Looking Down But Feeling Up

When world events make me weary and the going seems all uphill ...

words of encouragement come along like stepping stones to a more positive outlook. 

On a recent walk, messages lay at the wheels of an old decorated bicycle.
Near the beguiling bugs painted on stones and by the twigs and shells ... 

advice I could appreciate, about looking up, was written on a rock in freehand.

Another rock said be kind and a seashell (below) advised be helpful.

Forgiveness (suggested below) is perhaps the toughest but wisest of paths to follow. Despite wrongs done, rising above old grievances could lead us all to a better place. 

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  1. Hello,

    There are so many things that are an inspiration and offer encouragement. The flowers are beautiful and I love all the painted rock and their messages. Take care, enjoy your day! Have a great week!

  2. My grandchildren like to paint rocks as a past time and add inspirational words on them. We leave them along local trails in the hopes they bring a smile to someone. The little pleasures of life are so important right now.

  3. Oh how wonderful to find the colorful bicycle with all the delightful rock messages ~ Great photos too ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  4. I love this!! Good advice writ in stone.

  5. Those rocks are inspirational - and adorable!

  6. A lovely way to pass on important messages.

  7. I applaud the messages, but it would be preferable not to deface the rocks and the shells. At least it is better than carving into trees.

  8. Words of encouragement are what we need right now. Thanks for sharing yours.

  9. Such a positive and uplifting post. Thank you so much Penelope. Loved the photos, so cheery. My father-in-law said to me once when we got into a fairly philosophical discussion about life before he passed away, that not being able to forgive is like drinking that person's poison. We both agreed it is easier said than done but trying is always a first step :)

  10. Love those petal lamps and the ladybugs made me smile!

  11. The ladybug is real cute ! I used to transform pebbles into cats, and sold them worked quite well ! In fact now with the second lockdown I could paint some again !

  12. Wise, wise advice. Sometimes the simplest is the best and the most easily taken to heart!

  13. The bicycle is nicely displayed. The messages sound gentle teachings to the tired heart amid the complicated issues surrounding us.


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