What If …

This is a lovely poem from Carol Hand and expresses what I feel. Everyone is here for a purpose, a reason and we should embrace that and love each other.

Voices from the Margins

Carol A. Hand

What if –
We believed everyone is born
With a special gift to offer the world
Each one has a unique and necessary role to play
That no one else can fill

What if –
We welcomed and nurtured each new child
Enfolded them in love and warmth
Helped them developed their gifts
Encouraged them to share their sprit song joyfully

What if –
We learned that all life is sacred
And found ways to live in peace
To tend our gardens together and share
To blend our voices in harmony

Dreaming of possibilities is the first step …


Acknowledgment: This was written in gratitude to the Tribal staff for the Honoring Our Children Project who created initiatives to welcome each new child and rebuild communities, and to my granddaughter, Ava, for inspiring me to draw.

Copyright Notice: © Carol A. Hand and carolahand

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The other morning my husband and I were able to take our kayaks out to a local state park.  It is so peaceful and tranquil on the water that when your mind and heart is a bit cluttered, you go and engage in this activity and instantly you feel lightened and refreshed.

This park is wonderful and very large but we seldom see people out enjoying the beauty of the park.  But this day we did actually, see quite a few people on the lake.  Here are some random photos that had interested me as we paddled along the shoreline.

1607This little guy was next to me on the dock as I waited for my husband to join me. Also, saw some geese feathers.16141626Blue Heron, he was posing for me!16271639I was loving the interesting trees popping out of the water.1642This one had some interesting bark or maybe a fungus?164616361638These turkey vultures were warming themselves in the morning sun. There were some hanging around with some mallard ducks in the shallows.164816531650All in all, it was a nice relaxing outing.



“OPINION is really the lowest form of human knowledge.  It requires no accountability, no understanding.  The highest form of knowledge is EMPATHY, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world.  It requires profound purpose larger than the self-kind of understanding. ”  -Bill Bullard

Having empathy to understand another’s path can be a difficult task but one that we all need to remember to try to do.  Don’t be too quick to have an opinion or pass judgement on someone.  After all, we haven’t walked in their shoes and we are all on our own individual journeys.

Walk good and enjoy your day!