Monday, September 10, 2018

Kindness From My Garden

I am blessed to say that I have been on the receiving end of acts of kindness too numerous to count.

That blessing, that forever humbles me, and the theme for September's Ten on the Tenth, Random Acts of Kindness, has caused me to really think about what this means.

More importantly, what does it look like when I am the giver and not the receiver of such acts?

Here is what I think:)

I realized years ago that if I follow that nudge to say or do something special for someone, my personal pleasure ( and theirs) is increased when I do it creatively.

That creativity sends a special message.

My favorite source for that creative inspiration is in my garden.
As I have gotten older, I like to think about what my mother or grandmother would do for a friend (long time or new), in need of a little lift.

It may have been the sharing of a cutting, or a basket of fresh vegetables, or something they baked to go along with it.

They were instinctive gardeners and great sharers, so I know they combined the two.

I am so grateful that I can walk out my door to my modest kitchen garden and gather some of my zinnias, find a vase that I have for just such an occasion, and create that lift for someone else.

My zinnias make me smile everyday in amazement, and I know they do the same thing for others.
I know you do this kind of thing as well. 
Bloggers are natural edifiers and act kindly every time they leave a comment or offer encouragement or send an email.

May I mention one in particular ?

Stacey of Poofing the Pillows is the perfect example of such kindness. 

She has offered me encouragement about blogging , encouraged me to return to it when I slip away for a bit, laughed with me when I don't understand the technology in it all, and has always acted as a friend.

Just reading her heartfelt posts on her love of home, family, and life is a special blessing and act of kindness for us all.

And now to an amazing group of bloggers who add their own special dose of creativity to everything they post and do for others.

Please make sure you visit these ladies for their heartfelt posts on kindness.


Katie Mansfield said...

What a sweet shout out for our blogging cheerleader, Stacey. She is a sweetie. Your garden is gorgeous. What a sweet gifts of flowers it provides. Have a wonderful day.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Creativity is love in action, I think.

Carol@BlueskyatHome said...

Laura, Your flowers are beautiful and a wonderful reminder of the gift of simple beauty from nature. Flowers are the gift that keeps on giving.

Eilis said...

Lovely sentiment about our lovely friend!

Mary K. said...

What a great way to give when you give flowers! I also agree that many of our blogging friends are very generous with their help!

Kim said...

There's nothing like flowers...and I totally agree, bloggers are a fabulously kind bunch. It's a lovely community.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Lovely gardens and a lovely friend too!

Stacey said...

Awe, you are so sweet! I'm happy to see your writing today!! You are a writer and you need to write all the time about many subjects. The end.

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Beautiful gardens, Laura. Stacey's a sweetie, that's for sure.

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

I wish I was a gardener - I have little interest, but I so enjoy seeing other's garden! Your flowers are so pretty and they certainly brightened this gloomy day we are having in NY today!!

Theresa said...

My gardenias are blooming and I have them scattered around my house. A vase of flowers makes my heart happy:) Your Zinnias are gorgeous! Have a blessed day dear Laura, HUGS!

JB said...

As a receiver of one of your many gifts, I consider myself so lucky to have you as a dear friend in my life.

Jeanie said...

Two things I love -- Ten on the Tenth and your beautiful zinnias, Laura! Happy Week!

Bonnie said...

I ALWAYS love seeing your zinnias. And I loved your bougainvillea at your old house. Do you have some at your new house?

You have a special gift for writing Laura! I agree you need to write often. And I want to see more of your decorating in your home.

Stacey is a sweet encourager and has a beautiful heart. I love all the Texas bloggers and enjoyed meeting some of the girls on two occasions.
My son has lived in Del Rio, Witchita Falls, Dallas, and now San Antonio so I have lost count of the trips we have made to Texas from Alabama.
Hope you are having a good week.

The Grey Dove Cottage said...

Lovely flowers and gesture for a friend. Thinking about it, it's little surprises that make such big impressions. Your very thoughtful. Sounds as though you have great support in Stacy, I'll wander over and visit her blog. Friends are treasures -

Nancy's Notes said...

Love seeing your post, such an inspiration! Your flowers are so beautiful and your thoughts are always lovely, my precious friend. Keep blogging, you are awesome!

Leslie said...

What a great post. Love your garden and zinnia's. Thanks for visiting - I cant wait to see your fall decor.

Unknown said...

I’m so proud of the gardener we have become. I learned and never gave up! Your garden is incredible and your zinnias are always welcome by everyone. They lift anyone’s spirits. You should see my bougainvilleas! Blooming!!! Garden on!

CHERI said...

I love zinnias and POOFING THE PILLOWS:) And I love RAKs. Each summer I get my grandkids to do at least 2 or 3...trying to train them up right:) The other day this sweet little old lady let me up in front of her in line because I had only 2 items and she had a buggy full. Just little acts like that can really show love. Sure wish all our citizens could come together in love...our country really needs this right now.

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