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These gift baskets waited for me

 

I love gift baskets especially those made from bamboo/cane. Since the beginning of this year,  I had collected five baskets that were abandoned on the roadside in four different locations.  I believe these baskets were meant for me and each carried a meaningful life-lesson.
The Green Basket

green basket

I found this basket about 50m away from Shaye’s school.  This is a basket of nature. The colour of this basket may have faded but it is still in purrfect  condition.  Just like this basket, growing older is inevitable. Though taking care of our outward appearance is important, we must not neglect what’s going on in our hearts and in our minds.  We need to focus less on ourselves and focus more on enriching the lives of others.  May we all grow old gracefully!
 The Twin Basket

big and small baskets

I saw these twin basket a few blocks from my home.  I was rushing to send Shaye to school and I did not have time to turn back and pick up the baskets.  I told Shaye I will collect the baskets on my way home if they are still there.  Well, the baskets waited for me alright. 
The baskets were exactly how I found them as shown in the photo.  It’s looks like a mother protecting her young child.  It shows a mother’s important role in nurturing her child early in life.  It is a reminder that children are young only once and we cannot turn back the hands of times.
I am a full time mom and a freelance event planner and banner/backdrop designer. Honestly, I do not make much but I believe in investing my time in my daughters’ lives.  And I look forward to the day they are mature and independent and I can humbly say, “I have made a difference in their lives.”
The Brown Basket

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This basket waited for me about a kilometer away from Sydelle’s school.   In life, there will always be troubles and challenges.  This is a basket to put all our doubts, worries and fears away.  We have to focus on the positive and possibilities and make the right choices to overcome our problems.
The Red Basket with Gold Lining and Yellow Lily

red basket

This is the last basket I collected two days ago somewhere near the place where I found the green basket.  The colour red signifies strength and courage.  But we need to be careful not be carried away by these traits or we will become egotistical and self-righteous.  After all, there is a thin line between self-confidence and selfish pride.
The gold lining on the basket is a sign for us to remain kind, compassionate and generous.  And just looking at the yellow lily on the handle brightens my day and made me smile. Don’t you think this would make a beautiful Christmas gift basket?
That’s all folks! Perhaps my next story would be the case of the missing baskets.

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Quote of the day – Charles Dickens

“I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end

than any evil or misfortune in the world.” 

– Charles Dickens

cute dog and elephant best friends

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Quote of the day – Hands of Life

Life doesn’t have any hands,

life in our hands
Life in our hands (www.pinterest.com)

but it can sure give us a

slap sometimes.

sad bunny

‘Rabbit’ depression

cute kittens

CATch-22 situation  [www.funnyasduck.net]

funny - unbearable

It’s unbearable. [www.pinterest.com]

leopard in distress

Oh no! I’ve been spotted! [www.pinterest.com]

doggie stress

It doesn’t rain, it ‘paws’ [www.reddit.com]

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Quote of the day – Aberjhani

“Dare to love yourself
as if you were a rainbow
with gold at both ends.”

Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow

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“We all have brokenness in our lives. We all have moments of failure and hurt and sorrow. That’s one of the few things that pulls all human beings together.”

– Karen Armstrong