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It doesn’t matter …

apples by ©Diane M Schuller

When visiting Sherry Galey’s online home, Still and All, she had posted this soul stirring poem. I couldn’t help but be completely smitten. With the need for wanting to share, I’m repeating that beauty right here, for you:

HOKUSAI SAYS

…He says it doesn’t matter if you draw,
or write books. It doesn’t matter
if you saw wood, or catch fish.
It doesn’t matter if you sit at home
and stare at the ants on your veranda
or the shadows of the trees
and grasses in your garden.
It matters that you care.

It matters that you feel.

It matters that you notice.

It matters that life lives through you.

Contentment is life living through you.
Joy is life living through you.
Satisfaction and strength
is life living through you.

He says don’t be afraid.
Don’t be afraid.

Love, feel, let life take you by the hand.

Let life live through you.

 –Roger Keyes

www.dianeschuller.com Autumn in the forest

One more item of wonder for you, Why Leaves Turn Colour in the Fall.

And finally, for some heartfelt inspiration. My son told me about this video that was taken in downtown Edmonton (where I’m from and where he lives). It’s a homeless person, as will be evident when you see the video. Inside everyone is something special.

PS: I have been busy knitting, in addition to all kinds of other things of course. I’m knitting items to give away at Christmas and, since most of my family do check in here, I can’t tell you what I’ve been making or show the finished items here. If you’re on Ravelry though you can check me out (Ramonasgirl). I’m also quite pleased with myself because the current project required me to learn how to use magic loop. Sure beats using double pointed needles!

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Susan Clark - October 31, 2014 - 10:34 am

Thoughtful post as usual, Diane. I’ve been so busy this week I need to sit and stare. Having time to notice the small things and feel life is a blessing. Sometimes blessings are so unexpected, the people who saw and listened to the man playing must have felt lighter for it.

lisa - October 31, 2014 - 5:32 pm

Thank you for sharing so much beauty here, Diane. I so loved the video.
Hmmmm, I’ve not heard of a magic loop, but you can bet I’ll be checking out the link.

I wish you a beautiful weekend, dear friend. xo.

Candace - November 1, 2014 - 1:32 pm

That poem is beautiful, I hope I do that, I think I do, usually. I saw a story about that homeless man on HLN news last night. The apple photo is lovely.

Alina - November 1, 2014 - 3:03 pm

Thank you, Diane, for this post. It reminds me that simple little things DO matter. I’ve been running out and about for so much time trying to be productive, that I need some space and time to stay still, to breathe, to walk, to knit, to crochet, to be…

Sherry at Still and All - November 8, 2014 - 9:44 am

So glad you liked that poem as much as I did Diane. And thank you for sharing that wonderful video! I love the apple image so much — I must remember to leave the leaves on some of my after I pick them…

susan - November 14, 2014 - 8:21 pm

I love that poem so much and Sherry always has wonderful images and words on her blog. And that video is just wonderful, Diane, as are your photos here. Hmm, looks like an apple pie in the making?

Annie @ knitsofacto - November 16, 2014 - 6:29 am

Thank you for sharing the poem. And yes, I love magic loop, and loathe dpns