Monday, February 1, 2010

The Unexpected - and the Expected Tiger

A quote from a comment by Bungy 32 left on the Manachaeism post:

I am not a particularly religious person. My "faith" is amorphous at best and shifts traditions regularly. But I do believe in listening to the universe. Whether it's the universe talking or my (our) incessant need to find patterns in the random doesn't really matter. The messages come in odd places -- babbling brooks, burning bushes, breath, subway posters next to sidewalk cracks, and sometimes (why not?) a single moment in an otherwise not very good film

There are certainly things in ordinary life to take the breath away when one is not preoccupied, momentary gifts, glimpses, a sense of harmony, regardless of whether one believes the universe is addressing one in some purposeful way. I'm looking for things for next Monday relating to unexpected delights, if you post something about the grace notes of life's ordinary music, let me know in a comment and I'll link it.

As for the photo above, there's a clue in the joss sticks visible next to the plate of candies - the grate is outside a Vietnamese restaurant, the Year of the Tiger starts February 14.

18 comments:

Jasmine said...

I agree with your friends philosophy, call it the a religion, spirituality, universe, or nature, when something speaks to us and strikes a chord, we should take the time to listen.

Charles Gramlich said...

And I'm thinking, something lives in the sewer, and it's hungry and has a sweet tooth.

kathrin said...

ganz liebe Grüße für dich von Kathrin

ArtSparker said...

Charles - I love the twistedness of that thought.

Celeste Bergin said...

When we'd go to a Chinese restaurant and read the
placemats...everyone else were dogs, monkeys and rats--but me! I felt puffed up....I am the Tiger! Something good about being born in 1950.
I liked what you wrote about the single great thing in a bad movie. I have experienced that.
A plate of pretty candies on a street grate..who else but artspark.......It looks just as you want it to--"unexpected"

steve said...

I agree as well with the above quote - very well put. Great post too btw! I was thinking of doing a post of some photos I took of which can be related to this post. I'll let you know when I post 'em.

Eva said...

Yes, the red sticks are the clue -- but I never thought of offerings to be put on the ground. The Tibetans only do this if it is for the demons -- in order to distract them. Do the Vietnamese do it for the same reason?

ArtSparker said...

Celeste - Thank you, but I didn't write the quote about the single good thing in a bad movie, that was the commenter, Bungy, who I linked to.

Anja said...

I love this quote... I mean I have quite similar philosophy and messages, notes, kisses of nature, universe around me tell me that everything is going to be fine, that everything is fine, I'm fine.

(Oh, my English... I get really frustrated sometimes when I can't find the right words, fraze, when I can't put my thoughts into words...)

However, I'll look for the unexpected delights and I'm really looking forward to see, what has the universe for me this week.

ArtSparker said...

Eva- according to Charles, it is.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Belief is a choice, faith is a gift, both are sorely tested.Tensile springs to mind.

Fresca said...

Unexpected grace notes---
that's a GREAT prompt.
Will keep my eye--and my camera--at the ready.

Titus said...

I liked the quote by Bungy 32, and the idea of grace notes - for yes, they are there.

However, I am now very taken with the idea of the sweet-toothed demon who lives in the sewer.

grrl + dog said...

that quote sums it up nicely.

Grace notes, I HAD one yesterday...

ArtSparker said...

Titus- I hear the sweet-toothed demon as I pass the grate, singing a fairytale about a certain city on the East Coast...

Jenny Woolf said...

I've been entranced by the very light fall of snow, like icing sugar, which has created unexpected patterns and altered the tonal system of the world. I managed to get some snaps of a ghost dog on Hampstead heath. It's on my Part Time Travel Writer blog - which now seems to be concentrating on travelling within walking distance of my home!

Cláudia said...

Red sticks - Ruby Tuesday?

Is it a coincidence that Valentine's day falls at the beginning of the year of the Tiger?

Red is the color of passion!

Candy for deamons, heh? Very clever approach!

Bungy32 said...

Oy. What a week. I've been sick quite a bit this week and missed out on keeping up with blogs. What a wonderful post this is, and as usual, a wonderful invitation. Perked me right up.

I love the image, and I will be posting on my blog about illness as a call to listen to your own body. I'm listening, already! Now can I have a break from fever and post nasal drip????