This week it seemed like all the quotes I stumbled upon had to do with life, nature, trees. It doesn't take much for my mind to start pondering, so here goes...
I know for sure that life is not always about the pay check or the
"The journey is the reward." (Chinese Proverb)
Dreams and goals are the stuff that life is made of...right?
While life is precious, it is by no means guaranteed. Why not experience all the joy and beauty of the journey we embark on in striving for our hopes and dreams?
The people we encounter and the memories we make are truly what fills our life tapestry with meaning and fulfillment.
I have opened my mind ... my heart, to the dreams and hopes of others. I find if the purpose is congruent with my life philosophy, I have a natural inclination to be supportive. I have learned to listen carefully with my heart.
"Do not give up. In due season the seeds you've planted will reap an amazing harvest." (Thelma Davis)
"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." (Martin Luther King, Jr)
Since being given the miracle of survival in June, 1999, I live my life gratefully and generously, knowing that tomorrow is not promised. It is important for me to make every day count. If I have the time to lend a hand, then why not?
I could easily see that the long term effects of a series of Mysterious and Miraculous books were far greater than the budget for the project. I feel blessed to be part of such a giving and generous writing community.
I made a simple offer to edit the stories for Angelia and Alastar. Before long, I was asking other friends if they had stories to contribute. Across the board, responses were positive. With the publishing assistance of our friend, Michael Friedman of Mockingbird Books, our mid-October goal for launching Volume I was easily reached.
Just as older generations have guided us along the way, we can share our wisdom and talents with others.
"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." (Warren Buffet)
Some endeavors feel right from the very start. Sharing stories of miracles and wonders that are now preserved through the ages feels a lot like planting a tree to me. Without a doubt, I know that my Mother would very much approve of my efforts in this undertaking.
When least expected, life presents us with gifts of joy and happiness.
This week I received a package from my friend. Gail Sobotkin
is a retired nurse and author, who has written her story, Catalyst,
for the book and given much of her time in marketing and the active promotion of sales.
"A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in
its vicinity freshen into smiles." (Washington Irving)
As I discovered this beautiful Tree of Life fountain from Gail, I thought immediately of my Mother. A few years before her death in 2010, I had given Mom a Tree of Life sun-catcher, which reminded me of her strength and wisdom.
In a beautiful hand crafted note card, Gail wrote me:
"Your life is a gift to the world. May it shine for all eternity..."
I know I will always cherish this unexpected expression of love from a friend, making me feel even more connected to my Mother.
And this week, when Gail was getting ready for an interview with her local newspaper in Mitford, she found a Tree of Life pendant that had been given to her 20 years ago by a nun. It was a thank you from her because Gail took such good care of her sister (real life sibling).
We were excited to hear that the interview went very well. Gail felt the pendant gave her strength and "seemed like another
connection from the divine that is bestowing blessings of love and success on all who are involved with this book project."
In the Book of Proverbs, the Tree of Life is connected to both wisdom and calmness.
"[Wisdom] is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her, and happy is every one that holdest her fast."(Proverbs 3:13-18)
"A soothing tongue is a tree of life; but perverseness therein is a wound to the spirit." (Proverbs 15:4)
I felt this rich symbolism in the Tree of Life was further honored in a recent note from Angelia. With the generous and artistic talents of her lovely sister, Alicia, a group logo is being developed incorporating a circular design with the Tree of Life inside.
As Angelia so eloquently expressed: "Our work won't just enhance life for others. In some cases it will help save them, like the dogs on death row."
We are already exploring a most worthwhile idea, also involving veterans, as we plan to build our second volume of stories for the series in the near future.
That's all of my musing for now.
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