Ralph Waldo Emerson
“These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God to-day. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence. Before a leaf-bud has burst, its whole life acts; in the full-blown flower there is no more; in the leafless root there is no less. Its nature is satisfied, and it satisfies nature, in all moments alike. But man postpones, or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with a reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future. He cannot be happy and strong until he too lives with nature in the present, above time.”
Excerpt From: Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson.” iBooks. Essay: Self Reliance.
I want to thank Elizabeth from Tea and paper for inviting me to this 3 day quote challenge.
You have to check out her blog, she is a great photographer, and has great commentary on life…fun nail polish too! All around fun for everyone.
Like Elizabeth who started with her favorite author, I started with mine. My dear Emerson has been a faithful dining companion since I rediscovered him 4 years ago. He’s been my traveling companion, teacher, corrector, and muse. When I get stuck on something, I wonder if Ralph has had anything to say about it.
This particular quote on being where you are, and what you are speaks to me quite loudly. When we are at harmony with ourselves, being, and living with authenticity we do live ‘above time’ in the present.
I’d like to nominate Lorrie Bowden for the quote challenge. She writes some very cool poetry, and takes lovely photos.