Sunday Serenity: How are you Doing?

[I took this photo about a week ago on a very hot and humid day here in Chicago. When I saw this beauty, I just had to snap a pic to share with you].

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post, so I thought I would do just that, and check in on everyone.

How are you doing? Have things started to get back to normal in your part of the globe? It has been a surreal time since the pandemic began, hasn’t it?

I’ve found it particularly difficult to fathom the cavernous divide that has happened here in the U.S. I won’t get into the political aspects of it all, but I think you understand what I mean.

I have had a very hard time with it. It is something I struggle with, if I’m being honest. My thoughts seem to boil down to this: I want people to be happy, safe, and inclusive.

Simplistic? Perhaps. I know there are many complicating factors that stand in the way of achieving my seemingly altruistic wishes. Nonetheless, that really is how I feel.

I do know that things are (and will continue) to get better around the planet. I find it helpful to remind myself of this every day.

I’ve seen so many people struggle throughout this entire pandemic. Kind words are always vital, but I think they take on an extra sense of appreciation when we practice kindness on purpose.

I’ll hazard a guess when this entire pandemic is finally under control, we will all breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Things have changed a lot during the past 18 or so months, but I’d like to think that good lessons have been learned and new, more understanding and positive thoughts have entered our memories.

My wee challenge for you today is this: please consider one small act of kindness, no matter what it is. A quick text, email, phone call, or even something as simple as opening the door for someone. Think about how you feel when it happens to you. Quite nice, isn’t it?

Here’s mine for you. I took this picture yesterday and was struck at how after a brief rain shower this beautiful rainbow appeared. It seemed to be flying a cloud kite! (forgive the dark spots on the pic; they are actually raindrops on the window)!

I hope you have a lovely day! P.S. Watch out for rainbows and magical moments!

  26 comments for “Sunday Serenity: How are you Doing?

  1. July 25, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Yes. It has been a surreal time. It brought out the best in some people and, sadly, the worst in others.

    Happy, safe and inclusive isn’t too much to ask – or at least it shouldn’t be.

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    • July 25, 2021 at 11:40 am

      Thanks so much, Michelle! I agree with you. It’s shown the ‘cavernous divide’ the likes of which I still find hard to fathom.

      Ah, thanks Michelle; I sure don’t think it is too much to ask! Cher xoxoxo

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  2. July 25, 2021 at 11:38 am

    I am doing great-Thanks for asking. I have much more to be grateful for than to be aggrieved about.

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    • July 25, 2021 at 11:41 am

      That’s wonderful to hear, Jeff! I appreciate your positive point of view. I’m so happy you are doing great! Thank you! Cher xoxoxo

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  3. July 25, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Thanks for the rainbow in your photo and in your words, Cher. Simplistic? No, very deep.

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    • July 25, 2021 at 11:56 am

      Ah, bless you, Don! Thank you so much! You just made my entire day! I really appreciate your kind and thoughtful words! I hope you are doing great, Don! Cher xoxoxo

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      • July 25, 2021 at 12:03 pm

        Doing great, Cher. We need more of your thoughts to go with your fine pictures.

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      • July 25, 2021 at 12:12 pm

        Now you’ve made my entire month, Don! I’m so happy to hear you are doing great! Well you’ve given me a reason to get back to my regular posting, Don! Thank you so much!! Cher xoxoxo

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      • July 25, 2021 at 3:34 pm

        Good, Cher. We all need that good north of the border common sense.

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      • August 8, 2021 at 1:20 pm

        Thank you so much, Don! And my sincere apologies for taking forever to comment back! I hope things are well with you, Don! Cher xoxoxo

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  4. July 25, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    We are striving for oneness and like you I see this happening around the world as well

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    • July 25, 2021 at 1:06 pm

      How right you are, my friend! It is happening around the world, isn’t it? Thank you, Joseph!Cher xoxoxo

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  5. July 25, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    lovely imagery
    there was a copper quasi
    full moon
    in slc
    ty cher
    for sharing~

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    • August 8, 2021 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you my dear! So sorry for taking too much time to comment back! I hope you are well! Cher xoxoxo

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  6. July 25, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    That is a fantastic photo! I don’t know what to say about the divide.

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    • August 8, 2021 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks JT! Huge apologies for taking eons to comment back! I hope you are well! Cher xoxoxo

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  7. July 25, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Hi ho Cher! Doing great, and I hope you are to in Chicagoland… xoxo

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    • August 8, 2021 at 1:21 pm

      Hi Don! It is great to hear from you! I apologize for taking so long to comment back! I hope continue to do well! Cher xoxoxo

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  8. July 25, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    Gosh what great advice. The world needs more kindness.

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    • August 8, 2021 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you so much, Michelle! I am so sorry for taking so much time to comment back! I hope you are well my dear! Cher xoxoxo

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  9. July 25, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Lovely photo and challenge, Cher! We’re enjoying some needed rain and cooler than usual temps. Have a lovely week, my friend.

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    • August 8, 2021 at 1:22 pm

      Why thanks so much, dear Bette! Huge apologies for taking such a long time to comment back! Big hugs from Chicago my dear! Cher xoxoxo

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  10. July 26, 2021 at 3:29 am

    Good to see you back, Cher. I did wonder if you were taking a blogging break. I also checked my ‘follow’ list to ensure the gremlins had not unsubscribed me from following your blog. They hadn’t.
    Yes, things have been tough. We’re pretty much sticking to our little bubble for now. Take good care of yourselves. And thank you for the lovely photos. They’re amazing and bring us all hope.

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    • August 8, 2021 at 1:25 pm

      Hi dear Hugh! Absolute huge apologies for not commenting back until just now.

      It’s been such a tough time, hasn’t it, Hugh? Yes, the bubble is a very wise idea indeed. Thank you so much, Hugh! I hope things are well with you all. I’ll be sending you an email this evening with something I think you might find quite interesting! Big hugs across the pond, dear Hugh! Cher xoxoxo

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  11. July 26, 2021 at 7:32 am

    It’s good to hear from you Cher 💛 My thoughts are aligned with yours. The division in society and politicization of everything gets me down too. We are well and thankful for our quiet retreat called home.

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    • August 8, 2021 at 1:26 pm

      Hi Val! I’m so sorry it has taken me such a long time to comment back! It is good to hear from you too! Thank you so much! I’m so glad to hear you are well and your quiet retreat is providing much comfort no doubt. Cher xoxoxo

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