Face Facts

Everyone has strengths. Everyone has limitations. Everyone has failures. Everyone has doubts. Everyone has secrets that not everyone needs to know.


Calm down

Most things that seem like a crisis aren’t. In a real emergency, there are people ready to help. All you need to know is who they are.

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There are billions of people on the planet and chances are one of them has made a mistake from which we can learn how not to screw up. Choose to ignore this, you’re on your own.

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Beauty is all over the place.

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Do the best you can with what you have. Break the cycle, break the chains, break the rules, break away, break in, break out, break up, break down, break dance and get on with the business of living before you drop dead.



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55 thoughts on “The Long And Short Of It

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Hey, thanks lady! Are you not on WP anymore? I’ve missed your posts.

  1. Break bread, break a leg (but not literally), do NOT break bad – nothing good will come of that – and, like Matthew Wilder cautioned, don’t let anything break your stride. Oh, and break fast, too. Especially if it includes bacon and eggs.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Mr. Petruska, you crack me up. Keep in mind too, that if you break wind, you better take off at break neck speed.

  2. This one ought to be Fresh Pressed. Awesome: great lines, outstanding pictures.
    Love this wisdom “…. get on with the business of living before you drop dead.”
    May the sun shine warmly on you!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Very nice of you to say this and oh so glad to see you stopped by again. Sending sunny thoughts your way as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. You are the awesome. I’m sharing this one via Twitter and stuff.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I’m twitterpated, Madame! mwah!!

  4. acflory says:

    Great advice Honie and simply gorgeous photos. So lush, and so very different to the landscapes here in Australia.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Thanks! These are some of my favorite cultivated spaces here in Texas.

      1. acflory says:

        These were taken in /Texas/???? I would have said one of the eastern states. Wow… ๐Ÿ˜€

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          Yep, all of these are public and private gardens I have visited from Fort Worth to Dallas. Garden clubs and garden tours are very popular all over the Metroplex. Both the Dallas Arboretum and Fort Worth Botanic Gardens are amazing. I’d live there if they’d let me. ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. acflory says:

            There are parts of Australia that are lush too but generally only in the cities where they are conscientiously watered. Definite parallels here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wow. You can call it a day now. You’ve fixed the world with this post, covering all the important highlights of living. Some of it reminded me of Beatnik poetry – it has rhythm. Great pictures as well!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      The Hammer Head Poet Society meets for Beatnik night at the airport Ramada twice a month. This was my set on Save the World Save Yourself night. Next month’s theme is March Into Spring. I’m thinking of wearing fatigues and a sun bonnet while rapping the lyrics to America. “O beau-T-full for Spa-shus skies for am-BER wa-wa-waves of gra-gra-grain…whattaya think?

      1. I hope they don’t charge membership fees. I’ll bring some doughnuts.

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          It’s free to the public. Bring bearclaws.

  6. Perfect advice for an imperfect day. I love the pathways they fit perfectly, but mostly I love one statue, a great deal.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Hey There Val. Thanks! Let me guess, the last one? the first one? the middle one?

      1. Number two, just love her.

  7. mairedubhtx says:

    Wonderful, wise words, Honie. Thank you. Words I needed to hear today. There photos are beautiful, too.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Thank you M~ and you’re welcome! These are words I need to hear most every day.

  8. swlothian says:

    Another post of wisdom, Honie. Great job.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Guaranteed to make you think, smile or say seriously? what is she talking about or your money back! How ya doin’ S.W.? Always nice to see you stopped by!

      1. swlothian says:

        I’m good Honie …. I’m hangin’ out for summer to finish. I’m over this heatwave we’ve had most of the time since xmas.

  9. Helen Ross says:

    I love this post Honie. Your amazing photos match your inspirational words perfectly. Indeed less complaining, and more of being grateful for the wonderful things that are around us.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Hi Helen.
      Thank you. This is as much a reminder to myself as anything.

  10. Tina Schell says:

    Nice post. but I LOVE the sign ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      It is great. I’ve used it for several post headers. It’s on a building in my town.

  11. Beautiful photos, I love outdoor sculptures!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Me too. Properly placed, sculpture can add depth and character to a garden.

  12. jmgoyder says:

    Fantastic post in every way – inspired! Those pumpkins crack me up.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Pumpkins will do that.

  13. iRuniBreathe says:

    Great photos, great pumpkins and great words. You broke it down and built it up!

  14. Lovelovelove the last photo, and the “Calm Down” photo – in my mind, the last photo is the Calm Down photo’s inner how-every-many old! Love them!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Thanks Inkspiller. I love garden statuary that represents the human experiences of joy and repose. Beauty and thoughtfulness of the sculptor intrigues me. What a gift!

  15. love, love, love the pumpkins

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Thanks Lou Ann. I know, aren’t they great? Waiting for people to clear out of a shot is not an easy thing for me, but I couldn’t leave without capturing that scene.

      1. I am sure it took a lot of patience, but was truly worth it.

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          true. I actually walked away twice before finally deciding it was indeed worth waiting for.

          1. sound like you love pumpkins as much as I do!

            1. Honie Briggs says:

              I do, and I love the lines of this shot. The crepe myrtles in bloom is something I hope to capture this year.

  16. Carrie Rubin says:

    What a spectacular post! And the pictures are amazing. I love the one with the pumpkins lining the road. What a wonderfully complicated jigsaw puzzle that would make. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Thanks Carrie. Yes, a wonderfully complicated puzzle for sure. Kinda like life. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. artsifrtsy says:

    I love the cadence, the visuals, and the good advice in this – Great post!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Thanks Lorri, the wisteria pic is for you.

      1. artsifrtsy says:

        It’s gorgeous – Imagine that with birdfeeders interspersed – I may have to try again.

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          Maybe you could try planting it in a container next to the post and training it.

          1. artsifrtsy says:

            I should try that. I have a pomegranate in a container and the pups don’t mess with it.

  18. Impower You says:

    Great advice and great photos. I like your calm down advice. Recently I realized how well I can solve problems when there is no one else around.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Thanks Leah. Advice I wish I’d taken years ago. Better late than never.

      1. Impower You says:

        Me too, but since I misplaced my time travel machine….

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