Thursday, January 27, 2011

value

katelyn pretty"It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.       old camera card stuff 2010 brooke almost one 010
It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive. old camera card stuff 2010 brooke almost one 008
It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it. old camera card stuff 2010 brooke almost one 009
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human. old camera card stuff 2010 brooke almost one 004
It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy. katrina and jesse gonzales
I want to know if you can see beauty even when it's not pretty, every day,and if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!” old camera card stuff 2010 brooke almost one 012
It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.     
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It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back. old camera card stuff 2010 brooke almost one 050
It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away. old camera card stuff 2010 brooke almost one 034
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments." old camera card stuff 2010 brooke almost one 070
Oriah Mountain Dreamer
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51 comments:

I'm just the MOM said...

That picture is totally me! lol

lifebythecreek said...

Hmmm. I would love to be able to delve that deep. But some days, it feels as if just keeping my head above the waves is the best that I can do. Other days, I feel like I can walk on top of them, holding His hand. It's sort of a wavy roller coaster. How about YOU, Becky? You're always asking US these deep questions... but how about you? (and your choice of photos was absolutely impeccable... )

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

So great Becky! When I saw that first picture I just had to click on to read it! Love the shots and words as usual!

Ky said...

As I was reading I was hoping that you had written these words. They seem like something you would say/ask.

Sure is something to think about. Putting value on whats real!

Love you're work Becky! Love it! xx

Tiffany said...

sweet photos! I seen the last post. her pictures are amazing with a point and shoot i would of never guessed.

jennykate77 said...

I LOVE this. You're always so totally genius with the words you pair up with pictures.

Hope you're having a great week!!♥ *muah*

April said...

Man, oh, man...do those words speak VOLUMES! I love how your pictures always tell the story perfectly!

In the Heart of Happy said...

Such a poignant yet perfect post for today, I think.

I love this. The first photo is halarious.

Brian Miller said...

wow. you gave me big smiles...boh in the pictures and the words...excellent...

Brooke said...

to like who you are with when you are alone - that's the beauty of a long (1+ hour) run. all that time with nothing but your body and your mind and actually enjoying yourself.

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Great Photos and Post. Hugs. Tam

Farmgirl Paints said...

well that had me at hello...talk about thought provoking. loved it!

Lori said...

I remember reading this some years ago and loving it...have loved it ever since and would have to say it is one of my top favorite peices. I enjoyed reading this thought provoking words again and seeing your photo's...precious...such a gift to me this night. Thank you. XX

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

What a beautiful, beautiful post. If only more people put these questions to themselves, imagine what a world that would be! :)

myevil3yearold said...

Your posts always move me.

Sarah Halstead said...

I love these photos and message. So very true. I love coming here.

photowannabe said...

Love the questions you propose. Its a challenge to be happy in my skin but yes I would stand in the middle of the fire with you!
Adore the pictures.

Cindy said...

This is a great post. This is the heart of life. All that other stuff is just surface dust.

Kim said...

Beautiful photography and beautiful messages in those words that I will take with me into sleep tonight. Thank you Becky. Hugs!

Hilary said...

All such beautiful faces but that first little sweetie is a heart stealer!

Kelly said...

Love that last photo. What a ham!

Rachel said...

SURREAL!

My husband sent me this poem when we were dating. Always loved it - especially the last line.

Thank you for that sweet memory!

Alex said...

Lovely words, lovely photos.

Coffee Break Mama said...

Adore this post. Especially that last line. Thank you so much for sharing - always so uplifting to come over here and visit :)

Buckeroomama said...

The words might have come from an Oriah Mountain Dreamer, but as I was reading them, I could just as easily believe they came from you. :)

"I want to know if you can live with failure...and still stand ...and shout.. “Yes!” I love this.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Wow...that gave me goose bumps! LOVE it. And, that 1st capture is just too sweet.

Have a wonderful weekend, B!

TechnoBabe said...

Great writing. Yes, I like the person I am.

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is beautiful and wonderful....the words and the beautiful people too!

sarah - dodeline design said...

Oh my goodness those baby photos are precious!

Formerly known as Frau said...

I don't need to read books or poetry ...I just visit you everyday and learn,grow and mostly smile! and today the last picture made me laugh! Thanks for touching my heart everyday! xo

naomemandeflores said...

Favorite part: "I want to know if you can see beauty even when it's not pretty".

So beautiful!


Camila F.

Cafe Fashionista said...

This is truly such a beautiful post. Love!! :)

Tracy P. said...

Wow, Becky! "I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself." With two "tweens" in the house, this brings tears to my eyes--may they say MANY yeses to this in the coming years!

Maddy said...

Your posts are always chock full of inspiration!! Not sure where you find it all....but you're good, Miss Becky!! Have a great weekend!

Anaiz said...

Great post, I love all the pictures, they're so sweet :) Have a great weekend!

Leia said...

What a lovely post and squeeeee at the cute babies!

Leia

The GUILTY HYENA said...

Galvanizing quotes used, can put simple things of life in perspective certainly with those beautiful snaps!

Y. Ikeda said...

Intriguing post with a great portrait photos.

RR Mama said...

Amazing, amazing photos!

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

There's a planet squaring my moon? I feel all dirty.

(As always, gorgeous, touching photos)

Katie said...

Your pictures are great! What are your secrets? I love the pictures of the eyes with reflections, awesome. I love your blog layout too and the size of your pictures. Thank you for all your sweet nice comments they make my day. You are special!

sophie...^5 said...

That first picture is so adorable. Look what you`ve done...Now you got me thinking.

Jim said...

Lot's to contemplate! I am full of inspiration and wonderful images....thanks to you Becky.

Frank Baron said...

Nice meshing of philosophy and photos. :)

Brahm (alfred lives here) said...

Love it! Love the words, love the pics, live the whole idea and feeling of it. Love!

Dot O said...

Beautiful... thought provoking. What a way to give life some perspective. Your photos are magnificent!

Thank you Becky!

Casey Freeland said...

Hard questions. Wish I could say heck yes to all of them. :) I like it when you mix in a little scenery picturing amongst your people studies. Good stuff.

Cheers,

Casey

emily said...

Simply beautiful. Photos and words.

Wendi said...

I kept thinking each photo was my favorite until I saw the next one. Gorgeous!

Wendi said...

I kept thinking each photo was my favorite until I saw the next one. Gorgeous!

Liz said...

Great pictures!