Good Cheer and a Contented Heart

 

“Peace is happiness digesting.”

Victor Hugo

 

Wishing you many moments of happiness to digest.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week—a small Christmas village casting a long shadow:

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Like Smoke Across the Sky

 

“In the cloud-gray mornings

I heard the herons flying;

And when I came into my garden,

My silken outer-garment

Trailed over withered leaves.

A dry leaf crumbles at a touch,

But I have seen many Autumns

With herons blowing like smoke

Across the sky.”

Amy Lowell, “Hoar Frost” –

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week – our first snow of the season:

Shadow of the Week:

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Pines, Like Waltzes

 

The ten hours’ light is abating,

And a late bird wings across,

Where the pines, like waltzes waiting,

Give their black heads a toss.

Beech leaves, that yellow the noon-time,

Float past like specks in the eye;

I set every tree in my June time,

And now they obscure the sky.

– Thomas Hardy, “At Day-Close in November” –

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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A Green Tree and A Singing Bird

 

“Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come.”

– Chinese proverb –

 

In this season when our thoughts focus on gratitude, I’m thankful for each of you, for the grace, goodness, wonder, and hope that fills your hearts. Nurture peace within yourself, cultivate kindness toward others, and carry that calm wherever your life journey takes you.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week – Looks like the profile of a rabbit to me:

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Light and Color

 

“How beautiful the leaves grow old.

How full of light and color are their last days.”

John Burroughs

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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All the Places, All the Time, All the People

 

Do all the good you can,

By all the means you can,

In all the ways you can,

In all the places you can,

At all the times you can,

To all the people you can,

As long as ever you can.

John Wesley

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Living Gold

 

Live thy Life,

Young and old,

Like yon oak,

Bright in spring,

Living gold;

Summer-rich

Then; and then

Autumn-changed

Soberer-hued

Gold again.

All his leaves

Fall’n at length,

Look, he stands,

Trunk and bough

Naked strength.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week – flags at the zoo:

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Infinite Calm and Exceeding Peace

 

Deep in the soul, below pain,

below all the distraction of life,

is a silence vast and grand –

an infinite ocean of calm,

which nothing can disturb;

nature’s own exceeding peace…

­­

R.M. Bucke

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Something Whispered

 

Something told the wild geese

– It was time to go;

Though the fields lay golden

– Something whispered, – ‘Snow.’

Leaves were green and stirring,

– Berries luster-glossed,

But beneath warm feathers

– Something cautioned, – ‘Frost.’

– Rachel Field –

 

Enjoy the magical change of seasons. Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week – a lamppost:

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Courage in Stormy Seas

 

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship.”

Louisa May Alcott

 

The word courage comes from Latin cor and Greek kardia. So take heart. Sail your ship. Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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