Wednesday, October 31, 2012

To Love With All My Heart...

"I can still remember what it feels like 
to love with all my heart"

Elva Azzara 
(June 28, 1908 - December 26, 2010)

Photograph: Joyce Tenneson

"While Joyce was photographing for her book in a senior citizen home in Sacramento, California, she happened to notice Elva Azzara. Joyce felt that Elva was fragile like a bird, with beautiful hands. As she photographed, she asked Elva to tell her readers something personal and Elva closed her eyes to think. At that moment, Joyce pushed the shutter release and caught a very special moment.

When Elva opened her eyes she said, 'I can still remember what it feels like to love with all my heart'. This photograph and these words are the last page and words of Joyce Tenneson's book, 'Wise Women'."

Be Who God Created You to Be...

"Be who God created you to be 
and you will set the world on fire."

St. Catherine of Siena

Monday, October 29, 2012

I am a Little Pencil...

"I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, 
who is sending a love letter to the world."

Mother Teresa

The Red Thread...

An Ancient Chinese Proverb says:

"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, 
regardless of the time, the place or the circumstances.
The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break."

From the first time I heard of this myth, this belief, I was enchanted with it. It became something so symbolic for me. It is peaceful, it is gentle, it is trusting...

Be it with love, be it with friendship... Just to say how much you care for someone. Gift them a strand of red thread. And tell them this story.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

We are all Kings and Queens...

"We are all Kings and Queens in this Kingdom, 
which each may call 'My Life'."

Angela Gwinner

Never forget... This is your life. This is your Kingdom.

Be majestic. Be bold. Be kind. Be of great Kings and Queens.

Friday, October 26, 2012

"There is only one life. And I want to live it."

"Es gibt nur ein Leben. Und ich will es leben."

Romy Schneider

I Want to Discover...

"I want to learn, I want to evolve.

I want to discover all that is in me."
Romy Schneider

Photograph: Unknown (unfortunately)

Our Light...

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. 
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. 
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us."

Marianne Williamson

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Today's My Beautiful Word... GRACE

Today's My Beautiful Word submission... GRACE

Submitted by Margaret M. Painter
Avon, Connecticut, USA


"My word - if I had to choose just one - would be "Grace". I used to think of being graceful or having grace as a merely physical thing, but as an adult, I learned its broader meaning, encompassing so much more, as a spiritual corollary to physical grace. "There but for the grace of God..." It means a blessing, it means the embodiment of the highest level of consciousness; a transcendent patience, compassion, love; the ability to see light through all the dark of this world."

Margaret... Bless you for that. For this beautiful word and your definition and meaning. I Thank You graciously!

Much Loves,


Monday, October 22, 2012

What Would Love do Now?

"Find the courage and the strength to turn inward 
and to ask a simple, soaring question. 
What would Love do now? "

Neale Donald Walsch

That Inner Voice...

"If you hear a voice within you say 
'You cannot paint,' then by all means paint. 
And that voice will be silenced."

Vincent van Gogh

It is the Spirit...

"I love you when you bow in your mosque, 
kneel in your temple, pray in your church. 
For you and I are sons and daughters of one religion, 
and it is the Spirit."

Khalil Gibran

Photograph Credits: Gregory Colbert

Saturday, October 20, 2012

What do I Believe...

"And the question now for me is, What are my choices to be? 
What do I believe that I deserve in this life?"

Elizabeth Gilbert
An excerpt from Eat Pray Love

Ask yourself the question... Answer the question.

The moment you make the choice, the moment you believe... 

That is the moment you allow it to be.

Mother Teresa...

"I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God 
who is sending a love letter to the world."

Mother Teresa

Photograph Credit: David Binder

I Alone can not Change the World...

"I alone cannot change the world. 
But I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."

Mother Teresa

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


 "We must act out passion before we can feel passion."

Jean-Paul Sartre

I believe, it is the same for all things in life...

Passion. Compassion. Love. Trust. Faith.

And on and on and on...

We must act it, before we can feel it.

We must live it, before we can receive it.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012


"There are those who say that seeing is believing.
I am telling you that believing is seeing."

Neale Donald Walsch

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Today is Your Day...

"Today is your day, your mountain is waiting. 
So get on your way."

Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

What are You Going to Declare Today?

"You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare."

Georgia O'Keeffe

What are you going to declare for yourself today?

Photograph: © 1979 Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Fort Worth, Texas

Never Let it Stop You...

"I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life. 
And I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do."

Georgia O’Keeffe

Monday, October 8, 2012

If You Want to Build a Ship...

"If you want to build a ship, 
don't drum up people together to collect wood and do not assign them tasks and work,
 rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"Quand tu veux construire un bateau, 
ne commence pas par rassembler du bois, couper des planches et distribuer du travail, 
mais reveille au sein des hommes le desir de la mer grande et large."

Sunday, October 7, 2012

This is the beginning... the start of a project. The start of an idea. Of a vision. Please help share the word...

"My Beautiful Words" is a call of language and a call of story sharing. The idea behind this project is to collect as many beautiful words, from as many beautiful languages, from just as many beautiful people as possible. Each thought we have, is based upon a word. It’s how we communicate. Written, spoken or even in the still dialogues of our own mind. There is beauty in that.

Love is the same word and holds the same meaning, regardless if we call it Amour, Liebe or Sayang. And maybe your favourite word is as simple as "Kuckucksuhr", just because you like the way it sounds as it twirls on your tongue. Or maybe your word is as simple as "Rose", and because you read that word in a poem, you remember that poem. Simply because of that one precious word. And that’s what I want to know. That’s what this project is about - your most beautiful word and your personal story and meaning behind that word. Yes, not just the word is important, but why it’s something beautiful to you.

My hope is that this call of "My Beautiful Words" is passed through the world. I want to hear of words and languages that may never have been shared, if we didn’t bring this project together. We can ignite these words; cause and stir magic with these words; expanding our knowledge, increasing our understanding, broadening our horizon. I want beautiful people of all ages, and of all nations, to share their words. Your most beautiful words. Michael Ondaatje said in a most honest and baring way, “All I ever wanted was a world without maps”.

I believe that is what we can accomplish with this project. Where this may lead to, I’m not yet sure at the moment. I’d like to imagine it may become an exhibit. I’d like to imagine it may become a book. In the words of Henry Miller, “Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything”. But whatever it becomes, I would like it to bring goodness and share goodness.

Please take the time to think of your own personal “My Beautiful Word” and share it. Not just here with this project, but share the message with your friends, with your families. And ask them to share as well. Let’s see the language, and the energy behind the language and words travel further than we can possibly imagine in this moment.

To submit your “My Beautiful Words”, please send an email to words @ .

The following information is required:
1) Your word (ie: Sayang)
2) The language origin and what the word means (Indonesia, love)
3) The reason this is your most beautiful word, the story you have for this word
4) Your name, where you come from, your age, or whatever you want to share of yourself
5) If you like, send a photograph that represents your word, shows you with your word

In submitting your word for “My Beautiful Words” project, you kindly allow that your “My Beautiful Word” can be openly used for this project as the project grows. Of course, we will contact you for permission should this be published in any other way other than means of internet.

All I can say is thank you. Thank you for being a part of something special, for being a part of something that speaks a beautiful language that we can share with the world.

Much Love,


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Audrey Hepburn

"If I'm honest, I have to tell you I still read fairy tales. 
And I like them best of all."

Audrey Hepburn

Photograph Copyright: Mark Shaw

Nothing is Impossible

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!

Audrey Hepburn

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

All that Lies Within Us...

"What lies behind us and what lies before us 
are tiny matters compared to 
what lies within us."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Moveable Feast...

"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, 
then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, 
for Paris is a moveable feast."

Ernest Hemingway

Paris... Paris... Paris...

Words a friend once wrote on a card...

"Paris is everywhere! We just have to allow it to be."

Photograph credits: Unknown

Courage... Courage doesn't always Roar.

Courage doesn't always roar. 
Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says 
"I'll try again tomorrow". 

Mary Anne Radmacher

Monday, October 1, 2012

Today's "My Beautiful Words" Submission... Namaste.

Today's My Beautiful Word submission... Namaste.

This must also be one of my favourite words. So it made me all the happier to see this word being sent in and personally defined by someone else...

Submitted by Mona Mate from Pacifica, California, USA
(Originally from Kenya)

Sanskrit, India ("I bow to you", A greeting)

"I honor the place in you, in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you, which is of love, of truth, of light and peace. When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, we are one."

To me, this is a beautiful reminder, that with each person that I cross paths with, there is no distance between us. Nor are we any different. I appreciate you, right here, right now. Namaste.

Thank you Mona!

Only More Love...

"I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, 
then there is no hurt, 
but only more love."

Mother Teresa