I returned an item to my Sister-in-Law, Linda, this afternoon. We had some pleasant conversation. I was happy to visit.
Then she said this is a birthday/Christmas present, and gave me these lovely things. I was surprised and joyful. I mean, WOW! I cannot wait to finish my current journal, though sadly, it will be a while.
We talked about church, and I said I was not going. She invited me to come to her church, which was my church before, and that may happen.
I need more personal interaction. I have very nearly become a hermit.
Anyway, beautiful things given to me by a very dear person.
The relationship with Time is unreliable, Past invades present Without an invitation Giving no hint or warning. Although sometimes things Crop up like pleasant hauntings, Others much darker. Living in the stream wavers, Unfolds personality. Thoughts flinch in passing – Some neglected on arrival, Superstitious fear, If held, could these manifest? Clear concentration, be blest. Treasures run away Appear again in vision, Maybe now gain, claim, The mystery retains charm What comes, comes, as it will, still. The search, clarity, Love is the treasure, fullest Measure of life lived Whether past, present, future, All is in sharing, caring. Time unravels Pieces everywhere, chasing Forever in fog Blindfolded except when free Accorded chances to see.
Days exist Waking comes All too early For who I am Yet too late For others gone; Those who Different lives Lived than mine. Each liked/loved Me best they could Until finding themselves Leaving my neighborhood For either ill or good; Playing roles next to me I understand never Easy nor predictable.
Deserted, I try To release, find freedom From the desire to Recall them, keep Forgiveness always Part of heartfelt gratitude For sharing with me Whatever they were able, Still at moments I feel like a puzzle, Pieces missing Never finding Requirements To finish, or becoming Finally whole.
Life, too precious To forfeit myself, Giving up potential; Christ owns me Heart and soul Even with essential Missing pieces, I remember the world Needs love – My capacity to give Only grows unconstrained By pieces and parts past Relinquished to allow Embrace of such present, Consigning me to Creativity’s beauties In outstanding days Filled with greater love Through God’s grace.
Be strong, for there is No other way to conquer fear Or release the love Needed to set worlds aright, Let hearts go on burning bright. Disappointment will Steal every happiness, if let – Expectations stir The wellsprings of discontent – Even deserted choose joy. Make alone – free space For empowerment and learning Bask in the design Which allows acquisition Of skill, creativity. Most experience Starts in imagination, Thought being precious Never waste it, cultivate Attitudes of gratitude. Be a positive Person in a negative World and different When others opt to conform, Be a presence live unique.