Lightning strikes dust
Finger of God touches Man
Life and Death –
Haiku © Kim Koning.
Life is not about Resistance,
Life is about Release:
Life is about Releasing the Past
To Embrace the Now.
Life is about Releasing the Lessons
To Embrace the Blessings.
Life is about Releasing the Sadness
To Embrace the Joy.
Life is about Releasing the Hate
To Embrace the Love.
Life is about Releasing the Bitterness
To Embrace the Forgiveness.
Life is about Releasing the Cocoon of Regret
To Embrace the Wings of Hope.
Life is not about Resisting your Heart,
Life is about Freeing your Spirit
To Embrace Life.
© All Rights Reserved Kim Koning.
What an Amazing contribution and idea to help support Christchurch in her time of need. Thank you Cassie and all the other people who are helping to put this together.
I spent 6 months living in this beautiful city. Christchurch and the generous, courageous spirit of the people of Christchurch will always have a special place in my heart.
This is a city built on faith, strength and fortitude. Two days ago the foundations at the core of this city shook and Christchurch underwent another massive natural disaster just 6 months after the earthquake in September 2010.
Where many other people of cities would have fled for the hills caring only for the safety of their own, Christchurch has banded together with the courage and generosity particular to the Cantabrians and helped one another. Strangers are taking the time to search for missing people and other strangers are taking in homeless people.
This is a city that may have been shaken to fall on her knees but she is not down and she is not defeated. Christchurch will persist in getting to her feet and rebuilding the city that is so dear and near to so many hearts.
The news coverage throughout the last few days has portrayed stories of ordinary people turned heroes and of selfless strangers doing everything in their power to help their neighbour, their friend, a stranger.
The people of New Zealand and the world who watch stand in awe of the stoic courage and hope that the Christchurch people have shown in the face of great calamity.
This is my prayer and hope for Christchurch, a city very dear to my heart that is home to some of my favourite people…
“Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.” (Psalm 57:1) Lifting up Christchurch in prayer tonight…May your strength and hope shine through and may it be a beacon to the rest of us. May God be with you all. May the Lord still the earth beneath your feet. May He strengthen your foundations. May those that are trapped be sheltered under the Lord’s wings and kept safe til they can be rescued…May those who are waiting to hear be comforted and strengthened…May those who are scared be encouraged to know that many, many prayers are being lifted up for your city in this hour of her need. And a special prayer for strength and endurance for those brave rescuers amongst fire-fighters, paramedics, police, military, medical staff and good Samaritans.
Christchurch – May God be your foundation as the ground’s foundations tremble beneath your feet.
© All Rights Reserved Kim Koning
Those of you who know me will know that I am a confessed quotes junkie. If you didn’t know that, now you know.
These are some of my favourite quotes:
No coward soul is mine,
No trembler in the world’s storm-troubled sphere…
I’ll walk where my own nature would be leading: It vexes me to choose another guide.” –Emily Bronte
Sometimes we love with nothing more than hope. Sometimes we cry with everything except tears. In the end that’s all there is: love and its duty, sorrow and its truth. In the end that’s all we have – to hold on tight until the dawn.”
– Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
“Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway…If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.✓”
-Mary Kay Ash
I Dwell in Possibility
– Emily Dickinson
Every experience God gives us
Every person he puts into my life
is the perfect preparation
for a Future only He can see.
– Corrie Ten Boom
The purpose of life is to live it,
to taste experience to the utmost,
to reach out eagerly and without fear
for newer and richer experience.
– Eleanor Rooseveldt
Write from your heart
Write from your soul
Make the best of your talent
And don’t Ever let it go
Not for anything…
The adventure of life is to learn
The goal of life is to grow
The nature of life is to change
The challenge of life is to overcome
The essence of life is to care
The secret of life is to dare
The beauty of life is to give
The joy of life is to love. – William Nathan Ward
today is your day
to dance lightly with life,
sing wild songs of adventure,
soar your spirit,
unfurl your joy. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. – Helen Keller
I took the road less travelled and that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost
We will only understand the miracle of life when we allow the unexpected to happen. Every day God gives us the sun and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy. – Paulo Coehlo
There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. – Ernest Hemingway
You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. – F Scott Fitzgerald
You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. – Mark Twain
“Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
For everything there is a season
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.
– Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.
– Emily Dickinson
Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.
– Richard Bach
Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
– William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 1606
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
– E. E. Cummings
What are your favourite quotations? What words of wisdom inspire you?
- One of My Favourite Quotes About Life and Why It is My Favourite – Quote Number Three – Albert Einstein! (socyberty.com)
- Quotes to Make You Think: 2010 Collected Quotes (ezrasf.com)
- One of My Favourite Quotes About Life and Why It is My Favourite – Quote Number Four – Helen Keller (socyberty.com)
- Inspirational Quotes on Happiness (socyberty.com)
- Do you know Emily Dickinson? (ask.metafilter.com)