This years Tippy Pot example. My mother’s works very hard in her yard to be one of the blocks SHOW case gardens.
With the lovely Spring rains — an early beauty display lives just out side her porch.
Garden Magic This is the garden’s magic, That through the sunny hours The gardener who tends it, Himself outgrows his flowers.
He grows by gift of patience, Since he who sows must know That only in the Lord’s good time Does any seedling grow.
He learns from buds unfolding, From each tight leaf unfurled, That his own heart, expanding, Is one with all the world.
He bares his head to sunshine, His bending back a sign Of grace, and ev’ry shower becomes His sacramental wine.
And when at last his labors Bring forth the very stuff And substance of all beauty This is reward enough. -MARIE NETTLETON CARROLL
Happy Spring and Beauty all around.
Change Your Thinking
It’s been said that it will take just 37 seconds to read this and change your thinking..
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.
One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs.
His bed was next to the room’s only window.
The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.
The men talked for hours on end.
They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation..
Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.
The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.
The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake
Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.
As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.
One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.
Although the other man could not hear the band – he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.
Days, weeks and months passed.
One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep.
She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.
As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.
Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.
It faced a blank wall..
The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window.
The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.
She said, ‘Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.’
There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.
Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.
If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have money can’t buy.
‘Today is a gift, this is why it is called The Present .’
The origin of this letter is unknown, and I have read it several times.
It doesn’t change how my heart feels every time I read it.
We have choices every day. We can focus on the negative, the hiccups, the doom and gloom or we can turn our energy to the beauty and wonderful we have around us. Being conscious of what we’re saying or thinking can set our life on a much more affirmative path.
My computer files have been in total disarray and I have been working on categorizing them better, so that my work flow will be must faster. Rather than hunting through tons of files or folders I am simplifying the process. Clear cut titles and dates. (if you have a wonderful filing system that you could share, please do so)
While doing this simple task, it made me realize that just like my disjointed files this is a lot like life. Being able to focus on simple positive actions will make my life/ work better. And isn’t that what we all want? At least for me, I am working on the positive and beauty that is around me. I don’t even want to go to look at the dark side ANY more! I’m not looking at life through rose colored glasses, I know there will still be disjointed “files” that will come my way and I will take care of them. But I will not spend any more time on the negative than is necessary.
For the next few posts I will be sharing some of the grand positive quotations I have found. Thoughts become things. Please be sure and chime in with your comments. I love hearing from you!
Driving the other day I noticed this fabulous bush aside the road.
I have not a clue what this is. Any one??
Hope you are enjoying your Spring.
Stop by our Focusing on Life blog — we have some wonderful examples of spring!
“If friends were flowers, I’d pick you!” unknown
I’m sharing a Mr. Linky party over at Focusing on Life — our collaborative blog.
Come join us as we have some fun sharing our wonderful Spring photos.
Hope you are finding the beauty in your life.
Speaking of — I have edited my original post — I couldnt help but share this FANTASTIC video– CLICK HERE
Since January 1st 2010 -- I have been celebrating finding Beauty in our every day lives. Stay in the Day... be in the moment. Don't wait to live your life.
Stop and make a habit to find the Beauty and you will be amazed at how Beautiful your life is. Be thankful and remember:
"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Dyer