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❝ Hurt no living thing: 
Ladybird, nor butterfly, 
Nor moth with dusty wing, 
Nor cricket chirping cheerily, 
Nor grasshopper so light of leap, 
Nor dancing gnat, nor beetle fat, 
Nor harmless worms that creep. ❞

by Christina G. Rossetti (1830-1894)

Who remembers this precious poem from childhood? I don’t have pets (or bugs), but I swear, the words float through my head at least once a week when I see our beautiful plants growing.

This little pink-leafed sweetie is flowering and showing all kinds of new growth in a 3” pot on our sill! { See my story for a video }

Looking at plants – either indoors in my home or outside as I walk to and from the bus on the way to the Columbia Tower daily – is one way I ground myself in what matters, and restore my energy levels amidst all the chaos that sometimes accompanies this season.

Connecting with life all around us with a look, a smile, a feeling of appreciation is a simple practice of #awareness that can make all the difference when marinating in culture that prizes commerciality and materialism! 

So I hope you find yourself some of those new shoots, furry creatures, chubby cheeks or a stranger’s smile this holiday season… <3

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