Saturday, April 20, 2013

quote of the day

cross my heart    detail     2010    Judith e Martin   hand stitched
Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom. 
Our thoughts, our words, our deeds are the threads of the net which we throw around ourselves.

10 comments:

Judy Martin said...

Thank you to mansuetude, who gave me this quote in a recent comment.

Thinking about it has helped me deal with family this past week and how I want and need to be.

Who am I? What do I want to do while I am here at this time? Does my being here make a difference? These words affirm me and keep me on track.

Also, I love the use of the word thread in the quote.

Image: detail of Cross My Heart - a quilt I made in 2010 that has gone out into the world and shared my touch and thoughts.

dreaminginstitches said...

Thank you Judy both for the quote which resonates and for the phrase 'shared my touch and thoughts', which so simply captures what I feel about the stitches I make, but haven't somehow managed to summarise into words until now.

Valerianna said...

Words to come back to for repeated reads, definitely.

mansuetude said...

The quilt is absolutely rich and warm and beautiful; a sensual harmony entwined, present.

The V quote so belongs to you.

and by giving me the Hamlet quote that day, you gave me an epiphany too--that when we wobble off center, as Hamlet does (must) we can hardly use our own innate powers to forge this stuff of life, this divine essence we are, into the vision we hold for it/us.

We need the return to stillness to do that... art can carry us back, breath.

My family in multiple transitions too (the energy it takes; is it distraction) (dropping attention-threads here, picking them up there...

Does my being here make a difference?
Every breath, ripples out energy: care; thought, the threads holding them all, we can barely see or count. Unlike art/artifact, they are not always set into an object, but affect. A big responsibility this gift.

Peace begins here. Now.

Els said...

Thanks Judy !
I love the stitches on this piece ánd I love the words about the threads of the net .... a good reminder in a difficult week to come ! THANKS

Connections said...

A very lovely quote ... very meaningful.
And you are needed and you do make a difference ... maybe not that you can see, right now, nor next week ... but it's there !

Connections said...

oops... it's me, Threadpainter (I write the blog for Connections Fibre Artists) ... I am wearing one of my many other hats today ;D

india flint said...

yes!

Penny Berens said...

What a great quote. And yes, it makes me ask the same questions.... and it's accompanied by one of my most favourite pieces.

over the rainbow said...

'threads of the net'....I love this too. Besides the fitting metaphor....it seems to ring of the 'four agreements'. Everything matters....and we all make a difference. I agree with mansuetude.....big responsibility, this gift.