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By Paige Burkes  The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently. ~ Pema Chödrön Before I begin today, I have a question to ask?  Does anyone want to meet me for a nice cup of tea? Great, would you please call my Dentist and tell him I can’t make my appointment.  And whilst you’re speaking to him, would you be kind enough to mention that it doesn’t matter what he says, those injections hurt and I don’t think much of his numbing cream.  Thank you. It’s a good job, I have an Encourager for you this morning.  ‘Cos I’m not doing a very good job so far. So without further ado please meet Paige Burkes.  Paige is my Encourager for the month.  She has…

[success] Be like the bird, who Halting in her flight On limb too slight Feels it give way beneath her, Yet sings, Knowing she hath wings. –Victor Hugo[/success] Just off my dining room is a small porch, barely big enough for two chairs.  The dining room and the porch sit above the garage and driveway.  My next door neighbors have a huge maple tree, whose spreading branches provide morning shade on the porch. A few days ago, I was sitting on the porch, eating my customary breakfast of granola.  I became aware of a soft thumping sound.  I looked up and there was a squirrel, poised at the corner of the roof above me, eyeing me nervously.  His tail was twitching furiously and he was stomping his tiny back feet, hence the soft thumping sound that had caught my attention. I assumed he was coveting my granola and trying to think…

When my Darling One and I began our best and last romance we wanted to ensure that we always remembered this. We wanted to make sure we never lost sight of the importance of love in our life and so we created relationship rituals, because something precious is lost if we rush unthinkingly into the daily details of life, without pausing for a moment to acknowledge the blessings of the gift of another day Our relationship rituals were designed to nurture and nourish this, our best and last romance. And this, I believe, is the most important one.  At least for us. Every night we take a minute to say thank you to each other for who we are, what we’re grateful for about each other and to remember the love we give and receive every single day. We’ve never missed a night.  No matter what. Ever, because love flourishes…

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