Here is a story that takes less than ten minutes to enjoy yet its message is timeless.
I’m sharing this read-aloud story with my deepest humility, knowing I am terribly new to this. Certainly I will get better at my recordings, but I read and reread through my old, lovingly worn edition of the book until this version felt acceptable.
Yes I have a bit of a lisp. Yes my equipment is less than stellar. Yes I am self-taught. However it is from my heart and shared with love, therefore I feel it is good enough.
Strong has been the pull from within me to share this story from my children’s youth. Its message is very important for us to understand, all year round but especially at this time of year.
Let us see others as if they are illuminated with the magical light of the Christmas candle, and we will see that we are all members of one family.
Let there be peace, and let it begin with me.
Warmest blessings of the season! Gina
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While I’m not yet up to sharing about where I’ve been as I’m not ready to write about grief or emote about how deep the love we have for our pets is, or attempt to describe the pain entailed when the lives in a family household go from 7 to 4, I did decide to share my YouTube video on a topic that rings deeply true to my heart year-round, but ESPECIALLY at this time of year. This is why I’ve returned without explanation to my absence. For now. All pain is fodder for growth, as well as helping build the foundation of a story that wants to be written. As soon as I’m ready to share about it, you’ll be the first to know!
My WP family is dear to my heart and you have been in my thoughts. I am finding my way back to my muse and back to my keyboard. The posts obviously stopped for a while, but my love and appreciation for you never did. Namaste.
“Be a lamp, a lifeboat, a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” ~Rumi
“You cannot know where the pains and tragedies of life are leading. Sorrow is always near, whether it is touching you personally at this moment or not. Cultivate tenderness for all beings. The drama in which they may be trapped at the moment is the same as you have experienced in the past, or may experience in the future. Be a quiet and peaceful harbor for whoever might need you.” ~Ann Mortifee
“We are each of us angels with only one wing and we can only fly by embracing one another.” ~Luciano de Crescenzo
“Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.” ~Isak Dinesen
“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” ~Peter Marshall
“Faith is like radar that sees through the fog; the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.” ~Corrie Ten Boom
Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression. ~Dr. Haim Ginott
Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get. ~H. Jackson Brown Jr.
. Here are some fantastic one-page articles about teaching and encouraging kindness in children, even when they’re still toddlers. It’s really never too early to begin. May peace prevail. Namaste. Gina
8 Ways to teach kindness to toddlers and preschoolers, by Tabitha Studer at WhatToExpect.com
Kids and kindness: Can you teach compassion? by Holly Bennett at TodaysParent.com
Teaching Children Respect in 5 Minutes or Less, by Julie Hunt at SmartKids101.com