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Image Spotlight: Words
By Sharon Brown on February 4, 2013

Sometimes all we need is a word or two.

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Imagevic
Feb 4, 2013 5:02 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
A beautiful word Sharon and mentioned so many times in the Bible. If everyone were kind, what a wonderful world it would be Lovey dubby
NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION Purslane & Portulaca ~ Garden Art
Imagenap
Feb 4, 2013 8:33 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
What a truly magnificent photo!!!!!!!!!
Imagemcash70
Feb 4, 2013 10:41 AM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
Sharon, thank you for using my quote suggestion and my photo.

Vic you are so right in what you say. " If everyone were kind, what a wonderful world it would be."

Nancy, thank you for the nice comment on my photo.
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ImageKyWoods
Feb 4, 2013 5:29 PM CST
Name: Renée
Northern KY
Yep, I'm with him--I love the Dalai Lama's wisdom!
Imagewildflowers
Feb 5, 2013 3:43 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
How beautiful! Both the words and the photo.
Imagequilter5
Feb 8, 2013 6:07 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
Don't know how I missed this one! How very true. Kindness does so much good; even just a word or two....
KAMasud
Feb 8, 2013 1:40 PM CST
Name: Arif Masud
Alpha Centauri.
Rolling on the floor laughing . Kindness. The world might be having a population of more then two billion out of which one billion goes to sleep at night with a hungry belly. The word 'Kindness' does sound cute in the comfort of ones home. Get rid of the 'Dogs of War', money saved can be used for kindness but then what to do about the Imperial illusions of grandeur.
Regards,
Arif.
ImageSharon
Feb 8, 2013 1:59 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Sarcasm does not become you, Arif, true though your words may be. And I know for a fact that you are a very kind man, contrary to what you sometimes want me to believe. Our hearts are in the same place.

Theoretically, kindness starts in the comfort of one's home, then spreads if we allow it to. Sometimes it is rejected, I know, but sometimes it can have the desired effect. Change has to begin somewhere, might as well begin with us.
Imagenap
Feb 9, 2013 9:14 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Very wise words, Sharon.

If we do not express kindness and teach it to others, we cannot expect it to flourish. And though our individual kindness may not reach the entire world, our own little world and that of the ones we've touched will be benefitted by it.

There will always be greed and evil in the world. It is naive to think otherwise. The only perfect place is Heaven, God's home. What a glorious place Heaven must be!
ImageSharon
Feb 9, 2013 11:01 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Sometimes we have to change our perspective. When I was very small I used to think every living thing had a heart. I'd lean up against the trunk of a tree and feel the rhythm of my own heartbeat in my back, the part that touched the tree. I remember telling my grandmother that the tree loved me, took care of me, and I knew that because I could feel its heartbeat.

She told me that if the tree's heart was beating, it was because I loved the tree and the tree knew it, and knew that I would take care of it.

Took me a long time to understand that what she was saying held the most truth. If we show love and kindness, it will be returned to us.

So it has to start with us and hopefully it will be returned to us, one living thing at a time.
Naive maybe, but very close to true in the great scheme of things.
Imagemcash70
Feb 9, 2013 11:44 AM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
Sharon wrote:Sometimes we have to change our perspective. When I was very small I used to think every living thing had a heart. I'd lean up against the trunk of a tree and feel the rhythm of my own heartbeat in my back, the part that touched the tree. I remember telling my grandmother that the tree loved me, took care of me, and I knew that because I could feel its heartbeat.

She told me that if the tree's heart was beating, it was because I loved the tree and the tree knew it, and knew that I would take care of it.

Took me a long time to understand that what she was saying held the most truth. If we show love and kindness, it will be returned to us.

So it has to start with us and hopefully it will be returned to us, one living thing at a time.
Naive maybe, but very close to true in the great scheme of things.


Beautifully said Sharon, thank you. I have felt saddened by Arif's comment and not having your gift of words, said nothing. I do not think everything needs be turned into a political comment, especially here, we get enough of that on the TV, newspapers, magazines, etc..

ImageSharon
Feb 9, 2013 12:05 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
We have to open our minds and hearts and accept that others who live in other countries and other cultures have problems we might not understand. Same goes within our own countries as well. And we have to understand that everyone, no matter where he/she lives, would love to live in an optimistic world but that might not always be possible.

The freedom to speak from our hearts is important but I hope we can remain nonjudgmental in doing so. Kindness starts within our own hearts no matter where we are.

It's a great big beautiful day here, and I hope those in the NE are not buried too deeply in snow. Be safe and be warm!

Kentucky Lake late yesterday ~
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Imagemcash70
Feb 9, 2013 12:29 PM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
Beautiful photo Sharon.
ImageSharon
Feb 9, 2013 12:31 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thanks, Margaret.
Imagemcash70
Feb 9, 2013 12:40 PM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
I tip my hat to you.
KAMasud
Feb 15, 2013 2:11 PM CST
Name: Arif Masud
Alpha Centauri.
I lost this thread and just found it. Not used to Cubits. Kindness, sarcasm sorry Sharon I had just come over from the Gramps thread and I was a bit miffed. Over there every one was busy in saying just the right words and stroking each other just right but I could feel that they were hollow. It is not just that thread, as to the two billion, and figures like one in five hundred dieing in childbirth and there is no lack of examples and each of you can give me a longer list then mine. Then I look at the toys of men and the bloodshed caused, saddens me. It may be a bit political in nature but I think every one here is mature enough. Why in this day and age do we need these standing armies and the bloodshed. Why not spend the trillions spent on a zero sum game for the welfare of humanity.
Now you are having some difficulties but no one has shown any interest or desire except for just right words. There is a humane element missing and it will remain missing until you all form regional clubs under ATP, have get togethers, meet, get to know each other better then only this element of kindness can be developed that the youngsters get a feeling of belonging and helping others out. Now, that will be kindness.
Bit garbled but should be intelligible.
Regards,
Arif.
ImageSharon
Feb 15, 2013 2:32 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Definitely intelligible, Arif. I understand and agree with you.

Forming gathering groups within ATP is not beyond our limits, but it is a young site, only 18 months old and with distance between all of us it's a little difficult right now to get together. I think the closest ATP member to me is about 100 miles away. Others are within my state or surrounding states but are much farther. But it is an excellent idea and has been done by other gardening groups. I have been to several of those gatherings in the past.

I truly appreciate your words and your ideas, Arif.
You are right.
Imagenap
Feb 15, 2013 6:17 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Arif, regional groups may or may not be able to change lives for people, but here in my own community, I by myself am changing the lives of a number of refugees who have fled their homeland due not to war, but to a greedy, uncaring government. They come here alone and with nothing, are given a headstart, but then left to fend for themselves. I help them.

As part of a group, I could not accomplish as much as I am able to accomplish alone. That was my point above. Rather than complain, I am doing something. And I am not relying on others. Or waiting for an organization.

Just do it.
Imagemcash70
Feb 15, 2013 6:58 PM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
nap wrote:Arif, regional groups may or may not be able to change lives for people, but here in my own community, I by myself am changing the lives of a number of refugees who have fled their homeland due not to war, but to a greedy, uncaring government. They come here alone and with nothing, are given a headstart, but then left to fend for themselves. I help them.

As part of a group, I could not accomplish as much as I am able to accomplish alone. That was my point above. Rather than complain, I am doing something. And I am not relying on others. Or waiting for an organization.

Just do it.


Thumbs up
ImageSharon
Feb 15, 2013 7:29 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I think we are all saying the same thing.

You do a major heartfelt service for the families there, Nap, but you are only one. What would happen if there were more who think and feel just like you, who were also doing the same things you do. What if you had a gathering of those who feel as you do, those who are as capable as you ~ what if a few of them joined you and what if you taught them to do exactly what you are doing. Do you think they could learn from you and spread the seeds even farther? How many more families could be helped if others learned to do and were willing to do what you do? How many families, refugees in a strange land?

I think that's close to what Arif is saying.

It's like this: we have great gardens, and we can give bouquets or extra beans or extra squash or extra tomatoes every summer to those who might need them. But what if we patiently taught those needful people how to grow their own beans or squash or tomatoes or whatever they might need. Instead of a summer of gifts of vegetables, we'd teach how to grow them for their own.

I don't think that's too far from our grasp.
So actually, we all strive for the same goal ~
Spreading kindness.

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