December 31, 2011

Six words of wisdom

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly,
our whole life would change.”

“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother
to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.”
~Eleanor Roosevelt

“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
~Albert Einstein

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
~Steve Jobs

“Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”
~Veronica A. Shoffstall

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
~St. Francis of Assisi

Dear gardening friends: Thanks for your encouragement, friendship, and inspiration during these past 12 months. Happy New Year!

(Please join Diana at Elephant’s Eye for her 12 Days of Christmas meme.)


  1. Great minds think alike. I am using your first quote (Buddha) for a posting on my other Blog with pictures of my garden. That Blog is more about inspiration and my thoughts on life and issues. Not as "calm "as my regular garden Blog! Nice posting today. Jack

  2. Beautiful images and perfect quotes. Thank you; and may we all remember these words in 2012.

  3. Nice post! Best wishes to a very. very happy new year 2012!! Lula

  4. Today every one of your six speaks to me. Especially curiosity, and a sense of wonder.
    Happy New Year!

  5. Great quotes! All very wise. The photos are beautiful as well.

    I hope you have a wonderful New Year's!

  6. A stunning post! I enjoyed all 6 quotes!
    I wish you a very happy New Year and a stunning 2012 Garden!

  7. Love these words of wisdom...many of from my's to a wonderful New Year Beth!!

  8. What a wonderful post, Beth! Words of wisdom indeed. I plan to book mark this page and come back and reread them often. If we all lived our lives this way, somehow I can't help but think the world at large would be a better place. Thank you for your insight throughout the year. Happy New Year!

  9. Loved your images and the quotes. The Einstein quote is a fav of mine. Everything has a bit of mystery and miracle in it somewhere.

  10. Beautiful flowers!
    Wonderful quotations!
    Happy New Year!

  11. Great words to start the new year! Happy New Year to you and yours!!!

  12. Wonderful! Wonderful! I'm going to pass a few of these thoughts along to ears that need to hear them. I won't be at the Bloggers Fling. It would have been wonderful to meet you!

  13. @Jack: I'll check it out! What is the URL? Thanks!

    @Karen: Thank you! Warm thoughts to you and your family as the cold weather sets in. :)

    @Lula: Thanks! All the best to you in the coming year, too!

  14. @Diana: I'm glad--they seemed to wrap up my thoughts pretty well, too. You meme has been fun. Thanks, again, for hosting!

    @NellJean: Happy New Year to you, too! I'm heading over to your blog today. :)

    @Indie: Thank you! I am enjoying getting to know you through Blotanical and your blog.

  15. @Christine: Thanks! I realized I need to spend more time looking at (and photographing) the "tiny things" in the garden again and realizing their "big picture" potential in the coming year. :)

    @Donna: Thank you! I'm looking forward to our collaboration in the months ahead. Cheers!

    @Diane: Thank you, you are so kind. I look forward to visiting your blog often in the coming months--for great recipes and early news about spring 2012!

  16. @Donna: Thanks. It's so true! I'm always content when I think of the world that way. Sometimes I have to remind myself a little bit, though.

    @Lea: Thank you! And thanks for visiting. I'll head over to your blog today!

    @Toni: Thanks! All the best to you, too! I'm looking forward to your posts in 2012!

    @TS: Thank you. Darn, I wish you could make it to the fling (and I hope I can make it)! One of these days we should find a way to meet. :)

  17. I so enjoyed the photos and the quotes---all so true and yet seemingly so hard to put into practice. Happy New Year.

  18. Loved the quote of Veronica A. Shoffstall. I looked for the entire citation and copied/pasted it on my FB personal account. Thank you so much for let me know!
    Your photos are great as well.
    Happy 2012, Beth!

  19. Wonderful words or wisdom. Happy New Year.

  20. @Carolyn: Thank you! Yes, sometimes I need to remind myself to slow down to really see. It's all there, but I often rush around too much to take it all in. :)

    @Dona: Thanks! That quote really spoke to me this year, in particular. I'm glad you liked it, too.

    @Layanee: Thank you! Looking forward to more great posts on your blog this year. Happy New Year!

  21. Great inspirational quotes. It's been a wonderful year 2011 getting to know you. Wishing you and family Happy New Year 2012!

  22. Happy New Year! Thank you for your friendship and kind words during 2011. Best wishes for joyous days ahead!

  23. Wonderful words of wisdom, and such beautiful photos to accompany them, Beth. Happy New Year; may it be filled with miracles for you!

  24. @Autumn Belle: I agree, and I'm looking forward to comparing notes again in 2012. All the best to you and your family!

    @Cat: Thanks! It's great to share garden lessons with people who have similar interests but live in different places. Happy New Year!