slow down

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be kind to yourself and learn to take things slow.

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sometimes

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sometimes all i need is 30 minutes with my camera and Mother Nature. to distance myself, to center myself. soak up the sunshine, cool breeze and enjoy the wonder at my fingertips.

reflect

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Ridley Creek State Park, Pennsylvania

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb in his skin and walk around in it” To Kill a Mockingbird

So true. So hard to do also. Much more simple to think about our own wants, needs and how life treats our own person. Much harder to reflect on the wants, needs and lives of others.

 

focus

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Abruzzo, Italy

I’m reminded of where my focus ought to be when I see a sunflower. In their perfect condition, when they bloom and flourish, sunflowers turn their bright petals towards the sun, towards the light. They stand tall almost with a strong posture and gaze. No, they don’t gaze, they focus. They focus in the direction of the sun, gaining their strength from its energy.

Just like a sunflower, I am reminded of my own stance. My stance I take upon waking in the morning, on facing my day and how I will focus the energy I receive. What will I do with it? Will I curl up and wither away? Or will I stand tall, strong in my purpose and provide whatever light I have within me to shine out?

the perks of being a perennial

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Oh, the perks of being a perennial plant. Year after year we welcome you budding beauties in the early Spring. After a (very) long Winter you are a sight for sore (and cold) eyes. You brighten our yards and our homes, which help to brighten our lives. The promise of change, warmer weather and color-filled days lies at our fingertips.

Monument through the blossoms

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Washington Monument, Washington D.C.

The cherry blossoms were beginning their bloom in the nation’s capital over Easter weekend. What a lovely way to spend a day, taking in the sights with the family while nature is springing up all around us.