Nurturing Thurs – Pick Wisely


Continue to inspire others and yourself
Sever ties with those who do not


Frequent Contributors to
Nurturing Thursday:

Tea and Paper
Carol Carlisle
Inside the Mind of Isadora
Laurie’s Gentle Healing Notes
Grace Notes
Pocket Perspectives
Meg Evans
To Wear a Rainbow
Crowing Crone Joss
Jacqueline King
Hugmamma’s Mind, Body and Soul


What is Nurturing Thursday, you ask?

In this amazingly competitive society of ours, how many of us truly feel good about ourselves? How often do we extend to ourselves … the same courtesies, considerations, nurturing, forgiveness and understanding we would a loved one, a friend, or even a stranger?

Our culture tells us we need to be special and above average to feel good about ourselves. Yet, it is not possible for all of us to be above average at the same time. Don’t we usually know of someone richer, more attractive, “more together” or successful than we are? Even if we discount the material aspects and consider the more spiritual facet, don’t we know of those who seem more at peace, more aware or living in the moment. Even when we do manage to feel a strong sense of self-esteem or self-confidence, we are not able to consistently hold on to it. For most, our sense of self-worth bounces around like a ping-pong ball, rising and falling strongly tied with our latest success or failure.

In an effort to eliminate labeling ourselves as “good” or “bad”, and clearly accept ourselves with an open heart … to treat ourselves with the same kindness, caring, and compassion we would show to a good friend … I would like to incorporate more self-compassion and self-kindess in my life.

To “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy” … I am dubbing Thursdays as Nurturing Thursday … a spin-off of the suspended Occupy Blogosphere started by Amy of SoulDipper.

If any of my readers are interested in joining the nurturing, I applaud and welcome you to do so … the more the merrier!!



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About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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26 Responses to Nurturing Thurs – Pick Wisely

  1. jhanagan2014 says:

    This is an important thing to think about, Becca. I agree with Meg that we need to continually pay attention, but the friends we choose do become part of our inner reality. I love this poem of Rumi:
    My heart, sit only with those
    who know and understand you.
    Sit only under a tree
    that is full of blossoms.

    In the bazaar of herbs and potions
    don’t wander aimlessly
    find the shop with a potion that is sweet
    If you don’t have a measure
    people will rob you in no time.

    You will take counterfeit coins
    thinking they are real.
    Don’t fill your bowl with food from
    every boiling pot you see.


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  3. I love this beautiful post. We need more like it. Thank you so much, Becca. 😀


    • becca givens says:

      Ahhh, you are most kind. Thank you for following whatever breadcrumb delivered you to this post – this day … and for jumping right in as a contributor to Nurturing Thursday. Hope to see you often! Blessings ~~

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  5. Yes, the people I appreciate being around are those who nurture “baskets full of kindness” …offering and receiving….


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  8. Oh Becca I am moving away from an uninspiring relationship it is so far good for me but lonely sometimes. Powerful support from you thanks.
    I may have used them before but I guess I need to remember these words from Mary Oliver


    • becca givens says:

      I TOTALLY understand — sometimes the path is lonely, but worth the growth and opportunity to receive additional gifts of positive and love from others we meet after … from what I understand sometimes we have to move out/let go in order to receive better! Sending you love and light! 😀 Thank you for connecting.


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  10. Meg Evans says:

    I wouldn’t say it is necessarily an either-or situation, but rather that most people fall somewhere in the middle, and on any given day they might lean slightly in one direction or the other. Even so, we can always benefit from spending more time with those who strongly inspire us! Here’s my link:


    • becca givens says:

      Meg, I agree with you … everyone sways “a bit” in life — it is human nature … however, I feel the ones to be careful with in our lives are the ones who live in constant judgement, negativity and complaint … They are the ones who have little gratitude, and choose to live life as a victim. The frame of reference weighs them down, and weighs everyone around them as well.


      • Meg Evans says:

        Yes, we do need to be careful not to get weighed down by other people’s negativity. No doubt about that! I try not to judge the judgers, though, because I might not know what’s really going on in their minds.

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        • becca givens says:

          Absolutely!! —
          My personal goal is to live without judgement. I try to remember as I cross paths (or they cross mine) to send them on their way (out of my energy field) with Love and Light … same if I am trying to eliminate an energetic field that is not mine — to send it back with Love and Light. We more often do not know another’s journey. Each of us should be mindful — someone else’s cross is usually heavier than our own.


  11. seedbud says:

    Amen. And thanks for “nurturing thursdays” and your blog roll of great blogs!


  12. Elizabeth says:

    Good Morning Becca, here is my link:
    I can’t agree more with your quote, we always need to be very careful with “who” is around us. Have a great day!


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