Photography and Digital Arts by Paulette L Motzko, PLM Studios, Copyright December 2015
The quotes today especially around the top of the time.
Image created by Paulette Motzko and written by Paulette Motzko
1. Time flies over us , but leaves its shadow behind. – Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, 1860.
2. Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear, and with a manly heart. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion, 1839.
3. Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land. So the little minutes, humble though they be, make the mighty ages of eternity. – Julia Carney, Little Things, 1845.
4. The days forever divine as to the first Aryans, there are of least pretension,
End of the greatest capacity is anything that exists. They come and go like muffled and sales figures sent from a distant friendly party; but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them is silently away. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Works and Days, Society and Solitude, 1870.
I threw the 4th one in for good measure because it was my favorite of them all!
The three people I am nominating are to so this same challenge are:
1. Paul Militaru, Photography Portfolio
2. Esther Ling, Hortus Closus
3. Xena, Blackbutterfly7
June 25, 2015
Good morning everyone,
As I watch the morning news here in Las Vegas, Nevada-my new home I am still daily adjusting to the neighborhoods and people and how radically different it is here.
Today I hope you begin it with new and fresh ideas. Give yourself and hour in the morning where you regroup, reassess the goals you have in your life.
If you don’t have any goals, it is about time you create some!
To live you life without anything to aspire to and without knowing what your true talents are for you to foster is like not knowing yourself.
The closer you are to knowing every talent you possess and what you are best at, as well as what you love most-the closer you will arrive at living a life more fulfilling than you ever believed possible.
Don’t let others sway your decisions, because you will be living your life for yourself in the end.
After all of the things you do for others, after all the selfless actions you do for your kids, your spouse and the obligatory things you do in your daily work, you are left with yourself and that is it.
You are going to be on this earth hopefully for another 20 years and why not enjoy every minute of being on earth?
Give yourself time in the morning to hear the birds chirp, drink coffee or tea or other relaxing beverage, and just “be”. Don’t have any noise on except the ambient sounds of the world waking up in your city in your state in your country.
Listen in relative silence and you will be amazed what kinds of things this reveals.
It is through silence and the sounds of nature you can hear angels sing in your heart.
May you have a blessed day and meet people who are kind, caring and good and interested in the things you are.
Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Let Your Life Be Your Message Image found on Pinterest
Digital Photo Collage created by Paulette L Motzko
Cappuccino Image & Let This Be The Day To Start Anew Created by Paulette L Motzko
Learning new things is something I have loved since very young and my mother taught me to read when I was four years old. I learned how to sound out words and understood prefixes and suffixes at an early age so it was like a game to figure out the meaning of big words.
If I wasn’t playing a song on the piano, I had my happy contented head buried in a good book or cook book.
This love of language then progressed into writing the lyrics to songs, of which I have 50 with copyrights in the Library of Congress, and would love the world to hear them one day. It has always been one of my dreams to have them recorded in a nice studio with instruments and arranged. I met someone recently who is a recording engineer, who I hope to make that a reality.
Back to Ernest Dimnet’s thought provoking poignant quote about concentration.
“Certainly we cannot help thinking any more than we can help breathing, but, just as we can choose to breathe pure air in a pine wood on a high hill, we can place our mind where the images it will work upon will be of a higher nature.” -by Ernest Dimnet from “The Art of Thinking”
I got lucky and opened up three books that said on their spine “The World’s Greatest Literature” that were in my friend’s house sitting lonely on the shelf. A good book always longs for someone to hold it and caress its pages and love it, remember it and hopefully, if it is a really great book pass it down to others and share its glory, knowledge, lore and the many benefits within its covers. I guess a great book has a lot in common with me! Except I want my gifts and talents to be shared with the right people who can appreciate them!
When I spotted Ernest Dimnet’s “The Art of Thinking” Copyright 1928 by Simon & Schuster and read a few of the paragraphs-(I learned how to speed read but only use it to know if I want to read something in depth)-and I knew it was something special- and it was.
I was also surprised in the three volumes how many authors I had never heard of, considering I was in Honors English and took every class Garden Grove High School taught and loved each one of them.
Writing and doing the exercises my great teachers had me do was as though I was a sculptor carving marble or alabaster until I chiseled the words to my liking. Reading great literature is like a journey into some of the greatest minds that ever lived. Learning about the lives of the writers and what kind of people they were and where they lived helped me understand why they wrote what they did as well.
The more you read the more it exposes you to new ideas, new cultures, new ways of thinking and in general new horizons. Every book alters the course of your life because you will never be the same after you read it. After all, any time a person gains new knowledge they are in a sense “enlightened”. Remember Helen Keller when Anne Sullivan fingerspelled the word W-A-T-E-R in her hand? At that moment she realized that everything in the world had a name and her dark world void of sound or images was lit with the knowledge of the world around her.
Sometime go to your public library or look on GoogleBooks.com and read just one of the books Helen Keller wrote. You will be awed and amazed at how well she wrote and what a literal genius she became, especually since she was totally blind and deaf!
Books you think are boring now for required reading in school or college you’ll find years later a deeper appreciation of having read it will emerge; that is what I discovered.
In regards to solitude, Ernest Dimnet made me realize that the greatest minds of all time craved solitude so they could think and work out problems and CREATE. Now I don’t feel so bad and like a “loner” when I take that special time. It is needed if you problem solve, work on what I call “cerebral stuff” above-the-neck-stuff a lot.
There are happy mediums for everything in life and balance in life and the types of activities you incorporate are key to a happy, healthy life too. For instance, if your job entails computer work, which is largely solitary and requires concentration and is sedentary, that means that you have to set LIMITS. No more than an hour at a time with 15 minute breaks. If you do more you begin to turn into what I call a “cyborg” at Starbucks! I see people all the time almost hooked to the computers with their eyes glazed over, not seeing anything or anyone around them. It scares me when I see that. People like that are desensitized to everything around them, to where they don’t see or hear anything-since an iPod is usually playing making it impossible to hear what is going on around them.
Now mind you I go to lots of places and do work and have music playing on my iPod, but I am never so engrossed I cannot talk to a human being and pay attention to my surroundings. Remember this:
Computers are Things
Before Computers There Were People
Unplug yourself and phones for at least an hour or more a day.
You will feel your blood pressure go down, feel more relaxed and not be “hooked to anything” but the moments, the sounds of the birds or the person next to you talking to you.
When I was going to college years ago in 1984 and graduated in 1986 before my marriage to the rocket scientist-(which lasted a good fifteen years)…cell phones hadn’t been invented yet and Twitter and Facebook were a pipe dream.
Hard to image how I existed, but I did.
In relation to solitude Ernest Dimnet wrote:
“The Art of Thinking is the art of being one’s self and this art can only be learned if one is by one’s self.”
He also wrote, which is food for thought:
“Solitude produces exhilaration of consciousness, the consciousness of our innermost, whatever that may be.”
I hope these quotes from great minds like Ernest Dimnet and myself help you look at life in a different way and to capture the lost minutes in ways you never thought of.
Did you know that Lamoignons had a wife who always kept him waiting for dinner? He kept a pad of paper and a pen by the table and wrote during that time. All of those captured minutes, as I call them were transformed into several volumes of spiritual meditations.
Since I commute on the bus every day for 45 minutes one way, I am going to take my pad and pen with me and try writing and see if I can manage to do it. I do listen to my iPod or a good PodCase on iHeart Radio or live Radio Show, which is entertaining and as good as any “book on tape” or “Audio Book.”…and free if you have a SmartPhone or iPod.
Are there minutes you can “repurpose” rather than waste? If you commute on a bus bring a book, bring an old fasioned pad of paper and a pen. If you can’t afford a computer for a word processing program like MS Word like I swear by, everyone can afford a pad of paper and pen. Also, if you have a SmartPhone, you can write on a blog or on the NotePad or on a file on Box.com-a collaboration tool that allows you to collaborate with anyone in the world on books or anything you desire. (The files are private so only you and the people you choose can see or manipulate them!)
Books will never ever be outdated. There is a place for Nooks, Kindles, iPods and books with covers and pages.
Pros for a book: No electricity and moderately priced and you can pick one up in a flash of a second and put it away when you feel like it. Many things are only available in book form today. Plus there is something special about reading a book that is nearly 70 years old and in the original, unmodified text.
Many like The Fannie Farmer Cook Book have been through so many revisions, Fannie Farmer isn’t even mentioned in newer printings!! She created the first cooking school and regulated measurements that we know today like teaspoons, cups etc. Before that it was a “pinch of this or that”. To elimate the founder of The Boston Cooking School is a major blunder, but that is what happens when too many editors touch something. The original message gets lost key elements are left out. Revisions in books are like having different cooks adding their own ingredients to a pot of soup. After twenty years worth, the book becomes nothing like what the original author wrote. I like to read what the author wrote. It is part of history.
Make sure during your day, after exercising your brain for hours that you take time and do some yoga, take a nice walk and reflect on the day. It will make you feel better, clear your mind and create a balance by exercising yourself “below the waist”. That is something I am working on and am using my BodyTrac that is like a sophisticated rowing machine.
To sum this, if you are not American or are from another country and English is your second language, LEARN ENGLISH FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR CHILDREN and YOU and YOUR CHILD’s FUTURE. Children in America are required to learn English in schools but their parents are not.
The pros to learning English:
You will be able to communicate easily to anyone in the United States.
You can communicate with your children, make more friends and get higher paying jobs. I am sure you never thought about reading, writing and English literacy that way before. I hope if I did one thing by writing this, that I inspire people to learn and become more than what they are by learning a basic skill kids learn in grade school. Literacy will change your life for the better in countless ways.
Those reasons should be enough to get into an adult literacy course. Most libraries offer them for FREE, or they can direct you where to go to learn English in your area.
We as human beings, have many parts to our beings. The trick is to accomplish what you need to without overdoing it in any one area.
Allow yourself at least an hour or more of solitude and pay attention to how much better you feel and how much more productive you are when you are around people.
It is true.
Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright January 2014
Clouds and Blue Sky Image from Google Imgages
All other photographs taken by Paulette L. Motzko with exception to Paulette Le Pore at her Nanny’s Henry F. Miller piano, which was taken by my dad Ernest C. Le Pore when I was 9 years old. The year I began playing piano & writing music, cooking and exploring writing.
“Time is really the only capital that any human being has and the thing that he can least afford to waste or lose” –
Thomas A. Edison
Be it enjoying a pot of tea at your favorite tea house, a cup of coffee away from the hussle, noise and bustle of every day life, especially mothers and fathers need to take time out so they will have patience in abundance for their children who are always inquisitive and wanting something.
Most people take care of their cars better than themselves!
You wouldn’t run your car with no gas in the tank would you?
Then, treat yourself with the same respect as you do your car. You’re far more valuable and there is only one in the whole world like you, with no replacements.
So remember when you take that time out, you need it because you won’t have what it takes to fill the many demands put upon you.
Your life and kids and family will see a new you by doing so too. Explain it to them or let them read this. Also, if you are a caregiver, which I used to be, this is extra important. Take time out for you and tap into every support network you can to get emotional support as well as services that will lighten your load.
Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright January 2014
Photography by Paulette L. Motzko Photography
Mentoring Others and Volunteering Your Time & Passing On Your Talents
By Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright November 13th, 2013
Time is the most precious thing you will ever have in this life. IT is more valuable than rubies or diamonds or anything you will possess because it involves your life. Once it is gone it is gone, and will never come back again. That is why we need to make sure we are spending our time in fruitful, rewarding ways.
By doing so, we will make the most of the gifts, talents we were given on this earth and we can pass them on to others each time we mentor someone else. It is like passing on a golden torch to someone else and knowing that your expertise will be something they will remember forever.
I was so touched when Amused Now on Twitter chose me and my blog Totally Inspired Mind: Where Positive Minds Congregate. She asked me if I would like to do a blog post on her site that would be featured so the world could read it.
When she said “how about the subject mentoring I had just written about it on Totally Inspired Mind and featured it as a topic on the site that week.
I was learning everything I could about the topic and reading as many examples of people making a difference in other’s lives as I could.
I will begin by saying to mentor someone is to pass on the best of the information and wisdom you have learned on a given topic or expertise. Once you have become a master of a special expertise, whether it be writing, blogging, cooking, painting, philanthropy, project development, advertising, photography or knowing how to hit the ball in the hoop every time in basketball-you can pass that gift on as though you have a magic wand in your hand and wisdom in your heart.
The benefits of mentoring are three fold: The biggest benefit is for the person you are guiding through the beginning of learning something. When someone who knows how to do a trade or has special knowledge shows another, they can teach another like nobody else can. You can show the child in Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts how to cook, or get involved with other programs they offer. Ideas for doing just that are at:
Girl’s Scouts of America http://www.girlsouts.org/
Boy Scouts of America http://www.scouting.org
Care.org-The leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Defending Dignity-Fighting Poverty.
If you have extra time and are bored, or want to make a valid contribution to mankind, look at VolunteerMatch.com where you as the volunteer can choose from thousands of volunteering opportunities. Volunteerism and Mentoring are very similar in the sense that you are giving of yourself, your time, your talents, and the special gifts you were born with and either showing someone something they didn’t know how to do-in mentoring, or doing something knowing you will never get paid for it in dollars. The kind of payment you get for these types of positions goes far beyond the dollar. Many can lead to internships and being hired by the company you volunteer your time for though.
Another way you can change the world, one signature at a time is to join ipetitions.com and create a petition in your area and then obtain signatures so that you can change policies, gain funding and improve the lives of others. I did just that be creating a petition to urge congress to give one billion dollars in funding for the disabled in CA for urgent housing vouchers and subsidized housing. We have an epidemic of homeless and displaced disabled people here in southern CA.
A very powerful mentoring resource was found by talking into my Android MyTouch phone into the Vocal Search, an application that I use dozens of times a day to research things on the net. Mentoring.com or the National Mentoring Partnership has mentoring resources, starting a program, news and research and more.
The way of things is to give back something hopefully when you leave this earth that makes the worth just a little better because you were there.
Mentoring and volunteerism are both great ways of doing that as well as having a philanthropic spirit that doesn’t think about the latest fashions and shoes on sale but thinks in a broader, bigger picture of the world and the people live on it.
See what you can give back today and you will become a better and kinder more patient person and be glad you did.
I don’t know who wrote this but I discovered it on Facebook just now and thought I would share it all with the now 816 followers of Totally Inspired Mind. I have my house nearly packed up and it is strange to see it all in boxes scattered throughout the place. I have been here for 12 years and I will be heading for Tucson, Arizona very soon!
“Write your sad times in sand, write your great times in stone.”- George Bernard Shaw
If this doesn’t speak reams about what you place importance on in life, I don’t know what does. Thank you Beedempled Brain on Facebook for showing me this fantastic quote from the late great George Bernard Shaw.
I hope it inspires my 728 followers as much as it did me.
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
In this short life that only lasts an hour….
How much- how little – is within our power.”
– Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson hated to go out in public and wrote very deep poems, each one being numbered instead of named. I have her complete works by Ralph Franklin, the Director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University and two other books about Emily Dickinson. She is one of the many authors I read about when studying and analyzing the works of Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, Henry David Thoreau, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Carl Sands-who was a woman, but used a man’s name because women did not have the rights that they do today and would never have gotten published! Can you believe it?
This one is short but it is very true.
Needless our lives don’t really last an hour, but she uses that as a metaphor to show how quickly time goes by.
Unlimited Possibilities with Paper and Pen or My Computer
Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright December 31st, 2012
With a pen in hand
Paper and an idea
I have the whole world.
Haiku II: Unlimited Possibilities with My Computer
With my computer
No distractions, thought and time
Anything is mine.
The Time it Takes
The Time it Takes To
Accomplish the things you want
Is simply called Life.
Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright December 30th, 2012
I have a good friend who is an eye surgeon named “Dr. Margaret” and she gives me special sayings, stories and vignettes that mean the world to her and she likes to pass the kindness my way. I had a little stack of them in my prayer book as a book mark and thought I would share this one with my readers.
I hope you have a very merry Christmas and if you aren’t Christian, then I hope you celebrate your special holiday in your own way with those you love around you.
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
December 25th, 2012
I read of a man who stood to speak
at a funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
from the beginning…to the end.
He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the date between those years.
For that dash represents all the time
that she spent alive on earth…
and now only those who loved her
know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own;
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.
So hink about this long and hard…
are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left.
(You could be at “dash at mid range.”)
If We could Just Slow Down Enough
To consider what’s tried and real,
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger,
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect,
and more often wear a smile…
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.
So, when your eulogy’s being read
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of things they say
about how you spent your dash?
by Linda Ellis