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The Sermon on the Mount has always fascinated me, I imagine much like it did the original hearers.  Check out Matthew chapter 5 where Jesus says, “14 You are the light of the world. A city located on top of a hill cannot be hidden, 15 nor do they light a lamp and place it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it shines on all those in the house. 16 In the same way let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

Jesus is promising the greatest of all blessings to those who are part of his kingdom… they are blessings of usefulness.  He has placed his followers in a position of influence.  They are to reflect His light and thereby be a blessing to those in their sphere of influence.  By the good deeds issuing from a changed life, they are able to stem the tide of corruption and darkness that engulfs a fallen world.

 How many times a day, do you hear someone say, “Have a blessed day”?  Today, let’s turn this around and say, “Be a blessing today”. 

Let’s joint together today and sing, “This Little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine . . .

Something to think about

Rickey Moore

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What can be https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2015/6/what-can-be What can beWhat can beEvery day is a new beginning, stay away from what might have been and look at what can be.

If you worry about what might be . . . and wonder what might have been . . . you will ignore what is.  Every day is a new beginning.  Treat it that way.  Stay away from what might have been and move on.  Don't let negative words or actions of others affect your smile.  Decide that today is going to be a good day.  It is never too late to start becoming what you might have been.

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Where does joy come from? https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2015/6/where-does-joy-come-from Find what gives you joyFind what gives you joyFind what gives you joy and do it.

What brings you real joy?  Do that . . . Be that . . . Share that . . . Spend more time with THAT and you'll get more joy!  Fight to find JOY in everyday things, ordinary things.  Life is not a race.  Find joy in today's journey.  To achieve our real potential, we have to rediscover joy and share it with others.  Remember, joy is always given, never grasped.

Mother Teresa said, "Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.  She gives most who gives with joy."

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Never Forget https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2015/6/never-forget Never ForgetNever ForgetNever let the things you want make you forget the things you have.

Happiness isn't getting all that you want.  It's enjoying all that you have.  We always have enough to be happy if we are enjoying what we do have and not worrying about what we don't have.  Happiness comes from contentment and enjoy all the many blessings we have scattered all around us.

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Where does Strength come from? https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2015/6/where-does-strength-come-from Where does Strength come from?Where does Strength come from?Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't.

When something bad happens you have 3 choices.  You can either let it define you.  Let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.  We are not what we have done.  We are what we have overcome.  Believe in yourself and all that you are.  Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.  Remember, Challenges are what make life interesting.  Overcoming them is what makes them Meaningful.

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Natural Beauty https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2015/5/natural-beauty

The nature of beauty, is the beauty of nature.  The beauty that only nature can produce surrounds us every day.  These amazing wonders are all around us right now, filling our world with super natural beauty.  The earth has a beautiful song for those who will pause to listen.  I believe that if we truly love nature, we can find beauty everywhere.

Nature is one of God's ways of telling us just how special we are to Him.  Today, let us enjoy the gift of nature.  Let us be thankful that we have seen an orange sky with purple clouds.  How easy it is to forget that we have the privilege of living in God's art Gallery.


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Hold Your Ground https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/4/hold-your-ground Hold Your GroundHold Your GroundHold Your Ground

        As I walk around the ancient log cabin I am drawn to this old walnut tree.  As I look at the walnuts that litter the ground my mind travels back in time to another walnut tree.  My grandmother (blinded at birth) had a tree just like the one I stand before today.  I can remember helping her gather the earthbound walnuts, cracking, shelling and eventually eating them.  She loved her walnut tree; it did not look like much and offered very little shade, but it had qualities she could easily see.

        Her sightless eyes taught me how to locate the hiding walnuts, she could crack them better than I could and her arthritic fingers could shell them quicker than I could eat them.  She was an amazing woman!  Last nights storm shook the walnut tree’s limbs pretty hard, liberating many nuts that were attached the night before.  Today they are scattered beneath the twisted branches of this gnarled tree.  As I survey the fallen walnuts I am suddenly drawn to these three which are still attached and defiantly clinging to their branch. 

        The more I look at this persistent trio the more I admire them.  They have a lot going for them and I am convinced that we could learn a lot from a few determined nuts.  Perhaps their most significant lesson is the importance of stick-ability; hanging on when everybody else lets go.  Think about it, who can minimize the importance of sticking to your job until one of you is finished.  Persistence, determination and perseverance pay great dividends to those willing to hang on a little longer.

        Let us realize that a great tree is only a little nut that held its ground.  One of the major determining factors of true greatness is hanging on after others have let go.  Happiness is a choice; choose to stick to something good today and hold on tight.

Something to think about:

  • Enjoy what you can; endure what you must.
  • He who cannot endure tough times will not see good times.
  • When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
  • Don’t pray for an easier life; pray to be a stronger person.
  • Consider the postage stamp: Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.
  • The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.
  • The best time to hold on is when you reach the place where the average person gives up.
  • Nothing great was ever done without much enduring.


Thankful for patient love and enduring friends

By Rickey Moore

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The curve that sets everything straight https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/4/the-curve-that-sets-everything-straight The curve that sets everything straightThe curve that sets everything straightThe curve that sets everything straight


Sometimes I forget just how powerful a simple smile can be.  It has a way of diffusing tense situations.  It has the power of reconciliation.  It is what introduces us to new friends.  A smile is the power behind first impressions.  Every time you smile at someone it is an act of love, a beautiful gift to that person.


Have we forgotten how attractive a smile can be?  I can remember the first time I witnessed the smile of my children; and how it made me feel.  A smile takes but a moment but the memory of it lasts forever.

There are hundreds of languages around the world, but a smile speaks them all.  Today, let your smile change the world.  Don’t let the world change your smile.  When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.


Do me a favor, and smile.


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The worst thing https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/3/the-worst-thing The worst thingThe worst thingThe worst thing I could be is the same as everyone else

One of the biggest challenges in life is to be yourself in a world that is trying desperately to make you like everyone else.  Every day children are being ostracized and bullied simply because they are different.  And what crazy things we all do to fit into the popular crowd?  We have felt the pressure to conform and heard the cruel jokes. 


People laugh because we are different.  Perhaps we should be laughing because they are all the same?  Today, let’s celebrate our differences.  Embrace what makes us unique and special and stop trying so hard to be like everybody else.


Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”


Today you are you, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive, who is youer than you.


The worst thing I could be is the same as everyone else.

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Balance https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/3/balance BalanceBalanceBalance is not something you find it is something you create.

Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management.  Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices.

Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

Balance is not something you find it is something you create.

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Have fun https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/3/have-fun Have funHave funThiknk a little less, Live a little more.


Whatever happened to having fun?  Dr. Seuss said, if you NEVER did, you SHOULD.  These things are FUN, and FUN is good.  Too often I forget to have fun.  I take life so seriously sometimes that I drain all the enjoyment from it.

Dale Carnegie said, people rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.  Wow!  We should read that every morning… people rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.  I guess the real question is, am I having any fun in what I am doing?  When was the last time I had fun? 

In this photo taken Sunday afternoon on the Pinhoti Trail near Pine Glen, We didn’t realize we were making memories . . . We just Thought we were having fun.  You ought to try it.  What have you got to lose?

Something to think about:

·        Happiness is like jam . . . you can’t spread even a little without getting some on yourself.

·        Just play.  Have fun.  Enjoy the game. . . Michael Jordan

·        Live life fully while you’re here.  Experience everything.  Take care of yourself and your friends.  Have fun, be crazy, and be weird. . . Anthony Robins

·        Creativity is intelligence having fun.

·        What if part of the purpose of your life is to have fun and enjoy it?

·        If you want to be happy, BE.

By Rickey Moore

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Love brings us home https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/3/love-brings-us-home Love brings us homeLove brings us homeLife takes us to unexpected places. Love brings us home

Life takes us to unexpected places. Love brings us home


It is funny how time and distance change you.  When I think back to the ME of my childhood.  Life seemed so easy going, carefree and filled with fun and adventure.  We could take a stick and entertain ourselves for hours imagining the life of a pirate in the morning and a warrior in the evening.  As I grew up more and more of my time was spent conjuring up ways to escape the confines of home.

Eventually I did escape.  College, work, detours and wrong turns have all assisted in this runaway’s escape.  It is funny, home is a place we grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.  Why is that?  Because Home is where all our story’s begin.  Where did we learn the meaning of love?  Where did you get your values? Hopes and dreams?  Where did you learn to pray?  Home sweet home.

Everybody daydreams of the beauty of travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.  You can go other places, all right – you can live on the other side of the world, but you can’t ever leave home.   Because, all journeys eventually end in the same place, home.  Why? Because Home is where the heart is.  

Having a place to go – is a home.  Having someone to love – is a family.  Having both – is the greatest blessing of all.


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Welcome the waves https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/3/welcome-the-waves Welcome the wavesWelcome the wavesSometimes in the waves of change we find our true direction.

Sometimes in the waves of change we find our true direction.


How many times in my life have I knelt in prayer to ask God for guidance only to find my life turned upside down?  As I stood watching the wave’s crash upon the seashore I realize that the same all mighty hand that is shaping the shoreline is molding me.  And the waves that take us away are the same ones that can carry us home.  So, why do we struggle against the waves of change?  Are they not God’s instruments to make us more like him?  God sometimes takes us into troubled waters not to drown us but to cleanse us.

The waves may hurt our feelings, but remember, feelings are much like waves, we can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which ones to surf.

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Pray https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/3/pray PrayPrayDo not be anxious about anything . . . Pray . . . And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Do not be anxious about anything . . . Pray . . . And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. . . Philippians 4:6-7


Lord, teach me to pray.  Too often my heart is cold and my words are mechanical.  I spent too much time trying to say the correct words instead of spending time in communion with you.  Lord, help me to breathe my selfishness and breathe in your presence.  Remind me that prayer is not overcoming your reluctance, but laying hold of your willingness. . . . Prayer is me, putting myself into your loving hands.

Lord, teach me to pray.

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Everything you want https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/3/everything-you-want Everything you wantEverything you wantEverything you want is just outside your comfort zone

Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone


Just like Charlie Brown’s buddy Linus we all are carrying around our blanket.  We crave the familiar.  These people, places and things offer us safety and protect us from what we perceive as the dangers of the different.  We shun the stranger and gravitate toward those who are just like us.

Today, let’s try to take a few steps away from our security blanket, our comfort zone.  Let’s try to put some variety into our lives.  We might tremendous strength in our differences not in our similarities.  What are you afraid of?  Go ahead and step outside the box; you just might find exactly what you have been looking for.

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Big Shadows https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/3/big-shadows Big ShadowsBig ShadowsWorry often gives a small thing a big shadow

Have you ever noticed that all Hollywood monsters cast big shadows?  The good news is that they are not real . . . they like most of the things that we spend our lives worrying about exist only in our imagination. 

Check out these famous quotes about anxiety:

·        Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.

·        You can't wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time.

·        My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.

·        Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

·        Rule number one is, don't sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it's all small stuff.

·        Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow.

Click these links to see the ultimate authority says on the subject:

·        http://biblia.com/bible/esv/Mt6.25-34

·        http://biblia.com/bible/esv/Php4.6

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just saying https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/3/just-saying just sayingjust sayingSaying someone is ugly doesn't make you any prettier

Saying someone is ugly doesn't make you any prettier

You know what they say, about sticks and stones?  Their damage can sometimes last much longer than broken bones . . . today, let’s consider the awesome power of what we say.  You know, those little remarks we make, the sudden burst of furry, the unbridled words, that wildfire that sometimes destroys everything in its path.   How many brothers and sisters will never again experience the love they once knew . . . why?  Because of a hurtful word.  How much heartbreak is experienced because of careless words?

The tongue has no bones, but it is strong enough to break a heart.  So be careful with your words. 

The 12 most important words you can say today:

·        I am sorry

·        Forgive me

·        I love you

·        I’m praying for you


Try this experiment today, when you meet a stranger, complement something about them.  When you see a child, praise them.  Family . . . reminisce about the good times you have shared.  Pick up a phone, make that call you have been putting off and use some of those 12 important words… and when you lay your head on your pillow tonight see if you are not happier… just saying!

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the things you once had https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/3/the-things-you-once-had the things you once hadthe things you once hadLearn to appreciate the things you have right now before time forces you to appreciate the things you once had

Imagine you are a chocaholic (I mean you LOVE chocolate).  Imagine you walk into an expensive chocolate store and only have enough money for one piece of chocolate.  The Chocolatier explains that this is the single best piece of chocolate in the entire United States.  You had over all your money and purchase the single best piece of chocolate in the USA and walk outside.  You put it into your mouth and what happens next?  I answer in one word.  Savor!

Now, imagine that this day is that piece of chocolate… Go forth and savor!

We must learn to appreciate the things you have right now before time forces you to appreciate the things you once had.

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Ripple Effect https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/3/ripple-effect Ripple Effect . . .

Imagine that you are standing at the edge of a pool of crystal clear water, smooth as glass.  All around you there is calm and stillness.  As you look upon the surface of the lake it is like looking into heavens mirror, as it reflects the beauty which surrounds you.  Can you see this pool of water?  Of course you can, you have seen it hundreds of times.

Now, look down at your feet and pick up one of the pebbles scattered upon the ground.  It is just a small insignificant little stone.  Hold it in your hand and roll it between your thumb and fingers. Now, drop it into the water.  It barely makes a sound and vanishes beneath pool, never to be seen or thought of again.

Wait, something is happening.  That small insignificant little pebble did something at the point of impact.  It started a ripple.  First one little wave, then two, then four . . . and to your amazement you watch as the entire body of water is covered in the wake of one tiny stone.  That is the Ripple Effect.

Today, let me remind you as you stand on the edge of this day that your actions carry great power.  Every word you speak strikes the surface of someone’s life and starts a ripple.  Every deed you drop into pool of this day makes an impact.  What we do, what we say, the attitude we choose to have, they all makes a difference as we drop them into someone’s pool.

The good news is, we get to choose our pebbles.  I can choose to be kind as easily as I can choose to be hateful.  I can choose to throw smiles or frowns.  Criticism or complements.  Praise or complaining.  Today, I get to choose if I am going to be a blessing or a curse in the lives of the people I meet.  Happiness is a choice . . . choose to have a positive effect today.

Click the Image and throw the stone . . . Share the image and watch the ripple effect begin.

Ripple EffectRipple EffectSimple choices create wide circles of change

  • “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ― Mother Teresa on the Ripple Effect.
  • Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple effect with no logical end.
  • No Act Of Kindness Is Too Small. The Gift Of Kindness May Start As A Small ripple That Over Time Can Turn Into A Tidal Wave Affecting The Lives Of Many.
  • Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
  • Simple choices create wide circles of change
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Keep on Climbing https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/2/Keep-on-Climbing-1 Rickey Moore Keep on Climbing

While traveling the other day I came across a field whose only crop seemed to be these thistles.  Hundreds of these dangerous looking purple and green plants swayed in the morning breeze seemed to be waiving at me, trying to catch my attention.  I park and take a little stroll on the wild side looking for something of beauty amongst the weeds. I was amazed at the variety of creatures (bugs, insects, spiders, and one very large & ill tempered snake) that also were drawn to this strange garden.  Each purple leaf appeared to be adorned with a creepy-crawly and a stinger.  Bugs of all shapes and sizes buzzed about in bewilderment as I browsed the mid-evil foliage.  Once again I was rewarded as I simply slowed down and looked for something good in an unexpected place.  I have decided you can find beauty and blessings wherever you are if you will just look for them. So here I am and I notice this one plant was surrounded by ladybugs.  The base of the plant had a few dozen of these feminine creatures all riding the slow bus and headed for the top floor.  This one beauty was perched high above the others and enjoying her breakfast with a wonderful view of Bugville.  No doubt she had been climbing for a long time and had suffered some hardship along the way.  She was missing a good portion of her right wing (I repaired it in Photoshop).  But in spite of the difficulties and her handicaps she kept climbing until she reached the buffet in Bugville. Let my Lady friend be an encouragement to you today.  When you are faced with difficult circumstances, keep on climbing.  […]

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The Lock of fear – The myth of security. https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/2/The-Lock-of-fear-The-myth-of-security-1 Rickey Moore The Lock of fear – The myth of security.

The ancient log cabin had clearly been uninhabited for many years.  I have visited this abandoned home several times in the past and each time the windows and doors were boarded up.  But not this day, today the doors were flung wide open and a damp odor creeps out of the open wound.  The fading sunlight barley penetrates the soggy darkness.  When I stick my head into the small room my eyes are drawn to the dingy orange curtains that hang over the small windows.  They appear to be thin as a spider’s web and much more fragile. A couple more steps and I enter the main living area of the dwelling.  A stone fire place filled with the remnants of some long ago fire greet me.  The paper which cover the walls no doubt made some 1960s family feels right at home.  But today it seems eerily out of place.  When the uneven floor begins to crack and groan a shiver runs up my spine.  As I turn to leave I spot this lock.  As I ponder this simple device I wonder if it brought them a feeling of security.  Did they feel safe when they slid the bolt into its locked position?  Did it put their minds at ease when they engaged their state of the art security system? Helen Keller once said, “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.  Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.  Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”  Certainly we spend a tremendous amount of money and effort trying to stay safe every year.  We have […]

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Time: Throwing away all we have https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/2/Time-Throwing-away-all-we-have-1 Rickey Moore Time: Throwing away all we have

I was walking near the Pinhoti Trail last Saturday, at the base of Dugger Mountain in Cleburne County.  This is a very isolated and beautiful place with hundreds of acres surrounding me on every side.  One of the things I love about this area is its remoteness; the only sounds you hear are the sounds of nature, the aroma of the forest is the only scent you can smell and add to this the feel of the breeze on your face, the solitude and time for reflection; it was perfect. Well, almost perfect; because just about the time when I thought nothing could spoil this gorgeous scene I came upon several piles of garbage.  The closer I got to this odd spectacle the stranger it became.  Because it soon became apparent that this was not your ordinary garbage pile (piled thoughtlessly in the middle of a beautiful forest).  Why?  Because it was not garbage; it was boxes and bags of perfectly good stuff; dishes, exercise equipment, photographs, books, clothes, etc., all thrown carelessly into this heap in the middle of my paradise. This “photo” is of one of the four tires which were thrown into the wonderfully clear stream flowing below the trail I was walking.  Again, the tires looked perfect and almost new; I could not believe the great waste that was lying at my feet.  Just about then, it was like someone spoke to me and said, you waste something more precious than a set of tires every day and hardly even notice.  What is that?  Time!  How true, because when you think about it, time is really all we have.  Time is truly the stuff of which life is made. How we […]

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[email protected] (Rickey Moore Photography, LLC) Nature Photo of the day dugger mountain garbage murder Pinhoti suicide time https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/2/Time-Throwing-away-all-we-have-1 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:01:06 GMT
Joy, How to find it anytime https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/2/Joy-How-to-find-it-anytime-1 Rickey Moore Joy, How to find it anytime

It was a rainy day back in July when I took this photo.  I had been driving along an old country road in rural Jackson County Alabama looking for something to photograph.  Then I spotted this field of sunflowers and the rain slackened just a little.  There was no traffic on this rough road, so I pulled over to the edge and admired this beautiful field of flowers.  I grab an umbrella and exit the car and make my way through the soggy patch of 3 foot high sunflowers.  The slow soaking rain turns into a light drizzle and as I hold the umbrella above my head and over my camera I take this photograph. I perhaps take about 60 shots while I am in this field and about half way through this wonderful experience the rain stops and the sun begins to peak through the morning clouds.  Almost in chorus with the movement of the clouds and the shinning of the sun appears other visitors to my cheerful piece of real estate.  They have names like honey, killer and bumble; and on wings of silk they seem to float magically through the moist atmosphere like a great ship sailing with a gentle breeze. So here I stand; wet feet, sunflowers up to my waist, damp hair, and surrounded by my new friends, the bees.  I can still hear the sound of my buzzing buddies as they seem to bounce from flower to flower gathering food, scattering pollen and spreading good cheer everywhere they go.  This day they taught me a fantastic lesson in joy; one of the great privileges and opportunities in all of life is that of spreading joy.  To feel joyful is […]

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[email protected] (Rickey Moore Photography, LLC) Photo of the day happiness joy https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/2/Joy-How-to-find-it-anytime-1 Sat, 01 Feb 2014 18:19:54 GMT
The secret to all beauty https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/1/The-secret-to-all-beauty-1 Rickey Moore The secret to all beauty

I love to travel to a place that on the surface is not very photogenic and just stop and look around until something of beauty is found.  More often than not, you end up seeing these in my posts; not because they are such great subjects, but merely because there is beauty to be found in anything if we would just look hard enough.  It was in such a spot that I stood searching for that one thing, that I noticed this small leaf (about the size of my thumb nail) desperately hanging on to the limb and seemingly waving at me in an attempt to get my attention. The day was warm and the wind was blustery.  It was pleasant but the winds seemed to pick up speed and force as the day progressed; there was a storm in our near future.  This makes taking a photo of a small leaf attached to the end of a long limb difficult.  I ended up taking several photos of this tiny leaf before I was able to capture one that was half way in focus.  I thought to myself during the process that I was taking too much time on this small insignificant leaf, but I was hooked and determined to walk away with a photo I could use. Looking back at that moment I remember thinking that the small leaf could not possible hang on much longer, but I was wrong, because it not only hung in spite of much conflict, but did so with much grace and beauty.  It had found a way to cope despite the storm that was coming.  That is what real peace is; the ability to smile in the face […]

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[email protected] (Rickey Moore Photography, LLC) Photo of the day beauty peace https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/1/The-secret-to-all-beauty-1 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 05:07:22 GMT
How to make a big difference https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/1/How-to-make-a-big-difference-1 Rickey Moore How to make a big difference

Saturday, we took a walk in the woods along the Iron Legs bicycle trail in Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge (which luckily is about a 10 minute drive from my house).  It was a great way to spend about 4 hours and enjoy the solitude and beauty of this 9000 acre forest.  About mid-way I stopped and challenged myself to find something in this random spot to photograph.  I chose several subjects, but this acorn setting on a fallen tree was my favorite. As I walked around this large fallen tree I saw something ironic about this tiny acorn sitting atop the tip of one of its enormous dead branches.  I become aware of the contrast of the seed sitting atop the parent, the small acorn conquering the mighty oak, the future victorious over the past and the small insignificant child surviving the silent giant lying at my feet.  Then I began to comprehend the tremendous power and importance of the little things all around me.  As I looked more closely at the acorn balanced on the limb before me, I recognized the potential creation of a thousand forests within this one acorn. Small things carry great significance.  Little things make a big difference.  An atom is the smallest thing in the world which, when split, becomes the biggest.  A few tiny words of encouragement spoken into the ears of a child could alter his entire destiny.  One kind deed done for a stranger could change his life.  A cup of cold water given to the thirsty carries eternal consequences.  Little things are important and the smallest good deed matters a great deal to somebody.  My life is just a great bundle of little things; […]

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[email protected] (Rickey Moore Photography, LLC) Nature Photo of the day big difference little https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/1/How-to-make-a-big-difference-1 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:11:34 GMT
Turn your failures into assets https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/1/Turn-your-failures-into-assets-1 Rickey Moore Turn your failures into assets

This may seem like a strange object to photograph.  Can you guess what it is?  It is a spring from a chair that someone has discarded (dumped at the side of the road) and deserted at the edge of the forest.  Perhaps this was just their thoughtless custom, to dump their garbage here when nobody was looking; I do not know who or how or when, all I know is this; someone has dumped loads of garbage in this forgotten and forsaken place. I began to wonder what kind of a chair this spring once rested; was it handed down from father to daughter until finally the chair broke?  And instead of repairing the chair did they merely throw it out with the rest of their garbage?  I do not know, but here it rests rusting day after day, abandoned, unwanted and utterly useless.  As far as springs go, I guess you could call this one a failure. Oh, the spring is still intact and unbroken and probably could have still functioned as a pretty good spring, but not now, the rust has taken its toil.  Have you ever felt like this spring?  Have you ever made a bad mistake and felt abandoned by those you use to sit comfortably with?  Have you ever fallen and suddenly you are feeling unwanted and useless; a failure with garbage all around?  There have been times in my life that I have felt this way and perhaps you have too; maybe that about sums it up for you today? There is good news for you today!  Today you may have woken up in the garbage pile, or a jail cell, or just a prison of guilt, but you […]

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[email protected] (Rickey Moore Photography, LLC) Photo of the day abandoned dump fail failure forgotten forsaken garbage rust unwanted https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/1/Turn-your-failures-into-assets-1 Sat, 25 Jan 2014 06:14:03 GMT
Stop and smell the flowers https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/1/Stop-and-smell-the-flowers-1 Rickey Moore Stop and smell the flowers

It was a cold day in Alabama.  The winds possessed an arctic flavor I am unaccustomed to but in spite of the chilly breeze the sun was shinning in all its gusto.  I found myself in Birmingham with four hours to kill so instinctively I was drawn to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.  I zip up my coat and pull my hat down and begin to wander a path as beautiful as it was silent.  After a few moments into my walk I decide the wintry gust was an amazing friend on this memorable morning because he was able to reserve the entire gardens exclusively for me. Initially I had nothing but contempt and curses for the unexpected cold weather.  I thought the chill in the air and the discomfort in my fingers would conspire to spoil my time in the gardens.    I had forgotten a great truth; all things truly do work together for our good (even cold weather).  Is there really any such thing as bad weather?  Or are there just different kinds of good weather?  Our job is to simply learn how to enjoy the weather we have been given. Life is learning how to enjoy what you have been given.  Life is too short to throw it away wishing you had different circumstances.  Why not set out to enjoy the circumstances you already have instead of crying over those you don’t have?  We are rich and blessed beyond imagination.  We have been given so many good things in life it is obscene to complain about what we do not have.  Our task is to enjoy more, appreciate more, value more and to be more grateful for the amazing people and circumstances that […]

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[email protected] (Rickey Moore Photography, LLC) Nature Photo of the day enjoy enjoyment flowers happier happiness https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/1/Stop-and-smell-the-flowers-1 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:09:18 GMT
Make the Lonelies go away https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/1/Make-the-Lonelies-go-away-1 Rickey Moore Make the Lonelies go away

Please say hello to my little friend, his name is Leo.  I met Leo on a visit to the Atlanta Zoo where he lives with a bunch of his neighbors.  Of course his is a solitary life because he has a bad temper and does not play well with others.  He lives in a one bedroom apartment with glass walls and only eats delivery food.  His attitude is so bad he does not have a girlfriend even though his keepers have played matchmaker several times.  But none of the ladies will ever consent to a second date.  I guess you could call Leo a loner because he has so few friends and that suites him just fine. Someone says, you cannot call Leo a loner because he has hundreds of visitors every day.  People stand in line to take a look at Leo; He can’t be lonely because he is famous.  But the sad truth is a crowd is not company.  Even in the middle of a large crowd you can feel frightfully alone?  Albert Einstein once said, it is strange to be known so universally and yet be so lonely.  Judy Garland wrote, if I’m such a legend, then why am I so lonely? . . . Let me tell you, legends are all very well if you’ve got somebody around who loves you. For two decades Judy Garland struggled with addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol, and finally died of an apparent sleeping pill overdose at age 47.  How sad it must had been to be so famous, so rich and so friendless; then to take your own life in a lonely bathroom.  Loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, is […]

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[email protected] (Rickey Moore Photography, LLC) Nature Photo of the day loneliness lonely https://www.rlmoore.com/blog/2014/1/Make-the-Lonelies-go-away-1 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:14:38 GMT