For a while – Bodrum

“All human wisdom is summed up in two words: wait and hope.”  – Alexandre Dumas

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“We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.” ― Voltaire

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“There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison” ― Jane Austen, Persuasion

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“Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take can sometimes be the most painful…” ― José N. Harris, MI VIDA: A Story of Faith, Hope and Love

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“If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.” –  Oscar Wilde

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“After you find out all the things that can go wrong, your life becomes less about living and more about waiting.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

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“I’ve learned that waiting is the most difficult bit, and I want to get used to the feeling, knowing that you’re with me, even when you’re not by my side.” ― Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

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“Waiting is a means of acquiring patience.” – Adrian Thatcher

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“Knowing someone isn’t coming back doesn’t mean you ever stop waiting” ― Toby Barlow

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“For a while” is a phrase whose length can’t be measured.At least by the person who’s waiting.” ― Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

 

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“When you create art, the world has to wait.” –  Will Smith

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Waiting for the next Summer

“Wait long enough, and people will surprise and impress you.” –  Randy Pausch

In response to The Daily Post – Photo Challenge – Waiting 

Quest

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“Everything you possess of skill, and wealth, and handicraft,
wasn’t it first merely a thought and a quest?”  ― Jalaluddin Rumi

 

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Nottingham, Art Street 

 

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Nottingham, Art Street 

 

“Say it, reader. Say the word ‘quest’ out loud. It is an extraordinary word, isn’t it? So small and yet so full of wonder, so full of hope.” ― Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux

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Nottingham, City of Caves 

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Nottingham, City of Caves 

“Heroes know that things must happen when it is time for them to happen. A quest may not simply be abandoned; unicorns may go unrescued for a long time, but not forever; a happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story.”  ― Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

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Nottingham Castle 

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Nottingham Castle 

“You  didn’t get the quest you wanted, you got the one you could do.”  ― Lev Grossman, The Magician King

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Hunza Valley, Pakistan 
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Faisal Mosque, Islamabad, Pakistan 

“Not all those who wander are lost.”  ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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Deva, Romania 
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Deva, Romania 

“It is the mission of each true knight…
His duty… nay, his privilege!
To dream the impossible dream,
To fight the unbeatable foe,
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go;
To right the unrightable wrong.

To love, pure and chaste, from afar,
To try, when your arms are too weary,
To reach the unreachable star!

This is my Quest to follow that star,
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far,
To fight for the right
Without question or pause,
To be willing to march into hell
For a heavenly cause!

And I know, if I’ll only be true
To this glorious Quest,
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest.

And the world will be better for this,
That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
Still strove, with his last ounce of courage,
To reach the unreachable stars!”
― Joe Darion, Man of La Mancha

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Deva, Romania 

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In response to Daily Photo Challenge Quest

 

Surprise me September

There run  through the time

The river of dreams,

While looking  to mine 

All hours to mean.

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There flew  through the space 

Nice smiles  from the hope, 

While looking for grace

Of the life to involve.

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There comes in the mind

Bouquet of the choices

Which ask for a kind

Of  following  voices. 

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Today may I count 

On what should  remember

While jumping the bound.

Surprise me September! 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge

Frame

“A dream is the frame or portrait or a construction or focus of one’s vision by means of perception, based on what he or she knows and settles within via strategic thinking.”
― Israelmore Ayivor, Michelangelo | Beethoven | Shakespeare: 15 Things Common to Great Achievers

 

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“It is difficult to see the picture when you are inside the frame.”

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“Like creating a masterpiece, quitting is an art: you have to decide what to keep within the frame and what to keep out.”
― Richie Norton

“If life gives you a passport size dream, don’t frame it… Order for a reprint… Go for the bigger picture of you! You deserve a bigger and bright image of you… Go and soar like an eagle!”
― Israelmore Ayivor, Daily Drive 365

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/frame/

The Deliveroo Beach Nottingham 2016

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/fun/

Pagan Pride

The Pagan Pride UK Parade and free  festival takes place annually on the first  Sunday in August in Central Nottingham.

 

Pagan Pride is a day of community and celebration,  beginning with a parade through the streets of the historic City of Nottingham to The Arboretum where a free  festival of live music, workshops, dance, arts, crafts, and networking opportunities – as well as hosting many stalls, food and a real ale bar.  There’s even an After Show Party at a local venue in the evening. 

Pagan Pride is a non-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers, and funded solely from public donations and fundraising events.

 

Pagan Pride is a movement among the American Pagans to build a positive public image of Paganism. Local Pagan Pride groups sponsor “Pagan Pride Day” festivals, usually in public locations such as city parks or university campuses. The first recorded reference to “Pagan Pride” can be traced to 1992.

Live your beautiful life!

While there is life, there is hope! 

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/fun/

Equilibrium

 

“Elegance is usually confused with superficiality, fashion, lack of depth. This is a serious mistake: human beings need to have elegance in their actions and in their posture because this word is synonymous with good taste, amiability, equilibrium and harmony.” –  Paulo Coelho

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“The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.”
― Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin

(https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/rare/)

Narrow

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”  –  Henry David Thoreau

 

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Sibiu – Romania

 

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Rome – Italy 

 

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Deva – Romania

 

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Nottingham  – United Kingdom

 

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Lahore – Pakistan

 

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Rome – Italy

 

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Belfast – United Kingdom
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Islamabad – Pakistan
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Chesterfield – United Kingdom

 

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Nottingham – United Kingdom

 

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Rome – Italy
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Hunza Valley – Pakistan

 

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Hunedoara – Romania

 

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Islamabad – Pakistan

 

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Nottingham – United Kingdom

 

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Nottingham – United Kingdom

 

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Islamabad – Pakistan
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Nottingham – United Kingdom
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Bucharest – Romania
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Hunza Valley – Pakistan
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Mansfield – United Kingdom
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Rawalpindi – Pakistan
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Rome – Italy
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Dubai –  United Arab Emirates

 

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Nottingham – United Kingdom
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Belfast – United Kingdom

Live your beautiful life! While there is life, there is hope! 

In response to The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Narrow

Detalii

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Cu pașii mărunți, căutând un punct de reper, Silvia își plimba  toate dorurile care i-au mai rămas pe holul  lung al casei. Era  aici de prea multă vreme ca să mai indrăznească măcar să viseze…

Lăsase în urmă anii  petrecuți în spital. Povestește cu bucurie cum lucrase ca și asistentă medicală toată viața.  Era o strălucire plină de grație în ochii ei. Și în timp ce  șirul povestirii  rătăcea frumos în trecut, câteva lacrimi se iviră timide în colțul ochilor. Silvia se opri la un moment dat și privindu-mă  adânc   exclamă straniu: Am sentimentul că te cunosc, cu siguranță ne-am întâlnit cândva. Un sentiment de deja vu mă curtase din prima clipă petrecută în salon cu Silvia. Am zâmbit plin de umor:  Inima îmi spune că suntem cu siguranță rude de sânge. Un zâmbet larg înflorește pe față femeii.

Nu a avut niciodată ocazia să întâlnească familia tatălui sau alte neamuri de pe plaiurile mioritice.  Auzise că va veni o nouă asistentă care este din România și a ținut cu orice preț să mă întâlnească.  Cu nerăbdarea aceea copilăroasă.  

Și în următoarele zile ne-am pierdut fericite în amintiri, zâmbete, dorințe, vise, trăiri… Detalii de viață…  Planuri… Multe planuri! 

 Și apoi a urmat să împlinim un vis vechi, care deja se pierduse în ecoul timpului. Silvia dorise să vadă măcar o data Bucureștiul.  Nu a reușit niciodată.  Întâi a fost teama de a explora.   În România  era comunism și media ajuta din plin la înrăutățirea imaginii.  Apoi s-a așternut neputința… Căsnicia… Copiii…  Slujba… Toate au consumat-o …  Și a sfârșit aici, izolată într-un trist care home.  Plânge… Plânge mai mereu, dar rămâne optimistă.  Știe și înțelege… Soțul a decedat cu ceva ani în urmă. Copiii au eșuat la câteva capitole ale vieții iar Silvia a trebuit să vândă casa ca să-i salveze.  Așa este realitatea… viața nu este dreaptă…  Așa-i spunea mereu tatăl ei, care fusese pilot de aviație și care, o dată cu războiul venise din România și a rămas definitiv în UK.  

Azi Silvia admite că niciodată nu este prea târziu… A început să viseze iar. Este fericită… A văzut Bucureștiul… Și-a împlinit visul…   A pășit pe pământ românesc.  Ne îmbrățișăm într-o caldă armonie familiară. Restul sunt detalii, foarte importante de altfel, care fac parte din trăire… Și planificăm să împlinim următorul vis al Silviei… În detalii…

Niciodată nu este prea târziu să îți împlinești un vis!

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