“The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations – each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony.” – Ruth Bernhard
“Symphonies begin with one note; fires with one flame; gardens with one flower; and masterpieces with one stroke.”― Matshona Dhliwayo
As the notes of your life weave into a symphony like none other, enter the rhythm, flow and color.
Pause rapt in awe.
Gratitude is a beautiful instrument.
Abundance its gift.
Seeking joy and delight in what is already present in the present moment.
Around and within.
Compose beautiful music with the notes of today.
Use all of the colors.
Energy, vibrancy, harmony.
“The Lord did not people the earth with a vibrant orchestra of personalities only to value the piccolos of the world. Every instrument is precious and adds to the complex beauty of the symphony.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin
“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” – John F. Kennedy
“If it’s out of your hands, it deserves freedom from your mind too.” – Ivan Nuru
Peace always begins within. Reconcile and release worry, unforgiveness, resentments, open the door to peace. We become what we carry. Lay down the unnecessary, the old, the burdens that bind. Integrate them and move forward, not looking back. Walk lightly. Pour your energy, attention and effort to creating, building and connection. Nurture peace within by pruning, replanting and rooting in good soil of joy, love and gratitude.
Peace be with you, me and the world. Never stop pursuing.
“Learning lessons is a little like reaching maturity. You’re not suddenly more happy, wealthy, or powerful, but you understand the world around you better, and you’re at peace with yourself. Learning life’s lessons is not about making your life perfect, but about seeing life as it was meant to be.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
“May my soul bloom in love for all existence.” – Rudolf Steiner
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu
Learn a second language.
Use it daily.
Master it through practice.
From me to we.
Plant it wherever you go without reserve or account.
Cast light daily and it shines back on you.
Circular, encompassing, full bloom.
“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” – Matthew 25:35
“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.” – Theodore Roethke
“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” – Bertrand Russell
The ground is hardening.
Ice is forming on the lakes.
Dormancy is on the doorstep.
Seeds that have been planted rest in the dark.
In due time, transforming to roots followed by shoots.
The work is done in the preparation, in the waiting.
Let the work of winter be done.
Spring is always the outcome.
“Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout.” – Morihei Ueshiba
“The earth laughs in flowers.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Gratitude by Lucy Maud Montgomery
“I thank thee, friend, for the beautiful thought
That in words well chosen thou gavest to me,
Deep in the life of my soul it has wrought
With its own rare essence to ever imbue me,
To gleam like a star over devious ways,
To bloom like a flower on the drearest days
Better such gift from thee to me
Than gold of the hills or pearls of the sea.
For the luster of jewels and gold may depart,
And they have in them no life of the giver,
But this gracious gift from thy heart to my heart
Shall witness to me of thy love forever;
Yea, it shall always abide with me
As a part of my immortality;
For a beautiful thought is a thing divine,
So I thank thee, oh, friend, for this gift of thine.”
Choose your words well.
Plant seeds of kindness, joy and light.
Reap the harvest of good thoughts and deeds.
Flowers in bloom, laughter in color.
Gratitude and its expression, a divine thing.
“Blue thou art, intensely blue; Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue?” – James Montgomery
“Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven!” – Lord Byron
Stop and look closely at the last few flowers of summer holding out a bit longer.
A brilliant pink star bursting from a purple morning glory demanding attention and awe.
Deep color, hue, richness, texture, works of art all around.
Layers, patterns, complexity.
Ingredients surround us daily to shake us awake.
Break complacency, see the brilliance.
Take nothing for granted.
Life is residing in the ordinary, beautiful details of each day.
“To understand is to perceive patterns.” – Isaiah Berlin
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.” – John Keats
“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” – Karl Barth
Allow joy to enter this day and permeate your thoughts, words and actions.
Capture and give it away.
Embrace and be held.
In the ordinary.
In a walk.
In flowers and fields.
Wide open spaces abound.
Joy. Gratitude. Beauty.
Choose your focus, change your life.
“Beauty is whatever gives joy.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay
“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
When thoughts limit, restrict, bind, move out, step back to see the expanse, beauty and brilliance.
In a flower, in another human, in the universe.
Renewed and refreshed, move back in to broaden your thoughts, trigger your imagination, reignite the fire.
Like breathing, in and out, close and far, yin and yang.
Fill up and pour out.
Life is balance, flow, struggle, ease.
Enter it completely, imperfectly and fully in the now.
“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson