548. The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. ~Flora Whittemore

Life is full of beauty.
Notice it.
Notice the bumble bee,
the small child,
and the smiling faces.
Smell the rain,
and feel the wind.
~Ashley Smith

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How Would You Live Then?
What if a hundred rose-breasted grosbeaks
blew in circles around your head? What if
the mockingbird came into the house with you and
became your advisor? What if
the bees filled your walls with honey and all
you needed to do was ask them and they would fill
the bowl? What if the brook slid downhill just
past your bedroom window so you could listen
to its slow prayers as you fell asleep? What if
the stars began to shout their names, or to run
this way and that way above the clouds? What if
you painted a picture of a tree, and the leaves
began to rustle, and a bird cheerful sang
from its painted branches? What if you suddenly saw
that the silver of water was brighter than the silver
of money? What if you finally saw
that the sunflowers, turning toward the sun all day
and every day — who knows how, but they do it — were
more precious, more meaningful than gold?
~Mary Oliver

They have ears, but cannot hear, noses but cannot smell. ~Psalm 115:6   ✝

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23 thoughts on “548. The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. ~Flora Whittemore

  1. Beautiful thoughts… I especially like Flora Whittemore’s quote… we are responsible for our actions, and we too often forget it… as for Mary Oliver’s poem… it’s wonderful. Wonderful… I love this word, you are wonderful Natalie, and make our lives… wonderful 🙂 have a… wonderful week-end 🙂 giant hugs 😉 ♥

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  2. This is beautiful Natalie. I’m going to have to go over that bit by Mary Oliver again and take my time with it. It’s lovely.
    You really need to watch the movie, “The Peaceful Warrior” Natalie. You would most definitely appreciate it’s message. One of my favorite quotes, “There are no ordinary moments”.
    Love and blessings.
    🙂 ❤

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