A Quote on Humility

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There’s a thin line between confidence and arrogance….it’s called humility. Confidence smiles. Arrogance smirks.

Author Unknown

Some people think that humility is a sign of weakness. Nothing could be further from the truth! Confidence simply means we know who we are, we know what we’re doing, and we are going to remain positive no matter the outcome.

Humility does not mean we walk around depressed, with our head hanging low! No way. However, humility does keep us from becoming arrogant. Arrogance is the bad type of pride that makes us think we are better than other people. It can cause divisions, and hurt other people, without even caring that pain has been inflicted.

So I think the author is saying that having humility is important in order for us to have balance. Smirking is no good, because our heart is not right, and it causes pain. Smiling is very good, because it tells other people, you still care, but you know who you are. You are a positive person!

 

Have a great week!

 

Peace.

 

 

 

 

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Blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

It’s Not How Much We Know

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Nobody cares how much you know, until they know much you care.

Theodore Roosevelt

 We see a lot on the TV news about what people think, offering their opinions. To be honest most of them seem very removed from the problems they are discussing. Are they really down in the trenches? Or are they simply thinking about different problems from an academic standpoint?

 Some religious people seem to have a problem, with wanting to teach us, and with trying to show us what they believe is the right way. Many have good intentions, but it seems like there is often something missing. I’m not sure if Roosevelt was thinking about a particular group of people, but he saw clearly that people, who think they know a lot, need to have compassion. Without love and compassion what good is our knowledge?

We need to make a difference in our world, not with our arguments proving how right we are, but with our actions and attitudes. This includes showing in practical terms that we care, such as offering to help in some way, which might mean standing with them shoulder to shoulder, being right where they are.

Whether we are religious or not, showing compassion to others, can not only make a difference, but can literally change our world for the better, one person at a time, one circumstance at a time.

Peace.

 

 

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

First Fridays – A Psalm

Psalm 42: 1-5

As the deer pants for streams of water,

so my soul pants for you, O God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

When can I go and meet with God?

My tears have been my food day and night,

while men say to me all day long,

“Where is your God?”

These things I remember

as I pour out my soul:

how I used to go with the multitude,

leading the procession to the house of God,

with shouts of joy and thanksgiving

among the festive throng.

Why are you downcast, O my soul?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

for I will yet praise him,

my Savior and my God.

 

Here the Psalmist expresses to us how he is searching for hope. He is going through a very tough time, or did just recently, and he is saying that he first needs to seek some solitude. He realizes, that he needs some light to break through. There is actually a dialogue going on within, as he examines his thoughts. More importantly he recognizes that he is struggling internally, and he acknowledges his pain, and his lack of trusting, the Almighty.

It wasn’t always like that. At one time he was filled with faith, and went to celebrate with everyone else. It seems as though he is remembering, what he used to be like, in order to encourage himself. His mind is saying, “Everything is going to be alright”, and yet his heart is having trouble believing it. This is expressed in the questions he asks. “Why are you downcast, O my soul?”

I’ve been there a time or two! The encouragement here, is don’t let problems in this life get you down. Keep going strong, keep looking up, and trust the Creator. He knows what you are going through.

 

Be blessed, have a great weekend!

Peace.

 

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Bible verses from the New International Version

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“If you love nature, you will love people.”

First Fridays – Blessings

So I have this idea for the first Friday of each month. Yes I know it’s not August yet, but today is an experiment. The idea I have is that one day a month, I play music like this, have some commentary, or maybe some words from the Book of Psalms. I have faith and you can see that in the blog, but I know preaching makes people uncomfortable. I don’t like it either. Well ok, maybe once in a great while! You signed up for nature poems, love poems, quotes, and some stories with good endings, and I love writing in these ways. This is a creative writing blog. Yet there can be incredible beauty in faith.

So today I will see what kind of interest there is. You let me know. I really enjoy your comments, so please feel free.

This song by Laura Story is so incredibly beautiful, I really wanted to share it with you. I love the poetry here. We all go through tough times. Maybe there really is healing, in the tears.

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video from youtube, music by Laura Story

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Fountains of Life

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“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are…….fountains of life.”

“Keep close to Nature’s heart…..and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

John Muir

 

We all have sources of inspiration. When John Muir, sometimes referred to as the mountain prophet, spent time in the mountains, he was not only inspired, but he saw something spiritual about them, perhaps they drew him closer to the Creator. I love the phrase wash your spirit clean. By this, I think he means, find the freedom of nature, let your spirit soar. Don’t let yourself get tangled up in the worries of life. We can experience freedom, when we leave part of the world behind, maybe even turn off our hand held device!

The first quote is even more remarkable when you consider that Muir died in 1914. If it was true in 1914, that there were many people tired, nerve-shaken, and over-civilized, then it must be even more true today. Burn out is not fatal –  we can be rejuvenated, and that’s what I think he is saying here, with these two quotes. Maybe we can’t live in the wilderness, but we might be able to spend some time there. When we do, we will reap tremendous benefits. It is certainly, time well spent. We need the fountains of life.

 

 Peace.

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Image is of Niagara Falls

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Blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

River Flows in You

A simple video with extremely beautiful music. I love Lindsey Stirling’s music but sometimes simplicity is even more beautiful than special effects. This video is done with a violin and harp. Let your spirit soar.

Have a great rest of the week!

Peace.

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video from youtube/music Lindsey Stirling

Blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Thoughts About Love

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“Good relationships don’t just happen. They take time, patience, and two people who truly want to be together.”

Author Unknown

We all love, love. Love is our lifeblood, and helps us to make sense of this crazy world. It’s no wonder that love is the most talked about, and most written about topic. I believe there is love at first sight, but regardless of the relationship, love takes work as well. We need to invest ourselves, our time, our hearts, into the other person. We need to see them as more important than we are. It’s a matter of giving, the giving of a wonderful gift – ourselves. Hopefully the other person does the same thing, and if not the relationship begins to fall apart.

We know there is the physical part of love. We were designed that way! How boring life would be without it. In addition to the fireworks, we do need to have a sense of commitment to the other person. Life can be tough sometimes. It is during those tough times, that love can come shining through the storm, or like the sun burning away the fog. If we want to walk away, when our love gets sick, then that’s not love. It might be something else instead of love. The two of us need to face the battle together. When we do, love grows even stronger. Difficulties are opportunities, to draw close, and to work as a team. If two people are committed, love can grow even stronger over time. That’s why seeing two old people, still in love, is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.

Peace. 

 

 

 

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Blessings to everyone. 

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Thoughts about Awards

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My first thought is thank you! To all those who have nominated me in the past and more recently, I am deeply honored, and blessed. I tell My Love all the time, how awesome you are.

When I first started blogging I did not accept awards. Then I thought I would try it, in order to enjoy the interaction, and to be mutually encouraging to one another. However, I have come full circle now, and have decided to have an award free blog once again. It wasn’t an easy decision.

To be honest, I have a limited time for blogging, and I want to concentrate on my work, in order to produce the highest quality possible. I have several projects that I am spending more time on, including the “Escape” series.

I have received so much encouragement, simply from you reading what I write, clicking the like button, and making occasional comments. I love that we can encourage each other in this way!

I write a lot of comments. I love commenting on your work. Not only do I love your work, I think it’s important to pay back some of the wonderful encouragement I have received.

Peace to everyone, and thank you again.

 

P.S. We had a great time at the beach today! The weather is excellent, and the waves are amazing. My Love and I went for a walk last night, as the sun was going down. What could be better?

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Blessings to everyone!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Body and Soul

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Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

John Muir

 Scottish born John Muir, worked for most of his life to preserve the wilderness of the American west. He was a conservationist before there was such a thing. Muir helped the National Parks become established, with the National Parks Bill passing Congress in 1890. This bill established Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. He was often called the “Mountain Prophet”, and is now considered the, “Father of the National Parks”. His books have inspired millions.

In this quote, Muir so beautifully illustrates the connection of the physical and spiritual worlds. For Muir the spiritual was deeply rooted in nature, or perhaps nature was deeply rooted in the spiritual. Nature is also good for the body. I love the expression, we need, “beauty as well as bread”. Life is more than just the physical world, it is more than just spiritual world. It is both at the same time, and both are equally important.

Peace.

This is day 3 of the 3 Day Quote Challenge given to me Kavita at KVision and Elisabet at An Elephant Named Buddha. Thank you!

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Blessings to everyone. 

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Mr. and Mrs. Nicodemas

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My Love is on the left, and that’s me on the right. Do you like our hats? This was meant to be funny, so I hope you are laughing!!

This is just a note to let you know we are going to be traveling, sometimes home and sometimes not. I’m hoping to walk on sand again, and sip some great iced tea (no lemon). I’ll be watching the waves put me to sleep, and getting some reading done. Since most of you know I love Rumi, and Gibran, do you have any suggestions for similar types of books?

I also wanted to let you know I may not be stopping by as often, visiting your sites. You know how I love your work though, so I will return full throttle in about two weeks. I will still post here once or twice a day.

Peace and let me know about books you recommend!

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Blessings to everyone, and peace!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”