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Poetry Sunday-Giving




Be like a ripple in the water

gathering as a wave,

moving about the earth

nourishing everything you pass.


 © Donna Donabella 2013


This post was written as the new year began in 2013.  I was working on a theme word for the year and these are the words that poured forth.  It was my husband’s birthday yesterday, and I thought this poem would be a wonderful tribute to one of the most giving persons I know.  I am lucky indeed to have him in my life.

And this is my one year anniversary starting this blog.  You can read the first short post here, and the first regular post here.  I have been busy with 102 posts, over 4600 comments and 13,000 views.  It has been a wonderful year sharing poetry and stories with so many Giving people.  Thank you!


I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

pond collage


I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  



If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 







Special Note:  The pictures here of my pond as it thaws in spring (below), as it begins to grow its lovely water lilies (in the collage) and as the waterfall flows (top of the post) causing ripples in the water.




I leave you with a few additional words about Giving.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.


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. July 12, 2015    

    Beautiful. What a lovely thing to aspire to.
    And a happy belated birthday to your husband.

  2. July 12, 2015    

    Beautiful thoughts , may all of us imbibe them.

  3. x x
    July 12, 2015    

    It is a good philosophy of life – giving freely. Of course that means little expectation
    of return, which is a bit harder. It takes humility. And at some point you have to make sure
    your own cup is refilled, because once you empty it – it can get ugly.

    • July 15, 2015    

      True X we need to always refill our cup!

  4. July 12, 2015    

    What a wise and beautiful refrain…

    • July 15, 2015    

      Thanks Jae Rose….it stands so strong on its own.

  5. July 12, 2015    

    This is absolutely breathtaking.. loved the beautiful message conveyed here.. we should indeed strive to be like a ripple in the water.. passing through and spread positive vibes in the world 🙂 Beautifully penned!

    Lots of love,

    • July 15, 2015    

      Lots of love back to you Sanaa for these incredible sentiments….

  6. July 12, 2015    

    A ripple can turn into a stream which can turn into a river….and work wonders!
    Thought-provoking small gem here, Donna.

    • July 15, 2015    

      Yes Mary….it can build and rush so much love around the world…

  7. July 12, 2015    

    love the beautiful message and photos…

  8. July 12, 2015    

    I think being at one with our surroundings is so much needed some days. A ripple is a great start.

    • July 15, 2015    

      Indeed Bjorn….when I garden for wildlife I start that ripple.

  9. July 12, 2015    

    A lovely nourishing read, thanks ~

    • July 15, 2015    

      Much gratitude for this lovely feedback Grace!

  10. July 12, 2015    

    Such beautiful advice, in poem form Donna….very very good advice.


    • July 15, 2015    

      Thanks so much Jen and thanks for sharing it on your blog! That means a lot to me…..

  11. July 12, 2015    

    Thank you! I love how the small kindnesses can turn into movements that nourish others.

    • July 15, 2015    

      It is amazing Susan when such a small act can be felt around the world as it builds….

  12. July 12, 2015    

    Beautiful words, and I so love your pond. Sigh. Congrats on your wonderful blogging year. Many more ahead, we hope!

    • July 15, 2015    

      I am so grateful for the first year Sherry and hope to keep going….yes that pond is a favorite spot and was a must have for my garden.

  13. July 12, 2015    

    Beautiful in its simplicity

  14. July 12, 2015    

    Be like the ripple spreading words of wisdom to those who are thirsty…

    • July 15, 2015    

      Oh I love this Truedessa….a perfect complement.

  15. July 12, 2015    

    how wise !

  16. July 12, 2015    

    One delightful year and going strong! I love all the stats, you have 13,000 visits that’s impressive, you sure have been giving back to the blogging community. As always I love my calming visits to your blog here’s to the next beautiful year ahead 🙂
    Wren x

    • July 15, 2015    

      Much love to you Wren for these amazing words…I am so happy you love your visits here.

  17. July 12, 2015    

    It is very satisfying to be welcomed by others who value your presence and friendship much like the healing and nourishing waters in nature.

    • July 15, 2015    

      Such a beautiful way to say this Robin…thank you!

  18. July 12, 2015    

    Lovely. Simple and evocative. Deeply touching.

  19. July 12, 2015    

    Congratulations to you and hubby; all Gods blessings

    much love…

  20. July 12, 2015    

    Lovely and inspiring!

    • July 15, 2015    

      And your lovely words keep me inspired…thank you!

  21. July 12, 2015    

    This should be posted on the fridge as a daily reminder.

  22. July 13, 2015    

    Hi Donna, happy belated birthday to your happy and happy blog-anniversary! I love the beautiful poem and inspiring words.

    Have a happy day and new week ahead!

    • July 15, 2015    

      Much gratitude to you my friend….have a lovely weekend!

  23. July 13, 2015    

    A happy belated birthday to your husband and Congratulations on your blogging year.
    Your post is always beautiful.Your water lilies are so lovely. They remind me of Monet’s painting. I enjoyed your refreshing poem and photos in the humid here in Japan.Thank you for sharing!!Have a good week.

    • July 15, 2015    

      Thank you so much….I am humbled that you think this like a Monet painting!

  24. July 13, 2015    

    What a beautiful water garden. We had a water garden at the old house. I especially like it when the water lilies bloom. Wishing you well!!

    • July 15, 2015    

      I agree Cathy…the waterlily bloom time is a fabulous time in the garden!

  25. July 13, 2015    

    If we were all ripples of the same kind this would be a better world.

    • July 15, 2015    

      Oh wouldn’t it be so awesome! 🙂

  26. July 13, 2015    

    Happy Birthday to your hubby and happy anniversary to your blog! Lovely words and love the water lily. Happy Monday!

    • July 15, 2015    

      Oh thanks so much Snap! The waterlilies in bloom make my day!

  27. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    July 13, 2015    

    Lovely poem and waterlilies in the rain. Congratulations on your one year blog anniversary Donna.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    • July 15, 2015    

      Thanks so much Judith for your kind support!

  28. July 13, 2015    

    Love the pond collage, and the inspiring poem. 🙂 Be like a ripple, yes. Thought provoking.

    • July 15, 2015    

      Oh so glad you enjoyed the pictured and poem!

  29. July 13, 2015    

    A lovely poem 🙂 Congratulations on your blog anniversary.

  30. July 14, 2015    

    Wonderful thought like always!! And beautiful lyrics, too!
    Warm greetings and a happy sunny day of summer for you!

    • July 15, 2015    

      Oh you are so kind to say so Alexa! It could be a song. Wishing you a wonderful week.

  31. July 14, 2015    

    love the simplicity!!

    • July 15, 2015    

      Thanks Robin…I love writing short poems that say so much!

  32. July 15, 2015    

    I love the water lilies images, Donna ~ they look like watercolors! Lovely poem about giving and happy one-year blog anniversary ~ a very inspiring & beautiful blog. 🙂

    • July 16, 2015    

      Oh how so very lovely of you to say so…thank you Loredana for your continued support!

  33. July 17, 2015    

    Thats really inspiring… I shall mark these words!

    • July 17, 2015    

      I am most grateful for your words….this means a lot to me…thank you!

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