A Word for Wednesday


The word for today is “empathy”. Empathy has been described as understanding another person’s experiences or emotions.

When we empathize with someone – there is no room for judgment, because we are either understanding where they are coming from, or we are in the process of understanding. In this sense, we are validating them and what they are going through.

So empathy has a wonderful sense of compassion built in, that says I will care or I do care! In fact, empathy makes us human, and connects us wonderfully with other human beings.

And being infused with empathy will do wonders for our art and creativity, when we allow it to flow.

Peace, and have a great time creating!


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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

A Word for Wednesday


The word for today is actually two words, “gentle strength”. Gentleness has often been ridiculed as a sign of weakness, but nothing could be further from the truth. It takes great strength to be gentle, because it is so easy to be mean.

And yet we need strength to make it through the day, we need strength to tackle the huge problems in our world. It is possible though, to be strong and gentle, at the same time.

So let your gentleness be strong, and your strength gentle!

Have a great week creating! Peace.


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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Listening with the Heart


“When my soul is quiet, I not only hear far better, but I want to hear what you have to say. My heart listens.”


When we are in a quiet state of mind, compassion is present, and we learn to value the other person. We see the good in them and genuinely want to hear their thoughts. We become more a part of each other, and begin to experience that we are all connected.


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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Caring About Others


From the book, The Way of Serenity:

“When we are suffering, it’s very hard to see beyond our pain to the world around us. It is precisely this “getting beyond ourselves,” however, that offers us the opportunity to begin to heal the wounds in our own soul. When we remain aware that everyone around us has some pain to undergo………..we grow in our communion with them, and our own sorrow becomes a vehicle for understanding theirs. This is the sense of the beautiful virtue of compassion, a word that comes from the Latin words for “suffering with” someone else. To feel compassion is to appropriate to ourselves the sorrow of others, to enter into their world and participate in it.”

      I love this book. Have a great day everyone!


Quote from: The Way of Serenity,  by Father Jonathan Morris, 

Harper One Publishers

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”


Oceans 183

In the oceans of our opinions,

in the stormy seas of our rhetoric,

there is never any healing,

for those stranded at sea,

for those with sails burning,

the horizon is lost.

The hurting don’t need,

an email, some policy,

from distant talking heads,

they need a live person,

a human being,

to say to them, you matter,

that you have value,

that they you are loved and,


Everyone should be welcomed in our ships,

where the sails,

have been restored,

and the horizon shines,

brightly with hope.


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Peace and blessings to everyone.

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

A Quote and a Poem

ML King


When our descendants look back at us,

what will they see?

Will they see people filled,

with compassion?

Or will they see school children,


trying to hold on to coins,

saying “mine!”

worrying about taxes.

Will they see open hearts,

working hard, sweating,

to make a difference?

Or will they see us,

with hatred, destroying?

It’s not too late,

there is still time.

God have mercy on us.

Poetry © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

image from google, quote from Dr. Martin Luther King

Peace and blessings to everyone.

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

It’s Not How Much We Know

Maine and More 269

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.




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Peace and blessings to everyone.

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


Mountains and Rivers 149

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.





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Blessings to everyone!

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

Men of Compassion

True Stength

We need some men in this world,

men who know how to teach,

their sons how to respect, and to be faithful,

instead of abusing women,

instead of being consumed,

with their V8 engines,

men who care about the earth,

and take care of her,

instead of only their wallets,

worrying about new taxes,


We need some men, to care about people,

are they only a part of history?

Where have they gone?

Where are the men?

who can see into the universe,

speak like prophets,

and write with fire!

We need to turn off the stupid TV,

and stand up for people,

regardless, of their color,

or which candle they decide to light.

We need to wake up,

stand up, or shut up.

Get a heart men,

and have compassion.

Note: I include myself in this. All too often we are complacent, and apathetic. True compassion means taking action. And I have seen many times where women are hurt – by men.




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Blessings to everyone, and peace!

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

Tenderness and Kindness

Maine and More 203

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.

Kahlil Gibran

It’s not popular to be tender or kind. People are often harsh or mean. Men in particular are trained to be tough. People that are very nice tend to be considered weak. Yet, which is more valuable – harshness or tenderness and kindness? Which of the these will help us to connect and stay connected to the ultimate source of love? We all know the answer. When I see the words of Gandhi, Chief Joseph, Gibran, and many others, I see tremendous strength, and yet gentleness at the same time. That’s where I want to be! When you read what they said or wrote, it is obvious they were connected, and that they lived their lives loving and honoring people. Now that is kindness. That indeed is greatness.

May the fountain of tenderness and kindness, and our love for people, cause us to bring life to others.

This is day 3 of the 3 Day Quote Challenge. Thanks again to Bella, Lisa, and Erika.

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Blessings to everyone, and peace!

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