Monday, July 13, 2020

It was a Beautiful Day

In the neighborhood

Until a seed that had been growing 

for 23 years

in the heart of our neighbor

sprouted up one day

as a thorn 

 as a result of his consistent cultivation


unforgiveness and brokeness.

We were hurt. We were angry.

But now 

we are healing.

I am so grateful. I am beyond joyful to know

that every day I have a chance 

to raise my heart to the sun

like the daisies of the field

and ask for the power 

to love the broken

as I have been loved

for I too am broken. 

We all are. 

Be we can fix it all.  

It's not easy to live out 


it's not that difficult to start:

harbor your ship


gentle waters.

Hate has no place on this journey of mine. 

I want to live.


Jeanie said...

Yes, we are all broken. And hate is so damaging to all. I'm sorry you neighborhood has had a bit of darkness to shadow its beauty, my friend.

Constance said...

It is your life, and your sweet choice to carry a heart of love that appreciates beauty and kindness frees you from the damage of a soul that is broken. We are all broken, but you are healing, and their lies freedom.

Karen said...

This is a lovely reminder in troubled times.
Stay well, stay positive.

Portobello said...

Your best yet, Anita! Thank you. If only all the world could see and appreciate.πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Junkchiccottage said...

It is always good to follow in the light and not darkness and hate. Some people are so broken and sad and angry. I am sorry that exists so close to you and your sanctuary. With time you learn to see the darkness as fading and light coming into view. I know love will always conquer hate. Not easily but it does. Your heart is big and so loving so you will survive the darkness in your path right now. Have a beautiful day. Loved your words and music this morning.

La Contessa said...

Timing is perfect as I am having a DISCUSSION on instagram with a woman in New Mexico who will not wear a MASK when she is outside!
It's AMAZING to me HOW PEOPLE THINK.SO SELFISH.This is a world of ME ME ME.How did we get here as we were not brought up that way?
I feel you had a BIRTHDAY recently................MIne is next week!

It's me said...

Anita !! Darling ...concentrate on the good things in life...and people who are wurth to enjoy your life...your heart is so good giving so much more than you my friend you know I from me Ria πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ€πŸ’•

Purple Coat Studio said...

Oh, that's so sad, for your neighbor especially. For him to share the depths of his pain with you might mean that he couldn't bear the weight of it all on his own. Sorry, but glad you are finding the strength to lift his burden from your shoulders.

Mindy said...

A beautiful perspective on dealing with hurting people with love and grace.

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Anita, you know this hit home for me, as I am dealing with a neighbor situation as well. And although it frustrates me and upsets me, I also feel that people are sometimes broken, and to be patient with them. Thank you for this gentle reminder that we are all broken at some time or another, and there is always hope and we can heal. And I loved the daisy photo, it's beautiful. And that boat photo truly went perfect with your words. Thank you, again, for all the e-mails, and showing comfort and love along my journey.


*I will have to come back and see this lovely post, it truly is special.

Shilpa said...

Beautiful .font know how to explain. The last picture took my heart away

Christianne said...

Amen, sweet lady.

cloches and lavender said...

Great post, I want the anger to stop and all to realize where we live is a gift with so many freedoms. It's not perfect but you have so much that's offered.


Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Sending light and love to you in this season of darkness.

The Liberty Belle said...

The healing balm of the Lord is a comfort we can always turn to. I am grateful. Have a beautiful day.

Rhonda said...

Bonjour Anita, what a beautiful post. I'm glad I stopped by.
I barely have enough time to post on my blog. But I always check my favorites!
Yes, your city was right in the middle of this tension. I was thinking of you every day. Healing is needed. xxxoo

Anonymous said...

We had a truly miserable neighbor. He pleasure was be bully. Little does he know I’m actually thankful he was terrible. It forced us to make a huge change on our lives that was so right for us in the end. Without the push we probably would have continued to just settle where we were. Lemonade is delicious! Peace

gayle said...

Edie Wadsworth had a lovely video on this very thing. There is so much hate in every part of our citizenry, love has to comeback into our souls. My good neighbor said “be kind and pray”.