Happy Solstice!

Happy Solstice
Happy Solstice

I love the solstice, the days are getting longer!

Below is a poem by John Caddy:

Snow and ice and whelming dark
sink mind and heart until
long Solstice night dies again.

Even beneath snow and ice
the elder greens of moss
stay bright, knowing in each cell

that growing days will once more
beat back dark, wake spirits,
bathe each waiting green in light.

John Caddy for Morning Earth   http://www.morning-earth.org/

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Attitude of Gratitude

More on kindness and gratitude from a blog I follow. Happy Thanksgiving!

Annette Rochelle Aben

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Thank you for your attitude of gratitude! Every person who has every stopped to appreciate a flower growing along the side of the road, anyone who has smiled at another for a simple kindness offered, know that your gratitude has been felt all around the world. Whenever you have felt the need to and then have followed through with saying thank you, you have created a chain reaction whose vibration continuously circulates.

 Affirmation: I am creating and living within the loop of continuously circulating gratitude

I appreciate you. Love, Annette Rochelle

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Be Kind!

14713578_1503958696281770_4010382933354455936_nA few weeks ago I wrote how stressful the American election was for everyone. The post-election has been even more stressful. The surprise results, disrespect for diversity, uncertainty and anger have been difficult for my circle of people. Today is World Kindness Day which makes me think of my late mother. She was a role model for being kind in everything she did.

Change and uncertainty are scary. We have lost control of our futures and the future of our earth.  With all the verbal garbage of the past year no one has a vision of what the future holds. Today as I read the conservative views in the newspaper, I felt they were uncertain and scared also.

We love the diversity of our choices
We love the diversity of our choices

Diversity is so important whether you are talking about people, ideas, plants, foods, wildlife, everything. Mono-cultures can’t survive. They are not sustainable. Does anyone want to live in a world where only one kind of plant or tree grows? A world where we eat only one food? What if every dog was exactly the same? What if everyone thought exactly the same, and golf was the only sport to play? How boring!! I know this is silly, but it is diversity that makes life interesting. Diversity makes our freedoms and choices important, we are not all alike.

The uncertainty will not go away, but we can all be more kind. This week I plan to smile more, criticize less, listen better, and appreciate the diversity of our human family and diversity of our earth, and ….

14980809_10211460341603279_1791260813380623928_nWe will all be happier.

A Love Note To the USA From Canada

https://sherinaspeaks.wordpress.com/author/sherinaharris/

The moral of the story is this: be kind to people, and encourage kindness when you see it. After the horrible, hurtful things that have been said in this election cycle, we absolutely need more empathy and compassion in this world—no matter what our nationality is.” Sherina Harrris

Sherina is a gifted freshman in college.  Her blog site is above

Be Positive Today!

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. and the world will live as one.” John Lennon

The sun is shining and the temperature is comfortable. Couldn’t be a better day to think positive, enjoy, and feel like you accomplished something! Today is Positive Thinking Day. A day to smile and show gratitude

I hope you have a positive day, and I’m going to add one thing to think about in your day:

Show some empathy:

Thought for the day!
Thought for the day!

 

 

 

 

30 Day Challenge

Get Outside and Enjoy!
Get Outside and Enjoy!

Healthy Planet=Healthy People

This is the best 30 day challenge ever! Spend 30 minutes outside everyday for 30 days.

“Want to feel healthier, happier and more peaceful? Add a daily dose of nature to your routine.

Most of us spend too much time in front of screens and too little time outdoors. It’s time to fall (back) in love with nature!

This May, the David Suzuki Foundation is challenging you and people around the world to join the 30×30 Challenge by spending 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days. Our goal is simple: to reconnect human beings with nature for the sake of their health and mental well-being.”  David Suzuki

Take the challenge here

Happy May, get out and enjoy!

Walk* Bike *Garden*Bird Watch* Breathe* Love the earth

Enjoy!
Enjoy!

http://30×30.davidsuzuki.org/

The first day of the challenge I saw a painted lady and red admiral butterflies, and a

Painted Lady
Painted Lady

swimming otter.  I heard lots of woodpeckers and chickadees.

Celebrate a Day For Happiness

International-Day-of-Happiness“I will try to create more happiness in the world around me”

Thousands of people all around the world are taking action to support the International Day of Happiness.

Let’s create a happier world together

Not everyone, but most of us want to be happy. In 2012 The United Nations declared March 20, the first day of spring, as the International Day of Happiness. So how can you have a happy life?? For some of us it just happens, but for others, it takes some work. I hope you will click on the link below for a little book with suggestions on how to be happy.  I am not discounting anyone with troublesome economic problems.  Some of those economic problems don’t exist in the world’s 2016 happiest country, Denmark. Read about it here.

Happiness suggestions from Actionforhappiness.org

  1. Do things for others and volunteer your time
  2. Take care of your body, go for a walk, eat fruits and vegetables
  3. Pay attention and live your life mind fully
  4. Learn new things, and lose yourself in something you love
  5. Have goals or things to look forward to
  6. Everything won’t go the way you want, but happy people bounce back and are resilient
  7. Look for what is good and smile
  8. Accept yourself, be comfortable with yourself and who you are
  9. Be part of something bigger than just yourself
  10. Get outside and enjoy our world!
 

Please read the happiness book

www.actionforhappiness.org/media/528356/ten_keys_new_guidebook.pdf

Happy spring!  What are your tips to be happier??

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