Courtesy of Green Renaissance Facebook Page Rate this:Thank you for sharing your love of words. Comments will appear after moderation.TweetPocketShare on TumblrEmailPrintWhatsAppLike this:Like Loading... Related 24 Comments As for the ‘peanuts’ in me (unintended), I can’t be that much of a ‘pedant’ (intended), if I can’t spot my own idiotic self editing errors! Ah me, there’s little hope for us pedants (or peanuts for that matter) … LikeLike Reply LOL! I figured it was a British expression with which I had no familiarity. 🙂 Big smiles… I think we are all pedants when it comes to the things about which we feel strongly. 🙂 LikeLike Reply I vote for peanuts from now on … or just plain nuts! 😉 LikeLike Reply 🙂 LikeLike Reply I love both, the quote and his art! Thanks for sharing Jamie! And yes, if we have a gift about something, we should share it and give joy to others… LikeLike Reply I think so. It’s about enrichment, isn’t it? Thanks for your visit and comment, Blaga. LikeLike Reply Thank you for the wonderful words on The Bardo group post! Happy International women’s day! LikeLike Reply You are welcome. Thank you for your willingness to share, Blaga, and happy day to you too. LikeLike Reply I’m ready with Blaga Dimitrova, check your e-mail! Wishing you a beautiful Sunday! LikeLike Reply I saw. Emailed you back. Thank you for such a lovely piece, Blaga. LikeLike This quote bugs me a little, Jamie. I’ve seen it circulate a couple of times on Facebook now and, each time it has come round I’ve insisted that what he should have said was “The purpose of life is find your gift; the meaning of life is to give it away”. Or, put another way, giving away your gifts adds meaning to life; your initial purpose is to find out what your gifts are. I’m open to being persuaded otherwise, much as I would hate to disagree with a master of his art! LikeLike Reply I have the sense that “meaning” and “purpose” are related like the spaces created by an infinity symbol with a balance that is reflective and further that all the quotes we cherish or stuggle with are meant – not as end-alls – but are almost like koans meant to provoke thinking (if not enlightenment), which you illustrate with your well-considered response. Usually, I know the context of the quotes I present. I don’t in this case and for all I know it’s not Picasso’s at all. (A lot of that going on around the Internet.) I thought it was provocative thought though and believe both his statement and yours offer truths. Who among us, known or not well known, ever says anything in the spirit of creating a quote with an absolute message, no further discussion invited? No matter how well-considered our thoughts and writing have some measure of spontaneity and often reflect the mood of a moment, not the conclusion of a life. I have a sense Picasso would be willing to debate with you and since I haven’t read much about or by him, I have no idea if this truly encapsulates his philosophy, what else was tagged onto it or before it, or at what stage of his life it was written. As for me, as I’ve hinted at with the infinity symbol, it’s all of a piece. Meaning and purpose are intertwined in the ebb and flow of discovering and sharing. Writting on the run today, John. I am in the processing of closing one apartment and moving to another place. Hence, like Pascal, I’ve written at length because I haven’t the time to write briefly. Forgive me. Thank you for your visit and comment. Have a wonderful evening. LikeLike Reply That is one well considered response, Jamie, although I know what you mean that you are short of time and hence the long response (no time to edit and reconsider). But you have encapsulated the issue of quotations, accurately attributed or not, as thought provokers, plain and simple. I think my response to your post above was the peanut in me. Forgive. Hope the move goes with minimum stress and maximum efficiency. LikeLike Reply I rather think the “peanuts” in us are assets, nudging us to be better and more thoughtful people. It’s probably going to take about three weeks to get this move done with. Have to buy almost everything new as it’s a smaller apartment (less of a burden) and needs efficient and diminutive furnishings, unlike the big bulky pieces I now have. For me shopping ranks right up there with going to the dentist. Yuk! 🙂 Be well, John. LikeLike Reply You have my complete sympathy and understanding. LikeLike Reply Love the quote but his painting just leaves me cold despite really trying to like it. LikeLike Reply Art is such a personal thing, isn’t it? 🙂 LikeLike Reply Certainly is Jamie LikeLike Reply perfect LikeLike Reply It is. LikeLike Reply Reblogged this on sueshan123blog. LikeLike Reply This is an inspiring quote and an inspiring photo. It makes you wonder what Picasso sees observing that praying mantis. What drawing, sketch, painting or statute will swirl in his artistic mind upon seeing this praying mantis? LikeLike Reply Paula, what an eagle eye you have. I looked and looked at that photograph. I thought he was cleaning his spectacles and couldn’t figure out why someone would use that photograph. Yikes! 🙂 Thank you. LikeLike Reply How funny! I’ve seen a praying mantis in Italy. It is a strange creature and when it holds his front legs up and together, it really seems like this bug is praying. 🙂 Love to you! Paula. LikeLike Reply Thank you! Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. 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