Gems 6.108

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


Photo “Portugal at Dusk” by Hettie.

“Who are you to judge the life I live?

I know I’m not perfect

— and I don’t live to be —

but before you start pointing fingers…

make sure your hands are clean!”

-Bob Marley

Gems 5.51

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


Yesterday I learned that Netflix has one of my favorite movies available, I Am Legend.  I hadn’t seen it in a very long time, and it was just as powerful this viewing.  If you know the movie, you know that Will Smith is a virologist trying to solve a world pandemic in New York City, ground zero.  It is an incredible, terrifying movie, and Smith is, as always, masterful.

As he said these words later in the movie, I felt something shift in me.

He (Bob Marley) had this idea, it was kind of a virologist idea, he believed he could cure racism and hate, literally cure it by injecting music and love into people’s lives.

One day he was scheduled to perform at a peace concert, gunmen came to his house and shot him down.

Two days later he walked out on the stage and sang.  Somebody asked him why.  He said the people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking a day off.  How can I?

Light up the darkness.

This site, under1000skies, started as a place to store my photos.  Then it became the answer to a challenge to “do something about (homelessness)” from an author on Twitter.  It was a small thing, but I envisioned a place to spotlight the beautiful creations of homeless creatives.  I had hoped to bring homeless artists together from all over the world.  In the five years since we began, we have had two contributors, Johnny O., and Cord X.  Happily, both now have homes.  I’m very grateful for their photos and poetry contributions.

But lately, I felt as if I had failed.  I hadn’t found more creatives, so for the past year or so, I was finding photos on Pixabay or sharing my own and combining these with quotes I loved.  It just seemed like I was propping up something that was winding down.  But I was wrong.

When I made it my life aspiration to create 10,000 graphics, it was for exactly this reason.  I wanted to pour love into the world, one beautiful tiny gem at a time.  These are small things but done with great love.  Even a candle can be a brilliant light in the darkness.  Somewhere along the way, I forgot that.

So now, under1000skies has changed again.  It’s about pouring love, one day, one little quote at a time, into the world.  Forgive me for losing my way and forgetting.  I’m back.

Light up the darkness.