Monday, October 6, 2014

Prepare today for tomorrow

Animals and birds don't have to be told the season is changing. They just know.  Now that Autumn is upon us and leaves are turning color and fluttering in the breeze, birds are flocking together and planning their trip south. Many have left, except for the ones that stay all year.

This is a favorite poem I enjoy all year, but especially this time of year. When I read it out loud I hear the words dance. Just like the leaves. It's a happy poem and reminds me to enjoy life in the moment. And not to fear the future. Tomorrow will take care of itself if we take a little time to prepare for it today.

Something Told the Wild Geese

Something told the wild geese
It was time to go.
Though the fields lay golden
Something whispered,- "Snow."
Leaves were green and stirring,
Berries, luster-glossed,
But beneath warm feathers
Something cautioned,-"Frost."
All the sagging orchards
Steamed with amber spice,
But each wild breast stiffened
At remembered ice.
Something told the wild geese
It was time to fly,-
Summer sun was on their wings,
Winter in their cry.

Rachel Lyman Field

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Love Can Make a Difference!

My daughter is getting married in one month. Things will change after she and her beloved say "I do." Her love for her husband will grow and she will prefer him more. But that's good. That is the way it should be. She has been and will continue to be a kind and gracious daughter.

Still, I will miss my little girl. She has brought me much joy, especially when she shares stories with me of her hospital work as a nurse. Her stories often make me laugh and demonstrate to me my daughter's strong character and good common sense.

To celebrate her up-coming marriage I am posting a love poem because love makes life wonderful. It can make a simple moment in an otherwise dull day, a moment to treasure forever.

Because of Your Love

Sometimes it feels like summer,
Even on a winter day;
It happens when you smile at me
Or look a certain way.

Sometimes I feel the sunshine
When it's raining from the sky;
It happens when you hold my hand
And when I hear you sigh.

Sometimes it feels like heaven,
Where my every dream comes true;
It happens when you look at me
And say, "I love you, too."

Patricia Ann Emme

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sabine Sicaud-gifted child poet

The Little Pebbles Song

They think he's silent. Me, I know he's singing,
singing beside the path his little pebble song.
But since he sings so softly, people really
have no idea...
Did he learn in the stream, or on the brooklet's dam,
the flowing waters' secrets? Or did he learn, along the
road, the secrets of creatures passing on their way?

by-Sabine Sicaud

I really enjoyed this poem. When I researched the author I appreciated it even more.

Sabine Sicaud was born in France to loving parents. At eleven years of age, Sabine won a poetry contest and at thirteen years of age she had a poetry book published.

She would be considered gifted in today's world. Sadly, two years later in 1928, she died of a mysterious illness (they now know it as Osteomyelitis). Many of her  poems speak of her journey, first as a curious child, and then later during her illness.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Finding Contentment

I've always been drawn to the simple things in life. No fuss, no muss is my motto. Yes, simple living is the best way to live.

What I like about this poem is that everyone can relate. From the youngest person to the oldest. Sharing simple things can bring a whole lot of joy. We don't have to spend a lot of money to bring joy to someone's day. If you don't think so, I dare you to try it and find out for yourself.

The Orange
-by Wendy Cope

At lunchtime I bought a huge orange-
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave-
They got quarters and I had a half.

And that orange, it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park,
This is peace and contentment. It's new.

The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all my jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I'm glad I exist.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Today is mine. Yesterday is gone!

Each day brings new opportunities along with responsibilities. If we look forward to each day with confidence and excitement it will affect the end results greatly. Sometimes the end results won't be exactly what we had imagined. It might even be better! Being faithful to our obligations and commitments is where we begin. How our attitude and our spirit responds to events in our day is the key to achieving positive results.

It's good to stimulate your mind with strong uplifting ideas of what you wish to accomplish. All the great inventors and philosophers did just that. Fresh opportunities might just be around the corner, even in the midst of our obligations. I hope you choose to make this day a great day in your progress toward an exciting life.

The picture below is taken by me when I was in Alaska a few years back. It was a lovely walking trail that took us through a Carolina forest. The sights of tall straight coniferous trees and large leaves on dark green undergrowth was awesome.


by Myrtie Fisher Seaverns

Today is mine. Yesterday is gone.
We've no promise of tomorrow.
May I live today with faith and trust.
Nor care nor trouble borrow.

Today is mine. Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow is yet to come.
May I fill today with loving deeds,
Close sheltered by love and home.

Today is mine. Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow may never be.
May God give me strength to live this day,
Then I'll face tomorrow free.

Today is mine. Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow is not yet mine.
God help me use the hours today
According to His design.

Today is mine. Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow yet seems far away.
The golden hours of today are mine;
In God's hands is each new day.

Today is mine. Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow but looms afar.
May I strive to live my best today
Guided by God's own star.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

"Be Still and Know that I am God" Psalms 46:10

Lord, I do not understand but I know.

I do not understand how the sun gives warmth to the earth and causes gardens to grow and flowers to bloom, but I know it does. I do not understand how God's presence warms my heart and gives me abundant life but it does. I do not know where the birds learn their beautiful melodies, but I hear them sing. I do not understand how God's songs of hope and praise and love go into my heart, but they are there. I do not understand how nature helps the trees and flowers to survive the storms, but it does. I do not understand how God sustains me in the tempests of anxiety and fear that seem about to overwhelm me, but He does! I do not understand how God can sustain a whole world of people in a day like this, but I know He can. "God is our refuge and strength." In the midst of the cares and tribulations of our daily life, in the midst of war, sorrows, and disasters, He will not forsake us if we put our trust in Him.

by Margery Moore Ballengee

This article was taken from Ideals Vol. 26, No. 2 March 1969. I thought this spoke so fitting for today. Hope you enjoy the picture I added. Spring is near and my Dutch roots can't help but get excited about the tulips.