What Adds Up to a Life?

“Begin at once to live,

and count each separate day as a separate life.”

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca –

I often find bits of wisdom tucked away in novels. Recently I was reading the novel Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan and found this: “She had made a choice and then she had made another and another after that. Taken together, the small choices anyone made added up to a life.”

May you choose peace daily. Nurture  it, cultivate loving-kindness, carry the calm, and that will be your life.

Nature of the week – poplar leaf after a rainstorm:

Shadow of the Week – a tree shadow spills into the street:

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The Infinite, High and Clear

“. . . feel the stars and the infinite

high and clear above you.

Then life seems almost enchanted after all.”

– Vincent van Gogh –

 

Nurture  peace, cultivate loving-kindness, and carry the calm.

Have an enchanting Mother’s Day!

Nature of the week – high and clear:

Shadow of the Week – from a dragonfly garden ornament:

 

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How Do You Pay for a Lovely Moment?

Did you ever find yourself unable to enjoy a lovely moment, because you don’t deserve it? Or because too many people in the world can’t enjoy such moments, so you believe you have no right to enjoy them either? Sounds a bit warped, but some of us have thought that way. Yet a lovely moment is a gift, and to willfully ignore it is to be ungrateful.

 

“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.”

– Richard Bach –

 

Enjoy some lovely moments this week. Let them nurture your peace and cultivate your loving-kindness. Carry the calm.

Nature of the week – my Japanese maple, red in the springtime. Notice the shadows of leaf on leaf and the “winged” seeds:

Shadow of the Week:

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Mad With Joy

 

 

Mad With Joy

“People from a planet without flowers

would think we must be mad with joy the whole time

to have such things about us.”

– Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honorable Defeat –

 

Celebrate flowers; be mad with joy. Nurture peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week – on a carpet of moss:

 

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The Breeze of Grace

“The breeze of grace is always blowing on you,

but you have to unfurl your sails.”

– Sri Ramakrishna –

 

May we unfurl our sails to grace this week as we nurture peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week –at the harbor in Yokohama, Japan:

Shadow of the Week – a reflection on a rainy sidewalk in Yokohama:

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A Fountain of Gladness

“How truly is a kind heart a fountain of gladness,

making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.”

Washington Irving

 

Be kind, nurture peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.

Today’s pictures are from Japan, where I spent the past week. If you’d like to see more of my photos from Japan, please follow me on my Facebook author page, where I’ll be posting a picture or two each day for the next few weeks.

Nature of the week – flowers at the harbor in Yokohama, Japan:

Shadow of the Week – a reflection on a rainy sidewalk in Yokohama:

 

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Simple and Real

 

Four Simple Guidelines to Live By

“Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace.”

– Thomas Merton –

Nurture peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Laughing in the Colors of Spring

“Earth laughs in flowers.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson –

Wishing you earth’s laughter this week!

Nurture peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

 

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Simple and Real

 

“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”

– Laura Ingalls Wilder –

Nurture peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week – fragrant nanohana blossoms in Japan (canola flower in English):

Shadow of the Week – tree shadow at dawn on rice paper doors where I stayed in Japan last week :

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Colors of the Spirit

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”

– Emerson, “Nature” –

The word nature comes from the Latin nasci, which means “to be born.” Leaves are peeking out and stretching, buds are opening – must be the earth’s birthday. Enjoy!

Nurture peace, cultivate loving-kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week – a redbud blossoming all along its branches:

This week, a double shadow:

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