A Little Reminder About the Joy of Seeking Adventure

I can remember the adventures of my childhood; exploring the back fields and woods with my sister, building forts among the thorn bushes, playing by the ‘big pond’ – racing over to the tracks to watch a train barreling by. Each adventure had a story.

When I came across this poem, it was a lovely reminder of the joy that comes when we seek adventure:

Little one remind me 

how to run again barefoot

through the pathless woods.

Show me where the fairies 

hide messages in curled 

up maple leaves.

Show me treasures,

rocks and feathers,

frogs that beckon us

forward, forward through the

curling grapevine.

Lead me under a moon

that is as full as 

our pockets

past chicory & mushroom rings

down, down to the river

where I can see myself

as if for the first time

peering back at me.

– Nicolette Sowder

 

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The Wisdom of Shel Siverstein

One of my girls’ favourite childhood books was “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. I came across this poem by him that, although most likely written for children, is also a good reminder to everyone as to how to be good citizens:

Ations

If we meet and I say, ‘Hi,’
That’s a salutation.
If you ask me how I feel,
That’s consideration.
If we stop and talk a while,
That’s a conversation.
If we understand each other,
That’s communication.
If we argue, scream and fight,
That’s an altercation.
If later we apologize,
That’s reconciliation.
If we help each other home,
That’s cooperation.
And all these actions added up
Make civilization.
(And if I say this is a wonderful poem,
Is that exaggeration?)

– Shel Siverstein

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Light woven and Beautiful

A lovely quote from Morgan Harper Nichols:

“I hope
you are able
to remember
what was Light-woven
and beautiful.
I hope
you are able to see
to remember what was,
and carry the goodness
that you will never forget
in the direction
of what is to come.”
― Morgan Harper Nichols

We have the ability to let others see our light; to brighten a dark path so as to experience the future of where we are going. Sometimes, we may surrender our faith when the weight of the world gets heavy. It is, perhaps in those very moments, we must carry the goodness – that which is light woven and beautiful.

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Children Learn What They Live; A Classic

Dorothy Law Nolte wrote this poem in 1954. An American writer and family counsellor, she was a mother of 3 and believed in positive parenting. The classic poem is a good reminder that by our own choices we have an impact on our children:

Children Learn What They Live
– Dorothy Law Nolte
 
 
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
 
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
 
If children live with ridicule, they learn to be shy.
 
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
 
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
 
If children live with tolerance, they learn to be patient.
 
If children live with praise, they learn to appreciate.
 
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
 
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
 
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
 
If children live with security,
they learn to have faith in themselves and others.
 
If children live with friendliness,
they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
To visit the website that her children created in her memory: https://childrenlearnwhattheylive.com/

A Little Reminder That We Have the Power to Choose

I came across this poem by Walk the Earth:

Choose

When you fill your mind with thoughts of kindness, love, faith, hope, & joy, your reality will become all of these things. You will start to see kindness in the world. You will start to feel love as you go about your day. You will notice more of the little joys of life. You’ve tried listening to your fears and doubts and they’ve never brought you happiness. It’s time to start choosing love. It’s time you start choosing faith.

– Walk the Earth

It isn’t difficult to worry about the state of things in the world. When we focus on it too much, it can become heavy and tends to stand in the way of our every day goal of creating moments of joy; of being kind. When we feel the weight of our challenges, we can begin to lose faith that things will eventually be lighter. This isn’t just about ‘positive thinking,’ for we must align with process – rather it is about keeping our balance. It is about making sure that we are choosing to lean into hope over fear, and faith over doubt. We can also be reminded that we also have the power within us to act:

“We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change.

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” – Howard Zinn

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Advice From a Tree

I came across this lovely poem by Ilan Shamir that reminds us about the healing experience of nature:

Advice From a Tree

Dear Friend

Stand Tall and Proud

Sink your roots deeply into the Earth

Reflect the light of your true nature

Think long term.

Go out on a limb

Remember your place among all living beings

Embrace with joy the changing seasons

For each yields its own abundance

The energy and birth of spring

The growth and contentment of summer

The wisdom to let go, like leaves in the fall

The rest and quiet renewal of winter.

Feel the wind and the sun

And delight in their presence

Look up at the moon that shines down upon you

And the mystery of the stars at night

Seek nourishment from the good things in life

Simple pleasures

Earth, fresh air, light.

Be content with your natural beauty

Drink plenty of water

Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes

Be flexible

Remember your roots

Enjoy the view!

 

– Ilan Shamir

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Curiosity Quotes

Following our post from yesterday, here are some quotes about curiosity:

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein

“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.” – James Stephens

“Curiosity is the engine of achievement.” – Ken Robinson

“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” E.E. Cummings

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The Importance of Sharing Your Light

I love this little poem by Hafiz:

The Sun Never Says

Even after all this time

the sun never says to the earth,

“You owe me.”

Look what happens with a love like that,

It lights the whole sky.

– Hafiz

We all have a light that is within us; a spiritual, soulful place that feels whole, grounded, welcoming. When we fully and genuinely smile, we can feel the light bubbling up and out. When we are playful, our light heartedness infects others. When we do something purely out of love, our light leads the way. Our light is found in our helping hands, in our intentional thoughts, in our laughter, in our compliments, in our deep and heartfelt hugs. It is found when we reach out and show up.

We can give ourselves permission to share our light; collectively it has the potential to light the whole sky. 🙂

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The Art of Standing Still

There is a trick to standing still. To waiting. There are times when we keep ourselves stuck, other times when life’s circumstances have grounded us. We usually know the difference. 🙂 I came across this whimsical poem that reminds us that when we look for it, we can see that even when standing still, there is movement:

It was the longest night in winter,

When I sent a question into space,

Asking how I’d ever change,

When I’m trapped in the same place.

And I heard the full moon giggle,

As she cloaked me in her light,

Along with the same swath of stars,

I looked at every night.

I blushed pink as the sunrise,

At the joke I didn’t get,

Until the moon gave me her answer,

In the minutes before she set.

“You have much to learn on standing still,”

She told me with a smile,

“For since you first asked me that question,

You’ve moved five hundred thousand miles.”

-e.h.

A little reminder that even when we feel stuck or hampered by something, we have the capacity for movement. Even the slightest movements can contribute to change.

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What We Are; A Little Reminder

I came across this lovely poem by Erin Hanson about what we are and what we aren’t:

Not.

You are not your age,

Nor the size of clothes you wear,

You are not a weight,

Or the colour of your hair.

You are not your name,

Or the dimples in your cheeks.

You are all the books you read,

And all the words you speak,

You are your croaking morning voice,

And the smiles you try to hide,

You’re the sweetness in your laughter,

And every tear you’ve cried.

You’re the songs you sing so loudly,

When you know you’re all alone,

You’re the places that you’ve been to,

And the one that you call home.

You’re the things that you believe in,

And the people that you love,

You’re the photos in your bedroom, 

And the future you dream of.

You’re made of so much beauty,

But it seems that you forgot,

When you decided that you were defined,

By all the things you’re not.

– Erin Hanson

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