679. All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. ~Winston Churchill

Although the world is full of suffering,
it is full also of the overcoming of it.
My optimism, then, does not rest
on the absence of evil, but on a glad
belief in the preponderance of good
and a willing effort always to cooperate
with the good, that it may prevail.
~Helen Keller

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Each day, awakening, are we asked to paint the sky blue?
Need we coax the sun to rise or flowers to bloom?
Need we teach birds to sing, or children to laugh, or lovers to kiss?
No, though we think the world imperfect,
it surrounds us each day with its perfections.
We are asked only to appreciate them, and
to show appreciation by living in peaceful harmony amidst them.
The Creator does not ask that we create a perfect world;
He asks that we celebrate the world He has given us.
~Edited lines by Robert Brault

And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. ~Exodus 33:19   ✝

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22 thoughts on “679. All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. ~Winston Churchill

  1. Ahhh, you’re visiting with my dear old friend, Winston 🙂
    Lovely —and love Helen’s words, yes there is evil, but that good can and will prevail!!!
    Good words to ponder as I venture into the unknown of a new week–but as our dear Winston would also add. . .”if you find yourself in hell, by all means, keep going!!!” Onward and upward!!
    hugs and love—a cookie who cannot breathe

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    • Yeppers, I love Winston and Keller. Both were very wise people. I pray much good comes during this upcoming week and that you are able to breathe very soon. Here’s to upward and onward girls like us, Natalie 🙂 ❤


  2. I think folk do tend to dwell on the negative aspects of life LMS, and not look at how far they’ve come along the road.
    Love’n Hugs

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