to begin with kindness…

One kind word can warm three winter months

Japanese Proverb

Kindness – it feels as if we are in short supply. Soaking in all we hear from the news it is hard to imagine that kindness could be found in any corner of this country.

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We have to make/tell our own stories.

I’m no psychologist, but it only makes sense to have a positive outlook on life to be observant and responsive to others in need, whether it’s a relatively minor deed or a significant commitment. So be kind to yourself so you can be kind to others.

The studies show that generosity is contagious. We are all touched when we see someone help another person. It encourages us also to do something altruistic.

That fact should energize us to be generous to others in any situation. And by others, I mean anyone, any race, nationality, or religion. After all, a founding principle of our country is that all people are created equal. Though injustices dot our history into the present, that entreaty has nevertheless stood the test of time. We, too, must make it last. We do so by being kind.

Bruce Stambaugh – Let’s Make 2019 the year of Kindness


Karl Duffy
Mindfulbalance.org

Morning Light 


For the morning light and its irresistible dawning, for you untamable utterances of life in boundless stretches of space and the strength of the waves of the sea

I give you thank, O God.

Release in me the power of your Spirit that my soul may be free and my spirit strong.

Release in me the freedom of your Spirit that I may be bridled by nothing but love

that I may be bridled only by love.


Quote — John Philip Newell

Image – “Reverse Sunrise” Bruce Stambaugh 2016

Rest stop

Beautiful picture and call to take our own ‘rest stop’. Just imagine what we might see when our pace slows for even five minutes.

Roadkill Crossing

reststopbybrucestambaugh Rest stop. © Bruce Stambaugh 2014.

My wife called me to the large flowerbed in the front yard. She wanted me to see a funny looking bird, which turned out to be a fledgling American Goldfinch. As I was trying to capture just the right shot of this youngster, another bird caught my attention. A juvenile Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird was working the flowers directly behind the young Goldfinch. I tried without success to get both birds in the same frame. Instead, I had to settle for different photos of each young bird.

A birder more expert than me helped me to identify this bird as a first year male. The streaks and dark patch on its chin marked it as a young male. He only rested briefly on the Japanese Anemone stalk. But it was just long enough for me to snap his portrait.

“Rest stop” is my Photo of…

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