Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mad with joy


"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us." --Iris Murdoch, author (1919-1999)


I often wonder how people can do this. . .

. . .to this planet of wonder and beauty. We live on a miracle in the universe. If I imagine a world without flowers, I feel empty. It amazes me that something whose purpose is to propagate and, in doing so feed other lifeforms, can also be so dazzling. How did we get so lucky?


Here. I'll spread a little mad joy and wonder. Just because.


I've got an idea. *light bulbs bursting*

I think I'll start a small journal that's just for noticing a wonder in my personal universe. It could be as simple as observing the veins in a leaf or watching the moon rise.

It's not that I don't see these things regularly. That's why I write haiku. Still, I'd like to make a point of seeking out what makes this a world worth praise and passion.




I hope this doesn't sound googly-eyed or preachy. I simply believe we can make
our world better by seeing it for what it already is and glorying in that.


That brings me to the lovely Julie Dao who bestowed upon me the Happy Blogger Award. This award is about blogs that make you feel good when you visit. I feel that way about Julie's site, which is filled with fantasy and gorgeous music. I always want to pull up a chair and stay awhile. I also second the other bloggers she named, many of whom are my favorite hangouts.

Since I should add more (and this is impossible always), here are few bloggers who make me smile on a regular basis.

Stephanie Thornton

VR Barkowski

Karen Amanda Hooper

Carolina Valdez Miller

Sarah Wylie



Misha Gerrick said...

That's a great idea.

I have once thought about doing something similar, but realized soon after that I can't sit still long enough.

Congrats on the award!


Donna said...

Wow! Beauty all around us. You definitely deserve that award.

Stephanie Thornton said...

Thanks for the mention- your blog is infinitely more beautiful than mine!

I love the journal idea- I find I'm most creative when I notice all the little things around me.

And I'm in awe over that beautiful purple flower- where is that from?

Wen Baragrey said...

I also wonder about people and how they are capable of such thoughtlessness and stupidity, both when it comes to the planet and so many other things too. Reading blogs like yours gives me hope, because I know the vast majority of people think the way you do (or the planet would have long since disappeared under a mantle of mire). There's hope for us yet, and posts like yours help.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Misha: I know what you mean about sitting still. I'm terrible at meditation. But I can do yoga, because there is movement. So, I think we can observe while walking, right?

Donna: Thank you!

Stephanie: You're welcome. I love your blog.
That purple flower is known as a passion flower or passion vine. I found this one growing on someone's garden fence as I was out for a walk. The "passion" in the name was given by early Catholic missionaries who related the structure of the flower to aspects of Christ. But since they're found throughout the world, there are other names. Some people think they resemble a clock face.
(I assume that's the one you wondered about. The other two are hollyhock and morning glory)

Wen: I know! I'm constantly amazed at how some people have no respect for the planet. We can just keep singing her praises, loud as we can.

BK Mattingly said...

Congrats to the winners and to you! I LOVE that purple one with the yellow "trumpet" center. Do you know what it is?

Golden Eagle said...

That's a wonderful idea.

It's so sad the way people take everything for granted without a second thought; so many little gems go unnoticed all the time.

Congratulations on the award!

Jemi Fraser said...

Love this idea!! You're always so observant. The world is full of joy and wonder - I hope we can stop destroying it.

Char said...

beautiful shots!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Bethany: Thanks! I think you're referring to the passion flower. I described it to Stephanie in the comment above. :)

GoldenEagle: I hope I can unearth as many little gems as possible.

Jemi: I do, too. Sometimes I get really worried, but then there are so many good people, I think we just might make it.

Char: Oh! Thanks, my friend.

Jade said...

Your posts are always so beautiful. Le sigh.

storyqueen said...

I love this idea...of course knowing me, I'd probably misplace mine in a pile of junk...but I just might try it.

The flowers are so lovely. I am going to keep picturing them today when I have to deal with less than savory stuff.....


Bish Denham said...

Lovely Tricia. Thanks for sharing. A daily journal...I need to do that too. I kept one years ago...time to revisit.

Jules said...

No way are you google-eyed, sounds like compassion to me. And lovely photos :)
Congrats on the award.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Jade: Aw, shucks. ;)

Shelley: That's the trick, isn't it? To actually carry the little thing about.

Bish: I'm the world's worst at daily journals. I start one and then notice it again two years later. But this idea of having a specific purpose to observe one thing in nature might work for me.

Jules: Thank you so much!

Liza said...

To use a cliche: Life is in the details. I love your idea Tricia. We need to record them.

VR Barkowski said...

You absolutely deserve the Happy Blogger Award. I always leave Talespinning with a smile. Thank you so much for sharing, I'm honored.

The journal Idea is wonderful, a constant reminder of how fortunate we are. As if these photos aren't reminder enough!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Liza: You already have such a great eye for observation and description. I'm sure you'll fill that notebook up!

Viva: Aw, thank you. That make me smile. :D

cleemckenzie said...

I can't count the number of bags of garbage I've filled after a walk in the woods or along a beach. Beautiful flowers indeed-Styrofoam cup, not so much.

Robyn Campbell said...

You definitely deserve the award, Pat. (((hugs))) And the litter amazes me. Why? I constantly pick up trash when I'm out and about. I wonder about the people who were so careless and uncaring. *sigh*

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Lee: Good for you for picking up! But, oh, how I wish there weren't so many unthinking or, worse, mean-spirited people tossing the trash in the first place.

Robyn: You, too! Exactly, it's hard to comprehend. (and, thank you)