Thursday, December 6, 2012

What Goes Around.....

I am a big fan
of Rhonda Byrne's
The Power, where
she contends that
the secret to 
happiness is


Giving love.

Focusing on what 
you love.

Falling in love ~
with life.


Much of this love
manifests itself as
kindness, and
when you dole it
out, a funny thing

It comes back 
to you.

I witnessed this 
principal in action
a few weeks ago,
when my family
visited my aunt and 
uncle in London.

Big time.

My dad is the oldest
of five boys and my
Uncle Tom is the

When I was born,
Tommy was 
nine years old.

Maybe because we
are close in age,
I've always held him 
in high esteem.

Tommy with me, my mom and my little brother.

He was sweet.
He was fun.
He was smart.
He was cute : )

When he married
my Aunt Susan, he
rose even higher in
my estimation, as
she is also sweet,
fun, smart and

Me and Susan

18 months ago, Tom
was offered a position
with his company's
London office.  Susan
put her thriving career
on hold to join him 
on this adventure.

They're both blooming.

Tom and Susan's sweet London home;
their door is on the right.

But back to The Power.

Not only are T&S warm
and friendly with their
own family and friends,
they are that way with

I never saw Tom sit on the
Tube if a lady or an older
gent didn't have a seat.


I watched him and Susan
generously give to musicians
playing in the Tube station
or to the homeless who
{politely} asked for help.

They were up to make
sure the coffee was 
brewing before we 
awoke each morning
and went to bed after
the last lights were 
dimmed each night.

They love taking care of 
the people they love.

My aunt was very busy
co-chairing preparations
for a huge Christmas 
festival in their London 
village, but despite that, 
accompanied us cheerfully 
on many touristy outings 
that she's no doubt seen
countless times.

Smiling as if it were
the first time.

Many of the museums
around London are free
{paid for by the hard
working British taxpayers},
but usually there are
donation boxes.

T&S always quietly
slipped something in.

That's just who they are.

My aunt and uncle are
both very successful
people, but I believe it
is their kindness, more
than their intellect and
hard work, that has made
them so.

It's boomeranged.

And we were so 
to be in that 

All grown up : )

Be kind whenever possible.
It is always possible.

~ Dalai Lama



Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

The peace and joy of Christmas came early this year for you.

What a wonderful blessing.

Francesca Meazza Passionedeco said...

What a post and what wonderful, generous, caring people they are.

Thank you for sharing is nice to know that successfull yet human and kind people like that exists since our society is not always rewarding people like that!


Julie said...

:-) So happy that you have this friendship with Your Aunt and Uncle who are also great role models. I know you will cherish the memories from your trip as well as your thoughts about their own "live it out loud" passion for life. Thanks for sharing with us, Suzanne. ((hug)) and it's the truth. Kindness is NEVER impossible, we always have a choice for what comes out of our heart. xoxo Have a lovely day.

Joanna said...

Beautiful post - your Aunt and Uncle are beautiful people with a wonderful spirit (hey, it seems to be genetic!!) :) I LOVE that you went to the Victoria and Albert Museum, one of my favourite-est places EVER!


Happy Homemaker UK said...

Such lovely examples of how to live.

Loving your photos, Miss Suzanne :) They live in such an adorable area of the city! I'm sure they loved your visit - I know I did :) XOL

Olive said...

What lovely people. Me thinks these traits run in your family:}

michele said...

what a gorgeous tribute, suzanne. your photos tell the story so artfully.

i keep changing my mind as i age about what creates happiness. i think when i was younger at times i was consumed with making it stay. now i don't think that's the point at all. dancing with broken bones will do that. it brings a new vocabulary and appetite.

london with loved ones looks good on you.


Blondie's Journal said...

They sound incredibly kind and considerate and you were fortunate to spend time with them. We can all learn something from their example. Now...I have to look up that book!


Nantucket Daffodil said...

Yes, kindness is contagious!

Jemsmom said...

I know they have to feel the same way about you! Your pictures are making me want to go so bad!

Anonymous said...

Suzanne, how lucky you are to have such a uncle. Your photos are quite beautiful--I love your thoughts. ♥
Martha Ellen

Hartwood Roses said...

Your love for your uncle comes through in your words, Suzanne, sweetheart.

Your premise here, that kindness begets kindness is absolutely true. Even it if didn't, being kind for kindness's sake is just how things SHOULD be done. It makes for a much happier life.

Karen Albert said...

Suzanne what a wonderful trip. I love London and the kindness you experienced there was so natural because of the person you are!


Hindustanka said...

nice thought and beautiful snaps...make me think of many good things. kindness we shall never forget and be kind always. but we forget...
take care and happy December!

patty said...

a beautiful tribute to your uncle and aunt {and beautiful photos to accompany!}. love that quote.

merry christmas season :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I am tearing up here! Oh Suzanne, how beautiful is connect with your beloved uncle and to see the greatest gift of all LIVE in others: LOVE. I am convinced as the bible says that there is NOTHING, NO FORCE on earth or anywhere else for that matter, that can separate us from THE LOVE OF GOD through JESUS CHRIST. It is the force that holds ALL things together. Hallelujah! Anita

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

Wouldn't you like to be a little mouse when your beloved aunt and uncle read this post? What a kind gift YOU have given to them with this post! Thank you for the reminder to always be kind.

Hindsfeet said...

oh Suzanne! Can I just say, I *love* the quote you chose here....I *love* it....what a thought....thanks for this, Girlfriend...


Sandy said...

Thanks for posting on the Ideas of Inspiration blog. It was fun to come and see you enjoyed my own lovely adopted country for some of the same reasons I do!
Sandy in the UK
PS what music is playing on your blog?

Privet and Holly said...

Sandy, that is duet by Milow and Priscilla Ahn.
A Beatle's cover!
Glad you like it : )

xo S.

lisaroyhandbags said...

How nice to have such a lovely uncle and aunt. I have a feeling that kindness runs in your family. It's truly inspiring and a great reminder of how to live life. I wish I came across people so kind more often. xo

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

This is so beautiful. I just love the story and the photos. I agree. I find happiness in contentment but I guess I am lucky to have so much love in my family that I feel that contentment. Very good lesson for us all. I would love it if you would share at my party.
Such important words for us all.

Cindy said...

This is a beautiful, heartfelt post. It shows how much you love your uncle and aunt!
I agree, being kind always wins!
xo Cindy

Tricia said...

Your aunt and uncle sound like such special people. I'll bet you created some wonderfully memories during your visit with them.

I was talking about blogging with my sister today and during our conversation told her about you and how I think you seem like such a good and kind person...hopefully, we can meet one day :)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

How lovely they sound, Suzanne...and how wonderful to be thought of by others in this way! Such a beautiful, inspiring post! It was so wonderful seeing you and meeting beautiful Elizabeth today...her lovely spirit shines from the inside out!

Gretchen said...

Ah Suzanne... miss you girl! So excited your family was blessed with this wonderful trip and opportunity to spend time with your extended family in England. So very cool! One of my Biggest Bucket list dreams is to travel to England. Must hear all about it when the Christmas season is past at lunch or coffee.
Merry Christmas! May you have a blessed holiday season.
p.s. Emily is doing great at the U of M. Is in AOII Sorority and just LOVES it at the U. Thinking of you and Elizabeth as you work on her choice and the Senior journey with all it entails.

Much love to you!

Whosyergurl said...

I'm thinking of the childhood poem "pussy cat, pussy cat where have you been? I've been to London to see the queen!"
A loving tribute to family. I recently was given a Coach purse. I was telling a co-worker that I wanted a Coach purse. She was given one shortly after our conversation and she thought "this is for Cheryl" (She is a beautiful Christian young woman.) I told Doug "you know what this is? good karma coming back to me." I accepted it joyfully! xoxo, Cheryl

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Its like that commercial where someone witnesses an act of kindness, and then they give one to someone else. How lovely that you have family that you really enjoy and admire, and that you got to see them halfway across the world from you!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

What an amazing way to experience a foreign city with such kind and generous souls-sharing this totally puts me in the Christmas spirit!

I Dream Of said...

Such a beautiful post Suzanne, both the photography and the sentiment. Thanks for the gentle reminder to live life with love today and to give kindness wherever the day leads!

Palomasea said...

It is always possible indeed, dear Suzanne.
A brilliant post...what a blessing that you have each other...
Such stunning photos!
You make the world kinder and more beautiful, dear friend and neighbor...
Love and light,
- Irina

Tiffini said...

oh i love your heart
and i believe in this too
not that we " love " to get it back but when we sincerely live that way it really does come back to us..and I loved your photos from London. What an amazing thing to visit there.
a big hug to you..xo

The Café Sucré Farine said...

What a sweet and very true post! I love all your photos of London. Our daughter lives there and your pictures and memories were very familiar!

Jeanie said...

I don't know of "The Power" but yes, it's clear Tom and Susan have it -- and yes, so do you! This post made me smile in so many ways. A smile that will stay long after the computer is turned off for the day. How fun to catch up with you!

Lili said...

Oh Suzanne this was such a beautiful post, both in words and images! I can tell you had a very fulfilling time in England. xoxo

pollydove said...

What fun for you! I would love to go to London someday. Your photos are absolutely incredible! And isn't it wonderful to have family that you really do love, admire, and enjoy? It's a blessing for sure! Looks like a wonderful trip. xoxo