standing on the brink

watercolor crossDecember 31, 2014

“Being on the brink” can mean so many things. On the edge of danger or destruction. On the verge of a positive breakthrough. At the threshold of a meaningful life shift. Either way, it indicates that change is coming. And change, even when not wanted, is often what is needed.

You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living…It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken. -Anais Nin

Men live the brink of mysteries and harmonies into which they never enter, and with their hands on the door-latch they die outside. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Upon the brink of the wild stream
He stood, and dreamt a mighty dream.
-Alexander Pushkin

Whenever cannibals are on the brink of starvation, Heaven, in its infinite mercy, sends them a nice plump missionary. -Oscar Wilde

2 thoughts on “standing on the brink”

  1. DIane
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    This is amazing! And the quotes are very apt, and thought-provoking (as usual!)

  2. Sera
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    Amazing and inspiring!! Thanks for throwing in the Oscar Wilde touch of humor at the end! Beautiful artwork and the message left my eyes moist :).

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