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End of Month Potpourri-February 2015


“Cherish the beauty and cherish the pain, both will give you experience and you will never be the same”

~ Nikki Rowe



It is the end of the month, and time for a little Potpourri.  A bit of this and a bit of that.  And I thought I would dip into the Women’s Circle of Joy assignment again this month.  February’s topic dealt with the idea of and our thoughts on the word Cherish.  The Women’s Circle of Joy group is led by, Cigdem Kobu of Peaceful Triumphs.



I don’t think I have ever thought much about the idea of cherish or cherishing.  And truthfully this whole concept, at first, had me a bit perplexed.  For my husband, cherish means sweetly thinking of old memories.  But my immediate thoughts turn to something different.



DSCN9192Cherish evokes thoughts of love….but maybe more….or maybe a bit different from love.  When I cherish someone or something, I not only hold them dear, but treat them dearly.  There is a tenderness and nurturing that happens in cherishing.  There is adoration, encouragement, treasuring, support, comfort.



I think perhaps this word, cherish, is the linchpin of love, or more specifically that deep soulful love.  I can say I love chocolate, but do I cherish it.  No, not really.  And I do love a brilliant, colorful sunrise.  But do I cherish this sunrise?  Yes, in this case I believe I do….because of the incredible soulful emotion that it brings to me….I somehow feel comforted by this new dawn.  And I treasure being in its presence.  I am lost in its essence for the 15-20 minutes it might last.  I can’t get enough of it as it changes, it deepens and morphs until the sun finally is revealed brightly burning.



And so it is when I love and cherish someone.  And we say this word in our wedding vows….love, honor and cherish.  But I never considered what those words really meant.  Somehow, on some level, I knew there was a mutual cherishing love between my husband and me.  One where we have grown together and still do.  Where we support each other in very different ways.  We love all of the other person; those things that are funny, comforting and even those things that annoy us.  And those annoying things, I think, are most cherished, as that what makes us who we are….our true essence.



I think those loves in my life that didn’t work out, failed because there wasn’t any cherishing.  The love was bright and burning, romantic for a while, and then it was gone.  And when I reflect back now, it seems they didn’t last because there wasn’t a deep support for one another.  Deep down my soul knowing I wasn’t accepted fully, wasn’t treasured for who I was.



DSCN9199And when did I first know that cherishing love?  I was lucky to know it from my loving parents who indeed cherished their children no matter what.  Even when we made mistakes we were cherished.  We were forgiven, taught a lesson perhaps with consequences and allowed to fall and make mistakes again.  They cherished us enough to allow us to learn and grow with their guidance and support.



“But for the most part, love is a recognition, an opportunity to say, ‘There is something about you I cherish.”

~Raymond E. Feist



And since I have experienced this cherishing love, I have found a deeper love and acceptance for myself and my gifts.  And each moment of my life is special; shared by and with those I cherish.  And I cherish the natural world around me supporting it as it gives back beautiful sights, sounds and smells.  I cherish the life lessons, both those that have been joyful and those filled with excruciating pain, as they are both special for what they have taught me and are still teaching me.



The exercise of contemplating this word Cherish has been quite interesting.  I encourage you to think about what you cherish in life.  From a simple smell, that brings back deep heartfelt memories, to a song or sound.  These things we cherish are what makes our life so much richer, so blissful, so very delicious.





Note:   The Paperwhite flowers pictured here are said to be an aphrodisiac because of their intoxicating smell.  They also represent respect, modesty and faithfulness.






I leave you with another thought about cherishing.  Feel free to download this photo and share.


All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. February 26, 2015    

    This is a post that is very timely for me–thank you Donna. Wonderful delicate photographs and beautiful writing.

    • February 26, 2015    

      Oh you are very welcome Susan. I am grateful that the post was able to give something to you!

  2. February 26, 2015    

    A very lovely post! I often reflect on the things I cherish as I remind myself how fortunate I am to spend so much time with my children everyday as we learn and grow together homeschooling. I cherish this time I have with my family. I know it will be over in a blink of an eye as my children are growing up too fast.

    • February 26, 2015    

      I love that you decided to homeschool your children Karin as you now get to spend so much incredible time with them….so many memories you and they will have. So important to realize what we cherish.

  3. February 26, 2015    

    I haven’t thought about that word much at all and something to reflect on. I think the word is used often, but not really taken seriously.. Thank you for the reminder

    • February 26, 2015    

      Glad it gave you food for thought Michelle…

  4. February 26, 2015    

    Cherish evokes thoughts of love….but maybe more….or maybe a bit different from love. When I cherish someone or something, I not only hold them dear, but treat them dearly. There is a tenderness and nurturing that happens in cherishing. There is adoration, encouragement, treasuring, support, comfort.

    Beautiful 🙂 That is my understanding of ‘Cherish’.

    • February 26, 2015    

      Thanks Cherie….and your name has Cherish in it too!

  5. March 1, 2015    

    There IS that song I grew up on, Donna: “Cherish is the word I use to describe….” I suppose most of us know it?!

    But with you, Cherish has always been associated with Treasure for me, on the deepest levels possible. It’s its own word, of course, and is one I have used throughout my lifetime since high school days. It’s been a word I’ve…cherished! 🙂 This has been a special post about a special word. Sometimes it really DOES help to meditate on those words/phrases that hold a meaningful place in our vocabulary/experience. Thank you.

    • March 1, 2015    

      That was the song I first thought of too Ginnie. Glad you enjoyed the post….contemplating this word certainly opened my eyes and my heart.

  6. March 1, 2015    

    It is really a good thing to think deeply about what a word means and means to your life. It puts things in a greater perspective and broadens how we choose to feel. Cherish is a word many don’t really grasp the immensity of eloquence.

    • March 1, 2015    

      Lovely thoughts in your comment Donna…thank you!

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