The Joy of Giving (His ‘n’ Hers Part III)

This weekend, Hub and I got in early with two of our favourite Christmassy things to do.  I was on book duty; Hub was on food…..

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The Blackwells’ Children’s Giving Tree project is a wonderful initiative.  It provides an opportunity for children in difficult or unfortunate circumstances to receive a book of their choice – either one they have specified, or if they prefer, an age-appropriate surprise.  You can read more about it in this super student-paper article.

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Pure Joy

There really are no limits to what we can do if we apply love, focus, determination and creativity.

Check out this marvellous clip of a father who has fashioned a harness for his paralysed son so that he can enjoy outdoor activities.  I adore the look of joy and happiness on the son’s face:

And how about this fabulous all-ability cheerleading troop?

 

This little girl has a marvellous future ahead of her…

 

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

Friday Quote: the beauty and joy of nature

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Indian Proverb (click to enlarge)

Nature is so handy, isn’t it.  A walk in beautiful countryside or along a coastal path can soothe and calm many troubles.  Spending time in urban leafy areas can have a similarly restorative effect.

And what’s more, I find that even just thinking about, reading about or even looking at pictures of nature inspires peace and reduces stress.

I had such fun producing the artwork for today’s quote.  It took me a little while to produce the border, but in doing so I had the opportunity completely to switch off and immerse myself in the process of drawing and painting the flora and fauna.  A total antidote to any worries or fears.

And, in an echo of the quote itself, I enjoyed the element of randomness in my selection of each little drawing as I progressed around the circle.

Wherever you are, and whatever you do this weekend, may you find joyful and beautiful times. 🙂

PS – mega thanks to my gorgeous, clever Hub for his help and expertise with photographing my artwork for publication.