28 Feb Grateful for Gifts
Pause to Be Grateful.
I’m grateful for this photo.
Because it was a gift, given to me in return for waiting in the right place at the right time.
Upon realizing this, I decided to make a list of other gifts, such as:
– All the beautiful photos that I’ve taken because they reward my effort.
– All the bad photos that I’ve taken because they helped me learn.
– Sunny days when I can go out to take photos.
– Rainy days when I can stay in to read, write, and think.
– Good news that coincides with my values.
– Bad news that inspires me to work harder.
– Easy paths that allow me to walk comfortably.
– Rocky paths that cause me to pay attention.
Of course, this list could be longer.
Yet, it’s long enough to show that each gift has two sides, one that rewards and one that teaches.
So everything, whether enjoyable or painful, can be a gift – if we choose to make it one.
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Help Birds Tip
Check hummingbird feeders often when it rains.
Rain will dilute the food in a feeder, which results in it being rejected by hummingbirds.
So change the food after a rain. Or hang hummingbird feeders in sheltered areas.
Note: Use a mix of 1 part cane sugar to 4 parts water.
Important: Do not add anything else (such as food dyes, vitamins, perfumes, preservatives, and so on) because these chemicals are bad for the birds.
And do not use brown sugar, honey, or molasses because these are toxic for hummingbirds.
Did You Know?
The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.
Here are two organizations that excel at doing this.
Please visit their web sites to learn about how they are making a difference.
Here’s an outstanding book about bird conservation: Bird Conservation