Gems 5.9

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5.9

Photo “Italy, Sicily Sea” by Pixabay

The Moon is distant from the Sea – (387)

By Emily Dickinson

The Moon is distant from the Sea –

And yet, with Amber Hands –

She leads Him – docile as a Boy –

Along appointed Sands –

He never misses a Degree –

Obedient to Her eye –

He comes just so far – toward the Town –

Just so far – goes away –

Oh, Signor, Thine, the Amber Hand –

And mine – the distant Sea –

Obedient to the least command

Thine eye impose on me –

 

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We’re also always gratefully accepting photos, art, poems or quotes or any Gems anyone might want to share. Special thanks today and always to everyone who has shared these so generously over the years since we began.

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Gems 4.178

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Hope

Sometimes when life knocks us down, hope is the only thing we feel we have to hold onto. We hope for healing in mind, body and spirit. Hope for a better day, today. Hope for a better day, tomorrow. Hope we see things with fresh eyes when our vision has become narrow. Hope for understanding. Hope that our goals will be achieved. Hope lifts us up. Hope gives us strength to carry on and the trust that all will work out for the best. We set our sights on those hopes and work towards them with a willing heart and an open mind. Each of us has hopes for our personal lives and for the lives of those we love and cherish. Hope is powerful and we need to hold onto it with all our being. Please feel free to share, if you are so inspired.

Photo and essay by TC, KindSpring.org. Used with permission.  Thanks so much TC!  ♡ Original post is here:  Hope When Life Knocks

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Gems 4.168

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Photo by Sasin Tipchai generously donated to Pixabay.  Thank you! 

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Gems 4.167

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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:

stronger together tree roots laddershipo

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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Gems 4.166

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Photo “Coneflower” contributed by Cord X.  Thank you!

I loved this quote today and read a little about Theodore Roethke.  He was a poet who lived in the 20th Century.  Some of his poems were for children.   I searched but didn’t find the poem that contains this line.  So, I decided to write my own.

The idea of flowers keeping light inside their roots captured my imagination.  I think that we humans keep the light in our “roots” in our own way, too.  We keep the light in our memories.  We share the light through our creativity.

Fairy Light

 

To keep the light as flowers do

Deep in their roots to save ’til night

Then, in the garden before dawn,

Release it into fairy light;

 

To blend it gently with the dew,

To catch the first rays of the sun

That warm each blade of grass, each leaf

‘Til every drop of light is gone;

 

To watch it rise, a shimmering,

The new sun’s rays now amplify,

Then almost imperceptibly,

Release it to the waiting sky.

 

My light holds memories of you;

In outstretched hands, my heart’s bijou.

 

Niki Flow

 

Thank you Cord, for sharing this beautiful photo, today’s light-filled gem.

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