Friday, May 31, 2013

Today is a Gift

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow are popular subjects of quotes, phrases, stories, slogans. This quote from an unknown author is I think one of the best descriptions of what yesterday, today, and tomorrow are. Don't your agree?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Life is Beauty

"Life is beauty" is part of a series of phrases from Mother Teresa. I mentioned this in a previous post and promised to make more photoquotes from these phrases. So this is the second one.

The photo is a flower called "Shanghai beauty" or Jatropha pandurifolia Andr.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Do not worry about tomorrow

We usually tend to worry needlessly about tomorrow that we forget we are here today. We have to be thankful that we have today. Thus, this reminder from Matthew is very timely and down to earth. Don't you agree?

The photo is a rainbow created when the rays of the afternoon sun hit a disc that was on my table.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

What Love Is

I love how Saint Augustine explained what love is! I strongly believe that when we love we connect with our soul.

The photo is that of a rose wherein I added layers to give it a dreamy effect. I think the photo and the quote belong together.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Character is like a tree

I really like the way Abraham Lincoln explained the difference between character and reputation. Sometimes we tend to think that the two mean the same. However, as Lincoln said, "character is like a tree...the real thing" while reputation is simply what we think of the tree.

I took this tree photo from the window of our hotel while we were in Baguio a few years ago.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Footprints On Our Hearts

I love this quote about how people make footprints in our hearts. Unfortunately, I could not find who the author is.
Anyway, I find that this quote really resonates with what I believe in. There is also another quote that somehow goes in a similar manner. It's also about people coming into our life for a reason. I'm planning to make another photoquote based on that one of these days.

This photo is that of wild flowers I found in our garden. I think that the two are somehow talking to each other and sharing something deep. Flowers do talk! Don't you agree?

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Experience Life

I love how John Steinbeck expressed how we experience life. I can't help but be awed when he said that "God experiences Life through each of us...." I don't know about you, but this line is simply awesome for me! 

The photo is that of a wild flower that I found one early morning in the empty lot across our front yard. I love its form and pattern. One stalk usually shows a progression of its flowers from oldest to youngest such that I called this flower - yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Friday, May 24, 2013

God's Thank You

Yesterday, I shared a photoquote about early morning. Today, I share something about sunset. I think Linda Poindexter must have been truly inspired when she wrote this line about sunset.

The photo is one of the beautiful sunsets we experienced while we were in Bohol. The light that afternoon was simply awesome!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Song of Love

I'd like to sing this verse from Psalm 59:16 this morning because it simply makes me smile and give thanks for all my blessings!

The photo is that of an Oxalis flower. This flower is so small but is so pretty. I thought it fits perfectly this verse of Psalm 59.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Good Resolutions

May 22 is the Feast Day of Blessed Maria Domenica. I am dedicating to her the post for this day by sharing another of her Maxims. I just thought that even if she wrote this on December 25, it is appropriate on this her feast day.

The photo is a silhouette for her statue found in Italy.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Eternal Life

This is another Maxim from Blessed Maria Domenica. As I mentioned before, Blessed Maria Domenica wrote maxims to inspire and guide the Camillian Sisters. However, I think her maxims can inspire all of us too. Thus, I am sharing another Maxim from her.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Shape the Quality of Your Life

This quote from Anthony Robbins is a good reminder for us to take a more proactive stance on our life. Truly we can rise above any condition we find ourselves in if we decide that we do not want to remain where we are. It really all depends on what decisions we make. Of course we must also not forget to pray.

The photo that I used here is that of an ant exploring a white flower. That the ant is exploring is already an indication that it is looking for better things. For food most likely.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Tell God What You Need

This quote from the Philippians reminds us about the importance of prayer and trust. In this quote we are told to "pray about everything" and to "tell God what you need". I must admit that sometimes I forget to pray about everything, so this is a very good reminder for me.

The last line is another very good reminder about how we should pray. We have to give thanks! Someone suggested before that we should make a "gratitude list" so that we will always remember to say "thanks".

The photo I used here is that of a fern. I love to take photos of ferns because they are not only pretty but have very nice patterns. 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Imagination and life's coming attractions

Albert Einstein really said this so well about imagination. The power of our imagination can indeed show us and take us to wherever we want to go or whatever we want to achieve! So go ahead, let your imagination get a preview of "life's coming attractions."

This photo of a flower bud holds so much promise, the coming attraction. That's why I partnered this and the quote.

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Music of the Ground

I love the way Edwin Curran describes flowers as "the music of the ground". It is so lyrical!

I can almost imagine these daisies springing out from the ground, softly breathing their own melody.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Dream a New Dream

This is another "dream" quote that I love. It is even more significant to me now that I belong to the "seniors" category. I must admit though that I have never stopped dreaming dreams. That's probably why I can really identify with this quote from C.S. Lewis.

The photo is a section of an unusual mum. The red tips remind me of flamingos. Why did put this together with the quote? I must admit that my only answer is, the quote plus the photo and the color scheme look good together. Don't you agree?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Fear Not

"Fear not for I am with you...." I find these words from Isaiah 41:10 so comforting. Knowing that God is always with us makes me able to go through every difficulty that I encounter. The rest of the words in the verse are even more reassuring. So how can we not go on if we have God telling us "...I will strengthen you, I will help you...." Wow! This is really so inspiring!

The photo that I used here is that of two newly hatched birdies that we found in our garden. They were crying out for their mommie! I think that they also need the reassurance of the same verse from Isaiah. That's why I put the photo and verse together.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sunset Sunrise

I don't remember anymore where I first saw this quote but it really stuck in my mind. I tried to look for the author but I am still unsuccessful as of now. Anyway, I am sharing it here because I love the way it reminds us that there are always two sides to something that confronts or faces us. Another way of looking at it is also the saying that "behind every cloud is a silver lining."

The photo that I used here shows a sunset in Boracay. I just converted it into a digital painting.

Monday, May 13, 2013

True Happiness

I like this quote from Joseph Addison about "true happiness". I believe that we actually have to be the one to create our own happiness. It should not be dependent on somebody else because if that somebody will fail us, then how can we make ourselves happy? If however we are the ones making our own happiness, then we can make changes with ourselves so that we will be happy.

The photo is a that of my daughter just enjoying our day at the beach.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Best Mother

I specially designed this card for my mother and for all mothers in this world. "Mother" is for me the sweetest word that I have been called.

Happy Mother's Day to all you Lovely Mothers!

I have posted  a "mother" experience in my happiness blog in case you are interested. I'm sure you have a similar experience with your mom and as mom yourself. Here is the link to my blog.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Our Hearts

This is another maxim from Blessed Maria Domenica that I have converted into a photoquote.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Blessed MD wrote maxims for everyday of the year. They are really so inspirational not only for the Camillian Sisters but for everybody.

This photo is that of Blessed MD's statue found in the Maria Domenica Development Center here in the Philippines. This is a center for preschool kids especially special children.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Direction of Your Dreams

I have admired Henry David Thoreau for as long as I can remember. I have collected some of his quotes and I'm sharing one of them now.

As you can see this is another "dream" quote. I have posted several of  them here already.  Isn't it obvious that I do believe in dreams?

The background photo is the mahogany forest in Bohol, Philippines which lines a major highway. This is such a cool place! Don't you agree?

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Faith and Love

What Dwight L. Moody says about Faith and Love is so true. I don't think I can add anything more to this. It's short and simple, yet so profound. Don't you think so?

Cells and more

This is my photoquote about cells that I mentioned a few days ago.  I wrote this myself as I was really inspired by all that I learned and still am learning about cells.

The photo is that of oil droplets on water. I love working with water and oil interaction because you can never predict what you will come up with. This is really a fun photography activity. I have written more about cells in case you are interested. Here is the link.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What is Success

We usually envision success as one big event. I therefore like what Robert Collier wrote here. That success is "the sum of small efforts, repeated day in day out." This also resonates with what I mentioned in a previous post about small things. This simply tells me that we can all be successful as long as we keep on working at it. Don't you agree?

I used this photo of these small flowers because alone, they usually are hardly noticed, but together, they really make an attractive display.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Do Something Different

This quote from an unknown author is a kind of wake-up call for me.

We usually expect something different from God or from our government, yet we persist in doing exactly the same thing. So how indeed can we expect to get something new if we just keep on doing the same old thing? So I would like to say "thank you" to this author for this very appropriate reminder.

I used as background this photo of a single bud which emerged from the rest of the plant. It seems to be doing something different from the rest of the plant.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Simplicity and Art

I love this quote from Walt Whitman about art. I tend to agree with this as I usually find that I am most attracted to art that is simple. Thus I love using negative space and minimalism in my photography as exemplified in the photo I used for this quote. 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Little Things

I love this quote about little things from Robert Brault. I think this is so true.

We sometimes or should I say often times, we  tend to ignore or are unaware about/of the little things. So I think this quote is a good reminder for us about the importance of little things.

I also wrote a line about little things after I have been teaching "Cell Biology" for sometime. I just came to love everything about the cells, so I was inspired to write this line - "God put life in a little cell to remind us that big things come from little ones." One of these days, I will share the card I made of this line.

By the way, this is a photo of a grass and its flowers. You know how small grasses are, so I thought it fits this quote very well. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Color your life

I just love the positivity of this quote. It right away made me think of several of my color photos. However, I decided to use this photo of oil pastels to show that we can indeed select a different color. Isn't it a cool idea? 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Courage to Attempt

Van Gogh is certainly somebody who was never afraid to attempt something. I like this quote from him. 

I enjoyed watching these two kids trying to go up this rock. They did not show any fear at all. That's why I partnered this quote and photo.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

My Soul Waits in Silence

This photo that I have taken one early morning while we were in Zambales somehow seems to fit perfectly this quote from Psalm 62:1,5. Don't you think so? 

It was so calm that day and it seems that the fisherman and I, were the only ones awake at that time. Is this man communing with God? or with the fish? or both?