Monday, September 8, 2014

Motivational Monday . . . and Some Sunflowers


HAVE COURAGE FOR 
THE GREAT SORROWS OF LIFE
AND
PATIENCE FOR THE SMALL ONES;
AND WHEN YOU HAVE LABORIOUSLY
ACCOMPLISHED YOUR DAILY TASK,
GO TO SLEEP IN PEACE.
GOD IS AWAKE.
(Victor Hugo)

These words fill me with such a strong sense of peace. They give me permission to accept all the good I did that day, to recognize all the not-so-good, and then to let it all go. 

We are often so incredibly hard on ourselves, in many, many ways. Let's give ourselves a break this week, and as often as we can.   

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This supportive, amazing corner of the blogging community, which I am honored to be a part of, recently lost a well-liked member. I didn't really know Tina Downey but the outpouring of grief and shock that filled blog posts over the last few weeks showed just how important she was to so many. In honor of Tina, sunflowers will bloom all over the blogosphere today, providing virtual warmth and sunshine and joy to all.




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58 comments:

  1. I too was struck by the level of outpouring for Tina. Really made me wish I had known her...

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  2. That's a great attitude, Madeline. Tina shared it.

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  3. I think Tina would have loved seeing so many people come together in her memory. Life is Good.

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  4. Thanks for lighting up your corner of the blogsphere for Tina as well. She'll be remembered.

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  5. It's wonderful seeing so many sunflowers across the blogging world today. Life is good and I'm humbled to be part of such an amazing community. Tina will be missed.

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    1. The quote really spoke to me, and I thought it was appropriate for today.

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  7. Those are beautiful flowers. I love the dark blue background. It looks stunning with the yellow sunflowers.

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    1. The blue background is actually one of the walls in my office. :)

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  8. Tina, would be thrilled and she will be missed... thank you for being part of the tribute...

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    1. Good to know Tina would have enjoyed the tribute. :)

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  9. That Victor Hugo quote gave me chills. And your picture looks professional. I almost didn't believe it was real. Lovely tribute!

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    1. It gave me chills, too, the first time I read it.

      Hmm, maybe I missed my true calling - photography? :)

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  10. Such an important quote to share not just today for Tina, but everyday for all. Lovely sunflowers and a special tribute. Thanks for visiting my Sunflower post today.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

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    1. I thought it was a great Motivational Monday quote and especially fitting for today.

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  11. Such a powerful quote. Love it. A definite keeper. And such lovely flowers.

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  12. I think the outpouring of love for Tina serves as proof that we're doing much more than blogging here. We're touching lives. We become almost like an online family over time.

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  13. The blogosphere has been overwhelming. I didn't know Tina, but I feel like I'm just starting to from all the tributes.

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    1. Even though we didn't know her, we're still touched by her through all the people who DID know her. Isn't that something?

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  14. I didn't know Tina, but from all the sunflowers, I can see she touched many. I hope this gives some peace to her family.

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    1. Tina was an inspiration for sure. I hope I can remember her life is good motto when I'm having a challenging time. Wonderful post and poem.

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  15. A very heartfelt quote to share. It's perfect for the idea of this day.

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  16. Every picture has been amazing and unique.
    A very nice post.

    Thank you,
    Heather

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  17. What a beautiful tribute! Thank you for that, and for the quotation from Victor Hugo, which also brings me great peace.

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  18. Tina's passing, and the outpouring of support and love within our online community, is proof that we're connecting on more than just a superficial level... we're touching lives, sometimes without realising it...
    Life is good!

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  19. Love the quote and your reflection on it. :)
    Nice tribute, too!

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  20. I didn't know Tina either but it's obvious from the outpouring of love for her that that was my loss. This is a beautiful quote and another new one for me - a keeper for sure.

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  21. wonderful thought and perfect to bring peace for Tina's remembrance.
    God is there when we sleep. so comforting.
    thank you!

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  22. I'll second your advice and I'm refraining from getting after myself for forgetting it. ;)

    Beautiful flowers. =)

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  23. The quote is very inspirational Madeline. And the tribute to Tina is so touching.

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  24. We should definitely be easier on ourselves. Love the vivid colors of your picture!

    Also, I saw you on the Mash Competitions website. Congratulations! (I think it was you, and that was the website.)

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  25. What a beautiful quote and tribute. I can not say I knew Tina, we had a few exhchanges only, but enough to leave an impression on me, especially as I had not realised she was struggling with health issues. What a strength to continue to spread that kind of joy and inspiration, still!

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