Wednesday, September 10, 2008

i am free

I go to work
I go to church
I eat good food
I wear warm clothes
I say what is on my mind
I can talk to whoever I want to talk to
I can drive anywhere I want to go
I can walk with whoever I wish to walk with
I eat what I want
I read what I desire
I sing any song I choose
I am educated
I am clean
I am American
I am free
Thanks to those who have fought for my freedom.

Just remembering those at war in my prayers today,
and praying for peace.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

winter saves what is pure

I love to see when leaves depart,
The clear anatomy arrive,
Winter, the paragon of art,
That kills all forms of life and feeling
Save what is pure and will survive.

Roy Campbell

I had a poster with this first stanza  of the poem "Autumn" hanging on my wall for a few years when I was 12-16 years old.  There was a beautiful picture of a train winding it's way through a mountain pass with naked trees.  I bought it from a book club in the 6th grade for $1.   Little did I know the impact the poster and poem would have on my development as a person.

I was asked to give a 'thought' in my family home evening group as a freshman in college.  Like some freshmen, I was struggling with issues of independence, friendship,  boyfriends, etc.  The world was crashing in.  This poem came to mind.  I realized how important this stanza was to me, as I interpreted it to mean that trials make us better.  Make us pure.  Strip us of superficiality and vanity.  Keep us humble. Bring us to who we really are. It brought to me the realization that our suffering is the sanctification of our souls.  In a sense, a beautiful process, because it makes us stronger, better, and more close to our Father in Heaven. 

I don't really look forward to the season of winter, or the winter-like phases of my life, but realize the outcome is worth it.  Spring with flowers that knock your socks off, sun and clear skies. There is a sadness and disappointment when some of my plants don't make it through the winter, but I realize my garden is better and more beautiful with those that have survived.  

Just like me.  And just like you.

How have your winters made you a better person....

Thursday, September 4, 2008

life can be good...

Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. 
~Hans Christian Anderson

so many quotes about "life".  it is what you make it, it's what happens when you are making plans, it is unexpected, it is what it is....etc.

in my five decades, there is one thing i know for sure.  life can be good in almost any circumstance because God has made it.

my friend erna told me once she had an elderly neighbor who greeted her every day with "isn't this just the greatest day you have ever lived?"  erna found it a little unbelievable.  i thought it believable.  why?  to live a good life is to savor all good things.  air, water, sunshine, rain, snow, grass, flowers, food, love,  movement, song, the absence of things that are bad, the presence of things that are good...

life can be good, if you choose to dwell in the land of good things. this i know, for i live in that place.  ; )

where do you live?  can you think in your heart how life can be good for you.....

Monday, September 1, 2008


time to be still


thoughts on my day

sounds from the other room

metal spoon clicking on a bowl

rain on the glass

old ben ticking

buzz of a lightbulb

my breath




sweet stillness

what do you feel when you are still.....