Thank you and Appreciation

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Have I told you lately how much I appreciate you?

No, actually, I haven’t.

Today,

I want you to know that I am so thankful that you are one of my blog readers.

Thank you for being so faithful to stop by and read the insights from my heart and view my attempts at my passion for photography.

It means the world to me that you are a part of my blogosphere.

Also, I am always so excited when I receive your comments.

Do you remember when AOL first started and when an email would appear in your email mailbox? It would say, “You’ve got mail.”

I loved hearing that.

And I look forward to hearing from you when you share your hearts with me in the comments.

Welcome to all of my new followers. It’s so nice to have you with us.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I’m sending big hugs and hopes that your journey is enriched.

D

The World I Want Begins With Me

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There is so much pain in the world. The murders displayed on the news breaks my heart and reduces me to tears.

It can feel overwhelming on many levels.

Yet, the world I want begins with me.

Anger can be a useful emotion as it directs me to a core issue that is out of balance in my life. It is destructive when I allow it to cause me to react in a way that is devastating to the lives around me.

Anger is the core issue in murder. Period. Uncontrolled, unresolved anger drives a person to act dispicably. Taking someone’s life occurs along way down the pathway of angry emotions. Often, it begins with contempt. Contempt directs our thoughts and attitudes toward fear, negativity, prejudice and hatred.

You must first look within yourself to eliminate the fear, the anger, and the imbalance in your life.

Then and only then can you move forward to create peacefully and powerfully the changes needed in the world.

Today, following the news of 4 killings in Israel, I read that a young Israeli woman called for acts of kindness in response to the murders. This cry for good only comes from a heart that is at peace from within and an understanding that an eye-for-an-eye does not create a better world.

Yesterday, as I was shopping for some treats to have at home, I came across a woman and her grand baby that I had not met from my community. They were retrieving a small bottle of chocolate milk  from a cooler in celebration. The child had recently been weaned from her mother’s breast. I stopped and celebrated with them. I cheered for the 2 year old and congratulated her.

I introduced myself to the grandmother and her face beamed with happiness. It kind of shocked me, really. Who am I that meeting me in the grocery store and sharing a few kind words would make any real difference in this woman’s life? But we all know how it feels to have someone appreciate our children or our accomplishments, don’t we?

The woman told me that most of her time was spent working at a local restaurant and she asked me to stop in and visit her. I will, too.

That is how we change the world. I can not fight terrorists in a foreign country but I can…I CAN…work on my heart so that it is open to the people in my community. I can work diligently on the big issues in my heart that prevent my life from being worthwhile. I can also learn self-control so that my issues do not spill over onto the people I meet.

There was a day in my journey that I may never have given this woman the time of day. It might have only been the fact that I was preoccupied with my own world, my busy schedule or that I was exhausted from a full day at work.

People matter. People are what make the world – the world. So, it matters that we relate to each other in meaningful ways, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.

The world I want begins with me.

I must be a person who makes life worth living, first, in my own life and then shared with those around me.

I have failed many times in my past at this. I whisper a prayer. I get back up. I look inward. I follow wisdom and truth until the values I want to see in the world are firmly planted in my own heart and behaviours.

How about you? Will you join me and peacefully and powerfully create the changes needed in the world – beginning with yourself?

Be kind to someone today and demonstrate a better way of life.

Journey on, dear reader,

D

 

 

What’s Your Angle?

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What’s your angle?

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When we make a move in life, it’s important to understand what is motivating us?

Do you do what you do out of compassion?

Or

Do you do what you do to manipulate?

We choose different angles for different reasons.

Before you act, stop and ask yourself…

What’s my angle.

Choose compassion.

It’s powerful.

Journey on,

D

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge this week is Lines and Angles.

Enjoy!

Dr Seuss Has Been In The Garden

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Springtime has everything bursting forth with color and life all around me.

Cee’s black and white photo challenge this week asked us to take a few steps and capture what we saw.

This plant made me think that Dr. Seuss might have been in the garden.

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Have a great week.

D

Do Your Best, Work From The Heart

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Do your best.

That is excellence.

Excellence is working from the heart.

Passion fuels the effort.

The result is a job well done. Quality.

The reward is satisfaction.

It is not perfection.

For perfection drives the soul.

Criticizes and shames the heart.

The result is unrecognised quality.

The reward is often dissatisfaction -being left believing you still missed the mark.

Doing your best with who you are and the skill you have at the moment is all you can expect of yourself. Applying a standard of excellence to what you do provides you the opportunity to keep learning, gaining and obtaining more skill.

Expecting only perfection is stressful, discouraging and pressure. You may be tempted to not even try unless you are convinced you won’t make a mess of things.

Take the pressure off of yourself.

Do your best.

And you can’t lose.

D

Sometimes You Just Have to Give It A Go

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I have to be honest with you, I am no farm girl. It is not my calling in life and I am pretty sure that I would be completely useless at the job. The first time I walked through a sheep paddock, I was so busy trying to keep “sheep-poo” off of my gumboots that I got no real work done (even though my husband said that was why I was wearing them -so I didn’t have to worry about where I stepped). I was all about protecting the shoes. I was obviously not cut out for farming or live stock management.

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But I was intrigued by the deer farms (from this side of the fence) since I had never seen one in the USA. Deer roam wild in America as far I was aware. I had never seen them farmed.

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I have been corrected as far as my deer farming knowledge…apparently, they are a some type of elk. City girl knowledge. But hey, it is what it is. And I’m ok with that!

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My husband gifted me 100 sheep the first year we were married. Not sure he quite understood what a “gift” was at the time. It was a business gift. A way for me to make some money. Ahaha…I felt sorry for those sheep…and ME!

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We tried to make a pet out of the lambs…

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(By the way, that is a baby NZ opossum catching a ride there…like I said, poor sheep)

 

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This is me trying my hand at being a rousey. Please don’t ask me to explain, I’m not sure I could. It has something to do with keeping the floor clean while the sheep are being shorn.

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My son enjoyed chasing (herding) the sheep….

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But once he caught one he tried riding it and I’m not sure that is what you do with sheep.

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Needless to say, we only had sheep for one season and we left the farming to the experts.

I may have told you this before, but NZ has more sheep than people. NZ lamb is considered to be the best in the world. (Shhhh! we didn’t tell our sheep that they were produce … or is that an agriculture term?)

Life is much less complicated when you stick to what you know. But every once in a while, you give something a “go” just because you can. You certainly, learn a lot about yourself when you try something new.

In my case, I confirmed my life long theory that I did not want to be a farmer among other things.

I guess that is something. Now, I know for sure.

Sometimes in life you just have to give it a go.  You might look back wondering why in the world you took the path you did. Most of time, it’s pretty easy to step back and change direction. Learn. Change. Grow. And keep moving forward. At the very least, you will know for a certainty what didn’t work. Usually, you gain insight that is valuable for your journey.

D