Posted in Community, encouragement, Hope, hospitality, Inspiration, Joyfulness, kindness, opportunity, Potential, purpose, Service

365 wonderful words like: puppies and ice cream

Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is. -Anne Frank

A collage of puppies and ice cream
Who doesn’t love puppies and ice cream?

We all have amazing potential

Can anyone say puppy or ice cream without smiling? How about stringing those together such as, the adorable puppy loves sharing my ice cream. Those are the kind of words, and word strings, that easily create a pleasant atmosphere in one’s mind. Words are very powerful and depending on the words we choose, can either encourage or discourage.

Why should I encourage?

Encourage is described as a verb to stimulate spiritually. Its many synonyms include: applaud, brighten, cheer, comfort, console, embolden, energize, enliven, excite, exhilarate, fortify, gladden, praise, reassure, refresh, restore, revitalize, and strengthen. Our vocabulary is rich with words that can trigger a smile or joyful thought. Imagine what an immediate change there could be if everyone spoke kindness. Here are simple and very basic ways to incorporate encouragement in your daily routine (remember to smile):

  • Say thank you, to the grocery clerk
  • Say good morning, to your co-workers
  • Greet as you hold open someone’s door

But I am often discouraged!

Discourage is defined:to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten; dispirit. Words of discouragement break down both parties in an exchange. Whether it is texted, published, sung, or spoken; discouragement destroys. It is like a cancer to the giver and receiver. Encouraging others lifts your spirits. My personal go-to is the bible, and I read the promises that belong to all His Creation.

Here is a very interesting 94 second video that briefly explains a fascinating scientific discovery about how words affect a water molecule!

Try it, you’ll like it!

Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason a water molecule responds positively. We each possess the power to encourage rather than discourage. When given a choice to build up or tear down, it is beneficial to both the speaker and the hearer, to speak in a way that is encouraging. Look for ways to speak words of encouragement every day of the year, everywhere you go, because so many in this world are hurting. Who knows, you might end up with a puppy or an ice cream!

an image collage of pleasing florals and kind words
Everyone has the potential to be be encouraging!
Posted in Collaboration, Community, Determination, encouragement, food security, hospitality, idea motivation, opportunity, Preparedness, purpose

Community Orchards and Gardens: A Growing Affair!

image of Fresh citrus and pomegranates

Give a man a fish. Teach a man to fish. Stock the pond for all. – Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

A “growing” affair

Picture a few parks, parking lots and sidewalks nearest to your home, work, or school. Now imagine fruit trees in place of the existing ornamental trees. Think about seasonal tree ripened fruit like, sweet figs, crunchy apples, juicy pears, thirst quenching oranges, tart pomegranates. Your mouth is watering. Maybe you skipped breakfast, or lunch. You reach up, pick one for now and one for later. Sounds great but how could that work? Glad you asked!

Pear image
the beauty of fresh fruit

How it works

Publicly or institutionally maintained areas provide grounds that are already landscaped, watered, and cared for. Plumbing is already in place for drinking fountains and small wash stations can be installed nearby. Maintenance crews would use safe and compliant pest control. That reduces harmful pesticide exposure to humans and pets. It also reducing pesticide runoff. Planting fruit trees in place of ornamental trees would still provide shade and beauty. The edible resource is the ultimate benefit.

image of an urban garden
making use of decommissioned train tracks

Where it works

  • Public and neighborhood parks
  • Community gardens and orchards
  • Campus gardens and horticulture plots
  • Shopping and inner-city parking lots
  • Youth clubs
  • Parks and recreation facilities
image of a community garden with a large cityscape in the background
cityscape community gardening

Why it matters   

Communities adopting and implementing this concept might be more open to urban gardening and promoting gleaning at nearby farms. It addresses the two main reason for food insecurity; the lack of income and access to healthy food. The model fosters community cooperation, and contributes to a beautiful, cleaner and more functional environment

How it helps

Established Programs

Orchard Keepers Learning Series 

Baltimore Orchard Project

Philadelphia Orchard Project 

Portland Fruit Tree Project 

Copely Community Orchard

Urban Food Forestry 

Los Angeles Community Garden Council 

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Agricultural Programs

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Urban Gardens

ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture and learning about community gardens

Urban Food Forestry-Increase to Food Security  (PDF download)

Orchard People Learn to Grow Fruit Trees

School Gardening Sponsorship 

Posted in Collaboration, Community, encouragement, Hope, hospitality, idea motivation, Inspiration, Joyfulness, kindness, opportunity, Potential, Preparedness, purpose, Resourcefulness, Service

Welcome, please make yourself at home!

image of a cup of coffee, a magazine and a potted plantThank you for stopping by.  Do you know how important you are? You have the potential to change the world! You are creative, imaginative, and engaging. Yes, YOU! Envision the exponential of your potential with two of you, ten of you, hundreds of you, and thousands of you! Sowing good seed into one another is powerful.

This little corner of the blog universe will provide the inspiration, information, and collaboration we all need to grow purposefully. Articles, references, links, short stories, and videos will support one or more of the following categories:

  • Purpose
  • Useful
  • Resourceful
  • Preparedness
  • Opportunity
  • Service
  • Encouragement

Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or a smoothie…there is much to share. In the coming weeks and beyond, you will be able to peruse solutions, information, innovations, remedies recipes, helpful how-to’s, and inspirational stories of encouragement, collaboration, compassion and victory. There are gardens of goodness in this world and they are growing! Together we can turn adversity into opportunity! Please visit often, we’ll keep the light on.

rubber ducks swimming down a channel
Turning adversity into opportunity!

Passion that begins with purpose and cultivates encouragement will bear fruit and grow.  -CKaeha

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