Sunday, March 21, 2010

Serenity



Dear Friends,

I have had a day of pure bliss. It was filled with love and all things beautiful. My spirit has been renewed and I am ready to face the coming week with energy and hope.

I wish you all good health, joy and happiness in the days ahead. May you all be blessed with calm, relaxation and much love. I pray that your days will be constructive and that we all make a point of doing something, even one thing to make someones week just a little bit brighter. It doesn't have to cost money, heck a kind word of encouragement is priceless. Open a door for someone, pick up an item that fell accidentally from someones arms, then enjoy the smile and thank you receive from that grateful person, let someone into your line of traffic. You could offer to drive a senior to a medical appointment, visit a sick friend or call someone who you haven't heard from in a while......there are many ways we can help one another.......let's just do it.

One of my dear blog friends said this week that I had a way of making everyone I talked to feel that they were very special to me, the truth is they are......when I meet someone for the first time right away I see that common thread between us, this is what I focus on, nurture and develop. I choose to respect any differences we may have, trying to never judge or be critical. After all, I wouldn't want them to judge or criticize me. I learned a long time ago no one is ever 100% right or ever 100% wrong. I have learned more by making mistakes or by being wrong than I ever have in being right or thinking I am right. Have a wonderful week my friends.

I am not sure what is happening in blogville but many of our friends are having serious health issues and I ask that you remember them in your prayers....Shauna, Denise, Lisa, Ron, Alle, Maggie, Harry, Maria, Nora and Lily are just a few of my blog friends whose burdens are heavy......love and prayers to them all.

Good Night, God Bless.........many, many hugs

102 comments:

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

Glad to hear of your serene day. Those are times to cherish!

Maggie May said...

Bless you, Bernie. You are a wonderful person to know!
Thinking of others all the time.
Thanks my friend,
Maggie X

Nuts in May

The Green Stone Woman said...

Thanks Bernie, you are a good person to know and have in my life. It is a pleasure indeed. I always look forward to your comments. They are always positive, no matter what I write about. Thank you for that. xxx

Brian Miller said...

all i know if that i usually leave here smiling...and i know what you are saying about blogsville...prayers for health...

grace & peace.
b

Eternally Distracted said...

Bernie, I have said it more than once... in fact most times I comment here I say it. I say it because it is true, I say it because I feel it... YOU ARE AMAZING!! :)

Victor S E Moubarak said...

God bless you Bernie.

I'm praying for you and all your friends who are not well right now.

Anvilcloud said...

May your week be as fine as your day.

Twain12 said...

wise words indeed...i hope you have a wonderful week

Wanda said...

Bernie, your attitude and aura is that of angel, with joy and goodwill that is boundless. Blogging with you this past year has been a gift to me personally. I hope the health issues improve for the ones you mentioned, I know their lives are better for knowing you! Mine is!
♥...Wanda

Jackie said...

Good Morning Bernie,

I'm so glad I found your blog...you are such an inspiration. I hope you have a great day.

Jackie

Margie said...

Good morning Bernie.
How wonderful that you had such a blissful day yesterday!
Such a lovely post full of encouraging words and love!
Thank you!
I wish all the same to you!
I think I needed this early this morning as yesterday was not such a good day.
Poor Jake was sick all day and I'll have to take him to the vet today.
I'm still with the little lady that I'm taking care of and will be here till Wed(she has alzheimer's but is very sweet)

Well, must go take a shower as I get my little lady friend up by 8:00 am.

Have a wonderful day, my friend!

Hugs!

Margie:)

Kay said...

You truly are a kind spirit, we are all so blessed to have you. I do hope you have a wonderful, enjoyable, exciting and peaceful week ahead. Happy Monday!

Wander to the Wayside said...

I'm glad you've found such serenity,Bernie. You deserve it.

Tranquility Speaks said...

Just a sweet post Bernie :-) I totally agree with you and I shall keep your advise in mind always :)

My prayers go out for everyone who needs healing. May God place his healing hand upon each of them!

Gail said...

HI BERNIE
I so love your humble, sincere, loving, compassionate approach to life - you are a reminder that kindness DOES matter. :-)

Love to you my friend
Gail
peace......

glnroz said...

...makes me smile. thnx

Queenmothermamaw said...

I don't know all those names but will stop and pray. Perhaps I will search them out and send a word of encouragement, of course some may not be through blogland. blessings
QMM

Valerie said...

Lovely post, Bernie. And a serene picture to go with it. May all your tomorrows be as good. Hugs.

Bernie said...

Elizabeth, hello....I spent some time visiting your site and learning about your wonderful family yesterday......I loved my time with you all.....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Hi Maggie, I am thinking of you today....praying for you sweetie and hoping you have a good week. Will be over shortly....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Oh Nora, it is easy to be positive with you. I love your attitude and how you are working through everything......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Brian, thank you. You have such a gift for writing and I love visiting you as well....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

ED....you are even more amazing sweetie, be well, be happy, just be.....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Victor, thank you, you are so kind. God Bless you as well my friend, you are special to me. Hugs

Bernie said...

A/C thank you....it has started out quite wonderful....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Twain12, may you also have your best week ever.....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Wanda, you are the sweetest friend ever....and you have made my blogging this year an even better experience....so happy to call you my dearest friend....big hugs to Alivia......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Jackie, welcome my new friend. It is lovely how we have been brought together through blogging...Hugs

Bernie said...

Margie, I think it is wonderful that you are helping this lady and her family. Sorry to hear Jake is not well again, keep me posted okay.......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Hello Kay, I was thinking of you this morning and was going to check your blog as reader hasn't told me you have posted recently but it has missed some of my friends lately.....hope you are well, I will be over shortly...:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Linda yesterday was just one of those perfect days....have a wonderful week sweetie....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Stillness, I do miss you when you aren't around for a while but I so appreciate hearing from you, just to know you are happy and healthy my young friend.....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Gail, I do love life and oh my it has certainly humbled me...many times but that is okay. Life is good my friend, hope your hip is better.......:-) hugs

Bernie said...

glen, thought of you last night as I watched the health care reform bill pass.....I hope all those who need health care have it....I cannot imagine a world with health care within their grasp yet not having access to it.....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Peggy, the names I listed are all my blog friends and the sad thing is there are many more....so much illness lately, not sure what is going on. Thank you for praying for all of them......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Val, to have a day like yesterday every day well I would think I were in heaven......:-) Hugs

Jill said...

I really like your positive approach to life and people. You have the gift of caring even when you don't really know them. I just discovered your blog and I plan to be back often.

Eileen said...

Great advice, Bernie. You are like a wise sage, and I love coming here to get grounded. No matter what is going on in my life or throughout my day, when I visit here or at Wanda's an extreme sense of peace and calm come over me.
It's no wonder you two found each other, you are like kindred spirits.
God Bless!
Love to you,
Eileen

Linda Higgins said...

Hi Bernie, I hope all is well with you too my friend. I think we all have to have a pity pot party once in a while don't we! Just as long as we don't stay too long. I love your serenity picture! It is just beautiful and I look forward to more and more sunshine and warmer days ahead. It always makes me feel alive! You are such a great friend to visit and a wonderful inspiration to all! hugs and smiles from across the miles.

Donna said...

Beautiful post! You are such a blessing :)
I am sending prayers to all your friends right now.
Blessings,
Donna

Choices said...

Bernie,
Such a beautiful and uplifting post.
You always have such encouraging words for all. So glad that you had a good day.

Abbey said...

I am the 40TH COMMENT! Gee, I'm tickled pink if I get three in one day! ;)

Bernie, you are such a joy and your warmth and love shine through your words. That is not always the case and it is rare. I am so blessed that our paths have crossed and I am so happy to have you as my friend.

PEACE, LOVE AND JOY,

Abbey

Bernie said...

Jill, welcome to my blog and I do hope you come back often my new friend......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Eileen, I think we all find our niche eventually and I have made so many good friends and you are right Wanda and I share many of the same things.....I think her blogs are amazing. Love you and big hugs to Jayden and Mia....Hugs

Bernie said...

Linda, thank you for your kind words, we are all so blessed to have met each other and share our days. I so love blogging. Hope you are well my friend.....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Oh Anne, thank you. I have been trying to reach you, hopefully you will e-mail me soon....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Abbey, I love receiving comments, in fact I spend more time on reading and writing comments than I do posting. Don't you just love blogging Abbey....I think it is great......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Donna I gain inspiration from people as you sweetie. You have shown me and many others how to carry on through a broken heart. I am enjoying reading of Jennifer's upcoming wedding......:-) Hugs

Cheryl said...

Your wonderful posts uplift me each and every time I read one. I try to take from your wisdom and grace and practice kindness. You are an inspiration! Have a lovely week.

Fairy Footprints said...

Bernie,

Thank you so much for stopping by today and thinking of me, and your wonderful prayers and thoughts. I hope you have a wonderful week.

Hugs,
Heidi

Denise said...

I love you my friend, and your precious heart. Thank you so very much for your prayers.

anupama said...

Dear Bernie,
NAMASTE!
Good Morning!
Sooooo happy to know that you had awonderful and peaceful day!You are really blessed!I find peace and happiness at your space!
The picture is really beautiful.
Prayers to all those who don't keep good health.
I really appreciate your kindness.
Wishing you a wonderful day ahead,
Sasneham,
Anu

Mary333 said...

Hi Bernie! I'm glad you had a blissful day. It makes me happy, too, hearing that your day was wonderful. I'm glad God made you :) I think there are a whole lot of people who feel this way! May the Lord make all your days blissful!

Bernie said...

Oh Cheryl, thank you for your kind words, I am only me, nothing special. My greatest gift I think is to love people and treat them with respect always.....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Heidi, I have thought about you and your husband all day, I felt so bad for you and what happened, always in my heart and prayers.
........:-) Hugs

The Retired One said...

Back atcha, Bernie, my friend.
Such profound thoughts of wisdom.

Don't forget to add a prayer for you too...you are a sweetheart.

Luv to you!

Bernie said...

Denise, what a beautiful soul you are.....a real inspiration to all who know you....be well my friend.
.........:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Namaste Anu, thank you for your kind words. I find your post very uplifting as well my friend and enjoy the calm you share with all of us.......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Mary, thank you sweetie you are so very kind. I think you are a pretty special lady who lives a faithful life......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Oh Joan I am always asking God to help me be careful with my words, I would never want to offend or hurt anyone and I have a terrible habit of "if I am thinking it I will say it"......love you my dear friend.......:-) Hugs

huntedtreasures said...

You are wonderful Bernie and very sweet. I think if we (humankind) did just a little more giving and helping to those in need we would make the world a better place.

Ruth

Donna said...

Bernie,
I wished you lived near me ... I would teach you to sew! I think you are the "bestest" Is that a word? :)
Blessings,
Donna

Bernie said...

Hi Ruth, so glad to hear from you. Enjoyed your new crafts.....Hugs

Bernie said...

Oh Donna, it would be fun just watching you create. Perhaps someday the good Lord willing we will meet and enjoy each others company.......:-) Hugs

Garnetrose said...

I am happy you had such a lovely day. I hope you have many more.

Bernie said...

Garnet, we had snow flurries off and on all day today but I still had a wonderful day....:-) Hugs

chasity said...

oh bernie....thank you for your well wishes and prayers. thank you for your kind heart. i'm so glad that you had this wonderful day...hope that it has continued throughout the week.

lotsalove to you ~
chasity

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, you do deserve such a beautiful day!!! I am so very glad such joy and peace were yours...you give to so many!!! Love you much, Janine XO

Bernie said...

Chasity, it is a pleasure to pray for you and your family, always in my heart and prayers my friend. My week is going very well Chas...Hugs

Bernie said...

Janine, if I was granted one wish it would be that everyone know the kind of day I had on Sunday, absolutely wonderful.....:-) Hugs

Diana said...

Hi Bernie,
Sorry that I am so late. I wasn't feeling well myself for a few days but am feeling great now! I'm glad that you are doing so well Bernie, I think you are beautiful!
Love Di ♥

veterankindergartenteacher said...

Dear Bernie,

I will be praying for all of your friends. I am also going to make a point of doing something nice for someone tomorrow just to honor your very sweet spirit. I hope you are having a wonderful week Bernie!

Blessings

Bernie said...

Hi Diana, oh yes I know what those days are like.....not fun at all, just like a huge wave washing over you and you just don't know when they are coming.....luv you...Hugs

Bernie said...

My favorite kindergarten teacher, I just know you will have done something nice for someone, I love it........:-) Hugs

Barb said...

Dear Bernie,
Many thanks for your good wishes and blessings. To read you positive posts is very uplifting. To show kindness and empathy is a gift - both to the giver and the receiver.

Joey said...

You remind me of song... it's just beautiful, like your outlook on life.

Serene... I am working towards that.

Cathy said...

Hello Bernie
Its been nice to see you pop in and comment - I'm so glad you are feeling better and happier with the world
You are right when you say its the little things that make a difference - helping me, helping you - thats what makes the world go round isn't it.
I'm so pleaseed I found your blog, you have a way about you thats not often seen these days and its a pleasure to read your posts
Take care
Cathy

Bernie said...

Barb, you give us all uplifting and positive post so it is nice to give one back to you....:-)Hugs

Bernie said...

Joey, it is a wonderful feeling to feel the serenity a day can offer, I was blessed to have such a day. I am wishing many of these days for you my friend...:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Cathy, thank you for your kind words and I have to say I have enjoyed popping into your blog and reading your post....I love how you and your husband travel and enjoy these wonderful years together.....:-) Hugs

huntedtreasures said...

This is so nice love your comments.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Thank you for your words of encouragement. I really need that right now.

Bernie said...

Marie&Ruth, love everything you two create......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

ceekay, I am praying that you are feeling much better today, will be over to visit shortly....:-) Hugs

lisasmith said...

Bernie, You always make my load lighter =)
I was just talking with my 4-yr-old this morning about acts of kindness for others. We are encouraging our children to look for one kind thing to do for another person each day and to share how they put someone else first each day at dinner. I'll keep you posted on the results.

Have another peaceful day!!
love, lisa xoxo

Rebecca said...

You wisdom spills over with every sentence, Bernie!

Burdens in Blogville DO seem heavy! I miss a lot of "regulars" and sense that there is a lot of unspoken pain underneath our beautiful blogsites.

However, words such as yours help lift up the spirit. Prayers that we pray bring hope and healing.

Loving people and treating them respect is BIG, Bernie! And you do it well with a BIG heart.

May serenity continue to be your experience. I count on you :)

Bernie said...

Lisa what wonderful things to teach your children, gives me much hope for the future....this rhetoric and hate being spoken now causes much pain and worry.
We need more parents like you two, a kind word or gesture goes such a long way, luv you....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Rebecca, I do think you may be right. There are many people in a lot of pain right now but I know with Faith and support these people will see all will work out. luv ya....:-) Hugs

Renee' said...

Ok Bernie, try Jacobs blog now :)

Bernie said...

Renee, okay sweetie, I am in and think his blog is really cute..Hugs

Bernie said...

Renee, sure did. Thank you very much........:-) Hugs

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

That photo is as gorgeously serene as are your kind and heartfelt words, dearest Bernie!

have a calming and peaceful evening!

ciao bella
carmelina

Teacher's Pet said...

Bernie...Did you know that my right index finger is beginning to hurt. Why? It is the finger I use to scroll my mouse with..and I scrolled and scrolled and scrolled.... :)) (You know I love you much!)...until I reached the bottom of your comment section....but I'm HERE! Yes!
First...what a beautiful photograph for your blog...and next...what a beautiful spirit to go with it. Yes! If we all would just do one something special...a smile is special to me....one something special for someone...I believe with all my heart that it becomes like a ripple effect.
You have shown that through your blogging. You genuinely care about people...and it draws other people to want to share in the caring...
Thank you for reminding me to do that....and I will.
I love you, my friend. Have a beautiful week. Take care of you...because you are always taking care of others...don't forget yourself, too, please?
Hugs,
Jackie

Bernie said...

carmelina, all is well here and it is nice you have stopped by to visit......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Jackie, I am so sorry about your index finger....I love receiving comments though and am so happy you left one.
Really loved your photos, perfect my friend......luv ya...:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Renee I was able to access and copy the recipe thanks sweetie,
.......:-) Hugs

glenda said...

Hi Bernie, I wanted to stop by and thank you for your faithfulness in commenting on my blog. I do not know proper blogging etiquette yet...just now following you.
I am in love with your blog...
I love the roses background.
I wish you love...oh, and do you like the new layout of the blog?
glenda@justagirlthattakespictures

Bernie said...

Glenda I love your photos, it is my pleasure to visit you. Thanks for stopping by my friend....Hugs

Snowbrush said...

"One of my dear blog friends said...that I had a way of making everyone I talked to feel that they were very special to me"

Do you mean that it's not just me who is special? Ha. I agree with your friend, and I am ever thrilled when you visit me.

Bernie said...

Snow yes you are special or I wouldn't worry about you so much. I do hope you are feeling better.
.........:-) Hugs

covnitkepr1 said...

Didn't see a comments section after "Time to Breathe" so came to this one on "Serenity". Nice story of the burnt toast and a lesson to be learned by it. You have good words of wisdom which I can use from time to time. I'm supporting this blog by becoming a "follower"

Brenda Leyland said...

Enjoyed your posting.... and the lovely photo to go with it.

Which reminds me... we talked about coffee one day...... are you coming my way anytime soon?

I tried out the German chocolate cake over at Cafe Haven (I'm not admitting that I've sampled several occasions to make sure it's still as good as I remember it from the previous time... it was) and they make a wonderful latte.

BTW, I love your new look!