Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Having a Nurturing Spirit

Our topic this month for the blog chain is nurture and I was drawn to this picture of a mother hen protecting her young as a perfect example of that concept. But I'm not going to talk about birds in this post. My current nurturing experience is with my plants which I am coaxing to grow after being transplanted. But I don't want to talk about my garden either.

For this post I will show you thoughts that others have shared about the importance of nurturing or being nurtured.



“Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.” Thomas J. Peters

“It is important that you recognize your progress and take pride in your accomplishments. Share your achievements with others. Brag a little. The recognition and support of those around you is nurturing.” Rosemarie Rossetti

 There are no adequate substitutes for father, mother, and children bound together in a loving commitment to nurture and protect. No government, no matter how well-intentioned, can take the place of the family in the scheme of things. Gerald R. Ford 

 “Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don't over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness.” Leo F. Buscaglia

 “Talents are best nurtured in solitude, but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

“We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.” John Lennon

 

“Always reward your long hours of labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family. Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten when you constantly strive to present your best side to your children. And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success.” Og Mandino

 “Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes” Benjamin Disraeli

 “May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace.” Psalm 144:12 NLT

“Like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto [completed] salvation.” 1 Peter 2:2 - Amplified Bible 

If you'd like to continue reading about nurturing throughout the month, click on the posts to the right of this and read on...

Just got some good news!!!
An inspirational story I wrote for "Life Lessons from Dads" got accepted. I really needed this "nurturing" experience as I've been getting a lot of rejections lately from my work.

17 comments:

  1. Your writing put a smile on my face this morning Chris, thank you! Loved the quotes and the birds :-)

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  2. love the photo and the quotes hope your plants tbrive as you nurture them
    congrats on the "Life Lessons from Dads" acceptance

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS, CHRISTINE! Good job on the article acceptance. Stay encouraged.

    These quotes were terrific. The photo was stellar--reminds me of us hiding under God's wings.

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  4. Congrats Chris with your article acceptance! Wow what a boost!. I really love your quotes as well - I think the one that touched me was “Always reward your long hours of labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family. Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten when you constantly strive to present your best side to your children. And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success.” Og Mandino

    No matter what happens in the world - you are a hero at home with those who love you and look up to you... no pressure..

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  5. Congrats on the acceptance of your work! Woot-woot! Thanks for these awesome quotes too, you found some winners. :)

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  6. Nothing beats opening a letter of acceptence...well, maybe cashing the check, but it's still nice to know your work is appreciated. Loved you quotes. Lots of wisdom there. One that I like comes from the Desiderata: "Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune." Peace and Blessings

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  7. Christine, I really enjoyed this post. The Thomas Peters quote on the difference between leadership and management really got me thinking about how I fall into the management track all too often.

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    1. I had trouble thinking about how to write about the topic so I went with the quotes. Can't wait to read the thoughts of the rest of the blog chain!

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  8. Congrats on your story being accepted, Chris. That's always a great feeling, and very nurturing to the desire to keep writing. :)

    Good quotes and scriptures too. You always find excellent sayings to apply to the topic at hand.

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  9. Hi Chris, I loved this post. The Scriptures you chose were great! Of the others, the quotes from Buscaglia and Goethe were my favorites. And the photo! WOW! How appropriate! Way to go on your "Life Lessons from Dad" acceptance! (I got a sneak peek, and it's very good.) YAY!!!!

    SandiGrace :)

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  10. Once again you've found some excellent quotes that express this months theme perfectly. The picture is stunning as well. Blessings.

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  11. You have some wonderful quotes. All of them were new to me. And the picture is awesome.

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  12. This is a fun read with all of the quotes! I love the picture too... :)

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  13. thanks for pulling the quotes together - very good thoughts. Congrats on the article too.

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  14. Your collections of quotes are always inspirational Chris. Thanks for sharing. I really like 1 Peter 2:2.

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  15. This was a lovely post, Chris, and congratulations on your acceptance. it sounds like a wonderful topic.
    Aloha,
    Margo :)

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  16. Thanks for taking the time to post all these quotes. And I absolutely loved the picture. Beautiful.

    Congrats on getting your story accepted! Woot! Woot!

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