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Quote of the day – Henry W. Longfellow

“Softly the evening came
with the sunset.”
– Henry W. Longfellow
Sunset in Tunisia [Photo courtesy of my dear friend, Aziz Gattoufi]
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Joke of the day – U can do it

Ukraine do it!
We’re not Putin
up with this!”
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On a more serious note, my heart goes out to the people in Ukraine. Sending strength, hope, courage, freedom, peace and love during this time of crisis.

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Wise quotes by the Father of mindfulness

10 memorable quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh, the father of mindfulness:
Thich Nhat Hanh [11.10.26 – 22.1.22]
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“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”
“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”
“The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.”
“If love is in our hears, every thought, word and deed can bring about a miracle. Because understanding is the very foundation of love, words and actions that emerge from our love are always helpful.”
“When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.”
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”
“For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”
“It is my conviction that there is no way to peace – peace is the way.”
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💕Dad’s 21st Anniversary💫

Found a photo of dad taken in 1961
and coincidentally today is
61 years since it was taken.
Hello Dad,
Today is the 21st anniversary
of your passing and
I want to remember
this day with gladness.
About 10 years ago,
I realized I have not
allowed myself to really
feel the pain of losing you.
And through writing
on this blog during your
anniversary and birthday,
I had finally found healing
and peace in my heart.
The kind of wealth you possess
was priceless and admirable.
you were amiable,
you were big hearted,
you were compassionate,
you were a true friend,
you loved animals and nature,
you read a lot and read till
your very last day and
you had a wonderful
sense of humour.
No, you were not perfect.
You had flaws, don’t we all?
We’re all imperfect and
that’s what makes us human.
Last year was a tough year for us,
as we had to bid farewell
to Aunt SC and Uncle W.
And I could imagine you
standing there at heaven’s gate
waiting to greet them
with open arms.
I know how fond you were
of your sister, SC and
that you were close to her
when you were both younger.
But then, we sometimes
drift apart through the years
due to many reasons.
I remember mom once said
that you had wanted to write
a book about your life.
I wish you had done so.
The truth and the many things
left unsaid would have helped
fit all the missing pieces
of the puzzle together.
But that’s okay, Dad.
I’m slowly gathering
all the missing pieces and
getting a clearer view
of the whole picture.
I miss you, dad.
I miss your smile and
I miss your warm humour.
Have a blessed day in heaven, Dad!
Always in my heart,
❤️Pat
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Merry Christmas to all

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Have a white Christmas everyone!
If you don’t have white,
open a bottle of red! 🍷
“Christmas is a time for loving, sharing, giving and forgiving. Christmas will always be as long as we stand hand in hand and heart to heart.”
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“From across the sMILES,
Merry Christmas to all
from the bottom of my heart.”
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