Rise Up and Live

Life isn’t about
Hunting happiness,
Hiding sadness,
Mountain of moments,
Treasure of breaths.

It’s about
Rising up the sun,

For others
and

For yourself.

Navnidhi

Thank you, Navnidhi, for this beautiful reminder.
Wishing all a lovely day.
💚

Just To Be Thankful

Gratitude
unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough
…and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order,

confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal
into a feast,
a house into a home,
a stranger into a friend.

Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today
and creates a vision
for tomorrow.

-Melody Beattie

May we each be grateful for today. Wishing you a beautiful week.
💙

A Promise for Today

 

“Waking up this morning,
I smile.

Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.

I vow
to live fully
in each moment
and to look at all beings 
with eyes of compassion.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh

May we treasure each new day, and may your day be beautiful. 💜

 

A Simple Act of Kindness

 

“Too often we underestimate
the power of
a touch,
a smile,
a kind word,
a listening ear,
an honest compliment,
or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential
to turn a life around.”

-Leo Buscaglia

May we each let our compassion be a candle in the night. 💙

 

The Gift that Gives Back

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What Are You Grateful For?

 

When you start each day with a grateful heart, light illuminates from within.

I am thankful for so much, but at the same time…for not enough. Even in the darkest of nights, there is beauty to be appreciated. Today, I want to appreciate more.

What are you grateful for?

 

Let Us Treasure Today

 

“One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream,
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.

One step must start each journey,
One word must start each prayer,
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what’s true,
One life can make the difference…

You see…it’s up to you.”

– Anon

Let us make every moment count. 💙

 

What’s Your Inspiration? 💚

 

What is it that gets you out of bed every morning?

What keeps you pressing on day after day, despite the hardships?

What inspires you…and why?

One of the great things about being a part of a blogging community is the ability to encourage and help one another from afar…despite geographical distance or personal differences. Many times, my heart is warmed just by reading what you share in the comments, and I believe others are too.

Your words matter. So share with us about what inspires you. You never know whose heart you will touch.

Love,

Phoebe 💙

Action Planning for Health

Have you ever thought of something you either wanted to do (“I want to lose weight“) or felt like you should do (“I should eat healthier“), but you just cannot get yourself to take the first step, because the task seems too overwhelming or out of reach? Or maybe you start making changes, but then after a while start to feel discouraged at your apparent lack of progress?

If so, you are not alone.

Starting today, I want you to begin incorporating something into your life—a type of goal-setting called Action Planning. Many of you may already be familiar with this. The purpose of an Action Plan is to set you on the road towards your personal goals by breaking them down into small, actionable steps. So let’s get started!

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Let Us Not Live in Vain.

Dear friends, 

As we start a new week, I would like to encourage you with some of my favorite words from Emily Dickinson:

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

Wishing everyone out there a wonderful and blessed week. 

With love,
Phoebe

💜

Just a Simple Hello 💙

Good afternoon friends!

Today, I just wanted to say hello…and to tell you all that I think you are amazingly wonderful. Why? Because each of you are so talented, unique, and beautiful in your own ways…and on top of that….you are definitely the coolest group of bloggers in the blogosphere. 

With that said, I will leave you with a well-known but still one of my favorite Helen Keller quotes…

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—
they must be felt with the heart.”

With love, 
Phoebe 😊

💙

May I Have a Hug? 💚

In honor of National Hugging Day,
Puppydoc would like to wish each one of you an extra warm, cuddly hug for the weekend. Let’s all find someone to hug today…but be sure to give yourself one too–you definitely deserve it!

With love,
Puppydoc

💙

Assurance.

Frosted stars
proclaimed by breeze,
a dance of farewell
before their queen.
Revealed by moon’s
glow in misted eyes
a wish reflected.
A longing…seeking
to be found.

Thread of secrets,
thrum of time,
silvered braids upon
wounded soul.
A queen
before her horizon
heeds the echoed promise
of a rising sun.
She smiles.

Poetry & Medicine, part II.

“I could prescribe any of a dozen antibiotics to cure
endocarditis, 
or even a thrombolytic agent
to stave off a heart attack; 
but what I
yearned for was the elixir of poetry,

which could heal the otherwise
untreatable 
condition of
my broken heart.”

This quote, by poet and physician Rafael Campo*,
beautifully captures the essence of the union
between the arts…and the art of medicine.

Therefore, today I will let him speak for me. 
This is from his poem What the Body Told:

“To somewhere distant in my heart, they cry.
I look inside their other-person’s mouths
And see the wet interior of souls.
It’s warm and red in there–like love, with teeth.
I’ve studied medicine until I cried.”

*Rafael Campo is an internal medicine physician and poet currently on faculty at Harvard.

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A few bloggers I would like to ask to share a quote or two:

Rules of the Quote Challenge:

1-Post on three consecutive days.
2-You can pick one or three quotes per day.
3-Challenge three different bloggers per day.

 
With love,
PuppyDoc

Tuna Fish & Blog Awards

Hi everyone! It’s me again…Samantha…yes…the cat!

But why am I flipped upside down all goofily, you might ask? Well, a couple of reasons:

  1. I found out today that some wonderful people have nominated this blog for some lovely things, and that makes me happy!
  2. I found out that my human trusts me enough to give me, such an ordinary kitty, the honor of writing the acceptance post for them, and that makes me even happier!
  3. I caught a 6-legged critter yesterday…and I played with it for a while (but please don’t tell my human I already broke my New Year’s promise…).

So without further delay, let me thank these nice humans first:

The Versatile Blogger Award: Thank you, CrumpledPaperCranes! We love how you cover everything from poetry to crafting. You are certainly deserving of the Versatile Blogger title, and we thank you for thinking of us!

Versatile blogger award

Premio Dardos Award: Thank you, Ruth Brodrick! We love how you are a medical student who takes time to write and blog; that makes you super cool in our book. Thank you for contributing to the world of medicine as well as the blogosphere!

Premio dardos award

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award: Thank you, Erica at Suburban Hobo! My human and I just adore your blog. Thank you for thinking of us!

very inspiring blogger award

And to help you get to know us better…

• 7 Random Fun Facts About PuppyDoc and SamanCat •

— I love Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. PuppyDoc likes them, but I go just nutty over them. I could stick my head in a bag and just fall asleep I get so happy!

— I came from the Humane Society. That’s where I met my human for the first time! On the other hand, PuppyDoc is not from the Humane Society.

— If I ride in a car, I must sit on my human’s lap, because I am really scared of Pet Taxis. We have accomplished several 12-hour road trips in this configuration.

— My human says I’m the gentlest kitty she has ever known, because I never hiss, bite, or scratch. My human often calls me a ‘gentle giant.’

— I secretly wish I were a doggie…sometimes I even think I am one!

— I had one litter of kittens before my human found me and gave me a new life. PuppyDoc has not had any litters.

— I love my human more than anything in the world! Even more than freshly opened canned tuna!

•      •      •

Now PuppyDoc and I would like to nominate…

 …For the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

Amity
The Adventures of Noodle
Fuzzy Pup Poetry
Beyond The Flow

…And for the Versatile Blogger Award:

Another Voice

•      •      •

I hope I did an okay job on this post. Thank you so much for reading! Again, I am humbled.

 

With love,
Samantha & PuppyDoc

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