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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

About the author

Mandy Mandy's interests are in the brain sciences, consciousness, and human performance optimization. She has been passionately practicing Acceptance since 1983, and writing since she could write. Mandy has a deep caring for people, and works from an Economic, strategic, and creative lens.

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