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Heidi

HeidiWhat was my favorite book as a child? That is a question which requires little to no pondering. The one which most impacted me is the story of Heidi written in 1880 by Swiss author Johanna Spyri. Now don’t get confused here…that does not mean I was a child in the late 1800s. Let’s see, that would make me 133 years old. Nah! Not yet ❤

If you are not familiar with Heidi, it is a story of a young girl who at five years old was placed under her grandfather’s care because of the early deaths of her parents. Suddenly she found herself living in the Swiss Alps in the clutches of an old man who really did not want to be bothered. Her grandfather was a reclusive. Events of the story, however, warmed the old geezer’s heart and his life forever changed. Heidi became a ray of sunshine and a breath of fresh air marking the end of a secluded life.

It has been a lo-o-o-ong time since I read this little story but it will always have a place in my heart. I think I was saddened from the beginning because of the loss of her parents. I could not understand what life would be like without parents since I was so close to my dad and mom. Then, of course, there was the imagery. I can still envision the beautiful mountains, the grassy hills as Heidi playfully ran, the goats and simply the essence of serenity. Even Heidi’s room is vividly planted in my mind with the tiny single window through which she viewed her wondrous new world.

Anyone reading this brief memory about Heidi is encouraged to find a copy for your child or perhaps grandchild. It teaches compassion within a simple life without any of the modern amenities of today. It is childlike innocence in its purest form. Having written this, I find myself wanting to read Heidi again, only now it will be as a grandmother reading it to my granddaughters.

I have always had an affinity for Switzerland and I attribute my feelings to reading this heart-rending story as a child. In the early 70s, I did get the opportunity to travel to Europe. During my travels, one of my most memorable sights was the Matterhorn. Perhaps sights of the Swiss Alps were calling me home to memories long ago established but never forgotten.

 What’s in a Book?

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Pictures, stories, poems and more
A world opens up to explore
Animals, insects and frogs thrive
Visions of numbers come alive

Bedtime stories and fairy tales
Sugarplums and fairies cure all ails
Mystery and amazement to ponder
Imagination makes one wonder

Lessons to be learned, places to practice
Respect, charity, humility and justice
Love and honor, experiences to encounter
Emotions bring tears or laughter

Travel back in time, forward into the future
Much to explore about life and nature
So many questions, where to find answers
Turn the pages for new adventures

Watch the gleam in a child’s eyes
For a ‘novel’ idea, try this exercise
Find a book every chance you can
Place it right into a child’s hand

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©Echoes 2004
Sharla Lee Shults

What was YOUR favorite book as a child? I would love to hear from you!

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The Hug Award

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The HUG Award Unites Globally

Catnip is all for HUGS! Hugs are universal! Thank you, Joseyphina @ Joseyphina’s World, for bestowing the Hug Award onto catnipoflife!

I am deeply honored and delighted to be considered worthy for such an award. But the best part of being nominated is the opportunity to share this award with other amazing blogs whose posts never cease to bless, encourage and enlighten.

Here is a little information about the Hug Award…

The HUG Award© was initiated by Connie Wayne at A Hope for Today at http://ahopefortoday.com, which promotes hope, love, peace, equality, and unity for all people. The HUG Award© is for people with an expectant desire for the world, for which they: Hope for Love; Hope for Freedom; Hope for Peace; Hope for Equality; Hope for Unity; Hope for Joy and Happiness; Hope for Compassion and Mercy; Hope for Faith; Hope for Wholeness and Wellness; Hope for Prosperity; Hope for Ecological Preservation; Hope for Oneness. “

People do not have to give up or compromise their own religious, spiritual, or political beliefs to qualify for the Hope Unites Globally HUG Award©. They qualify for the HUG Award© when, without bias or prejudice, they use their resources and gifts to make the world a better place for everyone.” For more information on this award, please visit: http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/

I was humbled when I read about the Hug Award and deeply moved for catnipoflife to be considered a recipient. It is a great honor to pass this noble award to the fellow blogging friends whom I believe share in the same vision as the creator of this award. It is my sincere prayer that together, we can all spread hope to each corner of the earth with our inspirational messages of hope and peace.

SPECIAL NOTE FROM SHARLA: It is impossible to select only a few recipients for this award. I am so grateful for each and every one of my readers and followers. Today my heart goes out to all of you as I bestow the Hug Award to be posted on your site from catnipoflife. It is my sincere prayer that together, we can all spread hope to each corner of the earth with our inspirational messages.

A BIG Kitty Hug to You!

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Awakenings: Word of the Day: Waterfalls

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Something awesomely powerful and totally action packed IS at the same time oh-so relaxing. What is this two-sided coin?

A waterfall.

Visit Awakenings to Embrace the Past, Empower the Present, Enrich the Future…
Let the meditation begin @Awakenings…

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

What do you feel at the sights and sounds of a waterfall?
There is a World of Waterfalls waiting to be explored and enjoyed!

See on awakenings2012.blogspot.com

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Awakenings: Terror in America

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Patriot’s Day, April 15, 2013, will be long remembered not only for its significance as a civic holiday, uniquely a New England holiday, but for the tragic terrorist bombings that occurred in Boston, Massachusetts. Unfortunately, this is not the first of such horrific events to occur on this important day in history… Read MORE @Awakenings.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

A prayerful moment…

Take a moment to lift your heart in thoughtful prayer for those injured and for the families of those whose lives were lost as a result of this terrible tragedy. Their plight is one of both emotional and physical trauma. Events of today changed their lives forever!

See on awakenings2012.blogspot.com

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Take 2: Two minutes of catnip, that is!

Get ready, grab your sides and ENJOY...

Laugh today for you do not know what tomorrow brings! That's life... ~catnipoflife

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Beautiful…

Even in times of hardships and sadness one can find beauty. That beauty to me is the beauty of heart. While tears may seem to never subside, the heart still remains strong within its rhythmical beats of life. Take life one heartbeat at a time relishing in each moment, never forgetting you are beautiful! Just stop & listen for a while.

Life has loveliness to sell, all beautiful and splendid things, blue waves whitened on a cliff, soaring fire that sways and sings, and children’s faces looking up, holding wonder like a cup. —Sara Teasdale (American lyrical poet, 1884–1933)

Treasures of the Heart: Moments Captured

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Life is a trail of tears, the will to cope
A mountain of discomfort based on hope
It is a highway of dreams, a road very demanding
Out of balance at times, but not without understanding

Along life’s journey appear visions of despair
Wants and desires, times that seem totally unfair
While the expedition can be arduous and cruel
It can also be full of beauty shiny as a jewel

Life’s bounties offer gifts to lovingly share
Ready to be opened and handled with care
Its treasures of the heart tenderly unfold
Becoming moments captured within the soul

A kitten’s purr or a dog standing guard
These are life’s blessings in our own backyard
Images snapped with the blinking of an eye
Are stored in the mind’s diary never to die

Family and friends enjoy a wonderful relationship
Rallying around a campfire in fun and fellowship
Reminiscent of times past—love, lives and such
Stories echo memories thought of so much

Life is an incredible album of sad and joyful times
Echoing of discordant notes and melodious chimes
Count not the yearly months, weeks or even days –
Capture the moments encountered within each phase

©2013 catnipoflife 
Sharla Lee Shults

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