14 November 2009

on wisdom

'by three methods we may learn wisdom:
first, by reflection, which is noblest;
second, by imitation which is the easiest;
and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.'
~ confucius

i bought this beautiful message bead from diane hawkey... it has this incredible in-the-hand quality, like a worry stone - smooth and round... 
for becoming wise often requires travel down an arduous path... one must face the nuts and bolts of life - the challenges, the joys, the losses, the opportunities - hopefully resulting in growth along the way... hardware beads are from melanie at earthenwood studio... challenges presenting opportunities, doors closing so others can open... the nickel and copper links represent the harder aspects of life that are lined with beauty... 

there is also the quieter side of acquiring wisdom... 

'sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge
and lean over to watch the river 
slipping slowly away beneath you,
you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.'
~  winnie the pooh

'the invariable mark of wisdom 
is to see the miraculous in the common.'
~ ralph waldo emerson

mohair fiber in soft muted colors is wrapped around a copper bar... just above it is a copper disc that has been repeatedly stamped with the om and a lotus... from this hangs pearls - as in 'of wisdom', both taking time to develop and having high value despite coming in small or quiet packages...

'wisdom begins in wonder.'
~ socrates


  1. such a deep and lovely sentiment mj....precisely why i treasure my time spent here.
    enjoy the day.

  2. such a lovely piece and beautiful insight... the focal bead is really beautiful and wow!! that copper link you made sits perfectly on the necklace. you are formidable!! has anyone ever told you your photographs are gorgeous too... i love the way you catch the light and dark and how they blend perfectly into each other casting perfect highlights and shadows on your creations...making them all the more mesmerizing and mysterious!

  3. Ravishing - an absolutely inspired necklace!!! Just gorgeous!

  4. Beautiful post! Love the necklace!

  5. Such a beautiful piece of jewelry Marie! Love the wisdom. I could sure use some wisdom! Winnie the Pooh said it all!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great day!


  6. Such a creative piece. Earthy and interesting! I love all the calming elements and color you used.

  7. I've always thought Diane's beads are beautiful...I really like how you've incorporated it here! And there's nothing like Pooh for words of wisdom! :-)

  8. Beautiful Maire! Your work is truly art!

  9. I saw this on Flickr and was blown away by that focal bead, but also your handling of all the components. If really feels like you stretching and experimenting with such glee!


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