Celebrating You!

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Well I’ve been blogging for 3 years now and I wanted to say thank you, to all of you!

Every one of you is an amazing artist/photographer/writer! I wish I could follow each one.

And I am so happy with the diversity here. My readers include, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and those with no particular faith! Yes!

That is the way I have designed it. I want many groups of people to feel welcomed here.

I’m having a wonderful time, in spite of a number of obstacles. So I will keep writing poetry, and viewing your work.

Peace to you, and thank you so much!

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 Let’s rock!

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A Quote by Robert Frost on Greatness

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There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.

Robert Frost

  I love the poetry of Robert Frost, and this quote gives us yet another look, into the heart and thinking of the poet. There have been many great people of history, but all too often, the people that were called great, were people of war, or that loved war. I love this quote, because I think Frost was saying true greatness is connected to generosity, and that this greatness and generosity, come from, or come out of, a heart of tenderness and compassion.

And let’s not forget that there is a huge difference between weakness and compassion. In fact, a person that is compassionate is incredibly strong. There is nothing more powerful on earth, than love. It takes great strength to forgive someone that hates you. To have tenderness, and compassion for that same person, takes amazing strength, and is one of the most important battles you will ever face.

Never let hatred rule over you. Break the throne of hatred, by responding in the opposite way, with tenderness, and compassion. That is what true greatness is all about.

Peace.

    

Writing and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Peace and blessings to everyone.

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

Two Quotes on Education

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“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

Ben Franklin

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

There are so many good quotes on education but these are two of my favorites.

In the quote by Ben Franklin, he had a long term vision in mind. What we invest now, we will reap in the future. He also realized that education pays better than any investment we can possibly make. We are investing in our children! One of my problems with conservative politicians, is that their concerns over higher taxes often seems short sighted. If all I care about is my wallet right now, then my investment in the future will be very small, or non-existent. We need to see the big picture, and have a long term vision, like Ben Franklin did.

In the quote from Dr. King, he realized that learning numbers, chemical reactions, and languages, are all extremely important, but that there should be more, or something that goes beyond intelligence. Our children need to learn how to have compassion for others, how to respect people, and how to have integrity. It’s true, that much of this type of learning goes beyond the classroom, and we as parents have a huge part to play in this.

Let’s invest in a good education. The future of our children, and our world, depends on it.

Education is the bridge to the future.

   

Writing and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Peace and blessings to everyone.

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

Wishing You Peace

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In the 1960’s it was popular to say “peace”, to one another, and hold up two fingers in a “V” shape for victory. We as young people back then, meant we were all hoping for an end to the Vietnam War, and some also wanted to see peace at home, among racial groups. We all wanted peace, or the end of conflict.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary says that word peace can also mean: “a state of tranquility or quiet”, in other words internally. I think it is safe to say we all want internal peace and quiet! This leads us to a wonderful sense of joy and happiness.

In churches that I know, we greet each other during the service, saying something close to “Peace be to you” or just “Peace.”, while shaking hands and welcoming each other. This reminds me of the Arabic word, Salaam, which means “the peace be upon you”. In Hebrew the word Shalom means, not just a feeling of tranquility, but a sense of wellbeing and wholeness.

I love all of these, and incorporate each one. It’s true I say and write the word “Peace” a lot. I know that I over use it, but I do not think that I will change that.

So I wish you – the end of all conflict, internal tranquility, great happiness, with a sense of wellbeing, and wholeness.

I wish you PEACE.

Writing and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Peace and 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.

 

 

 Commentary and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Peace and blessings to everyone.

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

Flag Waving

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I love my country. Most of us do, unless we live under a dictatorship. We have so many freedoms here, including the freedom to worship the way we choose, or to choose not to worship at all. Regardless of where we live, our country is a part of who we are. However, I have two big concerns about the United States.

The first concern I have is prejudice. I am shocked, horrified, and disgusted. Hatred towards any group of people is wrong. I simply can’t believe that in 2015 we have such a horrible problem. Do we really have the right to criticize other nations, when we have such hatred in our own backyard?

Secondly, I am concerned about the lack of compassion here. There is simply not enough, of caring about people. I thank God for government programs to help people. Many people hate the idea of paying more taxes. If it was your mother in the nursing home, or if your wife needed an operation and couldn’t afford it, would you be so concerned about taxes? Of course not. I’m sure that a lack of compassion has happened over a period of time, but we need to reverse this trend. Maybe it’s from focusing on our hand held devices and TV, so often, that we’ve forgotten people are people.

Still, it’s ok to love your country, and to do some flag waving. Maybe we can do so, keeping in mind where we need to change, and work towards making our world a better place.

Peace.

 

 

 

Commentary and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Blessings to everyone!

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

Insight

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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

Albert Einstein

 What is it about nature that helps us to understand? I think it is the peace of mind, and the healing we receive from spending time in nature. When we are restored, and refreshed, we can see more clearly.

Restoration through nature helps us to see the connection between us and the rest of the world. We suddenly fit, and we feel like we do belong. We also gain an understanding, that other people fit, and they belong too. In this way, nature actually teaches us compassion. We begin to care, because of the insight, that we are all connected to each other. That’s what I think Einstein was trying to say in this quote. The more deeply we look into nature, the more we understand.

Peace.

 

 

 

Commentary and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Blessings to everyone!

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