Be of Good Cheer

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“After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.” ~William R. Alger

SS 1/60   F 4.5   ISO 200

In The History and Language of Flowers the Daisy means, cheer.  We are experiencing a lot of gray days this Spring,  it is raining incessantly.  The quote above reminded me that no matter the gray skies, my heart and soul should be full of cheer.

Cheer in Mirror Image

Cheer in Mirror Image

Cheer in Mirror Image

f16, SS1/100, ISO 200

Nikon D800, 60mm f2.8 micro

“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves”- Helen Keller

Bouquet of Cheer

Bouquet of CheerBouquet of Cheer

SS 1/60  F3.2  ISO 1250

“May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you and all your heart might desire.” – Irish Blessing

“These things I warmly wish for you Someone to love, some work to do, A bit o’ sun, a bit o’ cheer, And a guardian angel always near” – Irish Blessing

“May God grant you always…A sunbeam to warm you, a moon beam to charm you, a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you. Laughter to cheer you. Faithful friends near you. And whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you.” – Irish Blessing

Three similar Irish blessings all containing the wish for cheer.  Cheer? Because the Gerber daisy in the Victorian language of flowers represents cheer.

Joy and Cheer

Cheer and JoyCheer and Joy

F 4.2, SS 1/60, ISO 1000 Nikon D800, Nikon 60mm F2.8 Micro

 

 

 

Cheer and InnocenceCheer and Innocence

F 3.8, SS 1/60, ISO 1000 Nikon D800, Nikon 60mm F2.8 Micro

“When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace,
love, prosperity, happiness… all the good things.”- Maya Angelou

 

A Bit of Cheer

After several dreary days I felt the need to post some cheer this evening.  The images below were taken in August (no chance of seeing this quality of light here this week).

Different plants, different lighting, all hibiscus. May they brighten your week.

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Cheer to Begin the Week

A little cheer to begin the week.