When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”~ Paul Coelho

"Some Mad Hope..."
A young and vital child knows no limit to his own will, and it is the only reality to him. It is not that he wants at the outset to fight other wills, but that they simply do not exist for him. Like the artist, he goes forth to the work of creation, gloriously alone.
Jane Harrison

Jude Harzer Artist/Art Educator

Jude Harzer Artist/Art Educator
My art is a reflection of my effort to recognize and embrace the beauty in the world around me, even when it seems most difficult to find. Contact me at judiharz@aol.com or visit my website at http://www.judeharzerfineart.com

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"Most of us have two lives- the life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands resistance."Steven Pressfield

"The greatest freedoms are freedom from regret, freedom from fear, freedom from anxiety, and freedom from sorrow."
Thich Nhat Hanh

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Eternally Hopeful

Several people recently commented upon my "spirit" and sense of direction. It is interesting to hear how others perceive and "experience" you especially when it is in direct contrast to how you feel and "see" yourself.I do know that I am passionate and focused in many ways. I think people would be surprised by my "fears" and insecurities. They are not about the physical...about traveling or living in a strange place alone( i.e NYC this summer),about being financially destitute or homeless, about being adventurous and taking risks such as in surfing or skydiving.... That is really all the "easy" stuff, easy meaning those situations command or force both reaction and action in order to "survive." They dictate specific behaviour that will determine "success" or "recovery." My deepest fear is that I won't become what it is I know I can be:)about not making a meaningful "mark" on this world in the process of living. It is not a paralyzing "fear." It inspires "purpose" and "hope."

One thing I am, is eternally "hopeful", and if that translates to a more youthful spirit, than I am very fortunate. Hope,like love,drives my sense of being...and for once, much of it makes beautiful and profound sense!

"Hope is a feeling that life and work have meaning. You either have it or you don't, regardless of the state of the world that surrounds you."

"Hope is a state of mind, not of the world.Hope,in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good."

"Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out."

Vaclav Havel


  1. Act in the face of no results. -- JDR

  2. I know...persistence in the process...the sheer act of "doing" ...is what is most valuable to me.I am "living" JDR as "authentically" as I can at this moment, knowing that change may follow...whatever the results, I will move forward. It's all good:)


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