Monday, 3 November 2014
Small and Wonderful Things . . .
"The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside from a generous hand. But who gets excited by a mere penny?...It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that he won't stoop to pick up a penny. But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted with pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It is that simple. what you see is what you get." ~Anne Dillard
A few of the small and wonderful things which bring untold joy into my life. It's the small things in life which truly mean the most. Simple abundance . . . it's the best.
Wearing a poppy for Remembrance in the first few weeks of November. It's a small and simple thing to do, but it has huge meaning to those who do it. We must never forget the enormous price which was paid for the freedoms we enjoy today. Freedom has always come at a cost. It still does. There will always be those who seek to dominate and subjugate. There will always be those who must step in to free the oppressed. Standing for the right has never been easy and probably never will be. I honor those who stood and those who still stand in bravery to serve their countries and fellow man, who lay down their lives so that we can live ours. Wearing a poppy does not make me a War Monger. It makes me a person of gratitude.
I saw this and fell in love. I traced it back to here, Nana's Company. No pattern or tutorial that I can find, but how hard can it be to do myself. I just love it. Little candy canes and sugar cookies, felt ball sugar plums. This is sweet. A lot of small and wonderful things strung together to delight.
They are my only weakness . . . okay so they are only one in a long line of weaknesses, but I only just discovered them, and it was love at first tiny bite.
They're small but there is just so much potential in this tin. And I don't mean the peppermints. (although they are pretty good) I mean the potential for turning these little altoid tins into something magical. Just look up altered Altoid tins on Pinterest and you will see what I am talking about Magical worlds await your creative abilities. Truly Amazing. Watch this space.
Following the Prophet. It's a small and simple thing, but it makes a huge difference in my life. It could make a huge difference in yours as well. When I imagine a world where everyone follows the prophet I am in awe of just how very wonderful it would be. It would not be a world of perfect people, but it would be a darned sight better than what it is now, and it would be a world filled with people who are striving to be better, to do better. I read on AOL this morning that a young army cadet in Manchester selling poppies was set alight by some idiot with a spray can and lighter. Earlier this year a homeless man who was living in a bus shelter in a very small town back home was killed when a couple of heartless young men poured gasoline on him and set the bus shelter on fire. Frequently we have our hearts broken when we read of a youth going into a school or some other public place and shooting innocent people. It goes on and on. Something is missing. People are lost and floundering, lacking hope and direction . . . living lives without meaning or purpose. There are worse things than following the prophet . . . I am grateful for a seeking heart and one which is brave enough to stand out from the crowd and follow the guidance of learned and inspired leaders.
A thought to carry with you through today . . .
Make yourself a blessing to someone.
Your smile, or pat on the back . . . a simple kind word
might just be enough to pull someone back
from the edge. Have the courage to be a small
brightly lit spark in a sea of darkness.
Little things do mean a lot.
Cooking in The English Kitchen today . . . Gobbler Cobbler. Deliciously simple!
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Have a fabulous Monday! May the week ahead be filled to overflowing with small and wonderful things!