Pocket Full of Pansies

That is a thought that came to mind this morning.  Out of nowhere! Just like that – I said it!

What????

I have heard the saying, “pocket full of posies,” so this is a first for me with pansies.

Pansies

So the creativity began bubbling up within and I had to do a little research.

Pansies are the colorful flowers with “faces.” A cool-weather favorite, pansies are great for both spring and fall gardens! Here’s how to keep your pansies growing and blooming. Pansies have heart-shaped, overlapping petals and one of the widest ranges of bright, pretty colors and patterns. (The Old Farmer’s Almanac)

So, where is this leading?

Creativity. We are lacking creativity in our lives. We are so busy destroying one another, that we no longer encourage one another. We have become a pocket full of weeds. Keep weeds in your pocket (no pun intended) and it starts to stink.

Where have the pansies gone? Those with faces of individuality, blooming in full force in fields of creativity?

Love that pansies are heart-shaped. What has happened to our hearts?  Are they filled with love or has the stinky weeds of hatred consumed them all?

As a nation, we need to clean out the stinky weeds and get to planting some pansies to carry with us – pockets full of pansies.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

I grew up in an era of respect.  Respect for our Country.  Respect for our elders.  Respect for one another.

I was taught to be careful with my words.

So today, I thought what about our Pledge of Allegiance?  What does it say?  SO I have decided to take it a part to focus in on the words.  Words that I have spoken for many years.  I am a grandmother – so don’t be surprised when I say that I am 69 years old.  Yep!  Almost what is considered a life time!

One thought caught my eye today.  Francis Bellamy wrote the original words years ago and are you ready for this?

Francis Bellamy was a Baptist minister and a Christian socialist.  Yep!  You read that right.

A socialist wrote those words!

Today I am taking in the first few words while sitting on a stump in my yard:

Stump

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands.

Two points to ponder on the stump:

  1. United States
  2. Republic

United.  That means we are in agreement to the laws of the land.

Republic.  The power is found in the people.  Everyone’s vote counts! AND that means people who are citizens of the United States.

Now.  I am not going to do all of your thinking for you.  Or all the researching.  But please go to reliable sources to gather your information.

You need to find your own stump to sit on and do a little pondering today or at least soon!

May the force go with you!

I’m Sorry

Simple. Words. Yet. So. Difficult. To. Say.

Why is that?  Why is it so hard to say I am sorry?

Sorry

I have worked with children most of my life.  I have seen many children have difficulty saying those words.  And yet, once they are said with a true heart, the words heal their little souls.

Yep!  Every time!

In our mess today, here in America, there are many leaders – examples who have positions out there in public.  For two years some of these leaders have spouted untruths, a.k.a  lies, and are now being faced with making those wrongs right.

What will they do?  Will they just pretend it never happened?  Will they just get angry and refuse?  What will they do?

Remember.  Always.  Saying that you are sorry brings healing to your soul.  Deep down forgiveness.

 

Integrity – Priceless

Today, everyone has an opinion about everything.

Creativity is being curbed.

It has become a cookie-cutter world.

Integrity

Whatever happened to children being encouraged to be all that they were intended to be?  Encouraged to discovered their talents and gifts?

A person opens up a business excited about using their creative gifts to create.  And yet, it doesn’t take long, before others come along and start telling them what they can and cannot create.

Integrity.  It is priceless.

What is integrity?

Definition of integrity

1firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values :INCORRUPTIBILITY
2an unimpaired condition SOUNDNESS
3the quality or state of being complete or undivided COMPLETENESS (Meriam-Webster)
I have always tried to define my moral and artistic values to others.  To stand firm in my beliefs.  Integrity is important to me.
Whatever happened to integrity in our State Government?
When did schools start telling students how to think?  When did schools stop encouraging children to think for themselves?
Yes, we need to be kind to one another.  We need to encourage one another.  But we cannot continue to control and manipulate others to do what we want them to do.
Think about it today.  How would you define integrity in your life?  Are you consistent in your moral and artistic values?
One thing about being a grandmother, I have enjoyed watching my grandchildren grow in their moral and artistic values.  Discovering who they are.  Encouraging them to dream about their futures.  To be the best that they can be.

A Mother’s Heart

Time does have a way of telling.

It saddens my heart to see so many changes that have taken place over the years that I have walked earth.  Don’t get me wrong – for there have been many good things that have happened too.

But today, I am focusing upon death.  Abortion.  Murder.  However you want to describe it.

Belly of pregnant woman and heart symbol outdoors

My last child was born in 1974.  Just about a year after the Roe vs. Wade decision.

My husband was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.  During that year after that Decision, I knew of young women in the Air Force at that time too – who had two to three abortions from the onset of that Decision.  Yes, women killing babies while I was still carrying my baby in womb.  Yes, women using abortion for birth control.

Over the years, I have watched the progress of consequences of that Decision made in 1973.  It has not been an easy journey for the human fetus.

42 billion deaths world-wide in 2018.  That is abortion alone – 42 billion!  It was the leading cause of death!  And we call ourselves humane.

Now in New York, just a few days ago, a group of people standing around a man with a pen in his hand, smiles on their faces, signing away more babies to death.  Up to the day of birth, a mother can make a decision to kill her baby.

What really interests me – is the mother’s heart.  None of these decisions sound like the mother’s heart.  How could a mother decide to kill her baby one day before birth?

I watched a movie the other day, “Back to Zero!”  I would recommend the movie.  It does have a few scenes that can be fast-forwarded through, but so worth the time to watch it.

Women.  Women who have endured stillborn births.  Women who have carried babies to full-term knowing that the baby was dead in womb.  I can’t even imagine.

I had a friend many years ago endure that.  Carrying a baby that she knew was already dead to full-term.  It was unbearable.  She also had many miscarriages.  She was able to carry two children to full-birth and were born healthy.

Just imagine!  One day in a hospital in New York.  One mother comes in to give birth to a baby that is already dead in her womb – going through the motions – only to maybe hold that stillborn baby a couple of hours and then go to the cemetery to say goodbye once again.

And in comes another mother, whose child is leaping inside her womb, arriving to kill her baby.  There are no words for me to express my thoughts on this.  For in the years that I have walked earth, women have willingly given up their lives for their children.  That is a mother’s heart.

Now for a sadder thought.  What will become acceptable in another five or ten years?  That a mother will be given seven to ten days after birth, to decide if she wants to keep that baby or kill it?

Time will only tell!

 

An Unexpected Lesson

Lessons come in many shapes and sizes.  Lessons come from young and old alike.  For many it comes in unexpected ways.

lesson unexpected

I realized this morning, that I have learned a lesson over the past couple of years from my President.  Yes, that’s right!  My President!

He has taught me how to stand against bullying.  He has taught me how to stand against lies – and deceit – and hatred.  He keeps moving forward working on the promises that he made while campaigning for presidency.

I see people everyday struggling with life in general.  And many of them are lying flat out on the ground and are unable to get up!  Defeated.  Heartbroken.

But each and everyday for the past two years, President Trump gets up and continues on – doing what he promised he would do.

That to me is worth something.

Be on the look out each and every day for little lessons – little nuggets that encourage you to continue on your journey.  Strive to find the good in people.  Strive to help another to believe that they can get up – clean their face – and move forward.

Thank you Mr. President.

Sharing

Learning to share is one of the first goals in life.  Little ones do not like to share.  And it takes some great techniques to encourage them to share things with others.

That is why I find it so amazing that in our government, so many leaders have forgotten how to share.

sharing

As kids get a little older, one thing they like to do at lunch time is to see what everyone else brought for lunch.  It is a common sight at lunch to share with others what you have brought for lunch.  I have seen kiddos bargaining at the lunch table with others.

I thought of an example just with fruit.  Between several different children, an average day would see some grapes, oranges, bananas, and apples.  It would not be uncommon to see the bargaining start with I will give you five grapes for one-half of your orange.

It always works out well when each one is willing to share equally.

But every once in awhile, where you have a child or two who are more interested in their own desires than that of others, the bargaining doesn’t go so well.  And sometimes you will see the bargaining almost become bullying.  Yes,  that is what I said.  Bullying.

This is what we are seeing within our government leaders right now.  Those that only want their way and they are going to get it at the cost of all others. I am thinking some of these leaders forgot their skills learned in preschool and kindergarten.

I know a lot of people who are tired of the bickering and complaining and deceit taking place in Washington DC all for politics and not for the welfare of citizens.

It would be most beneficial for Washington DC to host preschoolers to teach them how to share – to have a refresher course in kindness – in sharing.

I mean, even my dogs know how to share!

Even Dogs Know How to Share

Just saying.