Combine first 7 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until figs are tender. Uncover and cook 5 minutes or until mixture thickens. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.
Top each bread slice with 1 1/2 tsp. fig mixture and 1 1/2 tsp. goat cheese. Arrange bruschetta on a baking sheet; sprinkle evenly with walnuts. Broil 2 minutes or until nuts begin to brown. Serve warm. (Use any leftover jam on toast.)
Whatever you want to bring into your life, you must GIVE it. Do you want love? Then give it. Do you want appreciation? Then give it. Do you want understanding? Then give it. Do you want joy and happiness? Then give it to others.
You have the ability to give so much love, appreciation, understanding, and happiness to so many people every single day!
I came across this site today called 29gifts.org, that so inspired me. It was created by Cami Walker, who became very ill with Multiple Sclerosis. A friend suggested that she give away 29 things in 29 days in an effort to get outside of her own struggle. She did, and was astounded by the magical and miraculous shifts in her energy for life. I have decided to give it a go! Anyone want to join me?
All it asks is . . .
Give a little each day. Make a big impact. Give one thing away each day for 29 days. Why? Because to see the world change, we have to do something to change the world. Plus, the best way to attract abundance into your life is to be in a perpetual state of giving and gratitude. Be an important part of the global giving movement that inspires more generosity on our planet.
"Peace, light and good giving to you today. May you be the recipient of many gifts."
The rule for us all is perfectly simple. Do not waste time bothering whether you "love" your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.
Another Fishs Eddy find . . . I recently purchased these Swimmers Glasses for a friends birthday, who has a lake home. Just for fun, I also gave her a bottle of Frost Glacier Freeze Gatorade because of its color, which is a beautiful blue lagoon color. (Just wanted her to have the full effect!) They come in a set of 4, and remind us that life is not a race. Tread water and have fun!
Imagine your good feelings as rainwater, and your body as the catchment area for the rainwater.
As you make sure you feel as many good feelings as possible, you are keeping the catchment area full and overflowing. But if you forget to deliberately put the good feelings in, the water level will drop very low to the bottom where the silt and mud lie. Negative feelings are just an indication to you that your catchment area has dropped down to the silt and mud, and that you need to fill yourself up again with good feelings until you are overflowing. Keep yourself overflowing by deliberately filling yourself with good feelings every day.
The rich industrialist from the North was horrified to find a southern fisherman lying lazily in his boat, drinking a glass of wine. "Why aren't you out fishing?" said the industrialist. "Because I have caught enough fish for the day," said the fisherman.
"Why don't you catch some more?"
"What would I do with them?"
"You could earn more money," was the industrialist's reply. "With that you could buy a bigger motor for your boat and go into deeper waters and catch more fish. These would bring you more fish and more money. Soon you would have enough money to own two boats . . . maybe even a fleet of boats. Then you would be a rich man like me."
We have all heard our mother say....DON'T SLAM THAT DOOR! Well, to me, that sound can't come soon enough. I love the sound of my screen door slamming! It is truly a sound of summer. To me, that sound means that it's nice enough to have the door open, family is visiting and running in and out, I have guests who feel at home, somebody's hungry....coming in to see if dinner's ready, or going out to flip the burgers. I'll take any one of those. . . so slam away! Just don't let it hit you in the bum because it buffers the sound, and there aren't enough days in the summer for any buffering.
While all acts of kindness are inherently wonderful, there is something even more magical about doing something thoughtful but mentioning it to no one, ever. You always feel good when you give to others. Rather than diluting the positive feelings by telling others about your own kindness, by keeping it to yourself you get to retain all the positive feelings. It's really true that one should give for the sake of giving, not to receive something in return. This is precisely what you are doing when you don't mention your kindness to others - your rewards are the warm feeling that come from the act of giving. The next time you do something really nice for someone else, keep it to yourself and revel in the abundant joy of giving.
from the book Don't Sweat the Small Stuff--and It's All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
I am having constant thoughts of warm air, sunshine & fresh blooms. With that, thoughts of my bicycle keep coming to mind. Last year at this time I was hitting my local Spin class, preparing for the New York City Five Boro Bike Tour. What a great ride! It is not often that you get the opportunity to ride your bicycle car-free through the streets of New York City. It takes you through all five boroughs, through Central Park and neighborhoods, across bridges, and presents you with some of the best views of the city. Total ride: 42 miles. Registration is limited to the first 30,000 entrants, and the last time I looked, there was still availability. This is a great event! Check out the link www.bikenewyork.org. Ride date . . . Sunday, May 3rd.
Dreading Mondays is a ridiculous way to spend one-seventh of our lives, don't you think? Unfortunately, that's the weird habit that millions of us have fallen into. Imagine this: Over the next five years we will receive the gift of 260 different Mondays, each one coming into our life fresh and full of promise. What kind of magic and miracles could we create with that kind of time? Why not welcome every Monday with the same anticipation and excitement that most of us reserve just for Fridays? How can we put every Monday on a pedestal?
The most powerful way parents can help their children be positive is to be the living example of positivity and love themselves. As a parent focuses on being those things, their children will also absorb all of their positivity. As we become more and more positive and more and more joyful, by our powerful example we uplift all of those around us.
Be a living example to the most important people in your life. You have the power to send compassionate, loving, young adults in to the next generation of our world.
It was beautiful here in Indiana yesterday! . . . 63 degrees, and the same is expected today. The air smells amazing! We should take a moment to think about all that nature gives to us every single day so we can live. And yet nature never asks for anything in return.
Hi! I'm Connie. Thank you for visiting my blog. I am using this space to share words of encouragement, lift spirits, inspire others, and share beautiful photography. It is my hope that I can make a difference in the lives of others, by encouraging them to make the most of theirs.
"If you are not spending all of your waking life in discontent, worry, anxiety, depression, despair, or consumed by other negative states; if you are able to enjoy simple things like listening to the sound of the rain or the wind; if you can see the beauty of clouds moving across the sky or be alone at times without feeling lonely or needing the mental stimulus of entertainment; if you find yourself treating a complete stranger with heartfelt kindness without wanting anything from him or her . . . it means that a space has opened up, no matter how briefly, of alive peace, even though it may be subtle. . . . ."
"So when you appreciate something simple - a sound, a sight, a touch - when you see beauty, when you feel loving kindness toward another, sense the inner spaciousness that is the source and background to that experience. . . . ."
"Be still. Look. Listen. Be present."
So many books...so little time
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
Be by Kobi Yamada
Believe by Dan Zadra & Kobi Yamada
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Infinite Possibilities by Mike Dooley
Live Good by Kobi Yamada
Making Your Dreams Come True by Marsha Weider
Talking Like The Rain - a children's book of poetry - Illustrated by Jane Dyer
The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
The Little Things by Kobi Yamada
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
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