We Rise by Lifting Others

We rise by lifting others.” ~ Robert Ingersoll

It’s been a long week. Hubby has been interstate for work, I’ve been battling a persistent head cold and cough and the days have dragged. Our insurance claim is still floundering and our downstairs flood damaged room still doesn’t have carpet in it, YET I feel an overwhelming sense that everything is fine, and will work out.

There are so many others worse off than me, I realise how fortunate I am when I look around. I step outside and I’m wrapped in a blanket of nature.

The colors of Autumn are fading and letting go of their hold.

Every day squillions of colorful laurikeets nest and make a racket in the overhanging gum trees. There’s greenery and growth all around me.

Kangaroos roam nightly in the back paddock.

Rise and shine boys and girls

Last week, on my way home from walking Harry, I stopped to help a neighbour who’d found an injured possum on the side of the road.

Sometimes a helping hand extends to injured animals as well.

She was unsure of what to do so I gently lifted and wrapped up the poor little critter in my jacket. We called a wildlife carer.

It turned out he’d been hit by a car and had internal injuries. We heard later on that his injuries were too great and he didn’t make it.

After feeling like I’d done some good, it saddened me when I heard the news.

The day later I returned to Zumba after a long time away. It was just what I needed and I left with my energy replenished and my mood brighter.

However, that night I paid for it, when my head cold returned with a vengeance.

Rise and fall, just like the moves of a dance, our moods are so affected by circumstances in life.

However, when we take the focus off ourselves, life suddenly changes.

“We make a living by what we get. But we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

We get so caught up in our own woes that we focus solely on ourselves and forget that everyone has their own battles.

Mid way into May let’s find time to rise up and:

  • lend a hand to someone in need
  • smile at a stranger, it costs nothing
  • pay a sincere compliment, it’s also free
  • share your skills so others can learn
  • listen without judgement
  • Restore our own energy by doing what we love.

Life is never stumble free, but we can all look out for each other. The ripple effect of kindness always reverberates.

Grab a hand and give someone a hoist up. Strive for greatness, not so you can tower over them but so they can reach where you are. If we want to succeed we can’t do it alone.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

If you’re going to rise, you might as well shine.

In light and love as we rise up to be the best we can be.

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114 thoughts on “We Rise by Lifting Others

  1. Sister, I had a long week, too. My generally ebullient self was compressed by the weight of the world, and I honestly couldn’t figure out why. Maybe it was just hay fever. 😉

    But, by Saturday morning I had lit the fire under me again, lifting myself out of the unseasonal blues, with a gentle reminder of the first line of my mission statement: delight in life.

    As the dark cloud lifted I posted to Facebook: I took life very seriously this week. Don’t do that. 🙂

    It’s too short, there are too few days, and – like you said – there ain’t nothing to be down about. A lot of folks have it a lot worse off, and all I can do is feel for them, hope I can help, and lend a hand where I can. For everyone else, too, I need to maintain my ebullience. I believe my jolly helps others with theirs. My melancholy, on the other hand, helps no one. Especially me.

    Thanks for another uplifting post, Miriam, and I hope you’re feeling better today!

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    1. I always love hearing from you Tom. Your “jolly” is an absolute antidote for me and those times when we take ourselves (and life) too seriously. That melancholy you speak of needs to take a back seat.
      Glad to hear those grey clouds have lifted for you Tom. Mine have too (plus hub gets home today which is a bonus). As for my cold, it’s lingering but as you say, many have it much worse. Thank you for lending me your wise words and reminding me of the first line of your mission statement, may we both delight in life. xx 🙂

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  2. Lovely post Miriam and I really like this quote: “We make a living by what we get. But we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill”. How true.
    Your photos are great, the stunning colours of the first, the kangaroos playing and the big hug.
    No, with all this around life can’t be bad.
    All the best

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  3. Another great post! Sorry the possum didn’t make it, and I hope you’re feeling better. Surrounding yourself with nature’s blanket is a good way to go, along with offering a hand where it is needed.
    Thanks for this one, Miriam!

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  4. Sometimes it’s hard to remember to make the most of what you have and your post is a gentle reminder, Miriam. When things are tough, I like to think about just one day at a time. I hope you’re feeling better now and your cold has gone.

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    1. It’s hanging on Carol, one of those relentless colds that doesn’t seem to want to go. But that’s okay. As you said, one day at a time, I’ll get there. Have a great week. 🙂

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  5. I love this Miriam and what a wonderful reminder to us all. Yes, life can be a struggle but it is our attitude and the way we look at life that determines how we feel. I might write down your list and keep it front and centre this week! Thanks again and have a beautiful day xx

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  6. Miriam! Such a shift you have made, love! Your trust that all is going just as it needs is lovely, even in the face of things not being repaired.
    Yes, we are all interconnected and need one another’s lights to help us when we cannot see. Love this post and how many changes I see in your perspective; just lovely!
    Bravo! 👏

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    1. Tiffany, your words made me smile, thank you so much. I think you’re right, there’s been a big shift and change of perspective in the way I look at things since I started blogging. And I imagine it will continue. Big hugs my friend. xx

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  7. Hope you’re soon much better from the cold and the insurance claim is sorted … a deep message for us all here … and I definitely belive in the ripple effects of kindness. I’m typing this in hospital as my husband is having an operation (nothing serious) and the kindness of the staff if incredible and heartwarming and made what is always a bit difficult bearable and even pleasant experience.

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    1. Sorry to hear your husband’s in hospital Annika. I hope all goes well and he’s home soon. You’re right, the effects of kindness makes hard times like these much easier to handle. All the best to him and you both. xx

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  8. What a wonderful ethos Miri… You’re absolutely right and we should all pay attention as we all need a helping hand at some point in our lives. I’m sorry you’re suffering with a cold – how rotten and I hope you’re feeling better very soon. Gosh – I was thinking about your flood a few days ago, wondering if you’d got sorted with the insurance but alas… not yet and hopefully it will be very soon! Much love and hugs sent across the water. I’m sat writing in my Brilliance Within Hut looking out onto glorious blue skies and loving life! xxx

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  9. I love your positive nature Miriam, it shines through everything you do. Your ideas are great and cost nothing to give. I agree with you we need to share that positivity and caring around. I’m paying you a sincere compliment here 😊 you are awesome xx

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  10. You’re so brave helping the possum. I would have been afraid that he’d bite or scratch me to pieces. Poor little guy. I hope he passed in peace. Winter is coming for you in Australia, but here on the U.S. East Coast it’s finally spring!

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    1. Thanks Kim but I wasn’t that brave. The poor little fella was so helpless. Yes, we’re heading into winter soon and already I’m feeling it. Enjoy that spring sunshine, maybe you can send of it over. 🌸😏

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  11. I had a chuckle because one of my antidotes for feeling down and low is a weekly dose of Zumba too. 🙂Amazing what an hour of jumping about like a mad thing to Latin beats can do for you. And I’m always uplifted by my fellow salsa sisters. 🙌🏼

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  12. So much of what we do comes down to piece of mind. Some of us have it and some don’t. The older I get the more I have. Some of us are late bloomers in that category while others are born with it. I like how you are handling a difficult situation. By taking time to reflect it allows you to see how lucky you are.

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  13. That’s so true, Miriam! Helping others does bring out the best in ourselves, and that does raise us up. If we stay focused on just pushing ourselves forward, we miss most of the good things that life has to offer.
    And I’m glad you helped that possum. Even if he did die, you gave him a chance to be healed. And sometimes that is the best thing we can do. Thanks for this insightful post…a good message here for all of us.

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    1. I’m so sorry I missed this comment of yours Ann, we definitely do bring out the best of ourselves when we help others. Hope you have a great week and again sorry for the late reply. x

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        1. You’re so kind, thanks Ann. I knew you’d understand but still felt bad seeing your comment unanswered. Anyway, all’s well. 🙂


  14. Love your suggestions for May, Miriam. I was a wool classer for over 30 years…that is talked a lot….and family does not see value in chatting to a perfect stranger. Have also had work colleagues speak critically of me because I chatted to others. That attitude misses out on so much.

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  15. It’s such a strange time of year. All my family has a cold, but the sun still has some bite in it, and my bottle brushes have decided to burst into bloom. This post was just what I needed today. Thanks, Miriam.

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  16. Such a beautiful post my sweet Miri. I was amazed to see in the pic of the possum how his lower abdomen is shaped like a heart….so touching. Every time, we are here for the amount of time we chose before arriving. For whatever reason you were meant to come upon him, share your love and comfort with him, for him to with him into his next lifetime. And he gave to you too. It would have been wonderful if he could have survived but he chose not to this time. Wow look at the roos…how cool is that!!! I love how they are all looking at you…hehe. You have the colors of Autumn fading and we have the colors of Spring blooming. Everything is turning so lush and green…boy did I miss that so much this year…it seems to have taken forever to arrive. Maybe that’s why I am appreciating it soo much. My little wild kingdom is so soothing to me. My caterpillar has cocooned…I’m waiting for him to emerge as a moth. He cocooned on the wall in the door jam in my hatchway and I, like you, have been having water issues in my basement…anyway they have been here this week fixing it and I did not know they were going to do work in the hatchway but they did. When I came home last night I went to check on Fuzzy and he was covered in cement dust…ohhh. So I carefully removed him (cocoon) from the wall and put him inside a large jug, with some twigs and leaves. I don’t know if he will continue his process but I sure hope so. He becomes a tiger moth who has to find a mate and has two weeks to do so, then he dies. He was better off not cocooning! Ah the cycle of life…eh! I hope your cold has left you and that you are feeling much better!! I’ve had an exhausting week workwise and am so pleased it’s Friday! My painting is coming along great, I have a short story to tell you about it another time! I’m so glad to have you in my life to help lift me up!! I’m itching to write another song…are you itching to sing one? I love that “if you going to rise you might as well shine”…really love that!!! Big rising hugs my lovely lady xo ❤

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    1. Aww Deb, such a nice long message, I felt like you were here with me in person chatting, love that . Yeah the poor little possum, it was sad that he didn’t survive but we did what we could. Nature sometimes has other ideas though I’m loving all the kangaroos that visit me nightly. Just like your wild kingdom, it’s so special when they come. I’m sorry that Fuzzy the Caterpillar has been affected by the cement. I hope he’ll be okay, at least you’ve given him a chance to continue the process. I sure hope so. Yep, the cycle of life … can be unpredictable.
      Hope your weekend is relaxing Deb. Sounds like you need a good dose of doing nothing, putting your feet up and just enjoying being home. Can’t wait to see your painting and hear your story. Maybe next week sometime we can Skype again. I should be better by then, this cough is lingering so the singing might sound a bit hoarse at the moment, lol. But when I’m all better, hell yeah. I’m itching for another song. Anyway Tash and Kyle are home for the weekend and it’s soon dinner time so I’d better go. And later I’ll be watching the Royal Wedding. Enjoy your weekend gorgeous. Big hugs xx 💕🙂


      1. Oh enjoy your time with Tash and Kyle. Yeah when I was at the grocery store today, the gossip papers said the Meghan was pregnant and I was like oh yeah the wedding is today. So as soon as I got home I turned it on. It was perfect timing, she had just arrived at the church, so I saw her walk down the aisle and watched them exchange vows. Love all that!! Yeah lets definitely Skype next week, I’ll show you my painting. Sorry your cough is lingering, its often the last thing to go. It should be all gone by the time I write something. Well the feet are up and I’m watching my ghost adventures!! Have a beautuful Sunday, talk soon, big relaxing hugs sweet you xo 💓👣

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        1. Thanks Deb, you’re probably asleep as I type this. We’ve had a lovely weekend with Tash and also catching up with my family. They’ve all gone now so the house is quiet again, which, I must admit, is also kinda nice. Look forward to talking with you real soon. Big hugs xo 🙂💕

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        2. So happy you’ve had an enjoyable weekend with family…it’s always nice to visit and then nice to have the quiet time too. I was just sitting in my chair, window open, breeze blowing watching the birds…Rocky Raccoon should be coming by soon. I’m easing down into my evening listening to a Chakra clearing meditation…I should actually sit and do it but having it on in the background is good too. Yes I look forward to talking real soon too!! Big hugs xo 🙂 ❤

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  17. Very inspirational, thank you for this. Oh, and please don’t feel that your help for that poor injured critter was in vain – you did what you could, which was better than leaving it to expire by its lonesome. Well done. And good to hear you tried a bit more Zumba – just remember, the human body is designed to move more than stay still. A little movement is good for it!

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    1. Hi Nicholas, you’re so right about the movement! I need to get off this couch! But seriously, thank you for all of the love and comments on my blog, really appreciate it.


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