Aphorisms and Adages

March 3, 2013

A and AA and A coat

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.  A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.  These sayings resonate with me.

A and A earrings

You see, this is the post I didn’t plan.  I actually shot photos for two different posts and ended up with this one.  I had no idea what to write about.

A and A boots 2A and A 8

So I made myself some tea and started thinking about the fact that I’ve been feeling empty, in a good way.  I haven’t known what to say when asked how I want to spend the next day, week, or month.  I’ve been ignoring the little voice that says I “should” be planning and strategizing.

A and A 2A and A hat

The truth is, I don’t have to right now.  I have lots of sayings to back me up, too!    For instance: “Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes and the grass grows” -Zen Proverb.  I believe it’s Franz Kafka who said,  “Just be quiet and still and the world will offer itself to you to be unmasked”, and one of my favorites: “Don’t just do something.  Stand there.”- attributed to Buddha.

A and A detail coatA and A details 2

Of course I’m reminded by Ecclesiastes 3:1: “To everything there is a season”.  I guess I don’t need to elaborate on that one.  Just check back with me next week; I’m sure to be bursting with plots and plans again.  I might even know what I’m going to post about.  It’s all good.

Outfit details: Tracey Reece coat- recently purchased on sale at a consignment store, hat- Nordstrom Rack, dress and vest- old (?!) cashmere cowl and leather armlets- thrifted and upcycled, boots- thrifted, earrings- made by Lynx.

I’m going to join my lovely friends at Patti’s Visible Monday, since I truly believe: “Friendship is the soul’s heaven” -A. Bronson Alcott.





24 Responses to Aphorisms and Adages

  1. Pam@over50feeling40 on March 3, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Love this post! We all need to be reminded to be still at times and enjoy the peace. Our world today promotes busy-ness….but there is strength in quite reflection. You look lovely in that amazing coat! Often in times of quiet, we find directions to go which are new and thrilling. I look forward to hearing if you have discovered something new! Have a great week!

  2. Val Sparkle on March 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I like those sentiments. I think it’s silly to try to fill every moment with plans. Stillness and even lethargy are part of life, too, and necessary for recharging.

    What a gorgeous coat, and I love that hat, too! I hope you wear them often because they deserve to be used!

  3. pao on March 3, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    ooo, lovely quotes all of them. What a great place to be, enjoy it while it lasts. Oh, I’m doing it too. All the bits and pieces of your ensemble look as though they were destined to come together for your personal sensation. woo-hoo!

  4. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style on March 3, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    “So I made myself some tea” always puts me in a good mood. You look lovely and serene, Jean and thanks for linking up!

  5. The Style Crone on March 3, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    For not having anything to write about, you had a lot to say! Sounds like mindfulness to me and a state that is revered for its healthy benefits. Knowing you, something exciting and creative will come of this.

    Your coat is a piece of art and the earrings picked up the colors in the coat pattern as though they were made for each other. Pao put it perfectly! It must have been destiny!

  6. Veshoevius on March 3, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    You look wonderful in this outfit! That coat is so stunning! I need to sit back and not do anything for a bit – thank you for reminding me!

  7. Lisa Walter on March 4, 2013 at 1:19 am

    I love every single thing about this outfit, Jean. The coat is stunning, the hat adorable and the earrings so pretty. This is just an all around fabulous outfit..made even prettier because its worn by you.

  8. Willow on March 4, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Those are all really wonderful quotes! While not writing a lot, what you said was incredibly inspiring! It can be wonderful to just enjoy peace and quiet, to sit and look at a tree or to just go outside and look at the sky. Lovely pictures, and I love the earthy tones of this ensemble. Gorgeous hat too.

  9. Trina on March 4, 2013 at 3:22 am

    O’ sometimes, to just bask in the stillness of silence, now that is heavenly. I can’t think of a better place to be in life than sipping a cup of tea with no plans in mind. Now I know why you look so lovely all of the time. Enjoy this stillness while it lasts.

  10. Annette on March 4, 2013 at 5:42 am

    Thank you for sharing those lovely quotes.
    I am convinced there are times for a rest and there are times for a new challenge. If it feels right then it is right.

    Very Bohemian – you look fabulous!!

    Lady of Style

  11. Bella Q, The Citizen Rosebud on March 4, 2013 at 11:49 am

    My best posts have come from an empty seat if you will, like the one you were sitting on- I call it my jazz writing improv. Sometimes a most powerful point will be made, one you hadn’t yet thought up, due to the moment of calm before you set proverbial paper to pen. I love this post- it also shows up a glimpse behind the, your, creative process. That creation isn’t all inspiration. There are phases, stages, seasons if you will, and when you are dedicated to the act as much as you are devoted to the muse, you will make things that connect to others.

    Love you, Jean. Empty, Creative, Beautiful. And Full.

  12. Rose on March 4, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Hi Jean, well, we’re not twins for nothing. That is EXACTLY how I’ve felt the last couple of weeks. Nothing wrong, specifically: I just couldn’t seem to “get going” or “get fired up about anything”. Just doing not much seemed to be OK. Goodness knows why.

    I feel a bit more jazzed up lately, but I wouldn’t say back to normal speed. Roll on spring and summer, I say!

    Much love from England,
    Rosemary from http://www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

  13. pastcaring on March 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    What a calm and elegant outfit, Jean, like this post itself and your state of mind! I often start off with a blank screen and don’t think I have much to say in a blog post, but then stuff just tumbles out anyway…
    Love the soft colours and the wondrous boots. And don’t you look fab in that hat? xxxxx

  14. Miss Cellany on March 4, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    February is a hard month, when many of us are subdued into silence and a dearth of plans – but it’s behind us now and spring is just round the corner! Your outfit is beautiful and I especially covet the coat!

  15. Jeannie on March 4, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Lovely post, Jean!
    It would be nice just to be….without any plans or worries. Yeah, good luck with that!

    You are absolutely radiant! Seriously gorgeous!

  16. Vix on March 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Those quotes are just the tonic I need, everything’s a bit hectic at the moment, a couple of hours of quiet contemplation could be just what the doctor ordered.
    I love that coat, it’s absolutely beautiful, and on you it’s a work of art! xxx

  17. Tamera on March 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Great post Jean!!! I am looking forward to next week after all of the crazy business this week is!!

    You look gorgeous as always!!

  18. Jan Graham-McMillen on March 5, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    With all my noise about Monkey Mind, you have the absolute right of it. Creativity pours in much more easily when it doesn’t have to share space in the consciousness!
    That coat … THAT COAT! With the hat, with your armlets … such an artist you are!

  19. Amber of Butane Anvil on March 6, 2013 at 8:48 am

    How beautiful and peaceful to “just be.” Your combination of colour, texture, and silhouette are marvellous as always – I love the botanical shapes in the earrings and gorgeous coat, the colour picked up by the awesome boots, and the shape of this hat is stunning on you! Big love, xo

  20. SACRAMENTO on March 7, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Always stunnig and so tall.
    love your whole attire, dear friend.

  21. Kaffesoester on March 7, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    First I thought I was looking at Judith from the Style Crone, and then I realized it was you Jean! You’re so elegant in this outfit, and you really have a great face for hats!

    Having these empty moments and then stretches of busy planning and working reminds me of those Japanese water features made of bamboo. Water will fill a pipe that tips over when it’s full, emptying the water out into a little stream. The empty pipe returns to upright position, and is slowly filled again…

  22. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas on March 7, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Stunning outfit Jean. The cashmere cowl and the armlets really belong with the coat. I love your words, feeling empty, in a good way. It’s kind of like the perfect pause in poetry…gives us time to really hear the words being spoken and look forward to the next line. I think we benefit from pausing in our own selves in much the same way.

    Sue xo

  23. Rosalind on March 8, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Number 2 photo of you – all seated, relaxed beauty and reveling in ‘taking a moment’. I especially love the Buddhist saying: a great reminder to stop and breathe, and be. I’m sure I’m only repeating myself but your smile beams so strongly from the computer screen that I can feel the warmth from here!

  24. Tamera Beardsley on March 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I can so relate to this situation my dear… as I seem to wander back and forth from this reality… but I seem to be all the better for it after! So what birthday plans do you ave for this month?

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