Today is …. #15

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…a day to share a story.

The Leaf and the Tree

story by Tania Konnerth

retold by Ute

It was a normal Summer’s day.

The big tree has stood there for decades and its branches swayed in the wind.

He suddenly heard a sad sigh.

He listened carefully and heard another one.

It came from his own crown so it must be one of his leaves.

He looked among his leaves and saw a small unhappy leaf on one of the smaller branches.

He asked: “My dear leaf what is the matter?”

Surprised the leaf almost blushed.

“Oh nothing, I am just sad.”

“But why?”

“Because I feel that I am worth nothing. I am only a very tiny leaf among thousands. I don’t mean anything to you.”

“Oh, you are totally wrong there.” The tree spoke rather loudly as he was excited.

“You are the only leaf, that can grow at this special spot. If you were not exactly there, there would be a hole. I would not be complete without you. You make me to what I am. “

The leaf blushed  – out of joy.

And this joy lasted until Autumn, when it changed into beautiful colours in competition with all other leaves.

I love that story.

I have read more of Tania’s stories to my mum and we loved them so.

You can read more wonderful stories in Tania Konnerth’s book, in German.

Tania’s Website.

Always loved

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Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

Henry Scott Holland

 

 

It is with great sadness that I let you know that the Lord has taken my mum home.

She is with us still in love and memory and reunited with my dad.

 

I know this is not my usual positive post but happy positive people also feel sadness and grief.

I will be a bit quiet for a little while as I need all the strength, but I will be back to blogging world as you, my blogger friends  encourage me, make me strong , share love and understanding and give me so much happiness.

Thank you all!

Today is …. #13

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…a day to get stronger.

 

Life throws hurdles and problems in our way.

They are here to conquer,

to learn from,

to overcome,

to get through.

At the end we come out stronger.

 

Life is, at times, tough.

And all we need to do is to prove that we are tougher than it.

Sanhita Baruah

 

 

If you are struggling today in any way,

I wish you to have the strength to get through it.

With sincere best wishes and love

Ute

Today is …. #11

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…international Happiness Day

home made happiness…

 

How happy is the little Stone
That rambles in the Road alone,
And doesn’t care about Careers
And Exigencies never fears—
Whose Coat of elemental Brown
A passing Universe put on,
And independent as the Sun
Associates or glows alone,
Fulfilling absolute Decree
In casual simplicity—

Emily Dickinson

 

Wishing you an extraordinary happy day!

Unroll the Beauty

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When I was at Kew Gardens last time

I was fascinated by the fern growing.

 

 

The way it unrolls itself, looking like an ammonite first…

each stem …..

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unrolls ……

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then each little side branch unrolls separately

with more leaves unrolling.

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Everything unrolls slowly to perfection,

all in good time.

Nature is fascinating.

 

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Adopt the pace of nature.

Her secret is patience.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

all pictures taken by me at Kew Gardens.