Saturday, November 6, 2010

Can You Hear The Trees Laughing?

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

~ Mother Teresa ~

Working in my office this morning, I thought I heard children playing. Going outside to look, I spotted Sunny and River in a back eddy below. Recent rains have brought the water level up again, and those two were celebrating.

It's true laughter is contagious. Sunny, always the instigator of happiness, was tickling River as they swirled 'round and 'round, bouncing off rocks and giggling brightly.

All their fun had River's row of nearest neighbors, the normally dull Conifers, almost shining in delight. On this side of the river, a small but boisterous group of Deciduous broke into a riot of hilarity.

Before long I was smiling, too; it was impossible to do otherwise. It's weird how that works; it felt as if my heart was being lifted as well.

Maybe it was the motion of raising my camera that caught River's eye, but for some reason, just then she looked up and gave me the biggest, brightest wink I've ever seen.

I nodded back at her, grinning in acknowledgment. I took a few pictures, then stood there awhile, trying to decipher River's message. "Look at me!" I think she was saying. "I can twinkle again! Am I lovely?"

Oh, ab-sol-tute-ly, I tell her after Sunny moves on and we're alone again in the dark. River, girlfriend, you definitely got your groove back this morning. I have a lovely photograph. So tell me: Were you wearing real diamonds?

Now, as I write to you, there are tears in my eyes again. This time, though, they're not from sadness, but in gratitude for the beauty and glory of His love.


  1. Well done, lovely. Thanks for sharing this poem.

  2. Awww Donna... this is glorious! Made me have tears in my own eyes! I can feel the palpable joy in your words.

  3. Beautiful scenery! Praying for you and for many more gloriously brighter days! :)

  4. And by the way - my name is Kim, but I like Belle! I was a somewhat "sassy" little girl, and still can be when necessary! :)

    So happy to have you stop by!

  5. Thank you for the kind words you left on my blog. :-)

    A beautiful photo and beautiful words.

  6. You have struggled with dreadful loses and challenges to living. I admire your effort.

    My wife left when our son was two. She needed to find herself.I lost the love of my life. I raised our son. I mourned this loss for 20 years. It was my commitment to always be there for our son that kept me going. Life has not been as I once dreamed of but it has had many deep satisfactions.

    I live alone with a most wonderful dog. She is a great dane who is devoted to me, a constant companion and always keeps me amused. I have had many dogs in my life but not a wonderful as my Heidi.

  7. Donna, this captured the essence of the beauty of nature ... and the trees. Wonderful pic. Feels like I took a walk in the woods.

  8. I've been away from the blogworld for a while. I'm so glad you're still posting! Thank you for sharing Mother Teresa's words. This is a beautiful post! Yes, I COULD hear the trees laughing! :)


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