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We are having our own blog hop ~ Magical Monday and link is below for that is below. We are also linked with Macro Monday , Creative Exchange and Creative Everyday. (click on links to go there. The above photo, to me, represents the magic in nature and how we can all learn from nature. It has its cycles of birth, life and death. There is simple magic in the way nature flows. I am learning to flow 'with the river of life.' As I have learned one can not 'push a river'; it has its own natural flow. In learning more about Taoism and its approach to life, I recently read about the 'Three Treasures' from the Tao Te Ching. When one lives by these treasures, there is more magic, more daily miracles. It does mean life is perfect. Every river has its twists and turns. Adapting to those changes in daily living is key. What are the 'three treasures'? They are:

Compassion ~ love for self and others, a deep caring, a strong conviction  of love and kindness in your heart. When you act from that source you experience great courage.

Conservation ~ is the wisdom to direct and use your energy efficiently and effectively; thus one can achieve optimal results with minimal effort.

Humility ~ living in the 'golden middle of two extremes' ~

Living out these three treasures takes time. Living gently and lightly in each day and understanding your needs as well as others. Yet not forcing your need onto others. Respect for all.

Wishing you all a wonderful week and hope you will enjoy the photographers at Macro Monday, the artists at Creative Everyday and will also link up with us here at Magical Monday.

Hugs and namaste,


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QUOTE FOR THE DAY: 'Those who follow Tao do so from their own predilection. There are no promises, yet the rewards are immeasurable. ( Deng Ming-Dao)


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    1. ^_^ ~ only looks that way ~ look closely there a 'bud' behind it and the sky and grass and the whole world embraces the flower ~ enjoy the week

  2. Hello Carol, what a beauty. Yes it's just those simple pleasures that make it all so magical, morning dew, the freshness of it all, I can smell the sweetness. Have a great week!

  3. Carol, this rose is captured in one of those all too rare moments when you see instead of going too fast. I so appreciate seeing this as I start my morning and a new week of wonder, which includes an extra day and a new month BEginning. you've reminded me to slow way down and notice more of the bits and pieces Life offers. Thank YOU!!

    1. Thanks, Currie for your kind words ~ point of fact ~ I write this as a reminder for myself to 'slow down' ~ glad I could add a 'bit of grace' to your week ~ namaste Carol (A Creative Harbor) Have a 'wonder filled' week.

  4. Beautiful rose! There are very wise words in your post! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Nothing in this world quite like the beauty of a rose!!!

  6. That is beautiful!! I can't wait to see mine this year.


  7. I like the definition of Humility you have provided. And the rose is gorgeous. Thanks for the visit and I wish you the best with your blog hop.

  8. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
    The flower of the heart.

  9. Carol, both your words and picture are so inspiring. The twists and turns of life can be unsettling but if we slow down we can definitely navigate them with grace. Have a wonderful week.

  10. Love dewdrops on the rose! Thanks for visiting mammothlakesdp!

  11. Mother nature truly is amazing, and this is a beautiful reminder of that!

    Thank you so very much for sharing with us today at The Creative Exchange.

    Have a wonderful evening!


  12. Beautiful!
    Some months until I can see mine.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great day.

  13. Love those 3 treasures... may take a lifetime to master, but I'll get there. :-)
    Beautiful pic of the flower. Happy CED Carol. xoxo

  14. Beautiful capture of the rose.

    Happy MM!

  15. Beautiful shot. It is such a treat seeing the pretty rose with the water droplets on it considering we are freezing to death here. Lovely photography. genie

  16. Dew on the Rose is so pretty. Especially here where another blizzard is on the way. ;) Not that I mind the snow, but the color of the rose is beautiful.

    I love the tao--what I know of it, anyways. I read the book Wayne Dwyer wrote about the tao. Very good. Can't push a river--love that.

    Have a great week! :)

  17. oh how I love roses Carol!!!!! beautiful photo!!!!

  18. Roses are my favorites... I don't have any new blooms yet.


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