Thursday, July 28, 2011

All You Need

A L O H A !

" There'll be bluebirds over
the white cliffs of Dover,
just you wait and see. "
Nat Burton
" Birds sing after a storm;
why shouldn't people feel as free 
to delight 
in whatever sunlight 
remains to them? "
Rose Kennedy

 This little one was photographing the adults.
I went for my camera but missed that shot.
Here they admire her capture.

" What's done to children, 
they will do to society.  "
Karl Menninger
" You have a lifetime to work,
but children
are only young once.  "
Polish Proverb

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The Hawaiians of old
communicated with nature.
Nature taught them
all they needed to know.
The skies, in particular,
were eloquent.
Even today,
Hawaiian skies speak,
even to the most
Earthbound among us.
The other morning,
the sky was singing!
SO much was going on up there.
Like the sweep of a grand mural,
like libraries of great books;
My camera could never capture it all.
But a message formed
In my inner self,
 words without a voice,
but eloquent:

" Everything you need to be happy
you have.
have provided it to
you. "
Of course, I can't talk about it
or folks will think I'm crazy.
But you and me?
We're past all that!
So if you worry like I do
about this uncertain life,
just remember:
whatever you possess
or lack,

What You Need to Be Happy,

You already have it!

      Warmly, cloudia



The Weaver of Grass said...

Wise words as ever Cloudia.

21 Wits said...

Absolutely right, as well as other birds too, I've been to the White Cliffs of Dover and Dover Castle!

Lynn said...

You have such rich photos every day - I love the one of the little girl and the couple.

DeniseinVA said...

Oh wise one, how I love your posts! Aloha my dear friend. I always leave with a smile.

who said...

I think the best thing to do is see if we can get certificates that verify sanity up until a certain date and then just not worry about it until the expire. Then who cares, even if a psychiatrist calls us crazy he'll just look foolish.

Reanaclaire said...

Hello Cloudia..coming by to visit u..

Akelamalu said...

All wise words Cloudia. x

Rudolph Aspirant said...

I must say that I am only 1/2 in agreement with reputable Mr. Karl Menninger...even if that will forever bar me from becoming visiting faculty member at the relocated Menninger Clinic from the Baylor School of Medicine: I personally think that his adage holds general water only in regards to (obviously unwanted) chronic traumatic experiences to which some children may be subject to, and if we believe otherwise we risk falling into the trap of the "blaming the parents" concept.

I am too lazy to explain further what I actually meant in that psycho-babble. All I can say: if anyone here, G-d forbid, ever finds themselves needing a child psychologist or psychiatrist, the screening question is: "what is your opinion of Mr. Bruno Bettelheim ?"

a) if they are under 55 years old and don't know who he was...there's a 75 % chance they might be competent;

b) if they are over 55 y/o and don't know who he was...there's a 65 % chance they may be getting early Alzheimer's;

c) if they say he had good parts and bad parts, "just like everyone else": there's a 55 % chance they will be OK, but make sure you double check their license and certification are current; an easy way to do that would be to ask them to give you the title of one of his books that they liked; if it contains the word "fairytale", the 55 % stands;

d) if they say they adored him: stop counting your chances, just RUN;

e) if they say they hate his guts, there's an 85 % chance you've struck gold: that particular psychiatrist or psychologist will actually be an advocate for you and your child; 25 % allows for literally crazy psychiatrists or psychologists out there; one way to weed them out is to verify their sense of humor, by telling them a totally unsuitable politically INcorrect joke, like a blonde joke if they're a woman, or a political joke if they're a man; if you don't feel like telling jokes, just watch their face when they say they hated Bettelheim...if they sigh and also roll their eyes while saying it, they're OK.

P.S. did it again ! You make me think and write here stuff I would habitually never dare to say in public ! And I am totally sober right now ! You must have some hidden gene of either an inspiring muse, or a police detective/interrogator...making me spill over all these "secrets" !

Anonymous said...

yes, you have Tom!

Zoe de gaia said...

Je viens de parcourir ton blog qui a un concept génial.
j adore .........................
Bonne continuation

Myrna R. said...

Lovely words Cloudia. So true we are complete. We just need to recognize it.

Freda said...

Thank you for your reminders and wisdom from over the warm seas.

Unknown said...

Sometimes we needn't look very far to be happy! Thanks for the reminder!

Hattie said...

Thank you! I need a touch of Aloha.

Elephant's Child said...

Beautiful photos. It is the small things which make my day. And I loved the shot of the small person with the camera. Thankyou.

Erika said...

Very good considerations. You are right.
Aloha from Italy1!!

Windsmoke. said...

Its the little things in life that make us happy. Your wise words ring true :-).

Cloudia said...


G-Man said...

What a beautifully positive gift you are to all of us Cloudia.
((((BIG HUG)))))

Montreal Photo Daily said...

Love your message! Thank you!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Children are only young once, indeed ! ... wonderful words for today !!!!

Cloudia said...

Thank YOU!

wenn said...

hawaii sounds great!

Rick said...

Ah, so many words of wisdom and gorgeous photos with them. Love that Polish proverb ! Who ever said on their death bed - "I wish I'd spent more hours at work !" ??

Aloha !

magiceye said...


namaste /\ from mumbai

KB said...

I've never seen so many birds on the beach. Lovely.

Anonymous said...

So lovely. You're right - the only thing standing in the way of our own happiness is ourselves.

Kay said...

Yes Cloudia! You're so right. We all benefited from your reminder. I'll try my best now not to worry, not to be angry about what's happening in our country.

bichonpawz said...

You are a very wise woman Cloudia!!! We always love coming over here to get some much needed inspiration!!! Thank you so much!! xoxo

claude said...

"The birds and the sea".
This could be the title of a book.
Have a great week-end my friend, Aloha !

Cloudia said...

Thank YOU!

Brandy Marie said...

Bliss! I love the one of the child & couple. I have an aspiring photographer too :D Praise is the best thing you can do for them to get them to follow their dreams & passions. _B