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The Tapestry of Life

We don't accomplish anything in this life alone...and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.

Sandra Day O'Connor

The tapestry of life continues to be woven.  Occasionally a chance arises to repair an older, tattered piece of the weave.  Something happens to jolt our awareness back in time to an event that resulted in tears and rips.  With new, more mature vision, we see the circumstances in present time and have compassion for the unclear events of the past.  While the new experience is being woven into the design, the old rip is simultaneously being repaired.  All is well.

Bessie Senette

As I look back at the entire tapestry of my life, I can see from the perspective of the present moment that every aspect of my life was necessary and perfect.  Each step eventually led to a higher place, even though these steps often felt like obstacles or painful experiences.

Wayne Dyer

We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.

Maya Angelou


The African-American experience is one of the most important threads in the American tapestry.

Bill Frist


Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns,
so that each small piece of her fabric reveals
the organization of the entire tapestry.

Richard P. Feynman


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The mind is like a richly woven tapestry in which the colors
are distilled from the experiences of the senses, and the
design drawn from the convolutions of the intellect.

Carson McCullers


On a clear day we can see forever and ever.  We know
where we came from and why we are here on earth and
where we ultimately are going. The threads woven into
the fabric of our lives are beginning to create
a beautiful tapestry.

Marilyn S. Bateman


The Tapestry
Debbie Milam

When we embrace the many parts of our experience we discover a magnificent
creation. . . . Every moment is but a thread, a thread of consciousness embracing
the very essence of life. Some threads are brilliant and dazzling while others are
tattered and torn. When looked upon in isolation the tattered threads look
inferior. Yet when woven together by the wondrous hands of the Creator,
the light magically blends with the dark. As joy coalesces with pain,
God creates the magnificent tapestry that is life.


Life is a tapestry woven by the decisions we make.

Sherrilyn Kenyon
Kiss of the Night


Destiny itself is like a wonderful wide tapestry in which every thread
is guided by an unspeakably tender hand, placed beside another
thread and held and carried by a hundred others.

Rainer Maria Rilke


I know what Brenda Day taught me was passion, patience and
understanding.  She treated everybody with the same interest
and respect.  Everybody's story is important in this
huge tapestry we are weaving.

Sarah VanLanduyt


We are one people forever woven together in a tapestry, . . .And
it is our job, our duty and our great challenge to fight the
voices of division, and to seek the salve of reconciliation.

Roy Barnes

As we weave the tapestries of our lives, we gradually begin to see our designs from a wider angle of years. We may or may not be pleased with what we see. Yet, no design--not in the living world--is carved in stone. We have the gift of free will to change our designs as we wish. We are each a thread in the tapestry of our human family. Our outcome is woven of endless possibilities, because we can choose from a universe of endless possibilities. Every person can make a difference. Each thread is a possibility, chosen by the design of divine imagination. Our life-time designs arise from our divine gifts, unique talents, desires, thoughts, choices, and actions. At times, old choices--old threads--wear out. We see the past while we live in the present, and we can replace the old...with new ideas, new choices, and new actions. We can view the future through today's eyes, and time blends all experiences, dark and light, into an awareness of authentic joy. May you live joyfully and abundantly today and throughout every season of life!

Steve Brunkhorst

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My life is but a weaving 
Between my God and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaveth steadily.

Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.

Not ’til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And reveal the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned

He knows, He loves, He cares;
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives the very best to those
Who leave the choice to Him.

unattributed (often attributed to
Corrie ten Boom, who used it in a
book and often quoted from it.)

The Journey of Life - The Garden of Life

Life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences,
but rather, it's a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite sublime plan.


Each of us has a purpose for living beyond our own survival and
pleasure.  Every individual is like a thread in a beautiful tapestry
with a vital contribution to make, not only to the sustenance of
life as we know it, but in the creation and development of more
beneficial expressions of life.

John Marks Templeton
Worldwide Laws of Life


My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue
An everlasting vision of the ever-changing view
A wondrous woven magic in bits of blue and gold
A tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold.

Carole King

It was as if I had worked for years on the wrong side of a tapestry, learning
accurately all its lines and figures, yet always missing its color and sheen.

Anna Louise Strong