Saturday, March 1, 2008


What am I looking at right now?

- Tall fruit trees growing in my neighbor’s yard across the street

- Maxie, my pet dog, taking her afternoon nap on the floor

- My daughter washing the dishes in the kitchen

- A dozen books of popular titles and authors lined up on my bookshelf

- The telephone sitting quietly in the corner of the room

- My favorite neck pillow arched comfortably on the armrest of the chair

So what do I see in them?

- I see the able and gentle nurturing hands of my neighbor in those trees. The trees have grown tall and bear good fruit. This nurturing surely can only come from a good kind caring soul. And truly they are! –-- in many ways which could fill up pages if I were to list them all down. Truly that a friend in need is a friend indeed.

- I see the devotion and love in Maxie which sadly is often found lacking in people. She was given to us by a friend --- a stray pup roaming the street until this friend found her and brought her to us. Scared, bewildered, and hungry she came into our home. We soon discovered that she’s a mixed breed not a native. But now she’s happy, frisky, healthy, fiercely loyal and protective over us. Amazing what love can do.

- I see the goodness of heart in her hands. She has a gentle tender caring heart which any mother or father would be proud to have for a child. She fusses over the cooking, the washing and cleaning, the correct medications, and always keeps a watchful eye over her parents’ health comfort and safety. By the way, I have two other daughters both marvelous in their own respective ways. Truly blessings from a magnificent God.

- I see wisdom and learning within every page of those books. Wisdom constantly guiding me in this life journey ---and learning which continually serve to mold me into the person I was meant to be… according to God’s set down blueprint of my life. Yup, I’m still a work in progress.

- I see the promise of new hopes, closer ties, fresh expectations, opportunities for good, and the chance for true communication where most needed. All that would take is a call and the world suddenly opens up with vast potential, opportunities, probabilities, and possibilities. Sometimes one tiny call makes a huge difference in the life of a person waiting for that chance.

- I see peace, serenity, calm, contentment wrapped around my neck every time. And hand-embroidered on one side are the words “Sweet Dreams”. And how I do!

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."

-Henry David Thoreau


  1. U r soooo positive about life n everything around u, visting ur site everytime gives me a new high in true sense...anyways,whr r u gone...i need ur suggestions all the be there...plzzzzzzz

  2. @ ellen ...

    what do i see ?

    i see this small and cute baby is just trying to read a book ...

    and is oblivious of the fact that the very large glasses that it is wearing just doesnt fit its small head ... that glasses are just ready to fall in the book that it is holding ... very cute picture indeed ...

  3. Hello Rashmi,

    I am here for you, dear friend.. here in the blog or in gmail ( Write and I will reply as soon as I can. :-)

    Blessings to you and your family.

  4. Hi Vamsi,

    It is indeed a cute picture. :-) and probably created by a photographer or graphic artist.. a very creative one. lols

    Thanks for dropping by.
    Blessings to you & your loved ones.

  5. Good mOrnioing Ellen:_)))

    How are you??

    You know I m just impressed...with such a lovely post:-)))

    never thought this way....

    This is what called two different views.....

    I m just in love with ur post dear:-)))

    and keep ur spirits alwayz high like thuis:-)))

    tk cr:-)))

  6. That's such a lovely compliment, Chakoli, thank you so much. :-) I went by your blog a few minutes ago and also left message there. That was a funny post... never took off his socks??! Eeeoowww! hahahah :-D

  7. Hi Ellen,
    hru doing ? hows life ? A truly wonderful post again....reminds me of "glass half full or half empty"

    Keep in touch !! Take care..


  8. Sneha! what a lovely surprise. :-) How have you been, girl? 'been such a long time. Oh I know --- busy! lols

    Nice observation 'glass half full...' :-)

    Indeed...Seeing the special or extra-ordinary in seemingly ordinary humdrum things is appreciating life in its truest expression --- kindness, gentleness, helpfulness, affection, etc. Often these are hidden behind the ordinary external occurences in life. Like this old beggar in tattered clothes who stooped down to pick up my package which fell to the ground when somebody shoved me on the sidewalk... and gave it back to me with a smile! :-)

    Like you too, I was taught by Mom to 'see the glass half full..not half empty'. She meant to look at the brighter and positive side of things people and life. 'There is always good in our lives, if we know how to seek it out..or train our eyes to see it' she'd say. Being positive in our outlook towards life is... not to lose hope - not to succumb to defeat - expect better things to come - believe in a new day each time. She further emphasizes to 'count your blessings.. the visible and invisible'. :-)

    Glad you took time off your busy sked to come over. Love it everytime you do. Take care pls. Blessings to you and your family. :-)

  9. :-)))

    I saw that dear:-))

    Thanks for the lovely comments...and njoying the post:-)))

  10. hi ellen,
    as usual, simple, heart felt. something i love bout u and ur posts:-)
    keep writing, keep smiling....God bless

  11. Maya! great to see you here. :-) how have you been? everything okay at your end? anything new that's putting that big smile on your face? lols

    Am sure you have a blog somewhere.. lols... how bout leaving the link here, would love to go and read your posts.

    Blessings to you & your family.

  12. Hi Ellen,

    Lets keep it short & sweet this time...On your blog, I look at words but all I see is Positivity & Optimism!!

    Keep Smiling!!



  13. hi ellen..

    thank u for stopping by my blog and saying a little prayer for me...

    God Bless you too...

  14. I came and saw faith, did I look for it?

  15. very well written ellen and so true and beautiful...evyrthing means so much n so differently

    v well potrayed :D

    Take care,

  16. Hi LP,

    Tried to get into your blog with no success; dunno what's wrong. Sorry, that I couldn't come earlier here to see your message. Life has been keeping me quite busy in the home and with endless errands. :-)

    But will be seeing you around, nothing can stop me from doing that. Your blog I simply enjoy a lot.

    Blessings to you, dear friend.

  17. Hi Jigyasa/Sensitive,

    Have gone to your blog and enjoyed the post "Lessons Life Taught". So much wisdom contained there. Thanks for sharing. :-)

    Could have come earlier but life got me so busy with lots of things. But I expect these to simmer down soon so that I can indulge in reading friends' blogs once again. :-)

    Take care. Blessings to you.

  18. Hi Camelot/Suddentwilight,

    Been to your blog. Wow! enjoyed reading through to the end. :-D You write well and interestingly. The flow is good and smooth. Like simply conversing with a friend. That's talent!

    Will be seeing you for more.
    Take care and God bless you.


    P.S. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

  19. Hi Jiyo,

    Dropped by your blog awhile ago. Wow! that's a good piece "Challenges" on positivity thinking. Lovely!

    Will be coming around to your blog again for more. You write well.

    Take care.
    Blessings to you and your family


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