Live and Give ❤️😊❤️

Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.

James Dean
Take a tip from this sweet little bee and take time to smell the flowers.

I returned last week from an amazing 12 night British Isles cruise with my daughter. It has been in the planning stage for three years and finally happened. She graduated in 2020 and to celebrate, we planned a Baltic cruise. Then came COVID and her “normal” senior year, like all the 2020 graduates, was thrown into uncertainty and loss. She didn’t get a prom or a normal graduation and her celebration cruise was cancelled along with all other cruises.

We hoped in 2021 we would be able to make up for the cancelled one and rebooked the Baltic cruise, but alas, still no cruising allowed in the summer of 2021. Because of her schedule, the Baltic cruise didn’t work out in 2022, so we looked through the options and decided a British Isles cruise would be fun. It was amazing and I planned to write a post or two about the fabulous places we were able to see. I still plan to get to that, but for today, I have another thought.

While listening to the readings and gospel at Sunday Mass this weekend, the message really hit home. The gospel, Luke 12:13-21 talks about living for the life we will have after this life on earth. In his sermon, the priest said that what we give away and what we do for others will be returned to us in Heaven while the possessions we obtain will be lost to us when we are gone from this world. That thought has stayed with me through the week and I think will continue to do so. Several times already I have been motivated to act because of what the priest said. I do think that all that we do for others does come back to us, sometimes in this world, but especially in the next.

Here is the Gospel reading if you’d like to read it:

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” Then he said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Then he told them a parable. “There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”‘ But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God.”

Luke 12:13-21

I am no scholar, but what I get from this message is that we should be generous to those around us with both our time AND our treasure. These days, it is understandable that many are struggling to get by and aren’t able to give large monetary gifts. I happen to believe that the gift of a helping hand when a friend or neighbor needs it, an offer to babysit parents who need a break, an offer to pet sit for someone going out of town (my dog Romeo and I are the recipient of one such generous soul!) or an offer to run an errand for someone who is homebound are all ways for us to share.

I think sharing experiences is also to be valued. While it is not from the bible, I still love the following quote:

Nobody on their deathbed has ever said “I wish I had spent more time at the office.”

Arnold Zack

I think we need to extend ourselves the same generosity and to take the opportunities to enjoy life and to enjoy the beautiful world that God has given us. Working just to get the biggest house or the biggest car will certainly not make an impact on the lives of our loved ones like the gift of our time will. When we are gone, we will be remembered by the little acts of kindness and the time we spent with those we love.

I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to spend this time making memories with Aurora. She will be gone to her semester abroad all too soon and while she doesn’t have room to take a great deal from home, the memories we made can go along with her without requiring even an inch of her luggage.

Taking advantage of a photo op with the Beatles in Liverpool!

I wish you a wonderful day or evening, depending upon when you read this. If you have the opportunity to help someone today, I encourage you to do it. Your reward will be great in Heaven (and you’ll feel good here on earth!!) 😉

Love, ❤️ Beth

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According to Merriam-Webster, one definition of “anticipate” is as follows: to look forward to as certain EXPECT

“People prone to joyful anticipation, skilled at obtaining pleasure from looking forward and imagining future happy events, are especially likely to be optimistic and to experience intense emotions.”

~ Sonja Lyubomirsky
I am eagerly anticipating seeing these beautiful eyeliner lilies in full bloom!!

Having something to look forward to gives us a reason to keep going when the going gets rough. I love this time of year, especially in my yard. Every day, it seems, brings new buds and blooms. I love walking around the yard and discovering the latest flowers opening up or plants and shrubs with new leaves appearing. I think life is a lot like gardening. While it is important to enjoy the present moment, having plans for future days is equally necessary. Anticipating seeing my favorite artist in concert, a family get together, a much needed vacation or even just plans to see the latest blockbuster movie can boost my mood and can help me push through those sometimes long days at work trying to get the books to balance.

I’m looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past.

Mike Rowe
My sticker arrived and looks so cute on my car. It makes me smile to think it may brighten the days of those who see it.!

My wish for you is that you always have something good to anticipate!

Love, ❤️ Beth

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Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.

Alphonse Karr

The roses are celebrating the first day of summer!

Yesterday brought a downpour with so much rain for the grass and flowers that mowing was out of the question and postponed for at least a day. The roses appreciated the extra moisture and were looking splendid this morning. Even though I was running a few minutes late, I felt the need to “stop and smell the roses.” I have yet to plant a rosebush at the new/old house, but I am thankful for those my parents planted. Maybe next year I’ll add one or two to the mix.

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.

Dale Carnegie

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,

   Old Time is still a-flying;

And this same flower that smiles today

   Tomorrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,

   The higher he’s a-getting,

The sooner will his race be run,

   And nearer he’s to setting.

from “To The Virgins, to Make Much of Time” by Robert Herrick

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Something Good 😊

This morning on the way to work, I happened to be behind a car that had a sticker on the window that said, “I hope something good happens to you today.” It made me smile and brightened my day. I resolved that I would find a similar sticker so that I can, hopefully, similarly brighten the day of anyone who happens to be behind me. When I saw the one above on Amazon that included the adorable smiley face, I quickly added it to my cart.

With so much divisiveness in the world today, seeing a sign like this gives me hope. The sign didn’t mention that it only applied to those with similar world views or similar political leanings, just to anyone who happens to see it.

Together we can change the world, just one random act of kindness at a time.

Ron Hall

I have already had some good things happen today, but seeing the sticker reminded me to appreciate them. Today it will be 10 months since my first date with my sweetie, the sun is shining and it is a perfect 70 degree day with a respite from the severe storms we have had the last few days.

On Thursday it will be two years since my Mom passed and her headstone is finally in place at the cemetery and looking so good. Mom loved smiley faces and would have gotten quite a kick out of the smiles on the flowers. She would most definitely have wanted one of these stickers for her car as well!

To all those who are reading this right now, I hope something good happens to you today!

Love, ❤️ Beth

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Wordless Wednesday – Bleeding Heart ❤️

A lovely lone bleeding heart ❤️
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All My Roads Have Led Me To….

Collin Raye – All My Roads

Looking back from
Where I stand tonight
I wouldn’t change
A thing about my life
Wrong turns I
Had to take back
In those crazy years
Could not have been mistakes
If they brought me here

Cause all my roads
Have led me to
This night, this love
I share with you
And though the road
Was never smooth
Life has made me someone who
Could be the right someone for you

I don’t regret
A single broken heart
That taught me what love is
And what it’s not
Someone must have planned
Our two paths would cross
I couldn’t see it then
But I was never lost
Cause all my roads…

Detours, dead ends,
Endless explorations
You were my only destination
Cause all my roads…

Just got back from seeing a movie all alone. The original plan was to see the new “Top Gun with my honey, but something came up, so I opted for the latest Downton Abbey. I thoroughly enjoyed it and had the entire theater all to myself, so I had no worries about people talking or using cell phones or sitting directly in front of me. 😉 Sometimes a diversion from the original plan can turn out better than we anticipate.

On the way home, the song by Collin Raye that I shared above came on my Spotify playlist. It started me pondering and led to some deep thoughts. 😉 Everything that I have been through has made me the person I am today. Even the bad experiences helped me to learn to deal with the difficult feelings and taught me to set boundaries and to disconnect from relationships that are not healthy for my spirit.

Part of my journey was to learn a bit more independence and to realize that even when I am not in a romantic relationship, I still have value and still love and am loved by many people.

I think ruminating on this and reveling in the relationship I am blessed to be in now has made me more willing to forgive those who have hurt me. Learning to overcome the hurt made me appreciate even more finding someone who would never intentionally hurt me.

I don’t have to forget, but I can forgive.

This last weekend while visiting my Mom’s grave and seeing the beautiful headstone that is finally in place, my sweetheart noted that our moms were born in the same year, mere days apart. This, coupled with the fact that he and I were born on the same date, but different years seems like it has to be more than coincidence. I believe there definitely was some divine intervention that brought us together. I like to think our moms met in Heaven and gave a few little nudges to each of us to ensure that we would meet. It makes me smile to think of them cheering when we “matched” and planned our first date. 😉❤️😉

While the road has definitely not been smooth, it has made me someone who can appreciate and cherish the special person that I am with now. ❤️

I couldn’t have predicted where this road would lead me. I feel like wherever it is leading, though, I am heading in the right direction. 😊

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Stand For Something

…even if it is standing up for yourself!

Haters never win. I just think that’s true about life, because negative energy always costs in the end.

Tom Hiddleston

Just a little reminder to all of us, including me, that it matters little what others say about us. Those that feel the need to criticize or condemn do so, I believe, from a place of jealousy and insecurity. The best thing for us to do is to ignore the haters. Often the very things they say about us reflect their own weaknesses. Their cruel comments and actions reflect more on them and show what sad, miserable people they are.

The best revenge is to enjoy all the good things in our lives and to put the haters and their opinions out of our minds. Let karma deal with them 😉

I hope you have a fabulous day!!

❤️ Beth

You can’t let someone else lower your self-esteem, because that’s what it is – self-esteem. You need to first love yourself before you have anybody else love you.

Winnie Harlow
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FOTD 5/25/22 – Ice Cream Tulip

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.

Luther Burbank

My beautiful ice cream tulip 🌷

Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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FOTD – May 19th – White Bleeding Heart

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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Every Little Thing Is Gonna Be OK 🐦🐦🐦

With the state of the world these days, it’s easy to get bogged down in worries of finances, of the future, of our families. This is just a little reminder to listen to the wise words of the late Bob Marley and remember that every little thing is gonna be ok.

This song by Billy Dean is always good for boosting my mood as well. It is so true that the simple things can get you through the hardest times.

Here are a few pictures of some of the “simple things” in my life that have brought a smile to my face through the years:

It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.

Laura Ingalls Wilder
A picture I have hanging in my office, purchased from a very talented artist in New Orleans, that helps me to keep things in perspective.
The shed is SO close to completion!! I already have my birdseed and critter food stored out there so it is easy to get the feeders filled up in the mornings! Watching the birds and bunnies and squirrels is one of the simple pleasures that I dearly love ❤️

I hope you find some time today to just take a breath and to know that every little thing is going to be ok!

❤️ Beth

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Spring – Looking Forward

The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.

Bernard Williams

I love the above quote. I think it is true that Spring gives hope with the new growth, renewal of outdoor activities and longer, warmer days. Every day after work I can walk around my yard and see new buds poking out and new flowers blooming. I was excited yesterday to see the lovely little pasque flower, the South Dakota state flower, blooming. My work in the flowerbed last fall planting tulip bulbs has rewarded me with beautiful tulip blooms. The shed is looking so wonderful! Perhaps the warmer weather this weekend will help further progress to be made.

With some shingles and the side door (and a coat of white paint on the door….my job), the shed will be complete!!

Thinking of spring inspired the following little zentangle/drawing:

In spring, the dead trees, roots, and animals come to life again exactly as they were, thus providing hundreds of thousands of examples, specimens, and proofs of the supreme resurrection.

Said Nursi

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Feel the Feels

A little drawing to match my mood

Sometimes, I find myself in a blue mood. In the past, I have tried to “turn that frown upside down” and to push aside those introspective, not so positive thoughts. One thing my therapy sessions helped me with is learning that ALL feelings need to be felt and validated.

I have learned that sitting with those feelings and sometimes even letting myself ruminate on the “worst possible outcome” is not a bad idea. Asking “What would I do if…?” about the worst scenario imaginable can let my brain run wild over all potential possibilities and get those worries out of my head and maybe down on paper in my journal.

Eventually, I always remind myself that no matter what challenging situations I have encountered in the past, I somehow made it through them. I recall the saying that this too shall pass, both good and bad. A year from now, or two or three or four as the case may be, whatever I am struggling with at the moment will be a distant memory.

Taking this approach helps me to appreciate the happy moments and to muddle through the challenging ones knowing that neither will last forever. ❤️

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