Three simple lessons in love

Lesson 1: Smile!

A smile confuses an approaching frown and brightens the world around it.

I’ve never seen a smiling face that wasn’t beautiful. Have you?

Lesson 2: Hug someone!

It’s easy to take love for granted and we may only realize what we had when it’s already gone.

A hug says more than a thousand words. (Remember to hug yourself too.)

Lesson 3: Choose love over hate.

It’s all too easy to hang onto those familiar feelings of hate or anger towards someone. Unfortunately, this harms us more than it harms others.

I like to think of the Swedish proverb that goes, “Love me when I least deserve it – because that’s when I really need it.”


And have you noticed how nothing loves you as much as a wet dog?

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66 responses

  1. Outstanding post!!! The photographs are spectacular and so are the words! Wonderful!

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    February 12, 2011 at 15:50

  2. Mmmmmmm! Beautiful words, illustrated by beautiful pictures: a great post to make anyone’s day brighter :-). Hugs!!

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    February 12, 2011 at 16:03

  3. I love this post!! Three very wise lessons that we should all practice daily.

    Nope I’ve never seen a smiling face that I didn’t think was beautiful. You are so right a hug…especially a sincere hug speaks louder than words. Of course I am all over choosing love over hate. πŸ™‚ Is this your daughter in the picture with Oscar? She is beautiful and her smile is gorgeous.

    Thank you for brightening up my day with your photo’s and words this Saturday morning. XX

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    February 12, 2011 at 16:35

    • Yes, that is my daughter. No one can smile as brightly as she does…

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      February 12, 2011 at 16:53

  4. I love to be hugged and I ALWAYS choose love.;)) Beautiful and happy images – enjoy what might be the last snow.;))
    Wishing you a lovely weekend,
    xoxo

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    February 12, 2011 at 16:36

    • We had a huge snowstorm on Thursday night with about 50 cm of snow.. so no chance of the snow disappearing anytime soon…

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      February 12, 2011 at 16:52

  5. cat

    Underbara bilder och fantastiskt fina ord πŸ™‚

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    February 12, 2011 at 16:57

  6. Great post providing us with nice tips of love! I would love to hug your dog when not wet:)))

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    February 12, 2011 at 17:19

  7. A smiling face is my ticket around the globe. πŸ˜€ Nice post! And Emerson in your top quote has it oh so right.

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    February 12, 2011 at 17:39

  8. All wonderful suggestions.

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    February 12, 2011 at 17:54

  9. Good life lessons and simple enough that we all should be able to practice them. Oscar is lovable wet or dry. (Goldens really CAN smile!)

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    February 12, 2011 at 18:13

  10. How does he get wet in all that ice and snow!?
    But it is so true. Our Nico is most lovable when heΒ΄s wet. πŸ™‚

    Great post!

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    February 12, 2011 at 18:20

  11. Wonderful post, and wise advice!

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    February 12, 2011 at 18:20

  12. Simply gorgeous!

    Camera Critters, have a great weekend.

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    February 12, 2011 at 18:29

  13. wonderful post, i am smiling!

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    February 12, 2011 at 18:41

  14. I completely agree with you , LadyFi.
    Of course following through on it isn’t always easy…

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    February 12, 2011 at 19:02

    • Easy to say, hard to put into practice. Takes a whole lifetime…

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      February 12, 2011 at 19:06

  15. Wonderful shots of very cute dog.

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    February 12, 2011 at 19:16

  16. Awwwwwwwwwww, sweet, SWEET photos. And I love that Swedish proverb.

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    February 12, 2011 at 20:07

  17. Nice pictures and interesting tips on love, I really liked this proverb, I will point melo. Greetings.

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    February 12, 2011 at 20:25

  18. What a beautiful dog and little girl!

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    February 12, 2011 at 20:35

  19. The Swedish proverb is oh so correct!
    And your daughter has a brilliant smile. πŸ˜€

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    February 12, 2011 at 20:57

  20. Great post Ladyfi- It’s just a really feel-good post…thanks
    Andie

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    February 12, 2011 at 21:07

  21. Always nice to be reminded of those simple truths and wisdoms.

    Smiling and hugging are good for you! They increase the production of benificial chemicals/hormones in your body, which may sound hopelessly clinical and non-romantic, but helps to make you feel more romantic.

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    February 12, 2011 at 21:35

  22. Love this! Great pictures to go with the advice too! I tweeted this today.

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    February 12, 2011 at 21:42

  23. Amy

    Awww great post Fi! Loved the photos and the words of advice!!! And yeah…wet dog=lots of lovin’ whether you want it or not!!!!

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    February 12, 2011 at 21:55

  24. A wonderful combo of words and pics!

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    February 12, 2011 at 21:58

  25. Wonderful lessons!

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    February 12, 2011 at 21:59

  26. Great photos! and who doesn’t love a Goldie? And you are so right about a wet dog …

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    February 12, 2011 at 22:09

  27. nice..easy…practical and true…love that proverb…looks like a happy dog. smiles.

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    February 12, 2011 at 22:14

  28. While I’m not normally a dog person, that cute wet dog in the last photo is completely irresistible and definitely deserves a great big hug! Thanks for your uplifting words and heartwarming photos.

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    February 12, 2011 at 22:28

  29. Maggie May

    Love your proverb because it is so true. Very wise words of yours too. Great photos, as always.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    February 12, 2011 at 23:45

  30. Too too cute! =)

    Have a great weekend!

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    February 12, 2011 at 23:52

  31. LOL — yes, wet dogs are often the most loving! Certainly our Brittany Spaniel mix loves us the most when she can get us soaking wet right along with her πŸ™‚

    Visiting from Camera Critters πŸ™‚

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    February 13, 2011 at 01:05

  32. Beautiful words and lovely shots. You are right, nothing loves you as much as any dog, and unconditional.

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    February 13, 2011 at 01:11

  33. Great words of advice. Everybody should have a dog to love and be loved by.

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    February 13, 2011 at 01:17

  34. Nobody was ever as happy to see me as my pooch- wet or dry! And your dog always looks loved and happy to be in your photographs!

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    February 13, 2011 at 02:42

  35. That’s perfect love. No question. You are very wise, Lady Fi.

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    February 13, 2011 at 02:55

  36. wonderful lessons and superb images!

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    February 13, 2011 at 02:57

  37. Wonderful photos and lessons. All so very true.

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    February 13, 2011 at 04:10

  38. Beautiful shots. Love that Swedish proverb, too. And I need it!

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    February 13, 2011 at 04:37

  39. Love the lessons and the photos that go with them! I heart Oscar1

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    February 13, 2011 at 04:39

  40. TGV

    wonderful pictures and lessons !!
    Hug someone I have to try that !!

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    February 13, 2011 at 06:57

  41. lilalia

    Will do… I especially like the Swedish proverb. Thanks.

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    February 13, 2011 at 08:32

  42. The love bestowed by a wet dog is boundless.

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    February 13, 2011 at 10:15

  43. Great pictures and great message.
    Though i have to say, i have seen lots of smiles that are not beautiful.
    Usually those with bad dental hygeine.
    God i’ve seen some right piano mouths.
    lol

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    February 13, 2011 at 18:00

  44. I don’t think there is anything quite as cheering to see as a damp golden retriever in full sunlight..!

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    February 13, 2011 at 22:15

  45. Oh I would just hug Oscar and drink in that wet dog smell..I love it! Most people don’t but I have a special nose for greatness:)

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    February 13, 2011 at 22:56

  46. Blu

    What a fabulous hug shot!

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    February 13, 2011 at 23:54

  47. I love the middle picture!

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    February 14, 2011 at 05:11

  48. You definitely made a smile happen over here. Great post – every photo and every word.

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    February 14, 2011 at 05:39

  49. My dear Fi: Come around Winder, Ga and you
    will change your mind about Lesson 1. Where I work I have a large sign…Please don’t smile, it hurts my eyes.

    Lesson 2: I do agree on. My sister, Hilda, and I hugged for a loooong time yesterday. We hadn’t seen each other in a year. You don’t need words to express love when you hug.

    Lesson 3: Swedish people are be very wise.

    I believe Oscar loves you wet or dry….

    Great post as always!!

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    February 14, 2011 at 06:51

  50. That last photo of Oscar is a cracker.

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    February 14, 2011 at 11:17

  51. That is one gorgeous dog!!

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    February 14, 2011 at 13:14

  52. What a beautiful post for Valentine’s Day. May we all share love with the world.

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    February 14, 2011 at 14:49

  53. love this post ! πŸ™‚

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    February 14, 2011 at 17:33

  54. Really, really excellent photos and very inspiring words too. I agree that love is important even if you are hurt by someone. But it is difficult to think in a positive way about the person who has harmed you and your family. Still we must try to do so….Thank you!

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    February 15, 2011 at 09:36

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  56. Like all good gundogs, Oscar is a lap dog – and yes, the wetter they are the more they want to show their love πŸ˜‰

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    February 15, 2011 at 13:27

  57. Wonderful reminders! And that’s one crazy dog! I don’t think even my Max who loves water would venture in when it’s that cold outside!

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    February 15, 2011 at 18:53

    • LOL – it really was very very cold! The whole lake was frozen over except a little stream feeding into it…

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      February 15, 2011 at 19:01

  58. marina

    great post! beautiful subjects in these photos

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    February 15, 2011 at 23:08

  59. All true — and worded and pictured beautifully — I love the proverb.

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    February 16, 2011 at 00:39

  60. I have tucked that Swedish proverb away in the back of my mind…and am sure I will pull its words out again…often !

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    February 16, 2011 at 17:26

  61. I love that proverb. So true and so difficult.

    I wish I could see the beauty in the tiny details of life through an artist’s eye like yours. Thank you for sharing your vision.

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    February 17, 2011 at 17:17

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