Friday

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
¤ TGIF ¤

Monday will start again with new Gems. I didn’t want to throw off the numbers, so I thought you might enjoy a TGIF collection. Over the years I’ve accumulated several alternative meanings for TGIF.

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Be Truthful Gentle (Inspiring) and Fearless.” -Gandhi

T.otally G.orgeous I.credibly F.it | The Remarkable Story of Ernestine Shepherd

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Photographer, graphic artist unknown.

This Giraffe Is too Fabulous

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Newsletter Video 2.6: Forgiveness

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Photo by Niki Flow.

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”
―Mark Twain

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Art by Niki Flow.

“Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them.”
-Bruce Lee

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Photo by Picmonkey.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
―Mahatma Gandhi

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Photo by Picmonkey.

“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.” -Marianne Williamson

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Photo by Picmonkey.

“As we know, forgiveness of oneself is the hardest of all the forgivenesses.”
-Joan Baez

Music by BenSound.com.

Thank you.
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Photo by Pexels generously shared on Pixabay.  Thank you!

Oak Trees

This quote in today’s Gem is from Nipun’s interview in 2014 on Awakin.org.  If you listen to about one-fourth of the way into the call, Nipun tells a story as told to him about Hurricane Katrina and the oak trees that survived.  They were able to hold on, even the face of that massive storm, because they held onto each other by their roots.  Their roots went deep into the earth and connected there.  Because they held on tight to each other, they survived together.  I created this painting after hearing this story from Nipun personally during our group Laddership call. This is now our @under1000skies Twitter profile photo:

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Co-Creators

I met Nipun Mehta about four years ago when I signed up to be a volunteer (or as Nipun says, a “co-creator”) on ServiceSpace.org.  I was terrified to be in a new group of people, even online.  Nipun is the same with me as he is with every person he encounters — compassionate, kind and a master listener.   For that first year, especially, Nipun mentored me through emails and answered the many questions I had about service and the gift economy.  Nipun believed in me and liked my writing.  He was patient and totally compassionate about my shyness and fears.  We met face-to-face, in a way, on a video conference call with others in our “Laddership Group.”  To have the high regard of this incredible human being, to get kind notes whenever he was able to write or in an area to respond awakened something in me.  Because it wasn’t just Nipun’s kindness that was changing me.  Everyone I encountered on ServiceSpace.org is exactly like this.  This is why I say on our Twitter page that my teachers and mentors are on ServiceSpace.  In the past ten years especially, I have met some amazing and beautiful people who are now my soulkin.  I’ve written about my fitness-team friends often, but they are among those I’m thinking about too and the beginning of my journey into the light I believe began there.  I learned so much, and when I began to see myself through the eyes of people I admired, I started taking steps away from this lifetime of self-loathing.  The more time I spent in the company of these noble friends, the more light I was able to see in myself and in the way ahead.  Nipun and many others have been the Colonel Pickerings in my life:

My Fair Lady

 

What Love Awakens

It is not unimaginable that revolutionary change makers such as Mahatma Gandhi, Vinoba Bhave and our modern heroes like Nipun Mehta, or any other whom has walked a path of love and devotion for mankind, could awaken something within us.  What awakens, is the call for us to recognize our own innate goodness. The inspiration we feel by these great ones, acts as an open invitation for us to move in a spirit of love, faith and compassion.

Where Do We Find Gandhi Today?

 

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Photo “Beach, North Sea” by Kordi Vahle, Pixabay

The quoted verse is from “Being Kind” by Empty Hands Music.

 

Empty Hands

One of the co-creators of Empty Hands Music is Nimo Patel.  I am grateful and honored to count Nimo among our friends. My husband and I got to meet Nimo after his concert in DC a few yeas ago.  So much love. It shines through his words, his smile, his hugs and every note he sings.

Years ago in Los Angeles, Nimo was a successful and wealthy rap artist with record sales and music videos.  Then, everything changed.  In 2014, Nimo gave a TEDTalk about his transformation.  It began with a choice to go from outward seeking to — nothing.

There were three steps and four lessons in this nothing:

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Special thanks to ♡ Rajni♡  for sharing this quote.  I found it really comforting and empowering after weeks at feeling helpless under this deluge of negative news.  We can alter the course of history.  We all have part of the answer and we’re stronger together.

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Photo “One Day a Year” by Niki Flow

Journey Notes

The theme for July is “freedom.”   If you have a favorite quote about freedom, please let us know.

Your Creativity

As always, we would love to feature your creative visions! If you would like to contribute photos, art work, short poems/stories, quotes, time, etc., please see our “About Us” page for details.  When we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others’ hearts.

May you find joy every day of your journey through life,

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Love Fear Gandhi

“Our bodies are the real temples rather than buildings of stone.”
–Gandhi (Harijan, January 4, 1948)

“Gandhi in a Nutshell”
Daily Metta

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TGIF 9: This Week under1000skies

 

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This week we featured a beautiful photo from Alisa Reagan, two photos from Niki Flow and one painting from an unknown artist.

 

T.G.I.F. – What It Really Means

Happy Friday!  Today’s TGIF is based on a quote from Gandhi:

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Born on October 2, 1869, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi‘s life exemplified this great advice.  I added “Inspirational” to the acronym today since it’s a goal:

“Be…

T.ruthful

G.entle

[I.spirational] &

F.earless.”

Journey Notes

The theme for the month of January is “journey.”  If you have a favorite quote or poem about “journey,” or the journey of life,  please leave a comment!  Just a heads-up, the theme for February will be “beauty.”  We at under1000skies truly believe that when we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others’ hearts.

May you find joy and beauty every day on your journey through life.

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