“ The brilliant poppy flaunts her head Amidst the ripening grain, And adds her voice to sell the song That August’s here again. ” ~ Helen Winslow (American editor and journalist)
Good morning, dear friends. I do hope this finds you well and enjoying these beginning days of August. It is hard to believe summer is on the downside, but it is.
Before I go any further I want to thank each and every one of you who took the time to write your lovely and thoughtful comments on my post last week. I read each one and have managed to comment on a few. Eventually, I will respond to all, as I appreciate your words more than you can imagine. Truly, I am blessed with the friendship and kindness you have shown. Therefore, I thought you may enjoy the following. . .
“Kindness” ~ by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
“Consider the tulip,
how it rises every spring
out of the same soil,
which is, of course,
not at all the same soil,
but new. How long ago
someone’s hands planted a bulb
and gave to this place
a living scrap of beauty.
Consider the six red petals,
the yellow at the center,
the soft green rubber of the stem,
how it bows to the world. How,
the longer we sit beside it,
the more we bow to it.
It is something like kindness,
is it not? The way someone plants
in you a bit of beauty—a kind word,
perhaps, or a touch, the gift
of their time or their smile.
And years later, in the soil that is you,
it emerges again, pushing aside
the dead leaves, insisting on beauty,
a celebration of the one who planted it,
the one who perceives it, and
the fertile place where it has grown.”
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” ~ Saint Teresa of Calcutta
My hospital adventure and illness has been quite an experience. Indeed, it was certainly not what was in my plan. However, with all the dreadful occurrences in our world, perhaps I was supposed to see firsthand how many wonderful and caring people still remain in our world. From the doctors to the young nurse assistant who helped me with my shower, I was shown nothing but kindness and concern.
“That’s what you do when you love someone. You support them. Win, lose, or draw.” ~ Ron Swanson
Around the middle of June, I ordered the rose pictured above. It replaced a boxwood that was on its way out. The boxwood was in a gorgeous pot and of course, I couldn’t let a beautiful pot sit empty. So, along came Black Forest. In my opinion, someone was not thinking clearly when they gave this lovely rose such a name ~ Black Forest. Nonetheless, yesterday Mike came in from the garden with one stem of this beauty. Forgive me for gushing over him, but honestly, you can’t imagine the love and care he has given me. God certainly did smile on me the day I married him.
Dear friends, again, I thank each of you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness and concern.
And. . .
Know that “you are the reason that someone believes in the goodness of people.”
And. . .
That someone is me.
Wishing you and yours a beautiful day and month of August.
Images; tumblr and M.S. Lambiotte
Ending quote ~ author unknown
14 thoughts on “‘Sunday Thoughts’ ~ Kindness”
Good morning, Sandra. I am so happy that you are on the mend. The rose is beautiful as are your sweet thoughts this morning. Kindness is much needed in our world. I hope each day is getting better. Sending love and hugs!
Good morning, dear Pam. Yes, I am on the mend, but it is slow. Thank you for your kind words, thoughts, prayers, and your love. Have a beautiful week!
Another beautiful post. I am so happy to hear you are mending well! I loved the poem on kindness. xoxo
Thanks so much, Penny, and especially for your friendship.
Sandra, I was so happy to see your post this morning! You have been in my thoughts and prayers. Your words and sentiments are so beautiful, and the rose you grew is so pretty. Kindness is always a blessing, and something our world could use more of. Take care of yourself, and have a most blessed week, dear friend!
Good morning, sweet friend. Thank you so much for your kind and caring comment. Wishing you and yours a beautiful week and month. You, are a special gift.
A gorgeous rose, a wonderful and caring man, and good news that you are healing after all this. I’m so grateful you are part of my blog world.
Good morning, Jeanie. Such a lovely comment. You will never know how much you are appreciated and I am so grateful we have connected. Have a lovely week.
I love this post and your tribute to Michael. The rose is gorgeous, and the name does not seem very fitting. Yes, there are some very kind people in this world. One is my husband who is feeling so sorry for me as I celebrate our anniversary in quarantine with Covid. I am so thankful for those scientists who found a way to treat it. Thanks for the lift to my sagging spirit today.
Linda, thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I am truly sorry you are in quarantine. Covid seems to want to continue with her ugly ways. Like you, I am so grateful that we have the vaccine and medicine to treat it. I still wear a mask and everyone in the hospital had on a mask. When your quarantine is over you and your husband can celebrate and it will be a happy and lovely celebration. Be good to you!
Summer may be on the downside, but I’m sure glad to read your health is on the upswing, Sandra. Here’s to better health and caregivers!
Hi Rita, thanks so much for your kind and caring comment and especially for your friendship. Have a great week.
Good to have you back. You are loved dear Sandra, you are truly loved.
Good morning, Lu. I so thank you for your beautiful words. You can’t imagine what they mean. Blessings, dear friend and have a lovely week!
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