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What are you waiting for?

What would you do if you knew you only had a year to live?
What would be on your list?
Whom would you like to see again?
What would you like to spend time on?
Which dream would you want to realise?
What would you like to leave behind in this world ?
How would you like to be remembered?
Whom would you want to have been and how?

Read the list out to yourself.
What really matters to you?
What are you waiting for ?

Get up.
Take a small step.
Do something.

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Not Your Own

Redbird's Roost

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It is sharing and caring,
Giving and forgiving,
Loving and being loved,
Walking hand in hand,
Talking heart to heart,
Seeing through each other’s eyes,
Laughing together,
Weeping together,
And always trusting and believing
And thanking God for each other…
For love that is shared
is a beautiful thing —
It enriches the soul
and makes the heart sing.
Helen Steiner Rice – “A Touch of Joy”

Never say: “It is nobody’s business but my own what I do with my life.” It is not true. Your life is put in your hands as a trust, for many others beside yourself. If you use it well, it will make many others happy; if you abuse it, it will harm many others beside yourself.
James M. Pullman

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The cold hitting in the northern hemisphere

Dealing with ongoing cardiac problems in their younger son, now an adult, who was born with a rare genetic disorder that includes multiple disabilities, the father fights against Stage IV cancer and the mother finds herself struggling daily with feelings of hopelessness that threaten to defeat her natural optimism.  They see that life is hard, and for most of us, it is likely to get harder in the future. Yet it is also filled with blessings and promise.  {About Defeat Despair}

Julia, the writer of the blog Defeat Despair writes

Our wooded lot feels enchanted in winter. February 2010Many of us who live north of the equator have been enduring record-cold temperatures. Some have been hit with a particularly nasty flu or other seasonal aches and pains. Power outages, weather delays and traffic snarls, along with wind chills below zero, can make wintertime something to dread. So let’s get cozy and enjoy what’s good about this season. {A poet in January}

When it is so cold outside, who doesn’t love to sleep in? For many the aversion to getting up in the morning is much greater in the winter, when the cold weather makes a snug warm bed all the more appealing. {Nonetheless}

While winter brings a lazy streak, it also sparks Julia’s inner drive to get organized, set goals and form good habits. She writes

Those winter resolutions, along with the beauty of the snowfalls such as the one I’m seeing right now, are reasons why I love winter despite the discomfort and inconvenience of inclement weather.

I hope you are enjoying January too, whatever kinds of weather it brings to where you are. If you are in the midst of your summer, or live in a tropical climate, enjoy it! Sip an iced tea for me, and go barefoot in the sand of a seashore whenever you have the chance.

If you, like me, are in “cozy hibernation” mode, keep that kettle on and lots of tea, coffee or cocoa handy. Check out some of the many self-improvement articles that proliferate in January via magazines and websites, and dream of springtime. As I keep reminding myself, it will be here before we know it! {Nonetheless}

Brew a cup of your favorite cold-weather beverage. Pull up a comfy chair, light a crackling fire, or if you don’t have that kind of fireplace (alas, I don’t), try switching on your gas or electric fireplace, or just snuggle up with a warm fuzzy throw. Take out your favorite poetry book, or grab your laptop, tablet or phone and go on a poetry scavenger hunt for some wonderful undiscovered gems, or lifelong favorites you can’t fully remember.

If you find anything lovely, funny, thought-provoking or heartwarming, we’d love to have you share it with us here. For every comment that links us to a poem, I’ll answer with a favorite of my own for us to read. Our high school English teachers would be proud!

Let’s bring our virtual Verandah indoors while it’s too cold to be outside. What we lack in sunshine and warm breezes we can more than make up for in congenial online company and realtime hygge.*  Cookies, pastries and savory snacks optional. {A poet in January}

In any case this is the time to enjoy the small things.

A charming display of teapots greeted us at a Pennsylvania bed & breakfast inn, Jun 2015

A charming display of teapots greeted us at a Pennsylvania bed & breakfast inn, June 2015

Despite the deceptively warm days of this past December, cold weather will be our frequent companion for weeks to come. Time for bundling up– or perhaps I should say settling down? for some cozy comforts to chase away the chill. Whether your day will take you indoors or out, be sure to make time for tea.

Note that I said “make time for tea,” not “have some tea” or “drink tea.” One of the great transforming qualities of becoming a tea lover is the inevitability that it will become a centering ritual, calming our nerves even before we take that first taste. Coffee drinkers also understand this, though that beverage is more often associated with busy days and drinking “on the run” — a shame, really, given the salutary benefits of serene sipping.

This winter morning, I invite you to sit down with me for a few minutes of reflective enjoyment. The kettle is on, and there has never been a better time to appreciate the greatness of small things. What are some of the everyday joys you look forward to this week? {Greatness in small things}

January bliss: a comfy chair, poetry, and tea in a lovely cup given by a dear friend. You’re invited to drop in and tell us your favorites– poets, teas, or both!

 


“When one reads a poet in January, it is as lovely as when one goes to walk in June.”
— Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

 

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Note: Hygge has been called everything from “the art of creating intimacy”, “cosines of the soul”, “the absence of annoyance” to “taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things”, “cosy togetherness” but I think my personal favourite is “the pursuit of everyday pleasures”.

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What are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for?

What would you do if you knew you only had a year to live?
What would be on your list?
Whom would you like to see again?
What would you like to spend time on?
Which dream would you want to realise?
What would you like to leave behind in this world ?
How would you like to be remembered?
Whom would you want to have been and how?

Read the list out to yourself.
What really matters to you?
What are you waiting for ?

Get up.
Take a small step.
Do something.

 

Nederlandse versie / Dutch version: Waar wacht je nog op?

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Every tomorrow is a new invitation to beautiful possibilities


Every tomorrow is a new invitation to beautiful possibilities.

‘I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will…go in…and find pasture.’ John 10:9

Dear God, being under the salvation by Christ Jesus, I do hope I can become like him
putting my own will aside to do your will, every day.
Please enable me to be a worthy Christian.

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Yesterday’s impossibilities Today’s accomplishments


Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities..

‘A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul…’
Proverbs 13:19t


Dear God give me strenght
to accomplish those things you desire from me

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Onmogelijkheden van gisteren prestaties van vandaag
Nederlands: De Schoolmeester roerbak aandrijving

A tool to accomplish made by man – De Schoolmeester roerbak aandrijving (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Looking at the world

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Change your sorrow in joy!

Coming closer to the end of the year
we best forget all the sad moments of the year
and take some extra time to remember the beautiful moments of the past few months.


Change your sorrow in joy!

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Verander uw verdriet in vreugde!

One for Sorrow (song)

One for Sorrow (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Successful people and and real conquerors


This is your thought of the day:

Any person can be successful on smooth seas – but – it is the victor over the storm who gains true honour.

 

‘For I consider that the suffering of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.’

Romans 8:18

 

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Tegenslag, succes en echte overwinnaars

Success & Failure

Success & Failure (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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People with extraordinary amounts of determination


This is your thought of the day:

Great people are simply ordinary people
with extraordinary amounts of determination.

 

‘I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’.
Then I said: ‘Here am I! Send me’.’

Isaiah 6:8

 

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Mensen met vastberadenheid

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Nothing is terminal…just transitional


This is your thought of the day:

Nothing is terminal…just transitional.

 

‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God.’

Isaiah 43:2-3

 

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Niets is terminaal … slechts overgangsperiode

English: Transitional doorway South door of St...

Transitional doorway South door of St.Helen’s church, just about a pointed arch with single chamfer, of c1200 and Transitional architectural phase from Romanesque to Gothic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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