Today’s Forgiving Fridays: Exquisite Beauty of Life!

Happy New Year & Happy #ForgivingFridays everyone! Yay! This is an opportunity for you to let go and forgive & post about it ANY DAY this week! See guidelines below. ❤ You can post whatever inspires YOU to forgive and choose love.  Maybe it’s a poem, or a story or inspiring quote, or you can share a photo collage (with forgiveness!) like I did.

Today’s Forgiving Fridays is the Exquisite Beauty of Life.

Forgiveness has some amazing qualities. One of the most mystical (or “How come I can’t figure that out?”) is that it touches in our insides and finds the hurt.

I mean, let’s pause with that for a minute.  Imagine you were a little kid, and you scraped your knee.  You’re crying, and this Forgiveness person walks over to you, magically touches it, and you are soothed with new life.  Wow, that is a true gift of love.

A number of contributors today wrote about “rebirth”.  It got me thinking about how forgiveness helps us let go of the hurt, heal the past, and come fully, exquisitely present to newness of right now.

I woke up yesterday and wrote this about forgiveness:

“It’s the blessing of life.  It in itself in every walk, is exotic.  Forgiveness helps us to create a safe space inside to live life in the now.”  -from my journal

What if we truly lived each moment as a rebirth, forgiving each judgment best we can, and opening to what is right here in front of us?

A Rebirth of exquisite beautyI took a walk of discovery, to see through the eyes of love.  I learned so much through what I photographed.  I was and am fascinated by how we let go and the ways this is demonstrated in nature and connection.

I’d like to share my photos with you, as a creative contribution for Forgiving Fridays.  See how they move you.  I wrote my own notes below & did forgiveness.  This is a new form of forgiveness for me – through the creativity of photography.

Photo 1:

Lizeth is a sweet amazing colleague at my work.  She was feeling down, and I asked her if she’d take a photo for Forgiving Fridays.  Afterward, she told me that she felt so much better.  Isn’t that just like forgiveness?  🙂

A Rebirth of Exquisite Beauty me with Lizeth 1

I forgive myself for judging myself for all the times I avoid connection with others.

I forgive myself for judging myself for feeling scared to reach out and express my love.

And I forgive myself for judging myself for avoiding connection with myself, for not reaching out and expressing my love.

Photo 2:

Leaves are supposed to have the entire Universe in them.  I believe that to be true of each of us.

A Rebirth of Exquisite Beauty leaf in the universe and vice versa

I forgive myself for judging myself for wanting to avoid the beauty of life.

And I forgive myself for judging myself for those times I forget that the beauty of life is within me.  ❤

Photo 3:

I found a flow in full bloom with dead leaves alongside it.  Isn’t it true that we are a compilation of the old and the new? And that it is ALL beauty?

A Rebirth of Exquisite Beauty flowers living and dying

I forgive myself for judging myself as bad because I still hold judgments inside of me.

I forgive myself for forgetting that these judgments are anything less than beauty.

Photo 4

I was struck by the light.  How amazing is it that we can turn on a switch and the room is lit with light so that we can see?  What if forgiveness does this inside of us? What if forgiveness helps us live every moment as a miracle? ❤

I sometimes feel really sad and dark inside.  And that is so ok – it is not all of who I am.  It is safe for me to live life fully in the present moment.  I am love.

And finally…. Photo 5 & 6!

Here I am, starting my journey.  I didn’t realize what was in store for me.  I simply knew that I was willing to walk the path.

I witnessed exquisite beauty every step of the way.


I am SO SO grateful for all of you who contribute to Forgiving Fridays.  I learn so much from you!  Here are this week’s contributions:

Etta of  Simply Etta D. gave us a transformational post on taking stock of our dreams and which ones we want to move on… with an invitation to listen to that inner voice of JOY. Bless you, Etta! ❤

Monique of Her Light Stays Light gave us an amazing post about her and her kids’ story of homelessness and the courage and gratitude that she walks with each day.  A first-time contributer – welcome!

DeBorah of Roaming Urban Gypsy shared a gorgeous photo collage gorgeous post on compassion — it’s an outpouring of love for all humanity illustrating the beauty of each one of us. Thank you, DeB!

Pragalbha of Infinite Living wrote two exquisite poems: the first on how we can love and accept all of who we are…. and hold ourselves in a space of joy & a second on accepting what we need to let go of in order to give birth to new life. So touched!

Frank of Poetry, Short Prose and Walking  contributed an incredible poem and beach photo on the possibilities that exist right now and forgiving what we did prior today. Such compassion and encouragement!

Maniparna of Scattered Thoughts gave us a wonderful photo collage of the rebirth of Spring after a dark winter.  So hopeful and bright flowers too!

Gabrielle of Bone & Silver is on a 7-day adventure with an Eco Village community and is sharing her learnings each day. What if we truly collaborate and communicate with each other? Gabrielle, many blessings!

And in case you missed it from last week: 🙂

Kathy of K E Garland gave us an exquisite post on the exquisiteness of self-love and invites us to answer, “How do we love ourselves?” And she’s highlighting responses.  Check out her series (beautiful).

Revived Writer gave us a wonderful rondelet on letting go of old thought patterns and creating space for love.

Lady Nimue of Prats Corner was inspired to write a poem on letting go of an old relationship and opening to the healing love of forgiveness.  Welcome!


I’d like to end with a magnificent quote that reminds me of the sacredness of life and this exquisite walk of loving, forgiveness, letting go and being present in the now.

Everywhere you go is sacred ground, every person you touch to is a sacred person, and each consciousness is to be respected. All the hurts, the heartaches, and the sorrows can be turned over to the Master within and dissolved in the Light of your own wisdom and joy. 

-John-Roger, DSS   

I love you.



***This post is my contribution for The Daily Post’s Tour Guide and Frank’s Challenge, Exotic. Frank I discovered the exotic in forgiveness – it is the exquisite beauty of touching to ourselves in love and fully being present in the now. This is transformative – thank you for believing in me.***


Here are the guidelines of #ForgivingFridays:  

  • Every day is Friday!  Do a post today or anytime this week.
  • Be creative – there’s LOTS of space for your expression! Write a poem, take a photo, post a quote, share your story …  what opens your heart?
  • Include #ForgivingFridays in your tags
  • Create a pingback link to this post so I can find you. 
  • Have fun – you are awesome!!  

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46 thoughts on “Today’s Forgiving Fridays: Exquisite Beauty of Life!

  1. Beautiful photos, Debbie. Oh yes to the Beauty inherent in all of life, sometimes so we have to be willing to take a closer look! It is always there, waiting to surprise us! Blessings of joy and grace to you.

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    1. YES – it can be so valuable to take a closer look. I had such fun doing it — and felt like I received the sacredness of what was around me in a fuller way.

      Anne, I am so glad you’re here. Your presence is exquisite beauty! I love you,

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    1. Oh, Lacey thank you so much! I’m glad that the post was beautiful for you 🙂 Isn’t the third photo great? It’s a profound perspective to view both the new and the new as exquisite. I love you, Lacey. So glad that you’re here. Have a great week! Blessings, Debbie

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    1. Thank you, Kathy! So glad you found it beautiful. And you got it on linking your self-love series, it’s a fantastic reminder to give ourselves nurturance and caring. The suggestions of the bloggers are helpful too. What a great inspiration on your part ❤

      Much love to you, Kathy, and sending many blessings to you and all who contribute to your series! Debbie

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  2. Thanks for the shout out Debbie; I think you’d be an awesome asset on an Eco Village, & I think you’d get a lot out of the shared values of Compassion & Honesty, which are such essential ingredients for true forgiveness (of Self & others). Great photos & notes in your post, well done ✅❤🙏🏼
    Thank you for all the sharing & networking you do so well 😊 G xO

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    1. You are so welcome, Gabrielle! I really appreciate you and your intentions toward compassion and honesty. Thank you for what you shared about me being an asset — that really touches my heart. Blessings to you and to all involved in the project. And thanks for the thanks, I love networking, especially connecting around love and forgiveness. ❤
      Have safe travels home, Gabrielle. Debbie

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    1. Oh DeB, thank you for this contribution of the Beloved – what a gorgeous topic for #ForgivingFridays. I’ll check it out tomorrow! You have such gifts to share with your writing, your photography and your caring. I’m so glad that you share them with us. Your photo collage is part of what inspired me to write this blog post!! Have a wonderful week, DeBorah. Keep on forgivin’ 🙂 🙂 Love and blessings, Debbie


  3. Dear Debbie, I have thoroughly enjoyed each one of your posts, yet this one felt a favorite! Your words of forgiveness truly touch and soothe the inner most hurts without even knowing what the hurt was. The pictures and your forgiveness affirmations for them bring a whole new world alive. The language of forgiveness is coming more easily to me now, with you. I am grateful that I can be a contributor to these posts.

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    1. Oh Pragalbha, I am happy to hear that you’re experiencing forgiveness easier now! This is so sweet. And you continue to amaze me with how you capture the essence of my blog posts — yes, forgiveness can so gently touch the places inside that need healing without even knowing what the hurts are. I love that. Thank you for your wonderful contributions to Forgiving Fridays, you add wisdom of your heart. ❤ Many blessings, Debbie

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    1. Oh Mary, thank you! That came to me as I was writing the blog. ❤ Initially, I was in wonder for the value of electricity and how I can sometimes take the little things in life for granted. Much love to you Mary. It's lovely to connect. Hope you are well. Blessings, Debbie

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  4. Beautiful post, Debbie. All the pictures are wonderful but I especially liked the first one with Liseth and the third one, old and new thriving alongside. Happy to be a part of #ForgivingFridays, the wonderful series started by you… ❤ ❤


    1. Maniparna, you are so welcome! Thanks for this beautiful comment, and for your own photo contribution for #ForgivingFridays 🙂 I love the rebirth of Spring. Feel free to contribute to Forgiving Fridays anytime! Glad you connected with #1 and #3, that is so great to know they moved you. Many blessings, Maniparna! Debbie

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  5. There’s so much beauty and wisdom in this post Debbie, in the beautiful photos and lessons you share. I love that we can flick on a light and find that healing and forgiveness within ourselves. There’s so much heart in this post. Really loved it. Sending you hugs, love and blessings for a wonderful week ahead. 💖

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    1. Thank you so much, Miriam! I’m glad that you found wisdom and beauty in my post. 🙂 Thank you also for your beautiful contribution to Frank’s challenge….seems like our posts had similarities in highlighting the exquisite (and exotic!) beauty in the little things in life, such as nature and simple connection with friends. I really feel like you witness my heart when you read my posts. Many blessings of love to you, Miriam! Know you’ve got a hug from me in LA!!! xo Debbie

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      1. You’re so right Debbie, I do feel a connection with you that speaks into the heart and I feel that in many of your posts. Thank you for the beautiful words and the hug, here’s one coming back to you from me in Melbourne. xo 🙂

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    1. Thank you! That’s the first time that I used photography combined with forgiveness. It was a really creative process. Lizeth is one of the sweetest and kind people I know. I was so happy to give her some happiness! Many blessings to you, Frank. I appreciate you. Debbie

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