One step at a time….balanced, steady, calm…patience, persistence and perseverance…

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some helpful encouragement  I received from a friend…
one day at a time….
one step at a time…
one moment at a time….
remaining balanced, steady and calm

one day at a time, one step at a time

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One step at a time…
coming back again and again,
to that quiet, steady sense of patience, persistence and perseverance

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one step at a time….that’s enough for now…one step at a time

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Part of Nurturing Thursday, hosted by Becca Givens, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea. Please link to Becca’s blog to link to her Nurturing Thursday post and posts by other Nurturing Thursday bloggers.

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Oh look…..”Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations….”

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Far away, there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them,
but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them,
and try to follow them where they lead.

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Louisa  May Alcott
1832-1888

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Part of Nurturing Thursday, hosted at Becca Given’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings With Buttercup Tea. Please visit Becca’s site to view  her Nurturing Thursday post and for links to other Nurturing Thursday posters.

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A few other nurturing images on Pocket Perspectives:
Faith in Goodness, Kindness and Love
Everyday Wishes
A Basket Full of Good Wishes
A Heartfelt Wish…the gifts of kindness, appreciation, compassion….
A Summer Full of Good Wishes …a variety of images
Loving Kindness Wishes…”May we all feel….”
A Compassionate Heart
Flying on the Wings of Wisdom and Compassion
Appreciate, Be Grateful….
Gratitude: That everyone you meet today… LouisSchwartzberg
“My religion is kindness“,  DalaiLama
“Be a light in my lantern”…Josh Ritter song
May we help each other out in whatever ways we can….
“With warmth, love and appreciation”

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We’re weaving our tomorrows… out of our todays…may we weave well….

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Peter, Paul and Mary sang a song, Hurry Down Sundown,  with a line in it….

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“Weave me tomorrow, out of today”

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Perhaps, the idea of “weaving” might be  a bit like “knitting” this scarf… starting by choosing some beautiful yarn and an appealing pattern. And then “knitting”….each stitch developing out of a previous stitch and then leading to another stitch…knitting each stitch carefully and realizing that all of those carefully formed stitches  (and dropped stitches, too) are becoming a “section” and that each section is contributing to the next section and the next… leading to the beauty and integrity of the whole…. “weaving well….”

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And…if any of those days feel like “beat-up, sundown days”…to get through those days  as steadily, courageously and skillfully as possible…continuing, as much as we can, with… “weaving well…..”

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“weaving well”
the awareness, understanding and acceptance
that whatever we are choosing to do “today”
is significantly affecting and influencing…
….being “woven” into….
the quality of our “tomorrows”

And so….
trying, as much as possible and as often as possible…
to keep this awareness in mind

 

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Ah ha! The mouse got the cheese! …with the help of others!

 

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Ah ha! It’s such a  special sense of “accomplishment” when we complete a difficult task or undertaking!  Wow!   Simply amazing!

Being able to accomplish a difficult task might feel similar to the mouse from the children’s song  “The Farmer in the Dell”

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It’s such a special sense to try hard at a difficult task, to be persistent, to keep going and not give up…..and to be able to accomplish or complete whatever it may be…. such a special sense!

“Ah ha…the mouse GOT the cheese!”

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Fantastic!
The mouse DID  get that cheese!

But… to keep in mind…
the mouse getting that yummy cheese
would NOT  have happened without the help of the many others who lived in that Dell….

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As I think about it…and as I ponder that idea…..

After I successfully complete a difficult endeavor,
at first there’s that strong sense of   “I”   did that!
And, of course,  “I”  did….and that’s wonderful!

But there’s far more to it than just the “I”….
far, far more….

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“Friday Wishes” …. beauty and grace….may we learn to be there…….

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beauty and grace Annie Dillard Friday Wishes

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beauty and grace Annie Dillard the least we can do is try to be there

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beauty and grace Annie Dillard Friday Wishes May we develop the awareness and presence

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beauty and grace Annie Dillard Friday Wishes

 

 

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Wishing you……..

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Wishing you a relaxing and productive day filled with happiness

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I received this kind wish from a friend a few years ago…
A wish for each and every one of us…

wishing for a balance of ….
relaxation and productivity

a blossoming of…
happiness and contentment

and the developing of….
a peaceful, steady and stable mind…

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And so I continue to pass this wish along….
may we nourish and develop these qualities
each and every day of our lives….

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Wishing you a relaxing and productive day filled with happiness

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Part of Nurturing Thursday, hosted at Becca Givens’ blog, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.  Please visit Becca’s blog for her lovely Nurturing Thursday post and for links to posts by other Nurturing Thursday bloggers.

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Be Still and Know…you are loving, generous, helpful, resourceful and strong

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One of my very favorite “pages”…
a warm and nurturing reminder for all of us

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Such an important reminder…
that we are all…loved, valued, appreciated, resourceful and strong

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And yet…
that awareness can sometimes seem to depend upon
receiving that positive acknowledgement and appreciation from others…
a somewhat precarious and vulnerable spot to be in…
perhaps, waiting for others to notice or express….???
perhaps, not receiving overt expressions of those acknowledgements?

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But actually if we step back and reflect on that dynamic process…

If we’re perceived, by others, in those ways…
we’re most likely sourcing other people’s reactions by living our own positive qualities,
living and sharing our own positive ways of living our lives with those around us…

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And so…to keep in mind…
that we’re often the “source” of other people’s responses to us…

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Instead of focusing on what others may or may not be noticing or expressing to us,
perhaps, we can focus instead on living as much and as often as we can….
….living our own positive qualities…

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Being...loving, generous, helpful, resourceful and strong…
Leading to feeling...“loved, valued, appreciated, resourceful and strong”

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be still and know you are loving generous helpful resourceful strong

 

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A few components that may contribute to living each of these lovely qualities?
these precious ways of living our lives

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People who are “loved” are often warm, loving and kind in their interactions with others
People who are “valued” are often generous, sharing and offering to others
People who are “appreciated” are often giving, helpful and responsive to others
People who are “resourceful” are often flexible, creative and using flexible ideas
People who are “strong” are often steady, stable and determined in the way they live

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So…shifting and focusing on our own positive thoughts, words and actions…
focusing on what we do have “control” over…sourcing those…

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And perhaps…
those positive qualities may, at times,  be noticed or appreciated by others,
perhaps not…

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But…by doing our best to actually live those wonderful qualities….
we can live with a deeper and more expansive sense of goodness and integrity…
we can be the source of those wonderful qualities,
so very precious indeed…

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be still and know you are loving generous helpful resourceful strong

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Part of Nurturing Thursday, hosted at Becca Givens’ blog, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.  Please link to Becca’s blog to read her lovely Nurturing Thursday post and to link to the Nurturing Thursday posts of other generous bloggers.

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