Take Joy

The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within our reach is joy. Take joy.

~ Fra Giovanni

This quote from one of my favorite books: The Private World of Tasha Tudor came to mind while on my walk this morning. For a very long time our world has been hurting. Each new day brings tragic events that cause us to pause and take notice. Our hearts are broken. We feel helpless. Is the world we live in today the new world of tomorrow?

We turn off the news but it doesn’t turn off the chaos. We go through the day hoping, dreaming and praying that when another day dawns, all will be calm and lives and hearts will heal.

On my morning walk, moss covered oak trees guided me on winding pathways. Stillness in the air was sprinkled with birdsong. A hawk circled against azure skies. I traveled over a wooden bridge, past brown, velvety cattails that stood guard over the pond. A gentle stream carried ducklings in line with their mother. In the distance palm trees stood amid tall grasses. I greeted other walkers as we passed. Each of us surrounded by the beauty of nature. I cannot change the world. I can only take joy in it.

May the following photos bring you joy.



day lily




Rosa ‘JACclam’


Ixora Maui Orange


Purple Angel’s Trumpet


  15 comments for “Take Joy

  1. Amy
    July 17, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you, my beautiful friend, for this lovely post. It was just what I needed today. 💗 xxoo

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Marie
    July 17, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Beautifully said and wonderful photos. You lifted my heart today.
    Xxxooo. Marie


  3. Janette Andrews
    July 17, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing your healing walk in nature today. As Emily Dickenson said “quiet satisfies the soul” Love you💕janette

    Sent from my iPhone



    • July 18, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you for walking with me and sharing Emily Dickenson’s beautiful quote.


  4. T.K.
    July 18, 2016 at 2:36 am

    So wonderful…that you can grasp peace…and see the glorious beauty that surrounds you…it really surrounds us all…but you see it…and you find the beauty that abounds….love your beautiful pictures…and your heartfelt feelings…so encouraging…but…I’m slow to recognize the beauty and find the peace…that you do….not sure of your other two brothers..that also were police officers…..but we thought we pretty much…saw…it all…..in our minds things are ugly..every way we look…thank you for posting…and reassuring us there is still beauty in the world……love you sis…..keep up your enlighting words….


    • July 18, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      My Sweet Brother,
      Thank you for writing such heartfelt words. I applaud you for your years of dedication as a police officer, serving with an open heart and mind. I grieve with you every time another person dies, especially a police officer. I wish I could take away your pain. You are handsome, kind, and smart and you bring joy to everyone you meet with your gift of humor. Take joy.


  5. July 18, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Beautiful shots. Water droplets always seem to enhance the beauty of flowers.

    Liked by 1 person

    • July 18, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      I am humbled by your comment and thank you for stopping by. Early morning after a gentle rain, camera in hand, my favorite time to capture the beauty.


  6. Amy
    July 28, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Beautiful gallery here! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • July 28, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you Amy! I just found your site and love it. Is there a way to receive your posts by email?


      • Amy
        July 28, 2016 at 5:58 pm

        Thank you so much! I think so. We also get notice from the WordPress Reader. But, my reader is inconsistent and my email box is loaded with likes and comments… I like your photos and will continue to visit you, Eta. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  7. December 20, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Love your words, “I cannot change the world. I can only take joy in it.” Nature shows the way. ❤


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