Today’s Touchstone – Be As You Wish to Be

Charlene Costanzo (author of The Twelve Gifts from the Garden) names compassion and love as the gifts of life.

“Be as you wish to seem.” – Socrates

However we wish to appear to others, let’s aim to be real, to live our values, and walk our talk.

And when we fall short, may we practice self-compassion and be compassionate with others because we all fall short.

As Gloria Vanderbilt said, “We are not put on this earth to see through one another. We are put on this earth to see one another through.”

Compassion and love. They are perhaps the most essential gifts we need to recognize, cultivate, and practice. 

For peace, harmony, and well-being,

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

Get Our Latest News

Enter your email address below and subscribe to our newsletter