Thursday, July 28, 2011

Armed With A Smile!

Astilbe
"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God."
~author unknown~
My friend Judy sent me an email the other day called "Ever Seen A Lavender Farm," some of you may have seen it. The most gorgeous photographs of fields of lavender you can possibly imagine and if that wasn't enough the above quote finished it off. Now I wish I had  a photo of lavender to share with you, but astilbe will just have to do.
Sometimes a few simple words in the right combination can make all the difference in our understanding of the human journey. The quote above has been written before in different ways but there was something about the battle part that really resonated with me. "Everyone one you meet is fighting some kind of battle." I will definitely give that phrase more thought  the next time I start to take something personal. If someone is in a mood or a snit I will simply arm myself with a smile, unless otherwise asked. Sounds like a plan to me! 
Have a wonderful day!

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4 comments:

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I've seen that quote before and it is so true! We all have battles we're engaged in. Love the photo of your Astilbe. The black frame really adds punch to the pink blooms.

hootnonny said...

Astilbe did the job! Love the emphasis from the frame and point of view. Stay cool!

lisa said...

These are the most wonderful plants, and your photograph of them here is just beautiful! I love this quote.

august2011 said...

You captured the spirit of the Astilbe beautifully.
Plant portraits need to reflect the spirit and soul of a plant, just like human portraits. Not always easy to accomplish.

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