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Peace and Koi


Peace and Koi

Peace and Koi

Finding peace within sometimes take a little help from Mother Nature.  I watch as the koi swim in the pond, allowing each fish his own path, intersecting, bumping and swimming, always on the go.  Small chipmunks and lively squirrels come by to rest and refresh themselves ~ a sip of the cool water from the pond is all that it takes to quench their thirst and off they go on their merry way.  Birds stop in for a little bath now and again.  Some even perch on the side to sip before flying off to parts unknown.  Spiders build a web to catch some of the little bugs that fly by.  Zipping by the water to catch a drink, dragonflies skim the surface before taking their leave.  Suddenly there’s a splash from nowhere and up pops a little frog’s head.  He’s hopped there into the mix as well, floating lazily on the fountain’s current as the koi swim serenely underneath the surface.

It’s a lively oasis and a peaceful one as well.  Everyone’s busy on their own agenda, yet living in peace and harmony.  Live and let live.  There’s love, survival and beauty in our little pond  I hope you find a little peace and koi here along with me.

Shine On!


 P.S.  I tried to upload a video of the scene, but it wouldn’t work because it was an imovie.  Anyone know how to change the format so I could include it?  I just thought I’d ask…have a lovely day!

What Counts

WhatCounts“Count your age by friends, not years.

Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

~ John Lennon

I love my birthday week ~ the birthday eve, the birthday itself and then following days which I find blissful.  I have always loved my birthday and I can only say that it’s become more precious to me as the years pass.  Probably because I continue to be so grateful that I am still here after all I’ve endured.  I find the dawn most pleasant for the new day ~ the optimism which embraces me as I rise to greet the morning.  I love dusk as well, for as I prepare to lay my head on the pillow, I hold most sacred that I have tried to be a good person (and if I haven’t, then I ask forgiveness).

I have been blessed with an abundance of birthday greetings which nestle into my heart to hold for the coming year.  Knowing that I have had so many sweet people take a moment out of their busy lives to say hello and wish me well has swollen my heart and soul with so much love!  My heartfelt thanks to all of you! ♥

I love the above quote which I got via email from Contagious Optimism today.  How perfect for me to share today!  I begin my mornings by reading a few positive emails from different places and this is one of my favorites!  You can sign up to receive a quick inspirational quote every morning from them.  Make sure you take a moment to check them out!  Just a little tidbit of positivity for you!

May you find peace within today and always.  May your lives be filled with love and joy.  May you feel blessed, for you truly are.  Thanks for connecting with me.  You are simply the best!

Shine On!




“Last night
the rain
spoke to me
slowly, saying,
what joy
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again
in a new way
on the earth!
That’s what it said
as it dropped,
smelling of iron,
and vanished
like a dream of the ocean
into the branches
and the grass below.
Then it was over.
The sky cleared.
I was standing
under a tree.
The tree was a tree
with happy leaves,
and I was myself,
and there were stars in the sky
that were also themselves
at the moment
at which moment
my right hand
was holding my left hand
which was holding the tree
which was filled with stars
and the soft rain –
imagine! imagine!
the long and wondrous journeys
still to be ours.”
― Mary Oliver

 Shine On!


*photo by Stefan Gessert

600 Posts


Thank you for the simple fact that you are with me.

600 posts! Oh my!

When I began this blog journey, I had no idea what joy would be brought into my life, how many heartfelt connections we would forge internationally and how many hearts would connect through support and kindness. The magnitude of my gratitude is limitless. I am forever grateful to everyone who has stopped by to visit, to comment, to like and to be here with me.

You inspire me,

you lift my spirits,

you shine your special love into my life

and I pray that you feel I do the same for you!

Thanks for being you! xoxo

Shine On!