A Child’s Prayer (for Ireland)….

Grandchildren are one of life’s sweetest blessings! ❤

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When it gets dark
the birds and flowers
close their eyes
and say goodnight,
and God who loves them
counts the hours
and keeps them safe
’til morning’s light.

Dear Father, count the hours tonight
while I’m asleep
and cannot see,
and in the morning,
may the sun
shine for the birds, the flowers,
and me.

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I love you, precious child….

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Beauty….

I had a group of coral tulips in the house that had passed beyond the peak of their beauty….so I took them outside and tossed them over the deck railing. I looked at them where they’d fallen and saw another kind of beauty, the fragility of the curling petals, the heart-wrenching delicacy of flowers on their way out. I gathered them up and did a series of composed shots on the weathered deck boards; this is one of my favorites.

There is beauty in every stage of the growing and fading process, even in humans. Learn to look beyond what society tells us is beautiful and find your own definition. You will see so much more with a wider field of vision!

Love and blessings to you all, today and always. 🙂

Mindfulness

I’m looking out my window at sunshine, which is illuminating a bouquet of tulips I cut yesterday evening. The light gives their petals a look of transparency, reminding me that life is fragile, and fleeting, like Spring’s first blooms. That’s no reason not to enjoy every moment, however. Too often, we overlook that which is right in front of our eyes, missing the small miracles daily life has to offer.

Today, take a moment to pause. To catch your breath. To just….BE….in the here and now. Notice the changes Spring has brought to the landscape–the fresh green sprinkled with new color. Birds building nests, the music of their songs. Close your eyes for a moment and feel life pulsing in your veins. Count your blessings. Be grateful, for no one is guaranteed a tomorrow.

The practice of mindfulness can enrich you life in ways you never imagined. It can be tricky in today’s fast-paced way of living but I guarantee it will bring you peace, and a new sense of your place in the universe. Try it!

Love, light, and blessings to you today! ❤

Forgiveness Is Easy….

Always a relevant topic…we struggle with this on a daily basis. Give yourself a break; don’t expect ‘instant’ results. Your efforts will bear fruit in time. Blessings and love to you today! ❤

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Forgive Yourself
For some of you reading this, I suspect your initial reaction might be, “Sure it is.” (Where’s the sarcasm font when you need it?) Some people say “I’m sorry” as easily as they say “I love you,” without any meaning or emotion behind the words. In fact, both are examples of automatic responses which, like some over-used words, have lost their impact and/or their sincerity.

Forgiveness is an essential element to wholeness. We humans can be callously uncaring of others’ feelings–or, if not uncaring, at least oblivious. A careless comment, a petty act of unkindness, violating someone’s privacy: we’ve all been guilty of these at times. And we’ve all experienced both, as giver and receiver. When we’re on the receiving end, we become less willing to trust. In the worst case scenario, we withdraw, cherishing our wounds and grievances, walling up our heart and spirit. The poison spreads…

Bitter Heart
Forgiveness, like…

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