Leaf of the Tree

Finding the Divine in the Details

Life in a generous universe

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My thanks once again to BoomerCafé for sharing a piece of mine this week:

The Hand That Gives Us Roses

by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

A proverb advises: “A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives us roses.” Mother Teresa described similar truth when she said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” Israel 113

I suspect kind actions reverberate even more powerfully.

The older I get, the more moved I am by inspiring actions from those who are still very young. A nephew of mine helped me understand that the practice of kindness, beyond being a beneficial thing in the world, actually requires us to believe that life itself is generous.


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This essay is excerpted from Life at First Sight: Finding the Divine in the Details, by Phyllis Edgerly Ring, from Bahá’í Publishing. 


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