i do love birds.

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh thank you for writing such truthful and moving words.

Anika said...

What a gorgeous post, dear! I especially love the 'non-judging' aspect of all encompassing love, however its a lot more easy to say than do isn't it. I think full-blown love is the biggest risk and worth it in the end. Lovely post indeed :)

p.s. I would love to review one of your let me know what, and I'll get on to it ;)

I liked your ring selection by the way. I've never really actually wanted a diamond....I'd actually prefer something smaller and simpler. And no, Stuart and I are not getting married yet.

Hope you're having a fab week thus far!

Manju said...

the way you wrote this post is so beautiful. sometimes it is just so hard to forgive, but it's 'freeing' in the end

''I hold a bird in my hands. This bird of love. It looks up with sad eyes and I notice then that its wing is injured. Whose fault was this? Yours, mine or ours? It doesn't matter now. I must heal it without fail.''

I love this! truly inspiring

p.s. thanks for dropping by my blog ^^
and you're really right about what you said. it's much more important to celebrate the person. it's sad that people won't stop being judgemental

Hello Lindello said...

you write so beautifully. I think we can all take something away from this post. Thank you!

Vivian said...

You always write such beautiful things. I'm all about forgiveness, and moving on forward.

moa said...

hi clarity -

..such a lovely post from you!
thanks for sharing!
"helg" = weekend
..and the " if I had a flower......., is unknown.
have a nice day -
hugs from moa

Amy said...

Your words are so profound. Forgiveness is such a simple word and concept but one so many of us struggle with. Pride is a failing, a weakness of so many human beings and it nmakes forgiveness sometimes unattainable.
All we can really do is love unconditionally. Thank you for your beautiful reminder of all that really matters, Clarity.

Laurel said...

Hello Sweetie!! I am here! Hope you are having a perfect Day/night? Love to you Wonderful One!

Jacqueline said...

Thanks for your good wishes for my computer's speedy recovery!! and your advice.Should be back in a few days. XXXX

Clarity said...

Wow, thank you all for the sweet things you say.
Manju and Marie, I am very touched.

Dear Lori ann, good of you to say; I find the responses make me feel connected to each and every one.

Des and Amy, I agree with you. It is hard, but so are some of the profound things we as humans go through.
- Anika - unconditional love, a beautiful thing.

Laurel said...

Hi Sweetie- I sent you a little love today via bloggy:)Hugs:)

Anonymous said...

You know...You're just amazing! Thanks for this wonderful post (again), XXX, Carmie.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Clarity...thank you so much for your visits and your heartfelt comments...You have a wonderful way with words...words which bring up feelings, emotions...thoughts...truly very beautiful...And just to add these words on forgiveness:
To err is human, to forgive, divine. Alexander Pope English Poet
Blessings to you, Dzintra♥x

Heavenly Housewife said...

Okay i'm following you :D, now u have to get onto twitter daaaahling!

Shell said...

Clarity, I just wanted to say thank you for your beautiful thoughts on my blog. With the passing of my friend, life has been challenging. I do my best to focus on the good because it's the only way I can survive and heal. I know my friend would want me to.

Rebecca said...

Thank you for stopping by today, I appreciated your comment.
Your post is very thought provoking thank you

Clarity said...

Thank you for that Laurel! love, x
Carmie - your enthusiasm is delightful, x
Dzintra - thank you very much dear.
HH - "LOL" that's as far as I'll tweet, not a twiteroo/twiteree?
Shell - welcome and I feel for you and pray love comes again.
Rebecca - thank you for your sweet visit and blessings.

ChloƩ said...

yeah I went to Brittany and it really was lovely!
There was a surfing school right at the beach so I took 2 x 2 hours classes and one day I lent a board for two hours.
It is not so easy because you have to make the right moves exactly then when the wave is at its best point, etc...but it is great great fun!


Elisa Day said...

Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. I have read this post before and I read it again. I love your pictures and the way you write

indigotangerine said...

beautiful post, you are very thoughtful. and thanks for your sweet comments on my fish pictures, it means a lot to me.

Renee said...

Dear friend, you have a heart that is made of gold. Mine is silver, but one day if you keep teaching mine too could be gold.

Love Renee xoxo

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Forgiveness is one of those difficult things that we need to do for ourselves. Such a weight to carry otherwise. Lovely post.

Madeleine said...

Beautiful post. I agree with it completely.

Estelle said...

Dear sweet Clarity, this is exactly what I needed to focus on this morning. Thank you. Beautifully written.

Renee said...

Oh dear friend my husband is full of these little statements and I love them all.

I agree with it 100%.

Now about the cookies, I love cookies.


butterfly said...

Yeah The September Issue is quite a big documentary and groundbreaking in the fact that rarely has anyone been allowed into the Vogue HQ to cast a critical view over the magazine and Anna Wintour's professional life. Opened in NY the other day and everywhere else in a few weeks!

VictoriaArt said...

Most beautiful post, thank you for being so true and warmhearted!
You lift my spirit!

Jennifer said...

This is so beautiful! I have to let it sink in...I love the idea of healing even if the wound isn't our doing...that message can make relationships of all kinds much stronger and people much kinder to one another!

TheChicGeek said...

That was absolutely beautiful! Thank you for your thought-provoking and wise words!
You have just made my day so much better!
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

A truly beautifully written post, so meditative and inspiring.

Manju said...

thanks for your sweet words :)
and yes, it's said that even 15mins of yoga everyday an u can see the benefits, so it doesnt really ask for much ^^

Hanako66 said...

what a very beautiful post

Laurel said...

Hi My Sweetie- I am missing you :) I think you are busy bee out there in wonderland. I am sending you a big warm hug . Just wanted you to know I love you and am hoping your holidays are going just perfectly perfect.