Life in Balance

Through this online art blog/gallery we can encourage, inspire and share hope with one another…We invite who you to share your “NAPS” (News, Art ,Poetry, Songs) or inspirations. Email if you would like to share inspirations. Please note we can not post advice with regards to nutrition and exercise.

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Creative Ways to Enjoy the Sunshine

It’s hard not to feel hopeful and inspired on a sunny spring day. Spending time outside in direct sunlight not only gives us a good dose of Vitamin D, but studies show that it’s good for our mental health as well. Take to the streets and sidewalks, find a local park to hang out in, or just enjoy outdoor seating at your favourite coffee shop. Here are a few suggestions of how you can make the most of the springlike weather:

– Go for a leisurely walk, by yourself, or with someone whose company your enjoy (this includes pets!)
– Get into a good book

– Study/do your schoolwork
– Play your instrument outside (if you can!) or listen to music
– Find some outdoor scenery to sketch or paint
– Write some poetry inspired by the day
– Take your knitting/sewing projects outside 

– Take your laptop/smartphone outside and play some games or do some blogging
– Practice yoga 
– Write a letter to a friend or family member (yes, a letter!)
– Write in your journal (or start one)

It’s easy to feel run-down when we’re struggling. Participating in creative and productive activities can help us feel better about ourselves, and better about life in general. In the spirit of renewal, let the springtime inspire you to do something you love, or even to try something new for your wellness today!

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No Charge for Love

A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups, and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard.

As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.

“Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your puppies.”

“Well,” said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat of the back of his neck, “these puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.”

The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. “I’ve got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?”

“Sure,” said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. “Here Dolly!” he called. Out from the doghouse and down ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.

The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight.

As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller.

Down the ramp it slid. Then in a awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up….

“I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the runt.

The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said, “Son, you don’t want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.”

With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.

Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don’t run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands.”

With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.

“How much?” asked the little boy.

“No charge,” answered the farmer, “There’s no charge for love.”

(Found this story unattributed on the Board of Wisdom)