Just some thoughts...

Every day, as I write Poetiquejustis, I pray it will be a blessing to someone.
Today, I hope it is you.






Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Order of Things

An hour's industry will do more to produce cheerfulness,
suppress evil humors
and retrieve your affairs
than a month's moaning.
Ben Franklin


Cluttered closets


Junk drawers



Files in disarray


Garages that have fallen victim to the second law of thermodynamics


What a blessing!

These are mindless ventures where you can dive in and see immediate results

Suddenly, you are once again master of your destiny

Captain of your soul

Now- you are ready to take on the world!
Georgia O'Keeffe said in a biography that she could not paint until her drawers were organized


I get that- don't you?
and that's poetiquejustis

Let all things be done decently and in good order.
I Corinthians 14:40


Friday, August 30, 2013

Where Have You Been All of My Life?

The spiritual path is simply the journey of living our lives
Marianne Williamson

C S Lewis said;
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… 
It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”


Thanks to the wonders of social media


Baby boomers from around the world are reconnecting


Old flames


                                                                               and


People you hardly remember


Once they were "there" in your past


And now they are "here" on your computer screen!

sometimes that is a good thing
other times....not so much
But how did they get from there to here?

Ask them! 
 I did recently and learned a friend had found his way from our high school graduation 

to today 

through working in Algeria


another has found her calling in the equestrian life
another as a well loved teacher


Whether your graduation was decades ago, or months ago-
Ask your friends where they have been all your life!
- you are going to get some great answers
as you brighten your day and theirs
and that's poetiquejustis

Oil and perfume rejoice the heart; 
so does the sweetness of a friend's counsel that comes from the heart.
Proverbs 27:9




Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Way You Do The Things You Do

Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude
Zig Ziglad


People make choices

Sometimes they make bad choices

You have no choice in those matters
Except to choose how you will react to those choices


Today, do not make a bad choice because of the bad choices of  others

a choice that will ruin your day and keep you down
so don't let their choices make you blue!


                                                                       It's your choice
                                                                 and that's poetiquejustis

  Finally, brothers, rejoice. 
Aim for restoration, comfort one another,agree with one another,
live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
 2 Corinthians 13:11






Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Talking with your hands

With our hands, we put our heart, spirit and thought in to action
Alexandra Stoddard


Hands....


They give
and
They receive



They hold on


and they let go

They create



and the destroy

They say so much about who we are

Jewel sang:
My hands are small I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
I am never broken.....
We are God's eyes
God's hands
God's heart
Today, give some thought to the  life of your hands
thenbgive your hands over to living!
and that's poetiquejustis

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might
Ecclesiastes 9:10
 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

It Ain't Easy Being Green

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice
George Eliot



When I woke up this morning, I saw a message on my phone from a friend that said:
"we all live in the world we choose to live in"


Ultimately, that is true as we create our inner reality


making the best of the outer circumstances


I have an asparagus fern that reminds me of that daily




That poor old guy has followed me around for many years

Getting thrown in the back of the car every time we move with the rest of his buddies


Sometimes he lives in sun


Sometimes he lives in shadow


But he keeps being green and makes the best of whatever light he has
Living and growing with the choices that have been made

George Moore said 
The difficulty in life is the choice
Today, choose to make the best of what you have
....of who you are 
Choose the light
and you will grow
and that's poetiquejustis

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12



Monday, August 26, 2013

Growth Chart

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice
George Eliot


To grow 
When you choose to grow
is it to grow in power?


or simply in wealth?


or only to gain  knowledge?


Or will you choose the better
The real
The lasting

 and grow in your humanity


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr earned the right to say:

An individual has not started living until he can rise above 
the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns 
to the broader concerns of all humanity.

You may not be able to reach out to millions today

But you can reach the person next door

or in the next office
That is being human
and that's poetiquejustis
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The I in the Island

Communicate a sense of admiration, of wonder, of trust
Sylvia Shaw Judson


I read a line in a Dick Francis book once that stuck with me

"All around her was an island of peace."

What does the "island" around you look like?

Is it cluttered with the fruit of bitterness?

or the fruit of love and kindness for the picking?


Littered with angry thoughts and memories?

or have you captured the glow of happy memories?


Overgrown with fear and suspicion?
or a place of order and calm?

What messages are you sending from the island of your life?
When people sail near, 
do they fear the rocky shores 

or are they grateful for the safe haven?




It is your island

Make it a peaceful place to dwell  and visit
a place of comfort for yourself and others  
The world could use that right now
                                                                   and that's poetiquejustis
                                                   Do all that you an to 
                                                 live in peace with everyone.
                                                                        Romans 12:18