Gifts We Cannot Buy

The quiet of home when we
Return from wrestling lions all day.
The satisfaction of writing letters,
Poems, songs for loved ones.
The taste of a meal carefully
Prepared with helpings of love.
A comfortable chair, bright light,
Books we are longing to read.
Songs we never realized existed
But for which we find a soul hunger.
A dog, cat, lizard, goat, cow, whoever
Comes snuggles up, revealing devotion.
Stolen hours when hearts, souls
Are permitted freedom to dance art.
Picking up a crying child, watching
As eyes go wide, kissed by a smile.
The sweet hug of those treasured
Who we raised despite everything.
Traveling to a far-off wonderland,
Returning to a space of belonging.
Knowing, growing with screen friends,
Finally, meeting with hugs, face to face.
Sunshine after a bleak succession
Of wickedly dark, sad stormy days.
The alabaster moon coming from behind
Clouds, in time for a sweetheart kiss.
Setting aside specific times to find those
Moments to sincerely pray to the Lord.
Laying down, fed, safe, warm, beneath
Covers, falling into deep refreshing sleep.
Awaking to a day full of opportunity,
Possibility, without doubt, we are loved.
Living in a blessed place where each one
Can achieve hopes, dreams, and success.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

Apt Riposte

The sword within the hottest flame
Is tested by the perfervid heat
When removed, it is full fearsome,
An object of searing white-hot beauty.
Quenched in frosty waters, then
Withdrawn, it becomes a weapon
Designated to banish foul atrocity
Protecting what is noble with honor.
If thus, each beating heart resolved,
Earth would more a place of love –
Continue with many fewer problems,
And an overflowing soul of kindness.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

Prompt: Create something with myriad layers of meaning. See if your audience can penetrate the veneer.

Extremely Thankful:
I made it through the night and day, though extremely ill.
Wookie is an aspiring nursemaid.
Sleep is a tonic.
I scrounged up some caffeine without Diet Cokes.
Reba and Alex called me.

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Be New

The past is a melody,
No longer known;
The words are gone
Lost in yesterdays.
The love carried
Lives within fond hearts,
But pains have no part,
In future choices made.
Free to be today
Who exists this moment;
No living in fear, shame
Of the hurt, mistakes before.
The gift of creativity
Changes the things
Learned through faith
Into treasures carried on.
Love builds up beauty,
More than ever dreamed,
Freeing hearts to reach
Sudden aspirations and truths.
The broken, stolen things
Fade away as strengths gain
Each, every day, in all ways.
Better than before,
The best is wholly possible,
Because the things ended
Were in depths laid to rest,
Forward, pass, conquer the test.
The past is a song
Others may continue
But it no longer defines
Who a person becomes.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

The taste of what may
Come to be, draws the farmer –
To plant, tend, the seed.

Prompt: If you write in the personal particular, take one of those works and turn it global, so it applies to others.

Today was a mostly quiet day.
I found a new channel on YouTube Music.
I woke from my horrid dream and finally calmed down.

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Crafting Yourself

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

When I worked in sales, the expression “Fake It Until You Make It” became popular in our meetings. It was not meant to be dishonest or ingenuine but encouraged believing yourself capable and successful, even before you reached your goals.

Laying aside doubt and fear to be your better self is a worthy preoccupation. Confidence predicates the success a person can achieve. No one but you knows you are falling apart if you portray yourself as being capable and engaged.

The more practiced an attitude, the faster it becomes a characteristic of personality. Such integration is an excellent tool for mending what ails the self.

Creatives often have issues with assertiveness and self-esteem. At times deep depression dogs many who endeavor in the arts and literature. Stepping into a purposefully created articulate and grounded persona may help usher one into a zone where assurance and competence are more effortless in interactions.

Success and living comfortably are within everyone’s providence. Assuming and projecting a balanced, friendly, knowledgeable self is vital. It is a lifelong challenge to be your own cheerleader. You have nothing but negativity and failure to lose and a rewarding life to gain. We create consistently, and we owe ourselves the effort to make who we are a masterpiece.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

Prompt: Is there something you would like to do better or change about yourself? Consider how you might do this and create a plan with guidance from your imagination.

I can get a handle on my upset when I am alone.
Patterns are fun.
Love is available.
Hurt does not last forever.
Creation is a portion of life.

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May you find your happy place within the space you occupy and who you are.

Journal Sparkles

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

Prompt: Only compare yourself to yesterday’s you, but try to determine a significant change in who you are. Create something that expresses your journey.

Always Thankful:
My lap desk arrived.
I was able to work more smoothly.
I scavenged around and found the correct part to repair MIGHTIER.
I vacuumed and swept the house.
I waste no lessons, though some wreck havoc.

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I am doing a Creativity Project for which I post at least once daily for the whole of 2021. I completed the challenge last year. I find these help build a body of work and encourage more significant improvisation. I encourage you to try something similar.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan