~ Linda R. O'Connell
Found at Poems at The Poetry Showcase
Outside my window...it is dark and all is quiet before the sun rises to wake the sleepy world.
I am thinking...that I would like to stay home and have a quiet, simple day, puttering around my house and yard, but I will get myself to work and make it a productive day.
I am thankful for...these quiet early morning moments when I can collect my thoughts and prepare myself for the day ahead.
From the learning rooms...I'm excited about the software I'm learning at work and the new forms and feature we'll be rolling out to the Firm this week.
From the kitchen...two brown sugar cinnamon poptarts and a glass of milk.
I am wearing...grey slacks and a grey sweater. Hey, monochrome is slenderizing! Besides, I love the color.
I am creating...a feature at work to honor and bring notice to LAAs.
I am going...to bring Devi in to the vet tonight to have her stitches removed.
I am reading...two books, Poltergeist by Kat Richardson, and The Right to Write by Julia Cameron.
I am hoping...that I find some missing documents at work today.
I am hearing...the kittens munching their breakfast and the clock ticking, telling me I need to shut down the laptop.
Around the house...the dishes need to be done and the folded laundry on the dining room table needs to be put away.
One of my favorite things...the stillness of early morning.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Clean house, sew some patches on my son's jacket, pay bills, and have family night.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing...
Last year's peonies from the bushes on the east side of my house.
I'm looking forward to this year's beautiful blooms.
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This week's assignment is: Tell us what you were like when you were six. Would that little girl be happy with your life now?
Six years old, eh? I remember that as being a fairly lovely time in my life...with a few hiccups. Christine mentions having the FisherPrice record player in her post and I remember having a record player as well but I'm not sure if it was FisherPrice. I had six plastic records to go with mine that were songs from Sesame Street. "I Love Trash" was my favorite, sung by Oscar the Grouch himself! I think I still remember the words.... "I LOVE TRASH! Anything dirty or dingy or dusty...anything ragged or rotten or rusty!...." Oh yes, loved that tune! One record has Kermit the Frog singing "It's not easy being green...." which always made me feel sad.
People have told me that I used to dance all the time, especially for my father. He's said I'd dance and dance, fluttering all around, and then I'd get in such a precarious position he was sure I'd fall down but I'd manage to maneuver myself out of it and dance on. I rarely dreamed of being in the ballet but I do remember dreaming of always dancing. I loved how music could make my body move, that feeling of sparkly magic in my belly flowing out to my limbs, making them jump and sway and wriggle. I still feel that way when the right music comes on. I imagine we all do.In my younger years, I don't believe I had a good idea of what I wanted to do with my life other than that I wanted to be creative and do something with words. My first grade teacher gave me a storybook about fanciful creatures to entertain me when I was completed with my schoolwork before most everyone else. I loved reading those stories of different worlds and faraway places. I'll admit I was a dreamer and wanted so much for myself and the world. I wanted the magic to be real.
Jamie has a knack for asking the question that needs to be asked.
This week, she asks: What is your money wish?
I've been in a particular funk the past few days over money issues. I even gave in to a pity party yesterday afternoon but it was short-lived. Like others participating in Wishcrafting Wednesday this week, I wish to be financially secure, enough to cover debt and have a little extra left over. We don't need millions, although it would be grand! ;)
There are so many worthwhile causes and people we could help with a little extra cash and I'd love to get moving on that as soon as possible. We do what we can but I'd love to do more.
I have a few projects in mind to help special teenagers in our community. There's that age group of kids who are too old for daycare but too young or immature to be on their own for lengthy periods of time. What to do? What about kids with special needs who are in the same predicament? Community centers, after school activities and part time jobs will fit the bill for most teens, but many are not set up for teens with special needs.
I would love to provide a place for these kids. A second home they can go to where they can learn job skills and social skills, participate in fun activities and hang out with friends, grab a sandwich and contribute to a positive, nurturing environment. A place where they can get the encouragement they need to build a more independent life. A place I wish could have been there for my son.
I believe that God has given me this wish and desire for a reason. What role I will play in its manifestation is up to Him. My wish is to secure our financial position so I can focus more clearly on the bigger wish.
(Pre-surgery. A current shot like this might be indelicate.)
It's Poetry Play Thursday over at Texty Ladies today. Each week we explore a different form of poetry. Can you guess which one it is this week?
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"There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God...shall guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:6,7
We must believe that our struggles will end. Maybe this recession was meant to happen as a monumental correction to what men have created. It's time to "let go and let God," as "they" say, and have FAITH.
"Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow." ~ Dorothy Thompson
"Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence." ~ Lin Yutang
We can not succumb to the negative forces all around us. We must not give up but know that our troubles will not go on forever or defeat us. He has said He will not give us more than we can handle. It may not always feel that way but I know that it is true. Look forward, not down. Claim HOPE.
"Love is a choice you make from moment to moment." ~ Barbara de Angelis
"Love, like truth and beauty, is concrete. Love is not fundamentally a sweet feeling; not, at heart, a matter of sentiment, attachment, or being "drawn toward." Love is active, effective, a matter of making reciprocal and mutually beneficial relation with one's friends and enemies." ~ Carter Heyward
During difficult times, it is easy to think about ourselves, what we need to make things right, what God and the world need to give us to change our situation. Why not step outside ourselves and think about what we can do for others; how can we ease their suffering? How can we do this without seeking reward? Let's look to LOVE.
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You Are a Playwright
You are a highly literate wordsmith. You love both reading and writing.
You are also a natural storyteller. You can turn a mediocre anecdote into a riveting tale.
You find people and all aspects of life fascinating. No topic is off limits for you.
In modern times, you would make a good filmmaker or novelist.
I hope you'll head over to Texty Ladies today where I'm posting my new meme, Poetry Play Thursday. We'll start off easy and move on to more difficult forms as we gain confidence.
Why not give it a try?