My sweet neighbors always remember me when their peonies bloom. It is a Springtime tradition that began long ago and continued even after I moved away and one that I am so grateful for each and every year.
There is nothing like a clear beautiful vase filled with the sweetest smell of freshly cut peonies in a home, especially ones that are delivered with kindness. My house has been so aromatic for the last week that I couldn’t help but to grin broadly each and every morning as I brewed my first cup of coffee for the peonies greeted me on the kitchen island!
I don’t often get fresh cut flowers anymore unless I buy them, but even then, sometimes they aren’t as fragrant as ones from a friend’s backyard. These were truly spectacular and I wish we had a smellavision on the blog so you could have enjoyed them too!
I was talking with a friend recently and the phrase, ‘kindness doesn’t cost anything’ was part of our conversation. How true is that! I always feel strongly about kindness. Don’t you?
Anyway, being that it’s June first and it seems my bunny has found greener pastures, I just wanted to send you a little blog post to let you know I am thinking of all of you and hoping you’re doing well!
You know as a gentle reminder, I can’t help myself and say, Rabbit Rabbit!
“Each time a person passes by you and you say ‘hello’, imagine that person turning into a candle. The more positivity, love and light you reflect, the more light is mirrored your way. Sharing beautiful hellos is the quickest way to earn spiritual brownie points. You should start seeing hellos as small declarations of faith. Every time you say hello to a stranger, your heart acknowledges over and over again that we are all family.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
About a year ago, I moved away from neighbors with whom I’d bonded for almost twenty years. We were a tight neighborhood, all of us ready to lend a helping hand and to enjoy each other’s company. It was a sad moment for me when we left our safety net of neighbors, but luckily, we have all stayed in touch.
Last night, my sweet neighbors surprised me with peonies from their yard. I adore peonies and their sweet fragrance. Every year my neighbors shared their field of peonies with us all. So I can’t even begin to tell you how much it meant to me that they remembered me and made the effort to drive across town to deliver them in a beautiful vase! Their generous and kind gesture made my heart smile so much! It reminded me that no matter what the circumstances, we are all family when we choose to be.
The connections we make, the smiles we share and the kindness that continues makes me so grateful for all of the heartlights who make up my family. We are all so blessed.
There’s a kindness during a snowstorm in the Northeast. Being out here in the farmland, people are especially nice and I am very grateful for their generosity considering my predicament.
So this morning, when my telephone line was heavy with snow, hanging dangerously low across the street, I saw my next door neighbor outside, shaking the snow from his beautiful trees and having to cut some limbs which had broken. When I explained my worry, he came over and with a huge pole, and was able to knock the snow from the line, freeing it to spring back to it’s normal height thus restoring what could have been my phone line being broken by a tall truck. Yippee!
I was plowed into my driveway too and I just don’t have the strength to shovel that much heavy snow. I was praying for help as I was outside taking the snow off of my car in anticipation in getting out of the driveway when a man riding a small tractor came up the street. Seeing my dilemma, he stopped and asked if I needed help. Yes please! So he’s now getting the heavy 2 feet of snow that the snow plows left at the base of my driveway.
God is good. People are good. Strangers are kind and all is well. I hope you are enjoying the snow day today. I am feeling very blessed myself and I send blessings your way as well!