Live the Golden Rule

Charlene Costanzo (author of The Twelve Gifts From the Garden) quotes Dr. Borysenko on changing the world with love and compassion.

“Only love and compassion have the power to change this world for the better.” – Joan Borysenko

Education. Health care. Clean water. Housing. Wisdom. Equal rights. Poetry. Music. Beauty. Hope. Laughter. Listening. Legislation…  

These things can advance us. Others can too. But to really change the world for the better, we need to use our gifts of love and compassion says Dr. Borysenko.  

And no matter who we are – regardless of race, color, creed, social status, age, sex, financial standing, education –  we can! We each have these powerful gifts within us. Why do we hold them back? 

Today, let’s not. Today, let’s change this world for the better.

With love and compassion,



May you be gentle with yourself and others.

May you forgive those who hurt you and yourself

when you make mistakes.

from The Twelve Gifts of Birth

Celebrating 20 Years

The Twelve Gifts from the Garden

Life Lessons for Peace and Well-Being

Translating the beauty of botany. If you look closely, plants sprout with willpower and bloom with determination. Drawing from the beautiful nature of trees and flowers, Charlene crafts garden-inspired messages from her experiences with healing and understanding. Inside, find quotes, reflections, and bonus material:

  • Pen-and-ink line drawings with illustrations of flowers, leaves, and garden plants
  • Charlene’s Twelve Gifts resource and lessons learned in the garden
  • An epilogue from two other locales─Sedona, AZ and St. John, VI

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