Paper Mill waterfallThis is a re-post for those of you who may be facing challenges right now.

From my heart to yours. 💕


I walked two of the dogs this morning along our road and stopped a while at the little waterfall on Paper Mill. You can see how the sunlight captures the moving water and the dappling of the shadows. The noises were of rushing water and birdsong, and a distant lawn mower. No fragrance from the day lilies here, but the air was clean and fresh before the heat of the day.

I felt such gratitude for being here in this moment.

“Life is a series of highs and lows. Be grateful for the highs. Be graceful in the lows. Enjoy life fully and find contentment in your Middle Ground”

My thoughts have been turning to the human condition and humanity. Someone asked me the other day what I got most from my trip to the Gambia (a few years back). It was so clear to me. I got in touch with what we have in common as human beings. Our humanity and also the human condition.

As human beings we are all capable of love, compassion, nurturing and kindness. We are not alone in this.

As human beings we all have the same challenges, needs, struggles and doubts. We are not alone in this.

In the highs of life embrace your humanity

In the lows of life acknowledge your human condition

Know it will pass

… and that you are not alone.


28 comments on “Inspiration for the Lows of Life

  1. Yes, this too shall pass. There can be no highs without the lows.

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  2. Beautiful. Thank you Val ❤

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  3. Water is like a magic NOW button for me ~ ocean, river, rain, or even taking a shower.

    Water brings me back to the NOW where happiness and gratitude reside.

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  4. Thank you, Val. ❤

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  5. Very wise words. Nice post!

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  6. Beautiful, Val. ❤

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  7. Nashra Usmani

    Beautifully expressed, every cloud truly has a silver lining.

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  8. very inspirational for me when i am going through the lows of my life

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  9. “Be grateful for the highs. Be graceful in the lows.” Kinda says it all. Wise words, Val! 🤗

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  10. Thank you for reposting this, Val. It’s just what we need right now. I’m watching Morning Joe and reading emails and blogs, and hearing Bob Woodward speak of the current denizen of 1600 in eerily reminiscent fashion of Nixon. Oh, and todayI was able to “like” your blog from the email!

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  11. Beautiful! It is so important to embrace our fellow man and acknowledge our connectivity. We can all learn from one another and help even by simply sharing our experiences.

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  12. Thank you for this post Val, so good to remember. Water is pure healing for the soul 🙂

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