The difference between me and a butterfly is that the butterfly looks at a flower with no purpose in mind but to sip nectar. The flower feeds its body while for me the colours and shapes and scents of flowers feed my heart. But how arrogant of me to assume that the butterfly does not feel its miniscule heart also soar for no reason other than touching and being touched by beauty!
Our human responsibility for animal rights, plant rights, and the rights of the earth to its health and wholeness is self-evident. Whatever our beliefs about the hereafter we are the temporary custodians of the here-and-now, and if we neglect our obligations or abuse our powers then we abrogate any rights to a further share in this planet’s delights.
Counting your blessings is a better cure for insomnia than counting sheep – you can fall asleep before you get through half of them.
A close contact with nature has been a focus of my life since childhood and has been my inspiration both professionally and personally. I believe that for most of us, most of the time, it is in the everyday experience of beauty, certainly in nature and in music, that we sense a heaven half-revealed and come closest to the true meaning of reality.
Fame is a bird easily startled – step softly towards it.
There are no easy words for the insights of the spirit, and approximate language used in good faith can cause approximate truths to spread like a disease.
When I was a little girl my aunt wrote these lines in my autograph book:
So many gods, so many creeds
So many paths that wind and wind
And yet the art of being kind
Is all the sad world needs.
When I grew up I came to understand that basic truth – and I learned that more often than not the gift of kindness comes back to the giver.
It is not always possible to change the evils we see around us in the world. Sometimes the best we can do is simply demonstrate the alternatives.
Autumn in my garden is when trees give their tickertape welcome to winter.
I am inspired by the professionalism of others. I believe there is an obligation to strive for excellence in what one is asked to do. No pains are too great, no revisions too tedious no matter how small the result. But I also believe that while humility should not be overdone, excellence should never be taken for granted, otherwise we stop reaching for it.