This here little guy is a Red-Billed Leiothrix. Known for being shy and somewhat elusive, this Leiothrix has found a quiet oasis to meditate on life.
Every day I try to see life in a positive light. Some days it's harder than others, but I manage to turn my frowns upside down. I believe that whenever possible: be nice, be respectful and don't burn bridges where burning is unnecessary. I was speaking to a man yesterday who did not share my philosophy. He told me that he would come back in fifteen years and see if my outlook on life had hardened. I'm not worried, I've lived through over thirty years and in that time, my philosophy has been validated ten-fold. You can never assume to know what is going on in other people's lives, nor can you foresee the role that each person plays in your life. Sometimes the person you least expect is the one who saves your life. I feel blessed for every interaction with another human being because there is something to be learned (good or bad) from even the most negative of situations. Rather than dwell on the nasty bits of our conversation yesterday, I decided to write down my life motto in verse (easier to recite to myself that way)... I came up with two that are just a little different from each other:
Celebrate each Blessing
Of every single day.
And remember those along the path
Who helped you on your way.
Enjoy all the Blessings
Of Today and days to come.
Always offer thanks and praise
And remember where you're from.
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Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.