Nature Insight: Simply Raking

The light was low,

shadows soft,

layers of leaves


with my thoughts;

no wind

to blow

them away.

1. Out of clutter, find simplicity
2. From discord, find harmony
3. In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity

Albert Einstein, Three Rules of Work

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21 thoughts on “Nature Insight: Simply Raking

  1. Hi,
    This is a lovely drawing! And the leaves and clutter, this is so true. So often it is a mess in my mind, then I need to find what is important and what is not. This poem really made me realize I should focus more on work, really! 🙂
    Big hug


    • Thank you, Ina!

      Yes, it’s interesting that someone like Einstein with such an amazingly full mind should write those rules I quoted. Or maybe not. I think inventors, from physicists to writers, sooner or later realize that simply focuses their thoughts (and life) serves their creativity best.

      I’m glad if anything I posts encourages others to pursue their own passion more. Just go for it!

      Hug coming back to you!


  2. I apologise for this muddled comment above!

    I have MS and am trying to get used to my new IPad which, at the moment, seems to run away with me; the touch screen is so sensitive and as my hand is very weak it sometimes touches where it shouldn’t! So I have given up for now and this comment is on my computer! Phew!

    I will be back!



    • Oh, please don’t apologize…the generosity of your spirit came through perfectly and I was able to read your lovely comment just fine. Thank you again. I am looking forward to visiting your blog very soon.


  3. What a joy to come across you via Becoming herself!

    This is just lovely and Iwill be back very shortly to read more.

    what a joy to find you via Becoming Herself!

    I will be back to read more. This poem islovely and your illustrations are oozing wih a love of nature.

    Just what I need to read andlook at this changing time in my life,

    Thank you





    • Hi Christine! Thank you so much for your kind comments and I can’t express enough how happy it makes me that I brought some ease and enjoyment to you.

      Yes, I do love nature…and I am also glad that comes through. Blessings.


  4. Before I read Einstein’s rules at the end of your poem it had already struck me how you had created something clear, uncluttered and deceptively simple from the complexity and clutter of the layered leaves of thought and emotion refusing to budge. The poem is so delicate, too. The other thing that struck me is that leaves can be a messy nuisance, but they also make compost in which beautiful things grow…All that in so few words!

    I’m sure you’re bored of me saying this, but I really can’t get over your lovely illustrations.


    • So stillness (not the same as stagnation) is about nourishment. growth…I love that you uncovered that insight.

      I had already written the little poem when I came across that quote of Einstein’s–a genius who must’ve had a mind and life cluttered with information and ideas, formulas and frustration…but who knew how to reach for simplicity, harmony and oppportunity…not so unlike the woodmouse in my painting.

      I thank you for your complement of my illustrations…how could I ever be bored with knowing that what I create I also share in the best possible way.


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