Are you Happy?


 

 

Happiness

 

There’s just no accounting for happiness,

or the way it turns up like a prodigal

who comes back to the dust at your feet

having squandered a fortune far away.

 

And how can you not forgive?

You make a feast in honor of what

was lost, and take from its place the finest

garment, which you saved for an occasion

you could not imagine, and you weep night and day

to know that you were not abandoned,

that happiness saved its most extreme form

for you alone.

 

No, happiness is the uncle you never

knew about, who flies a single-engine plane

onto the grassy landing strip hitchhikes

into town, and inquires at every door

until he finds you asleep midafternoon

as you so often are during the unmerciful

hours of your despair.

 

It comes to the monk in his cell,

It comes to the woman sweeping the street

with a birch broom, to the child

whose mother has passed out from drink.

It comes to the lover, to the dog chewing

a sock, to the pusher, to the basket maker,

and to the clerk stacking cans of carrots

in the night.

 

It even comes to the boulder

in the perpetual shade of pine barrens,

to rain falling on the open sea,

to the wineglass, weary of holding wine.   —Jane Kenyon

 

 

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Autumn at my house

Autumn at my house

 

 

 

Cleveland skyline from Huntington Beach.

Cleveland skyline from Huntington Beach.

 

Sunday Stills: Water


Wonderful photographs. Hugs, Barbara

lifelessons - a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown

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My water-themed pictures were taken at la Manzanilla beach, the Amazon River in Peru, Candelabra Island in Peru and my own pool/terrace overlooking Lake Chapala in Mexico.  Obviously, I couldn’t choose and actually could have posted hundreds more.  Water seems to be my “thing.”

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We Become Friends: A Poem


Poetic Parfait

Friends Friendship: Will it survive? Exploration with poetry. Photo Source: Hollywata, CC BY-ND 4.0, via Flickr

I cherish my friends, those wonderful people who I let into my section of the world. They are people who I know online and in “real” life. Some friends are younger than me while others are older. Once you become a friend to me, I treasure you so much. Recently I had a bit of a falling out with a friend in “real” life here in Victoria, but we were able to work it out after she apologized to me. I am thankful. I understand that life is not always easy but friendship is something so important and worth fighting for!

Thank you to all of you who support Poetic Parfait and I as I do consider you all friends!

Here is a poem I wrote about friendship and the recent falling out that happened in…

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We Become Friends: A Poem


Poetic Parfait

Friends Friendship: Will it survive? Exploration with poetry. Photo Source: Hollywata, CC BY-ND 4.0, via Flickr

I cherish my friends, those wonderful people who I let into my section of the world. They are people who I know online and in “real” life. Some friends are younger than me while others are older. Once you become a friend to me, I treasure you so much. Recently I had a bit of a falling out with a friend in “real” life here in Victoria, but we were able to work it out after she apologized to me. I am thankful. I understand that life is not always easy but friendship is something so important and worth fighting for!

Thank you to all of you who support Poetic Parfait and I as I do consider you all friends!

Here is a poem I wrote about friendship and the recent falling out that happened in…

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IOTD …. “Image of the Day, #40!!


It Is What It Is

~~October 10, 2014~~

STILL GOING PINK

The lotus flower represents one symbol of fortune in Buddhism. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

The second meaning, which is related to the first is purification. It resembles the purifying of the spirit which is born into murkiness.

The third meaning refers to faithfulness. Those who are working to rise above the muddy waters will need to be faithful followers.

“As it appears in …. “

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A dear blogger friend taught me about this concept.

You can find Michelle here: http://mchelsmusings.wordpress.com/

IOTD is image of the day, a concept I came up with. I teach visual meditative therapy – or in easy terms – a mini mental holiday. For some people…

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