Wednesday, January 2, 2013

giving and gathering.....

as I gather up my Christmas odds and ends

I reflect on all the bits and bobs that make up my life
all the gathering and giving that  I do everyday

I  want to share with you
a little story
which I think is perfect to
 ponder over 
on day 2
 of this new year

The Echo of Life

A man and his son were walking in the forest. Suddenly the boy trips and feeling a sharp pain he screams, "Ahhhhhhhhh!"
Surprised, he hears a voice coming from the mountains,
Filled with curiosity, he screams:
"Who are you?"
but the only answer he receives is:
"Who are you?"
This makes him angry, so he screams:
"You are a coward!"
and the voice answers:
"You are a coward!"
He looks at his father, asking, "Dad, what is going on?"
"Son," the man replies, "pay attention!" Then he screams,
"I admire you!"
The voice answers, 
"I admire you!"
The father shouts,
"You are wonderful!"
and the voice answers:
"You are wonderful!"
The boy is surprised, but still can't understand what is going on. Then the father explains,
"People call this ECHO, but truly it is LIFE! 
Life always gives you back what you give out!
Life is a mirror of actions. If you want more love, give more love!
If you want more kindness, give more kindness!
If you want understanding and respect, give more understanding and respect!
If you want people to be patient and respectful to you, give patience and respect!
The rule of nature applies to every aspect of our lives."
Life always gives you back what you give out.
Your life is not a coincidence, but a mirror of your own doings.
~Author Unkown...found in... If only I'd said that Vol. 2~  


what bits and bobs are you giving and gathering 
this year?


Terra said...

Good story, with life as a mirror of our own doings. You send out a LOT of beauty here, so your life must contain a lot of beauty!

Duni said...

Oh, I just love this. Very touching and so, so true! Thank you for sharing. I love all the pink bits plus that gorgeous pink chair :)
I hope to become even more mindful of me and my surroundings this year!
many blessings,
Duni xo

Jane said...

Oh, my, what a great story! Happy New Year!

It's me said...

Happy new year !! from

Anonymous said...

Sweet story, and very true!
Happy new year to you xx

Lynne said...

Truth you found in amongst the "bits and bobs.". Give happy and happy comes back . . .

Sylvia said...

This is a great story, Koralee, just perfect for the beginning of this new year !
Wishing you a wonderful 2013 !

Unknown said...

I adore this story! It is so true, and I've heard that lesson told many different ways but not like this - love it! Thanks for finding it and sharing. YOU are such an example of giving goodness Koralee! You really are an inspiration ... here's to a new year, and a renewed desire to give what we want to get in return. You're awesome. xoxo

Pinecone said...

What a wonderful story! Happy New Year Koralee!! I haven't been blogging much and missed seeing what you are up too. These photos are amazing!!!

Gabriela Delworth - Instructional Designer said...

Happy New Year, Koralee,

Love this story!


Heather said...

very true happy new year! Heather x

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Koralee,

This is a beautiful story and so true with what we put into life, we will get back. Thanks for sharing this.
Best wishes for a wonderful 2013, with good health, happiness and much joy. Thank you for your kind friendship.
Enjoy the holidays, dear friend

NanaDiana said...

Koralee- Just when I think I have heard every story I hear one that is new to me. I love it-and it is so so so true. Blessings to you and your dear family. I am giving bits and bobs of love and time to family and others- xo Diana

Alessandra said...

All the very best for 2013 to you and your family and all your readers!


Unknown said...

Lovely words, Koralee, and can be very true. Hope your New Year is going great so far! xox

June said...

Beautiful! my sweet friend. I love the inspiration I always find here when I visit you : ) !!!
sending hugs...

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Wonderful story - one we should all take to heart and remember.

Tracey Ayton Photography said...

Love this story, it is so true. Thanks for the reminder.

Marilyn Miller said...

What a perfect story and so true!
I have been hiding away recuperating, but realized today it was time to take myself out again. I love your bits and bobs.

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Very wise words! I'm sure your 2013 will be wonderful, after all you live according to this little story! :) x

Teresa Kasner said...

Dear Koralee, what a great story for you to share! I agree completely and always try to take the high road and do the best things, even when over and over the person I am being nice to does not reciprocate. Others say.. don't ever be nice to that person! But I say, no, I will always be the good one.. :-)

((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


Someone who is/was very observant of nature, of daily living wrote that and it makes all the sense in the world. It is these types of treasures that I believe are part of living that are there for US to discover and for us to use our God-given talents to highlight. My goodness how true is this story!

Koralee, I thought about you this morning upon waking up. I subbed yesterday, and just ONE DAY of subbing made me exhausted! But it was now here I am, enjoying your company and ALSO, thanking you for coming to visit me and to see my creation. I deliver it today!

Well my dear, you must be getting ready to get back to work, right? But I can venture to say that YOU had a special time with all your loved ones, and you also blessed me so much for all the years I have "known" you now. I am so excited to see what you have cooked up for 2013. May all the echos that come back to you fly on bluebirds' wings my dear! Anita

francis said...

Happy nee year my vriend,
I realised how I miss Blogging.
I have been soort happy wit my new Iphone
I tot my sons old onze
He now had Iphone 5
I now have huis Iphone 4
Hand now I van do facebook and Pinterest and Oost of stuf on my phone
Also .... my laptop is getting old hand makes a lot of noise hand best ver warm.......
So I have nog been blogging as much as I should have
Do my new year Will Ben about Blogging again.
Happy days my vriend!
Lots of Love!

Jacqueline said...

Dearest sweet Koralee, this is sooo beautiful!!! Happy new year!!!! I hope you had a wonderful celebration!! Wishing you a wonderful, beautiful, prosperous, happy and creative 2013!! Love to you!


Barbara said...

Beautiful words to start out a new year with, Koralee!

polkadotpeticoat said...

That was beautiful....Happy New Year..Heidi

Paula said...

Hello sweet Koralee! Your pink pretties and photos are so beautiful! I love the wonderful story you shared! I pray that my bits and bobs that I give and gather will be only good, kind and loving. I was reading in Galatians last night, about the fruit of the spirit; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, faith, meekness and temperance. I woke up thinking of it this morning and praying I would be filled with all those beautiful things! I love how the end of the verse states, against such there is no law!

Thank you for sharing this lovely reminder and for giving so many beautiful, loving and kind things to others! You are a wonderful example of this sweet friend! Much love, Paula xoxo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


Oh I laughed so hard when I read about the CAKE DELIVERY TRUCK!!! Well, let me tell you, I was NOT expecting it to snow today! The forecast last night said NOTHING about it and what do you know? IT IS SNOWING! To get the dress in the truck will not be too bad; the tissue paper on the skirt is glued onto a sheet with hot glue, so the paper shouldn't fly off. But to get the dress OUT of the car to the shop concerns me with this snow! I have about an hour until I leave and the sun if coming out so we shall see! I'll tell you how it goes! AND ENJOY BEING AT HOME! Oh talk about reorganizing computer files! I too have thousands of photos to organize!


gillyflower said...

What a wonderful story!
Wishing you every happiness in 2013 Koralee!
Gill xx

Rizzi said...


Madelief said...

Such a beautiful story Koralee and so true!

Wishing you and your family a Happy, Healthy and Creative New Year. Hope it will be a year full of love and new encounters :-)!

Madelief xox

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

A beautiful story and so very true! I do hope you are getting back all the beauty and sweetness you share with all of us! xx

shabbied up grannie said...

what an absolutely beautiful story - and inspiration to us all, keep up the good work Bev xx

Candy Pop said...

Lovely little story.... Thank you for sharing.