“The Humble Sunflower”

Behold the humble sunflower! Could there be a happier and sunnier flower? Enjoy these images and quotes!

"One Summer Day" A beautiful flower with a sunny disposition!
“One Summer Day”
A beautiful flower with a sunny disposition!

I don’t think there’s anything on this planet that more trumpets life that the sunflower. For me that’s because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that’s such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life.
~Helen Mirren~

"Sunflower Halved" Wonderful sunlight streams through this beautiful half of a sunflower!
“Sunflower Halved”
Wonderful sunlight streams through this beautiful half of a sunflower!

Does she realize she looks like a sunflower, ready to rain sunlight on all who look down upon her?
~Simone Elkeles~

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.”

~Helen Keller~

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“Yes, I Am Thankful”

Yes, I am thankful!

Not because this is Thanksgiving in this very tiny part of the world.

In fact I do not single out one day of the year to be thankful. I choose instead to keep this day as any other, and be grateful as always for the many blessings that I continue to enjoy all year long!

I thought I would though, take a moment and acknowledge just a few of those people, and things that I am so very blessed with.

I am so very thankful to be alive! Do you realize how totally amazing that actually is? We are alive!

I am so grateful to have a wonderful family, a roof over my head, plenty of food  to eat, not just today, but all year long, warm clothes, and the freedom to pursue my dreams! Yes, my dreams! That is amazing also!

I want to thank all of you that have been my friends and supporters through all of these years. I may not know all of you in person, but you’ve made a difference in my life, yes you have!  I count you among my friends, and I hope that I have made even just a tiny bit of difference in your lives too!

I am thankful to be put on this earth at this time, the time that was meant for me to be here. Even with all of the problems facing us as a human race  today, we still have more opportunities for personal growth, the ability to enjoy better health, we are able to make more choices for our lives, and most of all we have the ability to help others.

In helping others it can be something as little as a Smile given in charity to a stranger, kind words of encouragement given when someone is having a bad day, or donating time and money to a worthy cause. We can make a difference! We in this year 2014 and every year after, have the opportunity and responsibility to give of ourselves to help others. I am thankful for the ability to do that!

Here are just a few of my favorite quotes on being thankful and having gratitude. Enjoy!

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
These are but trifles, to be sure;
but, scattered along life’s pathway,
the good they do is inconceivable.

~Joseph Addison~

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.

~Melody Beattie~

The best and most beautiful things in this world
cannot be seen or even heard,
but must be felt with the heart.

~Helen Keller~

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation,
you will discover that your life will
suddenly be filled with gratitude,
a feeling that nurtures the soul.

~Rabbi Harold Kushner~

 

"In Red and Gold"
“In Red and Gold”

“How Soon is Too Late?”

I love this quote!  —–>” You can never do a kindness to soon because you never know how soon it will be too late”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
This one is a personal favorite of mine.  None of us are ever assured of what will happen next in our lives. We don’t know when we might lose someone near and dear to us. We also don’t know when our time on this planet is finished.

There’s no better time than the present to let someone know how much you love them and care about them. There’s no better time than now to do a kind deed for someone or maybe offer them help.

Everyone will only pass this way once, and we have just this life to do the best that we can for ourselves,  for other people around us and if possible to help others less fortunate than ourselves around the world.

How sad it would be if we had years to make amends to someone, but didn’t , or even just mend a broken relationship, but never tried. Life is so short!

Let the people you love, know it, and do it now. Hug your children now, and do it often. Is there a friend you haven’t spoken to in years?  How about giving them a call?

Try to help someone in need. Do a kindness for a stranger. There are so many ways that we can connect to our fellow human beings.

We are all on this giant blue ball in space. We are all brothers and sisters to each other. No matter where we live, no matter our circumstances, we are all connected to each other in an inescapable way.

So take some time to spread some love and cheer. We are not guaranteed anything, we are not guaranteed tomorrow, so show some kindness and love, and do it now before you lose your chance.

In a way it is like these lovely pink peonies. They bloom in such gorgeous abundance, but only once a year. They can only flourish if they’ve been nurtured and cared for. If they don’t receive enough water, if there is too much sun, or maybe too little. If the winter is too harsh or the soil too poor, they may not come back again.

We must care for these flowers. We must care for the gardens that contain them. We must care for each other and make sure that we as a world, we as human beings are nourished from within our souls as well as our bodies, and try to do our best to help others to enjoy these same pleasures and ideals that we are so lucky to have.

 

"Feeling Pink"
“Feeling Pink”

Again….. “You can never do a kindness to soon because you never know how soon it will be too late”

“Rose in Peach”

Tonight I thought I’d bring you a simple image, a single rose in peach hues, plus a short poem I wrote on roses.

I also found a few quotes related to the rose. You’ll find those below the image.

Life is like a rose with delicate parts,
With time it unfolds allowing growth to our hearts.
A rose is gentle, so fragile at times,
Like loving and life, so many rhymes.
Behold this rose, quite tender yet strong.
So we must be through all our days long.

~Rachel Cohen~

"Rose in Peach" 1
“Rose in Peach” 1

“They are not long, the days of wine and roses. Out of a misty dream, our path emerges for a while, then closes, within a dream” ~Ernest Dowson~

“But he who dares not grasp the thorn, should never crave the rose” ~Ann Bronte~

“As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round” ~Ben Hogan~

Have a great week ahead everyone! 🙂