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Promoting creativity, peace and a positive lifestyle, one thought at a time and having fun along the way.

Surprised by Joy

Surprised by Joy
Copyright 2012 by R.A. Robbins

Grabbing the jacket from the doorknob I felt a flutter.  Startled, I saw a monarch butterfly flying out of the jacket.

When it landed Bob said “get the camera.”  The butterfly remained in one place as if posing, letting me take photos.

When it had flown across the room I saw the cat stomping something.  Fighting the cat, I gently picked up the butterfly I was sure was dead and headed for the patio door.  Wings started rustling and it fell to the floor.  While I restrained a determined cat, the butterfly found it’s way to the patio. Then as quickly as it made it’s appearance it took off, landing briefly in the tree, then flying away.

Life is hard.  Sometimes it seems all we do is struggle and suffer.  Then we are surprised by joy.

Thought for Today

Circle of Life Dance at the United Nations in ...
Circle of Life Dance at the United Nations in Geneva (Photo credit: US Mission Geneva)

“He drew a circle that shut me out-

Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.

But Love and I had the wit to win:

We drew a circle and took him In!”

— From the poem “Outwitted” by Ewin Markham

Favorite Things — Autumn Edition

Thought for Today

Stained glass window in st. Nicolaus church, M...
Stained glass window in st. Nicolaus church, Murska Sobota, Slovenia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.” ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

It’s National Good Neighbor Day

BAYOU GAUCHE FISHERMAN RELAXES WITH NEIGHBOR -...
BAYOU GAUCHE FISHERMAN RELAXES WITH NEIGHBOR – NARA – 544219 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good Neighbor Day was the idea of Mrs. Becky Mattson, who started the effort in the 1970’s to make this a National day.  In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, making September 28, National Good Neighbor Day.

Do you have good neighbors?  Let them know.  Are you a good neighbor?  Do you even know your neighbors?  Next time you see your neighbors, smile and say hello.  A small gesture, but it might just be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Thought for Today

A picture of a Snow Crystal taken by Wilson Be...
A picture of a Snow Crystal taken by Wilson Bentley, “The Snowflake Man.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake…” ~ Francis Bacon, Sr.