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Paying it Forward


We have so much to be thankful for.

Even the chestnut-backed chickadee is thankful for the sunflower seeds that are left behind once the sunflowers are finished.

If only the dinner plate were not upside down.

“That’s okay,” he says, “I can be an acrobat and reach around to get the seeds on the other side.”

Out in nature, the little animals have struggles with food and shelter. But what about people? Are we struggling too? I think many of us are, and not only about food and shelter.

This has been a very trying year for us all. Hard times due to the coronavirus have touched most of us in one way or another. Politics has driven a wedge between longtime friendships. The threat of shutdowns and economic upheaval have us worried about shortages of basic supplies, especially food. Social distancing has kept family and friends apart.

Trying times, for sure.

Certainly we need to think about our welfare within our household, but as we look after our own mental and physical health, it would do us good to lift our heads and look around at the connections we have with our community and friends.

How long has it been since you did something good for your friends or neighbours who are also struggling with these same issues?

Have you asked how they are managing? Whether they need anything that you can help with? Sometimes just a friendly word or moral support goes a long way.

If social distancing keeps us apart physically, why not make an effort to be in touch by phone or email, or even across the fence?

We have been very lucky to have a good health care system, good food and plenty of it, and many modern conveniences to make our lives easier. But I feel as if the social fabric of our families, neighbourhood, community, and country is threadbare to say the least.

They say “it starts at home,” so why not hug someone in your socially distanced bubble for a start? Let’s take care of our families.

What about those close friends? Neighbours? Colleagues from work? When did you last speak to any of them and let them know you care?

Have you noticed that many drivers or pedestrians in crosswalks are selfish and rude? I have. Why not set an example with considerate behaviour ourselves? Pay it forward and hope it spreads like the virus.

We have so much to be thankful for, but on this Thanksgiving Day, I thought it would be good to consider not only our own food and comforts, but to think about doing our part to begin rebuilding the mess the world is in. We can only do this one small step at a time. Yes, it starts at home. Go pet your dog or cat or feed your backyard birds. Then look around you for the next step. You’ll know it when you see it.

Think positive thoughts and do something good. Repeat as necessary.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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48 thoughts on “Paying it Forward

  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Anneli! The Black-capped chickadee‘s are my favorites behind the hummingbirds.

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  2. That’s a beautiful Chickadee! ❤️

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  3. Lovely inspirational post, Anneli. Thank you for reminding us of these things.

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  4. What a wonderful post! Thank you for the reminders. 🙂

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  5. Happy Thanksgiving Anneli!

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  6. This is a very touching post, thanks for reminding us all. I love your pictures a lot too!

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  7. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Anneli!

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  8. Here, it will be just Mary and me. Her children live in California, and thus there’s no way for Mary to fly there or for them to come here. Mary will be so sad. 😦

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  9. Beautiful photos, Anneli, and a wonderful reminder that kindness is especially important these days. 🙂

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  10. Such a positive, inspiring post👌💟

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  11. The world needs more Anneli thoughts. I am grateful to have you as a blogging friend. ❤

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  12. I agree with you, Anneli. Being distant is dangerous. Infants are growing up who never see an adult face. I’m worried. I have an elderly neighbor, I pass her house when I walk. She has a huge area for her two horse, a large barn, and I hope lots of help.

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  13. Sweet photos and timely message.

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  14. Yes, trying times to be sure, Anneli. There’s nothing like some sprightly photos to cheer up the moment, so I thank you for paying that forward. You captured the utter beauty of the chestnut-backed chickadee, I like the sun on the chestnut. A lovely attitude and good reminder.

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  15. Wise words, Anneli. This has been a very trying and uncertain year in so many ways. If I may add one plea, it is that people slow down and tread more gently on nature as well as on each other. I’ve seen things done to wild places and animals this year that have hurt them and everyone who cares for them, and the damage won’t heal for years, if ever. Rules are there for reasons and respecting them is another way of showing kindness and community spirit.

    Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving.

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    • Excellent point, Adele. Even here, where nature is not as groomed as in Europe, I see people who profess to love nature, making a mess of it, treating it as a garbage dump, a party and carousing venue, and a place to tear up the land with motorized vehicles big and small. More people than ever have gone into the woods for a place to enjoy the summer rather than be isolated and cooped up in apartments, and that’s good, but I agree with you that they need to respect the natural environment that gives them that enjoyment.

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  16. Lovely insight in these trying times. Gorgeous pics!

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