There is always one more morning. I say that with the utmost gratitude.

I have had my share of tragedies and calamities, as we all have, but I’ve gotten through them (or over, or around) and I pretend that I am stronger for having done so. There is something to be said for putting one foot in front of the other.

Life, Death, Suicide, Family, Divorce, Resilience, Gratitude, Love. You’ll read about all of these here. Check back often and stop in to chat. You are always welcome. We all need a place to be. Be here with me, and my poetry!



My first post, in lieu of a mission statement:

See the beauty and smile…

Posted on March 15, 2012

Alright, we all know that life is hard at times. Understatement. But no matter how crummy it is, there are reasons to be happy, to put one foot in front of the other and to keep on keeping on.

This is where you will find empathy if you feel downtrodden, but mostly you’ll find encouragement to pick yourself up and be thankful for small things. We’ll appreciate our beautiful world and find the strength to face the tough parts of our lives.

Boring? Bland? Hey, I’m just getting started here.

So, for starters, why are you not looking at simple things, like leaves, Up Close so that you can be fascinated by the veining, and the colours? People walk by such things with nary a notice. What a shame! Notice little bits of beauty and you’ll feel as if the beauty has touched the inside of yourself.

For instance, if you keep a small flower in a glass or in a little crystal vase above your kitchen sink and you inspect that flower whenever you do dishes or get a drink of water, you’ll be amazed at the details you’ve missed allllll of these years.

Haven’t a flower? Then a leaf. A simple leaf will do. Veining, colours, beauty.

There you are: you, your worldly busy frazzled self, pausing over a flower or leaf.  Admit it, it feels good to be noticing and appreciating such a simple thing that others overlook.

Life is full of simple beauty. If you can take the time to see it and to smile to yourself, then you are special, and life is just a little bit better.



26 Comments on “About”

  1. Hi Lily,

    Thanks for taking the time to view and follow my blog http://www.liferevelation.wordpress.com. I realize with our full lives time can be fairly precious…so thanks for spending your time with me.

    I love your “mission” statement. I too am a huge believer in it is the “little” things in life that tip the balance in favor of happiness and contentment.

    Be encouraged!

  2. Thanks Lily for your comment on my blog…your voice is pure…please keep it that way…we need you.

    Be encouraged.

  3. DM says:

    Lily, here’s that link to our self serve apple stand I was telling you about…don’t let the title of the blog post throw you 🙂 DM

  4. Sandy Sue says:

    Hi Lily, What a delight to find my way back to you after you left a footprint on my site. Notice. Be Aware. That’s my motto. I look forward to exploring what’s here.

  5. Hi Lily! It’s been a pleasure interacting with you here in the blog world! It’s been a blessing meeting you! In honor of your fabulous work and messages, I have nominated/awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award! Please see the link http://bellableue.com/2012/03/25/versatile-blogger-award-2/ Congratulations! Blessings, Erin, Bella Bleue

    • lily2u1 says:

      Erin, thank you so much for the honour of your nomination as well as for your kind words of praise. I am such a newbie at this that I don’t know anything about these awards, but as I have only been doing this for a little over a week–still cutting my teeth and finding my way– I am sure that the other nominees are more deserving!

      ~ Lily

      • That is the gift of the award..it is a gift because you are “finding your way” and because you are so wonderfully honest and beautiful in what you share, you well deserve this! We all learn from each other. I have learned from you. Thank you, and blessings, Erin

  6. I love your “About” its warm and inviting…

  7. geostan51 says:

    I’m reminded that this is April Fools day. I’ve made a fool of myself here. I never published the complete, 5,500 word short story version of TIME until I had confidence in my work. I’m pleased you enjoyed the blog. Maybe you would enjoy the expansion of the idea. I put quite a bit of thought in it. I’d like for you to see it. TIME will be available on KDP at Amazon presently. I did one rewrite to catch a few typo’s, but I was not so careless as I had myself made out to be in my last post. I’ll be looking over your blog regularly. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your writing.

  8. james369 says:

    I think your blog is wonderful and I’d like to nominate you for the “Versatile Blogger Award”. I you’d like to accept, you can read the instructions here… Thank you for taking the time to share with such depth. I’m looking forward to reading more.

  9. Perianne says:

    I have just woken predawn and shared the sunrise with the birds. Truly up with the birds.
    Then visited here at one more morning and read your urging to look at the little things. How can life get any more perfect. Thank you.

  10. pencil pilot says:

    I wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog and welcome you aboard WordPress. I love your focus and your style of writing. I, too, believe that when we open ourselves to the beauty all around us and appreciate the small things in life, we become stronger and more resiliant when dealing with life’s inevitable challenges.

  11. andy1076 says:

    Hi Lily, thank you so much for following my blog 🙂

  12. robincoyle says:

    Hi Lily – I wanted to stop by to say hi and to check out your blog. Lovely! I’m glad we found each other . . .

  13. Bethany says:

    Hi Lily! I’ve been enjoying your lovely blog so much! I nominated you for a couple of blog awards.

    Much love,

  14. Victoria says:

    Beautiful Blog! I, for one, am always intrigued with the beauty of simplicity. A nice share!

  15. smommy says:

    Because you have inspired me with your words and poems, you’ve just received a One Lovely Blog Award! Congratulations! You can check it out here: http://smommy.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/what-who-me-shut-up/ As I have always maintained, you do speak to my heart and thank you for that.

  16. Please accept my Versatile Blogger Award nomination at http://candidconcourse.wordpress.com/

  17. tashal78 says:

    I know that you have recently received this award, but you deserve another! 🙂 Thank you for your encouragement and kind words over the last couple weeks. You’ve received a One Lovely Blog award! You can check it out here: http://asearchingheart.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/humble-and-lovely/

  18. Michele says:

    I nominated your blog for the “Sunshine Award.” Thanks for spreading sunshine to me and to others: http://michelewhitney.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/the-sunshine-award/

  19. I nominated you for the Thanks for Writing Award. Please check out my site to accept the award. Congratulations! http://mysoulfulhealing.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/thanks-for-writing/

  20. Hi Lily, I hope you are well today. I so enjoy reading your blog and being invited to read the words of your heart. I am so grateful that I have nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award. You can choose how you would like to respond to the award, but all in all, Thank You! http://bellableue.com/2012/06/11/gratitude-for-wonderful-bloggers-and-appreciation-for-awards/
    Blessings, Erin

  21. StillValerie says:

    Hi Lily:

    I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger award, because your blog has touched me and I enjoy following your writings. You need not accept the award (especially as I now see that you’ve been nominated for it twice already), but if you choose to do so, then see here for more details on how I did it and how you can “officially” do it. http://thestillspot.wordpress.com/honours/

  22. Summer Moon says:

    Hi there! I have nominated you for The Liebster Award. You can read about it here if you’d like: http://mybipolarbubble.com/2012/06/16/i-thank-you/. Please don’t feel you need to accept it if you don’t want to. No hard feelings if you don’t, as I know not all bloggers wish to accept them. I just wanted to nominate you ’cause I think your blog is great and enjoy reading it. 🙂

  23. Hi Lily,
    Just wanted to say hello. I hope all is well and I can’t wait to hear more of your beautiful poetry.
    Your friend… Maggie

  24. Your introduction reminded me of the Tommy Fleming song “Hard Times’ (well, his version)…on Youtube.

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