My mother gave me a kitchen trivet when I married.
A little owl and butterfly dwell on it, along with these words by Thoreau…..
“Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.”
Most of us spend lifetimes chasing butterflies, the greener grass on the other side, the streets paved with gold……
More should see the blessings on their own streets, in the butterflies who land softly on the grass outside their windows.
One of my hardest struggles in life was to value the work I do, even when others didn’t. Kindness often enabled others to take advantage of the time and energy involved in the sessions I gave. No matter what work we do, we must all place value in it. Then, and only then, will we find worth in our existence, and happiness in our daily lives.
We don’t need to go chasing after butterflies in Walden Woods; happiness often alights right on our shoulders when we are least expecting it.
“I have learned an important lesson along my path…….If you truly feel you are worthy of happiness, the Universe will create what brings true happiness to you, if you truly value the work you do, others will value it too. Those who do not value your worth, then, have no power to extinguish your happiness or take advantage of the work you do and kindness you extend.” ~~~ Shirl Knobloch