A World Full, A Cup Full

 

“…although the world is full of suffering,

it is full also of the overcoming of it.”

Helen Keller

 

Helen Keller’s words remind me of something Frederick Buechner said in his essay for Going on Faith: “All the death that ever was, set next to life, would scarcely fill a cup.” It also makes me think of some advice that Fred Rogers left us: When bad things happen, look for the helpers.

So keep your eyes open; be aware of the bad. But don’t drown in that cup.

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

Keep moving toward what brings life.

Look for the helpers.

And be one.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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An Eden Summer

 

“The times are dark but never too dark for

An Eden Summer, this flower-rich creation.”

Elizabeth Jennings

“English Wild Flowers”

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

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Windows Open to Beauty

 

“Let there be windows to your soul,

that all the glory of the world may beautify it.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

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Infinite Beauty

 

“Nature is painting for us,

day after day,

pictures of infinite beauty.”

John Ruskin

 

Pause and see the beauty nature is painting—and linger to smell, taste, listen, and touch infinity. Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

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More Than Any Wise Man

 

“The soul that is kind and intends justice

discovers more than any wise man.”

– Sophocles –

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

Nature of the week – zucchini blooms:

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Balancing Two Nevers

 

Never let your kindness keep you from being honest.

Never let your honesty keep you from being kind.

(adapted from The Artful Edit by Susan Bell)

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

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Easing Change, Quieting Fear

 

“Kindness eases change.

Love quiets fear.”

– Octavia F. Butler, Parable of the Talents

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

Just to clarify, I’m not talking about the peace of ignorance or the kindness of platitudes or the calmness of inaction. I’m talking about a reservoir of inner peace, kindness, and calm that strengthens, balances, and guides our thoughts, our words, our actions.

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If You Want to See Birds

 

“If you want to see birds, you must have birds in your heart.”

John Burroughs

 

I think, too, that if we want to see peace, we must have peace in our hearts. If we want to see kindness, we must have kindness in our hearts. If we want to find calm, we must carry it within.

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week – A bluebird visited this week, which is a rare event. I barely got a picture of him before he flew away. Yesterday, he and his mate returned carrying grassy twigs and made themselves at home!

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Simple Things

 

“If the simple things in nature

have a message that you understand,

rejoice, for your soul is alive.”

Eleonora Duse

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

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The Wings of Spring

 

“Birds in the green of my garden,

Blackbirds and throstle and wren,

Wet your dear wings in the tears that are Spring’s

And so to your singing again!”

E. Nesbit, “May Song” –

 

Nesbit’s poem reminds me of a quote from Victor Hugo: “Be like a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing that she has wings.”

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week – a vase of peonies that a neighbor left for me on my porch:

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