Gems 4.154

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

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Photo, “Lock, Weir Dam” by Hans Braxmeier, Pixabay

Special thanks to Mish for sharing this quote.  Have you ever felt that life moves this way, sometimes in huge spurts of achievement after a long period of dormancy?

I learned from a video on Jim Kwik’s Instagram feed that this is sometimes about limiting belief.   You may know the story of Roger Bannister, the first man on record to break the 4-minute mile.  It was 1954 and the 4-minute mile was considered the “Everest” of achievements for runners. It had never been broken.  After Bannister broke this record, many athletes began to do so.  Now the 4-minute mile is considered the standard for middle-distance runners.

This video from Athletics shows that wonderful moment in history when Roger Bannister pushed past the 4-minute barrier and opened the flood gates for other athletes.

 

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Gems 4.150

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

Gems 4.150

Photo  “Tree Sparrow,” Gallery/Birds. Copyright © Richard Keys, Photo Sociology:  “Exploring Sociology through Photography”  All rights reserved.  Used with permission.  Thank you, Richard! ♡

Special thanks to Rajni who shared today’s quote.  A bit about Anita Desai:

“Anita Desai is an Indian novelist and the Emerita John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a writer she has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times.” (Wikipedia)

Richard’s photo of this little tree sparrow really captures my heart.  Sparrows have been my favorite bird since I was very young.  We lived in a city, where everything was concrete except the park.  Outside our dining-room window was a rooftop patio.  This is where I formed some of my earliest memories.  I grew my first garden there in a small pot, and my mom taught me how to feed the birds.  She clicked her tongue to call them, and they all came — sparrows, pigeons and even an occasional crow.  I used to think my mom was magical, like Sleeping Beauty, to be able to bring the birds with this clicking sound.   Sometimes the lovely ones with the most beautiful feathers visited, cardinals and jays.  But I always loved the little brown sparrows best.

This quote today spoke to my heart too.  Imagine how dense with beauty the birds like this sparrow are, flying free as they do to so many wonderful places.

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