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“I want to know if you can see beauty

even when it’s not pretty,

every day,

and if you can source

your own life from its presence.” 

-Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Today was a whirlwind of tiny gestures rooted in kindness; strung together like the links of a chain.    When this date turns up on the February grid (2.14), it signals the unleashing of random acts of kindness.  If you have stopped by the blog before you might remember prior posts on this topic (if interested, posts from last year and 2012 available).

Today’s goal was the anonymous act of giving.  I tried to extend the reach.  Like philanthropy that comes from the inside out rather than the outside in.  Hoping the ripple effect occurs where the recipients are inspired to expand the impact.

Many of my 2.14 gestures feel too tender to share right here, right now.  Maybe someday.

2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all-sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.

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I have never been a fan of the Midwest’s winter trees.  They almost…. dare I say, appear dead with their naked and stark limbs.

But this year, nature’s beauty rests in the woods.

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I am smitten with oak silhouettes.  I love their fragile exposure.  My love soars at dawn and twilight.

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If trees could whisper, I believe their message would be: this too shall pass.  This endless cold will transform to warm.  Soon there will be tender buds and we will be gobsmacked by beautiful leaves.  With patience, they will explode with color and then fall like autumn tears.

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Tree Reflection, Frozen Purple Bubble

I was gifted with the most fantastic metal tree this week!  It stretches from the floor to the base of the fireplace mantel.  I just finished creating heart photo garland to give the new tree a bit of holiday spirit.

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Love and Light.