Words uttered in passion…『blogtober 2014』

It’s day 15 of blogtober 2014 and it’s time to quote!

Your favourite quote & why
One of my most favourite quotes is from the novel ‘Kokoro (こころ)‘ written by Natsume Sôseki (1867-1916), a famous Japanese writer. “Kokoro” is a Japanese term that describes the mind, the heart, the spirit, the very core of thoughts.

私は冷やかな頭で新しい事を口にするよりも、
熱した舌で平凡な説を述べる方が生きていると信じています。
血の力で体が動くからです。
言葉が空気に波動を伝えるばかりでなく、
もっと強い物にもっと強く働き掛ける事ができるからです。

I believe, that words uttered in passion,
contain a greater living truth than do those words
which express thoughts rationally conceived.
It is blood that moves the human body.
Words are not meant to stir air only:
they are capable of moving greater things.

I’m a lover of words. Someone who can find beauty in the way things are said or written. So when I read this paragraph in the novel, I had to stop for a minute or two and just take it all in completely. Ever since this quote manifested itself in the back of my mind, always with me.

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Learn to be what you are『blogtober 2014』

Day 12 of blogtober 2014 is here with another nice prompt…

Best advice you’ve been given

Throughout life, we’ve been given all sorts of advice – good & bad, from different people – again, good & bad. I remember my mother and grandmother were always on my side in times of worry or sadness and told me many things that helped me in those situations, and somewhat shaped me as the person I am today. I also take many advice from sayings and/or books I’ve read, beginning in early childhood.

The advice that has been stuck in my mind for years now, is a quote that I’ve read somewhere I don’t even remember, but the essence of it just feels so strong.

Learn to be what you are.
And learn to resign with all good grace,
all that you are not.

– by Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881)

In my opinion, these few words have everything a good advice need – both: do & don’t, self-reflection, stating that all of it is a process and not achieved in a blink of an eye. I feel that true happiness & satisfaction in life can be achieved when one is totally aware of who they are & at the same time of who they are not – and most importantly: if they can let go of the part they are not. It really is a process to understanding to be content with the person you are, with all the good & bad traits you might have. And also letting go of an image of someone you think you need to be, or want to be due to certain influences from the outside.

The realization of who you truely are as a person, followed by the unconditional acceptance of that person is something worth striving for, isn’t it.

 

 

Finally…in our arms ♥ Baby Album cover art

After a long journey, struggling with infertility due to Endometriosis, going through fertility treatments (IVF), our “Snowflake” from a frozen transfer stuck with us . Finally, in the early hours of July 18th, 2014 we were able to hold our precious daughter in our arms!

We are overflown with joy and excitement of what each new day brings and love to cuddly with our “Snowflake”. As she turns 1 week old today – I want to show you what I did to her Baby album cover (I went all crafty before birth to pass the waiting time). You see, she also has been given a ‘real’ name, obviously 😉

BABY ALBUM (front cover)

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I cross stitched her name ‘Nanami’ as well as some little decorational motives. The “subtitle” reads: Little summer snowflake. To add some playfulness I took buttons and just randomly put them on there as well. The crochet border is supposed to add some summer-vibes.

FRONT COVER INSIDE

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On the inside of the front cover I put a cross stitch owl family and in Japanese it says “Papa, Mama, Nanami” above their heads. I wrote down the lyrics of a song that just speaks right from our heart.

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The pages inside which we hope to fill with lots of photos are of different length because I put the same type of crochet border on each page as the front cover has. It’s just more vibrant and cheery that way I thought 🙂

On the inside of the BACK COVER I put the seasonal owls that I already posted a while ago on my blog here

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On our choice of name – NANAMI

It’s a name of Japanese origin that is usually written in simple Hiragana ななみ without having a meaning. If it is written in Kanji like this: 七海 it has the meaning of ‘seven seas.’ (To hear the pronounciation CLICK HERE )

We like to interpret the meaning of the Kanji as “Cosmopolitan”, because the “7 seas” go all around the world. We want our Snowflake to go wherever she wants to go in this world & have her discover the various, different, unique parts of the world on her own way. By that, we not only think of the geographical world, but also the different, colorful cultures, lifestyles, life plans people have (i.e. a couple = not just man/woman etc).

In that sense^^^^we hopefully manage to raise our girl to be an open-minded, cosmopolite person who will be able to live a colorful life with her very own mind ❤

 

 

 

Waiting for Hope

‘to wait’ can be one of the most strenuous actions one has to go through, even though you don’t really DO anything when waiting for something to happen.

I have to wait for my official blood test after a Frozen Embryo Transfer right now, but it doesn’t matter what you’re waiting for really…just ‘having to wait for something’ itself can be the hardest thing to do.

One Moment you have hope, thinking: everything will end well – the next moment you lose that slowly built up hope within seconds, because something happened to cause you to lose it, or maybe even just a gut feeling tells you: it’s all lost.

Right now I AM in a situation where I just broke out in tears because something has crashed my hope (that I worked so hard to built up) within a second. Then I remembered this quote that I read in the morning:

Waiting with hope is very difficult, but true patience is expressed when we must even wait for hope. I will have reached the point of greatest strength once I have learned to wait for hope.
– George Matheson

I’ve been through the difficult time of waiting WITH hope, and now I must even wait FOR hope to maybe come back. I have calmed down and will try to strengthen my mind & learn to wait for hope.

The two week wait – “Handwarmers of Hope”

I’m just starting on the dreaded “two week wait” after a frozen transfer and this time can be challening. Constantly wondering if our little blastocyst is still there, if it’s doing alright, if it’s doing what it’s supposed to be doing.???? It’s best to find lots of things to keep your mind busy and not worrying too much, or even going crazy.

Today I did some crocheting for my ETSY shop & I chose colours that I personally associate with HOPE – greens & yellow

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Different shades of green = different stages of hope one goes through when being on the two week wait. You may experience a glimpse of hope, or strong passionate hope, or even desperate hope…there are probably as many levels of hope as there are shades of green existing.

But groundless hope, like unconditional love, is the only kind worth having – John Perry Barlow

loving

なにもなか、知らぬものへの
愛情のかぎりをつくす

I give what love there is in loving
what remains beyond my knowing

by Nakahara Chûya
(a Japanese poet active during the early Shōwa period)

I’ve had this stuck in my mind ever since I first read it (quite some time ago). I think it does not only sound so very beautiful, but also goes to the right to the core of my heart. It expresses such a wonderful, deep, sometimes antagonising feeling….in just two lines.