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Gracious Swan
Gracious Swan: Love
You can claim you love someone easy enough to toss that word around but if you do not respect their beliefs or know their favorite likes and dislikes, you don't even know them let alone love them
Therefore Love is always conditional
Love is patient : How many have the patience to wait to explain things in a calm manner ?
Love is kind : Do others help the less fortunate without boasting what they do ? and turn their noses down on the down trodden Those living on the streets .walking past them
Remember Luke 10 29 -37 29 But the man was anxious to justify himself and said to Jesus, 'And who is my neighbour?'
30 In answer Jesus said, 'A man was once on his way down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of bandits; they stripped him, beat him and then made off, leaving him half dead.
31 Now a priest happened to be travelling down the same road, but when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
32 In the same way a Levite who came to the place saw him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a Samaritan traveller who came on him was moved with compassion when he saw him.
34 He went up to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. He then lifted him onto his own mount and took him to an inn and looked after him.
35 Next day, he took out two denarii and handed them to the innkeeper and said, "Look after him, and on my way back I will make good any extra expense you have."
36 Which of these three, do you think, proved himself a neighbour to the man who fell into the bandits' hands?'
37 He replied, 'The one who showed pity towards him.' Jesus said to him, 'Go, and do the same yourself.'


It does not envy: Envy is defined as "a feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by another's desirable possessions or qualities, accompanied by a strong desire to have them for oneself. How many try and keep up with the joneses Look they have a better house They live better lives have better clothes It’s a must have new dress ect even though they have a wardrobe full of new clothes some not even worn
It does not boast: Isnt boasting self-satisfied talk about one's achievements, possessions, or abilities. bragging Im better than another I have a better education than you
It is not proud : The word proud comes from the Greek wording meaning “puff up “ or blow up “William Penn, the founder of the Colony of Pennsylvania, wrote, “A proud man then is a kind of glutton upon himself; for he is never satisfied with loving and admiring himself; whilst nothing else, with him, is worthy either of love or care

Love does not delight in evil It does not dishonor others : Isnt name calling others evil : spreading gossip evil : and a dishonor to the truth


1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
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Sejanes10: Very well done and totally right
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feet in the soil: 💕🥀
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Gracious Swan: Buying A new handbag

Seeing this gorgeous black handbag
Looked at it and said no
Buying dog food
purchases completed
Walking back to the car
drawn back to the handbag
Brought it
Why oh why did I buy it
Not as if I needed it
Then the realization hit
My mum loved handbags
Purple her favorite colour
Tears fill my eyes
Wishing she was here
Buying the handbag
Reminds me of mum

Mum passed away a year before my husband
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Ky Balion: Momma's got a brand new bag.
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Vivendi9: It's perfect swan, thank you
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MrsSelfridge: sweetness
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Gracious Swan: Ill survive

This is the 3rd day without my beloved
Silence greets me as I wake in the mornings
No loving embrace during the night
The bed is empty
Realizes he is gone
No tears will bring him back
Each day brings new challenges
With out him

How will I survive
No light
No more dreams of the future of us together
Realizing I must start a new dream without him ‘
Where will it lead me

It is now the 5th day with out him
My thoughts are still jumbled
Realizes that decisions need to be made
What do I do
Hide or accept the challenges that have been placed before me
I am on my own while I think
Needing the space from others around
They mean well

It is now 2 weeks since his passing
The wake has been planned for tonight
Its to celebrate his life
Not to mourn his death
He loved life, family, friends and to travel
We each had a story to share

It is now Monday morning
I knew my husband would want me to keep on travelling
Just follow the road he would say
Matters not where you wind up
Enjoy

I brought a pup
He looked at me with his brown eyes
Knew he was mine
He will be my travelling companion as well as my older dog

Tonight I can not sleep
my mind is in turmoil
Wanting to tell him
Little stories of what has happened today
Can he hear me
Does time heal all wounds
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LadyOfEire: sis I am here now I am back for Good you have never been alone ever I love you with all my heart
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sherimar: Swan, my heart aches reading of your grief. I understand the need to be alone in your pain. Our loved ones leave this life ...and us, but love never dies. I pray your pain lessens more each day.
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Goerree: you take great care of yourself Gracious xx
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Gracious Swan: time wounds all heal

All people die it is the path to death that matters
The weekend ( 19th June )
Packed and already to go
A little fishing town
Where my last promise to him was kept
To scatter his ashes in the sea ‘
With family saying goodbye
Stories were told
Each remembering
Those special times
The love he shared so willingly
The times when something caused his anger
Our camping trips away
Hold on to those memories
He lived a full life
how to be able to sit with the memories.

all people die it is the path to death that matters
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Aussiedish61: aww so beautiful swan
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sherimar
sherimar: Very touching, Swan. I do believe he knows you honored his wishes.
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sheepshed: Huggers
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Gracious Swan
Gracious Swan:


Do not judge

Going to the shops on different days
See a older guy sitting on the bench
there in his suit all crumpled and a little grubby
Such a gentle soul
Waving hello and asks how are you
With the biggest smile on his face
to all those who walk in
Many ignore him
Wonders how much it hurts him
He is just lonely
Harming no one
How does it hurt just to answer back by saying hello
Have we as a community
Forgotten our humanity
Forgotten that one day we might be the ones sitting on that bench waiting to hear a friendly voice
Until you walk in their shoes Do not judge
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mainecatcleo: That is so spot on, it is something we all need to do daily because it keeps ourselves in check also
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LadyOfEire: Another Spot on observation my love we all should the knowledge here pain and sorrow of another's soul may not be evident at first glance it is when we walk in another's shoes do we truly understand another wise words sister
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Gracious Swan: YouTube Did Jesus actually exist or was Jesus based on a myth? New Testament scholar Dr. Bart Ehrman explores the historical evidence for Jesus Christ and debunks
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LucyGoosy: Beautiful and so true and a few words can make such a. difference to their day and yours
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fizzledizzlee: Thankyou Swannnnnn lol..xxxxx
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Goerree: Happy birthday 🥳 Gracious xx
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J a g u a r: Happy belated birthday I just saw this, my apologies beloved friend.
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Gracious Swan: I do not want what you want, please try not to tell me my want is wrong.
Or if I believe other than you, at least pause before you correct my view.
Or if my emotion is less than yours, or more, given the same circumstances, try not to ask me to feel more strongly or weakly.
Or yet if I act, or fail to act, in the manner of your design for action, let me be.
I do not, for the moment at least, ask you to understand me. That will come only when you are willing to give up changing me into a copy of you. I may be your spouse, your parent, your offspring, your friend or your colleague.
If you allow me any of my own wants, or beliefs, or actions, then you open yourself so that someday these wants of mine might not seem so wrong, and might finally appear to you as right - for me.
To put up with me is the first step in understanding me. Not that you are no longer irritated or disappointed with me for my seeming waywardness.
And in understanding me you might come to prize my differences from you, and far from seeking to change me, preserve and even nurture those differences.

Dr Keirsey
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J a g u a r: Beautifully said, I really enjoyed reading this, thank you Swan for sharing
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salt water dani: Love that, swan !!! 😊
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ohiowinddancer: Agape love defined. Thank you, Swan!
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Gracious Swan: “Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”
― Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
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IM GOLDY: LOL yes they do
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Goerree: haha ... so true Gracious xx
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fizzledizzlee: So so true lolo..xxxx
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Gracious Swan
Gracious Swan: Ill survive
break free from the limitations of the prison of your mind
from having a narrow view of life, the world, and its existence
As every breathe we take is a new beginning
Summer comes after the death of spring
Flowers are in bloom death when autumn takes its place
To be reborn after the death of winter
Wind rustling the leaves talking sit and listen to what they have to say


break free
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wheelgirl: I like this
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WulFenStain: wow you got metaphorical talent
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Bubblebell: Life is to care. .for self & others 😇
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Gracious Swan: Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.
– Louise Erdrich
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Nicotina: Poignant and beautiful. This captures the how bittersweet love and loss love is. Love will break your heart and it's worth it.
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Goerree: Thank you Gracious l think
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Happy Rosie: ❤️
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ozziwi: My heart goes out to you and your family ..may he rest in peace ..and God bless very sad time for you all
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Gracious Swan: A big Thank you for your kind words
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IM GOLDY: God bless you Swan be safe and well dear lady.
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