Spring reminds us of the awakening of our souls to the beauty of nature with flowers popping out everywhere. Cee’s post of Flower of the Day, reminds us to go look. Today I notice my lilacs are blooming. Since they are in the back, I have to remember to make a special effort to see them. It was well worth it – the bees thought so as well.
Their beauty was complemented by their delightful fragrance.
Another thing that is equally as beautiful and fragrant as lilacs is kindness. Kindness has the ability to bring a smile even on the darkest moment, even for a short moment. But it is well worth it.
Even though this is a bit blurry, I think you can read that in all areas of life, kindness can grow with just a little effort. Sow that effort and always be kind.
Thank you Susi for giving an old woman a chance to show her caring heart. Don’t forget to add this anthology to your collection. There is lots of good heart here.
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Life presents us with many types of storms. Regardless of whether they are weather related or not, all storms can be survived if we all work together in helping each other to survive life’s storms. This morning Cee Neuner posted a picture of her CFFC page that I though was so beautiful. It spoke of the many storms we all go through in life. This past year there was a storm that hit us world wide and while it separated us physically, I saw many of us come together online in ways we never thought we could before – encouraging each of us in how to survive this storm. So I borrowed Cee’s photo and wrote a poem about it. May we all learn the value of coming together when times are hard so they we all survive. Thank you, Cee, for allowing me to use you picture.
Storm is A’comin
The storm was a’comin, bearing down on the small town
People were hurriedly tethering everything down
Communication poles were lashed in place real tight
In preparation for the coming winds and their great might
It had been several years since a big storm came through
This one came up fast, but they knew what to do
All the people of the town worked hard together
To be sure all were safe from this upcoming weather
As the storm loomed closer, people gathered down below
For the safety of their families as the winds began to blow
Once the storm had passed, and they could look out to see
They can come back together for the beauty of life to be.
I remind you as always the power and necessity of kindness, especially during times of storms. It is through nurturing and kindness that we are able to withstand the winds of storms.
Devereaux Frazier and Beth Amanda are currently hosting the Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge which was started by our star writer Christine Ray. We hope to offer all of you something that will spark your creativity and willingness to participate.
I wanted to do something different for this challenge as the poem does not truly rhyme and have much rhythm as poetry but I always wanted to make a poem in the shape of something. So today, I made this in the for of one of the key words. Laugh with me as laughter is important for all of us.
So many choices.
How can I chose which
direction I need to travel in.
Which will bring me happiness.
Which will be the most fun.
Which is the best choice.
Which is happy
Which is key
In travel if
And remember as always the power of gentle kindness. Kindness can be the most powerful key to find happiness.
Sadie of Keep it Alive has challenged us with an amazing picture to write our thoughts about. Spending a lot of my childhood on the sea, this really spoke to me so…here we go.
I PACE THE SHORELINE
I pace the shoreline. Where are you? Don’t you see the dark is coming?
I pace the shoreline. The smoke filled sky warns of the deadly fires across our land.
I pace the shoreline. The freezing waters turn my feet blue like the sea.
I pace the shoreline. Please understand how much I need you, how much I love you.
I pace the shoreline. The lighthouse laughs at me as it blink on and off. Can you see it?
I pace the shoreline. Waves crash gently against the lighthouse, assurance of a calm sea.
I pace the shoreline. I think I see the tiny silhouette of the boat. Could it really be you.
I pace the shoreline. Please come home to me.
We as humans are emotional creatures. These emotion are a gift from above but must be monitored carefully. Because if we let them have their own course of action, much pain can be made – not always on purpose. So I remind you always to remember the power of kindness, to use it often and to be aware of the beauty it creates.
What a fun, never though of, challenge hosted by Salted Caramel, our 5 favorite canned goods. Some things we know we have to have brand specific but I have found that now that I am in the Midwest, some brands are not available so I do the best I can.
Top of the list is Le Sueur (must be brand specific) Very Young Small Sweet Peas. If I cant have fresh peas from my garden, then this is the only brand where they don’t taste like hard tasteless mush.
The next must have brand is Hunts Tomatoes. I prefer the petite diced but that isn’t a game changer.
I am a big legume eater so my favorite brand is Bush’s. Mostly stick with Black eyes or baked. Loving growing other varieties in my garden.
Coming originally from the south, I am big on the leafy greens but refuse to clean fresh one, so I get canned. Turnip greens are hard to find here but I can get Spinach pretty easily. Popeye’s is the only brand I have found up here and it will do.
And to sweeten the list lets add my favorite fruit. Libby’s Bartlett Pears. Served on a slice of lettuce, topped with HELMANN’S mayonnaise and shredded cheese.
Its been fun to think about can goods that have become a staple for our kitchen.
And as always I close with my usual reminder that in all you do, remember to be kind. You may be at that specific moment, the only kind act someone has seen that day. Enjoy and think about this profound statement.
I love the delicateness of the blooms on flowering trees. They help awaken you to beauty of spring. As you venture out into this beauty, remember it’s delicate nature and how it teaches you of the renewal of life. And remember this renewal is for all living things in their own delicate natures of life. And treat them all kindly.