A Time for...
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A Time for Reflecting
As I took my daily walk this morning, I was overwhelmed by a sense of joy in listening to the birds sing their matins to the the sun as it rose above the mountain. I immediately said a pray of my own in thanksgiving for the song and a petition for those who have suffered the horror and grief of finding dead animals in their communities.
Reflecting on this recent tragedy, it occurred to me that it is easy to fall victim to the constant assault by the media on the horror of the situation. This realization is what spurred me on to write today.
It is imperative that we remain strong during difficult times. Remember, our thoughts are energy. If we dwell on negativity, then our energy will be sapped. We can keep our energy high by prayer, mediation, and exercise.
While the mass death of birds and animals is tragic, it is not unique. It has occurred over the millenniums, beginning with the dinosaurs. I am not advocating that we all put on rose-colored glasses and pretend everything is wonderful. What I am promoting is that we be wise in how we spend our energy and time over this.
Each of us can make a positive difference in the world, whether it is by feeding the birds outside our homes, planting a tree, or lending a hand to another human. Each positive thing we think and do brings a positive outcome that multiplies.
A Time for Recognition
Margaret Mead wisely told us to "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world."
Edward Everett Hale told us, "I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
The tiny woman with the huge heart known to the world as Mother Teresa advised, "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."
Finally, John Fitzgerald Kennedy is quoted as saying, “One person can make a difference and every person should try.”
There are many people who follow the sage advice offered here and elsewhere. They are each beacons of light for others to follow. I would like to recognize a few of these very special people, who have blessed my life as well as the lives of countless others around the world.
The Golden Heart Award
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Maithri (pronounced "my three") Goonetilleke is an amazing healer of body, mind and spirit. A doctor hailing from Australia, Maithri is also a prolific writer and sensitive poet with the voice of an angel. He co-founded Possible Dreams International, a non-profit organization that aids the peoples of Swaziland. Over the past several years, he has touched me with his dedication, tenacity, compassion and wisdom.
You can find Maithri's writing at Soaring Impulse.
The Silver Threads Award
Eliza Fayle is my kind of woman! She is talented, intuitive, creative and outrageously or, (as we say in New England) "wicked" funny! I came across Eliza by accident one day as I was searching for information on caring for gray hair. Silver and Grace, her blog turned newsletter was a delightful find. Not only do the articles in Silver and Grace appeal to women over 40, they also touch on subjects often found to be taboo, such as vaginal dryness. I have been touched by the candor of her articles, the depth of her understanding and her ability to laugh at herself and the craziness of Life.
Silver and Grace is a treat I recommend highly!
The Bronze Rose Award
Image by CaDeltaFoto via FlickrI found Soul Meets World through my friend Maithri's site. What a delight to read the writings of Alexys Fairfield! Her thoughtful posts always give me something to ponder and cherish. In addition to amazing content, she has pictures that pull you in and leave you thinking.
Treat yourself, today - visit Soul Meets World!
A Time For Thanksgiving
As I begin the second week of this New Year, I want to take this opportunity to offer my thanks to all my readers. Your kind and thoughtful comments enrich my life.