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  1. Let’s say a prayer for kindness ….

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I agree wholeheartedly, Corinne.

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  2. Gallivanta says:

    The story of Albert Schweitzer was one I loved to hear when I was a child. Here’s another day for you to celebrate, World Hello Day. http://www.worldhelloday.org/ An important day considering what is happening in the world. I will make a point of greeting 10 people on 21 November. And if I can work in 10 different languages so much the better.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Oh, Gallivanta! What a marvelous idea. I will be celebrating World Hello Day with you on November 21st. In fact, I think that I will start a little earlier. You continue to inspire me, my dear friend!

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      1. Gallivanta says:

        So let me start with Kia Ora. 🙂

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  3. Jean-Jacques says:

    A beautiful rose sits on an barely noticeable prickly stem, ignoring the sting if one is careless, easily done as we are taken by the beauty of Albert Schweitzer’s words expressing the positive accomplishment of constant kindness. There is symbolism and or the making of metaphoric composition in the beautiful but prickly picture linked Albert’s words.

    And now for a bit of confusion…When I hear the word constant, I can’t help thinking of LeCarré’s constant gardener, (especially with your roses) in spite of the tragic end of the constant gardener ‘s triste end. It gets worst…nor can I help thinking of a nearby neighbour, whom we have nicked named the constant constructor, for he has been rebuilding his house and home, on a near daily, year round basis for the last 13 years, that I know of, which is when I bought a home here in the Townships.

    Pardon my nonsense… but inevitably your most interesting posts, always stir up images of one kind or another, though usually, hopefully more intelligent ones. Thanks Rebecca.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you, Jean-Jacques, for your profound thoughts on symbolism. Over the past few years, I have become more aware of the importance of symbols within our daily lives. I think it was Ralph Waldo Emerson that said “We are symbols, and we inhabit symbols.” Happy Kindness Day, my dear friend.

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  4. Oh, if only everyone on earth could adhere to this belief Rebecca! Wonderful quote and such a pretty rose. 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you so much for your comments and insight. I take great comfort that, while we live on opposite sides of the continent, we walk the same pathway. And I know that there are many others who walk beside us. Hugs coming your way…

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      1. Hugs to you too, Rebecca. 😘

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  5. Ms Frances says:

    Very important words from a very important gentleman. Great challenge! Love the photo as well.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you so much! Acts of kindness are so important within our lives – a smile and a hello can make all of the difference. 🙂

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  6. Ms Frances says:

    Today is World Hello Day, as one who has joined this dialogue has written to us. It is good to remember that 180 countries all over the world are observing this day. What a good way to promote peace–even something as simple as a smile and a word “hello”, It is significant, I think, to be able to observe this day with the likes of 31 Nobel Peace Prize winners. Kindness and Hope to those around us doesn’t require riches or fame–just a smile and a “hello”

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Very well said and a wonderful benediction to this post!! Thank you. Hugs!!!

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  7. That’s very true, kindness has the ability to melt the negative. If only we understood that far more than we do – things would change! 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      How very well said, Suzy! We live in complex times – there are no easy answers. But I believe that kindness is the catalyst for hope.

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  8. Should have read this before I looked at the news this morning. Cheers —

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    1. Clanmother says:

      We live in very complex and difficult times. I take great comfort that friendships grant courage and grace to our journey.

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