Nature Nurtures Hope

Tree-FreezeThis was my Japanese magnolia tree almost a month ago.

It had bloomed gloriously, but got hit by a freeze. This was the result.

I wanted to cry when I saw the tree, but I walked out and looked at it closely.

This is a picture of what I found. Can you see the green buds?

natures-hopeTo me, this is an example of how nature nurtures hope.

It’s a good lesson for me and maybe you.

Sometimes, everything looks brown and dead.

And it’s easy to believe there’s no hope left.

But looks can be deceiving, as my Japanese magnolia proves.

Even in the darkest times, there is a bud of hope waiting to blossom.

Look for it!

Hope

Cat Predicts the LONG Winter is Ending!

AggiePredictsSpringThis is Aggie on our screened porch. It’s the first time in weeks; she’s actually gone outdoors and stayed. I can’t get her to come inside. It’s a sign!!!

Before today, like Punxsutawney Phil, Aggie’s been going to the door, meowing at us. When we open it, she sees her shadow and turns around.

I’ve accused her of trying to hibernate as she sleeps almost all day, hidden in her burrow.Aggie-Burrow-2

But today, she couldn’t wait to get to the porch. I’ve offered to let her back in, but as you can see from her face, she’s a pretty happy kitty.

So, for all of you still freezing, hang in there! Aggie is predicting the end of winter. Soon, you’ll also be basking in the warm sunlight.

Walk in Someone’s Footsteps

footsteps-in-sandWhen I was a kid, I used to play a game at the beach with my siblings and cousins. We called it, “Walk in My footsteps.”

The rules were simple. One kid took the lead and the rest had to step in footsteps of the person ahead as we walked down the beach.

As the youngest, I was usually at the back of the group and often had to stretch to reach the footsteps of the person in front of me.

I almost always lost when we played this game, but was that so bad?

Each of us has our own journey through life.  There will always be people walking ahead of us on this journey and there will always be people walking behind us.

As I see it, our job is to learn from the person ahead of us and, if asked, give a helping hand to the person behind us, but not to walk in someone’s footsteps.

Now, I can write this, but I don’t always live it. I confess this is a challenging life lesson for me. Recently, I read a book that made me ache with longing to write as well as the author did.

I can’t. I’m not that author. I’m me.  I can learn from the author, but I’ll never write the same way.

Bottom line:  I will always lose when I play the game of “Walk in My Footsteps.” I have to follow my own path, learn at my own pace, and in my own way.

But is that really so bad?

What about you?

Have there been times when you wanted to be in the footsteps of the person ahead of you? How did you handle it and what did you learn from the experience?

Help for Healing

FlowerMarkDear Friends,

The son of a friend of mine is critically ill. His name is Mark and he needs your prayers.

I believe healing prayers are powerful medicine and can be done with or without traditional religion. What matters most is the healing energy created when people, like you, take the time to send their caring and compassion to someone who is ill.

So, whatever your religion or belief, I’m asking you to share that healing energy today with Mark. I’d very much appreciate if you take a moment to stop and say a prayer for him and for his family. Thank you.

Sara