Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Reflection


"Most true happiness comes from one's inner life, from the disposition of the mind and soul. Admittedly, a good inner life is difficult to achieve, especially in these trying times. It takes reflection and contemplation and self-discipline."
William L Shirer

i guess one of the greatest moments in anybody's growth and development as a human is when he or she no longer tries to hide from him or herself but determines to get acquainted with themselves as they really are...

13 comments:

marko said...

paul -- thinking of you today and wishing we could e-connect. but i don't have your current email address (at least i don't think i do). can you shoot me an email? marko@youthspecialties.com

Anna said...

Paul, I love this shot...the colors, your words and the lines! Well done here!

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

hey marko
you are due a long e-connection dear friend - having probs with email at the mo - can recieve but won't let me send! am such a dork! - will shoot as soon as problem is rectified

anna,
thank you - i have had lots of shots, but few words of late - i like them to dovetail and have struggled for that to happen for a few days - thanks for the encouragement as always

Awareness said...

I love the blues......in your photo, not when it infiltrates my mind. Beautiful photo.

Shirer's quote....found myself reflecting and contemplating over it. :)

I think we are all very good at doing the first two things. It's the self-discipline where I personal fall short and often fall right down on my ass. I can ruminate til the cows come home. Nothing can be accomplished or changed unless I dig deep into my pool of motivation to be able to focus on making a change that will lead to inner happiness.

Carl Jung states.......

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves."

Often our reflections are found in the faces of others? Inner work striving for happiness may also need interaction...... maybe?

eurorebs said...

Beautiful photo!!

Have enjoyed reading your blog. Especially love the story about the couple that adopted the three siblings. Beautiful.

(here from Anna's page)

Niki said...

I've just written a post on trying to find out what exactly I am; I know what you're saying here.

Society's Elite said...

"no longer tries to hide from him or herself but determines to get acquainted with themselves as they really are..."

wow.. "as they really are"...i've been reflecting lately on that same thought... great post... it's liberating when you really let go of the pretense and just "be"... you don't have to work hard to do that...usually grace shows up when that happens...

i'm at a point in my life where i'm tired of all the fucking masks...

thanks for the reminder...

peace...

mister tumnus said...

i think i'm a point where i'm realising that some of the faces i thought were masks are actually me after all, and that i don't have to just be one thing to all people. having said that i'm also thinking about the wisdom of 'level 5' lately. i've got to say i don't know if it's always a good idea to be completely open about everything (for me). maybe i don't understand the level 5 thing completely.

anyway, your post was about being true to yourself, and i think that's very important as far as it is possible.

Anna said...

Doing OK there? I am awaiting your wonderful words and original pics...hehehe! Hope all is well where you are! :)

bluemountainmama said...

lovely reflection in the photo to go with the reflective thoughts....just when i think i really know myself, i usually do or think something that totally suprises me...

bjk said...

ihopeso

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

Thank you all for your comments

Dana is right, reflection is the easy bit giving the bare bones of that reflection flesh and muscle is another thing all together...our reflections found in the faces of others - i suggest we don't reflect on that, but start looking

I am also tired of the fucking masks - but i also think mr t maybe wise to suggest that some of our masks are ourselves after all

for the record i level 5 with very few people, and most of the time i barely get to level 3 on here...

...on reflection, i don't know whether that saddens me or gives me relief - wish i knew

gareth higgins said...

hola lulu

please email me

papa