Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tranquil Tuesday


Sometimes it seems as though busy is a status symbol. 

If I'm not busy . . . producing . . . accomplishing . . . doing something . . . am I unworthy? unmotivated? undisciplined? 

Or is it acceptable to do nothing at all?  

Maybe the best lessons come from listening. 

Maybe doing good sometimes means doing less. 

Maybe choosing joy requires time for thinking. 

Maybe kindness begins with calmness. 








I'm linking up with Kim Klassen {dot} com where photography is a means of cultivating tranquility.  Thank you to Kim for her texture, kk_claires, used to bring a light and airy touch to my photographs.


23 comments:

  1. Lovely still lifes. I think my favourite is the fourth one - love that angle and the softness.

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  2. Yes and amen to your words, and the photos are a perfect picture of peace and quiet and tranquility.

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  3. Donna you set ups are always so lovely, they have an ease about them as if they were no effort on your part in doing. A very nice quality. Love that tea cup, just wonderful. I also agree, some times the quilt comes in when I see so many people busy and wonder if I need be. Good post and you always make my day. Have a good one.

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  4. always so lovely (adore that teacup - english? wedgewood?) and I appreciate your thoughts and considerations, especially as I sip my coffee in quiet...alas, my busy starts soon...but I know my time to rest and be calm is just around the corner...

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  5. I'd be happy to join in the "de-glorification" of busy! I'm going to sit here and enjoy your beautiful images for awhile! Love the tea cup and your beautiful compositions!

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  6. Your images are quite lovely, the little bowls holding the tea leaves are precious. Calm is something much needed during this busy holiday season. I admit I do feel guilty whenever I sit and 'just be'. Maybe I will sit for a little longer and look at your calming photos. :)

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  7. Well, you brought a sense of peace and calmness to me this morning. Your light and airy images are a breath of fresh air and I can imagine you taking your time, setting up the scene, playing with it, and then sipping tea. I absolutely love that quote! I'm busy but have been taking steps to pare down to "being busy" doing only what I love and I've been quite successful. I'm feeling better about everything lately ... have a wonderful day, Donna.

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  8. Such beautiful, thoughtful words! I agree with too much of the busy-ness. Your photos are so lovely and peaceful! Have a wonderful day!

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  9. Your images are lovely and calming. This year I finally embraced the 'less is more' in my life. Seems I've spent a lifetime overcommitting. Though I've certainly gotten a lot done, I didn't feel as enriched by those experiences as I do now with a quieter life. Your words here this morning are wise and true. Thank you!

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  10. Lovely series of shots. I am finally learning that doing less can be more.

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  11. Beautiful images and post - I find that choosing to do nothing, even for a few minutes, has such a calming effect on my day. Love your tea cup!

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  12. I think tranquility definitely means the beginning of kindness to one's self! I love that tea cup, so pretty, so unique. And I love your thoughts today, thanks for sharing.

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  13. Beautiful series. Most interesting wide cup for your tea . . . it's very nice.

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  14. A very thoughful and inspirational post. I am one who is guilty of thinking if you're not rushing around doing something, you must be doing nothing. I am now learning that taking time for yourself and doing nothing can be more productive in the long run.

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  15. All your beautiful photos say "tranquillity" to me. :)
    Your tea cup is real pretty, Donna, and so unusual. I really like it.
    Sipping a cup of tea has such a calming effect on me.
    Thank you for your kind words at my blog, you really made my day!

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  16. Yes! I took vacation the week of Thanksgiving and didn't really plan much (which is unusual form me!) creatively or otherwise. I just wanted a week to relax, read a book and putz around for a few days. It worked! Though it was hard to go back to work when the time came ... I love that red tea in your pictures! I can almost smell it. -- Michele at Sweet Leaf

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  17. Firstly, I love your teacup, it's beautiful ! Secondly, oh how your words resonate with me, I feel as if the days aren't long enough at the moment ! Your photos are wonderfully soothing :))

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  18. Oh what a nice start to my day! Sitting here in the airport heading to Bangkok and your writing and photos are just so calming...Thank you! So happy to follow your blog!

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  19. good words, lovely photos, I think you have all the answers to life…. exquisite little cup I might add.

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  20. I love everything about this post, Donna. Blessings.

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  21. Donna, I absolute love these pictures. The tea cup is to die for.

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