Like the earth’s geography, terrains and many environments with various seasons, temperatures and weather patterns, I too am filled with so many emotional environments, moods, textures and terrains : happy, sorrow, glad, fear, joy, concern, etc.
Nothing in nature blooms all year.
Be patient with your self
Deep in their roots, all flowers hold the light.
We are gardeners. Gardening is hard work. We experience in the dirt, the mystery and magic of life. Dark, wet, worms, germs, decay and from all this, the light and splendid beauty and color of the garden. We are grateful.
This was sent to us by our very dear friend and companion on the journey. We thought it wonderful to share with everyone.
Don’t break a bird’s wings and then tell it to fly.
Don’t break a heart and then tell it to love.
Don’t break a soul and then tell it to be happy.
Don’t see the worst in a person and expect them to see the best in you.
Don’t judge people and expect them to stand by your side.
Don’t play with fire and expect to stay perfectly safe.
Life is about giving and taking.
You cannot expect to give bad and receive good.
You cannot expect to give good and receive bad.
You cannot expect to give hate and receive love.
So if you’re willing to see positive change in your life, you must be willing to be that change itself. — Najwa Zebian
I thought this was so perfect. As a therapist, I sit and listen to the stories of the broken parts and hearts of an individual’s life. I am like a midwife who waits and receives. At first, I hold that which is received. And then, with the one whom I companion, I help craft a mosaic, a beautiful piece of art from bits of broken pieces. At first glance, it might not appear beautiful, but with sunlight the pieces shine, and glow, and transform the broken ordinary into a glimmering shinning extraordinary.
Charlie Cavalconte, M.Div., LADC
Refuse to fall down.
If you cannot refuse to fall down,
refuse to stay down.
If you cannot refuse to stay down,
lift your heart toward heaven,
and like a hungry beggar,
ask that it be filled,
and it will be filled.
You may be pushed down.
You may be kept from rising.
But no one can keep you
from lifting your heart
It is in the middle of misery
that so much becomes clear.
The one who says nothing good
came of this,
is not yet listening.
~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
This was sent to us by a dear friend, and mentor, please enjoy.
This is beautiful and it is surely worth making the 5 finger prayer a part of our lives.
1. Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said, a ‘sweet duty.’
2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.
3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the leaders in our government, business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God’s guidance.
4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray enough for them.
5… And lastly comes our little finger – the smallest finger of all which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, ‘The least shall be the greatest among you.’ Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.
If you decide to send this to a friend, you might brighten someone’s day!
Don’t tell God/ Your HP/The Universe how big your storm is. Tell the storm how big your God/HP/Universe is!
Audrey, a friend of ours who owns The Left Bank Gallery in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, paired Jim Holland’s image “Twilight Farmhouse” with Martin Luther King, Jr’s quote to beautfully celebrate the day.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jim painting is for sale at The Left Bank Gallery.