Gems 5.20

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤


Photo by Bianca Mentil, Pixabay

This has always been a favorite quote, and it was the quote used for our very first Rx-for-Healing.  I found this and 52 other quotes today today again on an inspiring blog post 53 Inspiring Self-Esteem and Self-Love Quotes.”  Some of these I’ll share in the days to come.

This week and next, we’ll be celebrating love and my favorite holiday,  Valentine’s Day.♥  If you have any poems, photos, quotes or short stories about love you’d like to share, please send me a note or leave a comment below.  

On February 21st, I’ll be kicking off “Buttons for Benjamin” with a 21-day challenge and then a year of Small Acts of Kindness.   Everyone is invited to the challenge!   Each small act will take about 5 to 10 minutes a day, and each will be accompanied by a button and card with our contact details on the back:


From February 28th on, every week on Tuesday, there will be a special Gem here on under1000skies called “Full of Grace.”  Ben and I were both born on a Tuesday.   I feel the grace of love intertwined always with the sadness.  I feel the grace of support and compassion from friends.  I feel the grace of peace, whenever I reach out, from the source of all Love.  So this weekly “Full of Grace” Gem will be a list of the SAoKs (small acts of kindness) the week before.  I’ll include a photo for each whenever possible.

The three-year anniversary of Benjamin’s disappearance is coming up on March 2nd.  I believe this 365-day challenge will help me stay focused on light, love and gratitude.  It will help me stay connected to others rather than isolating and slipping into grief.   It will also get the word out to more people about Ben’s story. On the back of every card will be the words, “Picture him home again, safe at last.”  When he was a little boy, Ben’s favorite book, which he asked me to read again and again, was The Spooky Old Tree with the Bernstein Bears.  I loved those story times together.  The last line in the book was one he would always say with me as we finished:

“Home again, safe at last.”

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