The Poetry of Transformation

Everyday Greatness

By Tracy Rittmueller | April 16, 2012

“The great commitment is so much easier than, and can all too easily shut our hearts to, the ordinary everyday commitment.”  Dag Hammerskjöld I feel noble when I make sacrifices for something great–charities or campaigns, ministries, missions, art, a quest, a pilgrimage, a career. To make room for the everyday and ordinary, however, can feel annoying. When I’m worn out by the great things I’ve been doing, it requires commitment to do humdrum chores, exercise, eat and share wholesome food, or listen graciously to my loved ones’ everyday concerns.  Here’s a stinger, the next sentence of the quote regarding greatness: “A willingness to make the …

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Cézanne Instructs Us to Capture Fleeting Moments

By Tracy Rittmueller | April 4, 2012

“Right now a moment of time is fleeting by. Capture its reality … To do that we must put all else out of our minds. We must become that moment, make ourselves a sensitive recording plate…give the image of what we actually see, forgetting everything that has been before our time.” Cézanne*** Observing and appreciating fleeting moments is one way of saying yes to life, despite everything, yes.     I’ve decided to make a habit of capturing these moments. Today I took my camera outside (because walking with my camera forces me to see). I’ve discovered that Seeing the beautiful world, helps: When …

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Let us now praise non-famous men, and women!

By Tracy Rittmueller | March 15, 2012

I thought blogging was letting people eavesdrop on my life. I wasn’t interested in holding an open house at “www”–doesn’t that mean I’m inviting the whole wide world? But now I see that blogging is one of the most profound ideas of the last century– It’s whatever the blogger wants it to be! I’ve decided this blog is going to be a collection. There are two kinds of collectors: those who hoard and those who make museums. (I feel clever, as if I just made that up, but I’m old enough to realize someone else probably thought of it before I did). I’ve …

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