Time Enough

2019_07_19_Journal Entry - Tomorrow

Carried

Inside God’s pocket
Where there are no enemies,
I am protected.

In the breast pocket,
Lying right beside His heart;
Never forgotten.

His voice speaks clearly,
The Lord knows my need of Him;
I am always loved.

Not ever alone,
Inside my Savior’s pocket;
Destined for success.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Thursday, July 18, 2019

I procrastinate; it is an awful habit, and I often pay dearly. I also worry, too much for my or anyone’s good. Still, I know that Tomorrow is not mine, only God controls the days, and if I make it there, it is by His grace.

I have 23 chapters of a novel and the beginning of a book on creativity. I am guessing one day I will write both. Would that I did it now.

We do these things, or most do, we harm ourselves and withhold help we could lend the world. Tomorrow is the song of uncertainty. There is no guarantee. We could be joyous in the present if we were not dependent on some future condition. Usually, when we achieve the thing we have set our dreams upon, we find we are not, in fact, happy and postpone it until the next big thing.

Invest in the present, it will pay you rich dividends.

I am grateful:

  1.  My son is doing well.
  2.  My rescue dog is becoming a tiny bit more docile.
  3.  The Insider update finally loaded after over two hours.
  4.  I have a new nickname with the editor I copy edit with, Our Grammar Genie. I like this quite a lot.
  5.  Library books are gifts, better than Air Heads candy.

As a prompt, examine your use of time. Are you employing it to the best of your ability? Create a work related to Tomorrow and its meaning in your mindscape. As I have mentioned, the prompt is for any media you use, there are no limits on creativity.

I hope all is well with you and yours. Thank you for visiting Haphazard Creative. You may follow the site if you like, or you may visit again as pleases you.

Always,
Jo Ann

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Saturday, July 20, 2019

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The Value of Friendship

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The prompt in the planner I made from which this journal entry was created was the word, Friendship. I think maybe all of us should lay aside our devices and interact with people for whom we care more often. As connected as all our lives are, we are suffering from angst, depression, loneliness, and stress more than ever. The likely cause is the erosion of personal connection and meaningful conversation.

When we are together, it would be grand if we could lay aside our devices. Human beings are much more valuable than electronics. I am guilty of living a mostly secluded existence, but it makes me very aware of the treasure interaction is. I thrive on phone calls and those human moments in public and in worship.

Your prompt should you wish to engage is to evaluate your relationships, make an honest inventory of some of your recent in-person engagements, and create something that epitomizes who you are in relation to others. Perhaps you may decide to make a plan that brings more life into your life.

Two Tanka

I.
We know much is wrong,
But our attitudes guide us
Toward improvement
If we remain positive
And pursue development.

II.
We cannot buy hope,
We must manufacture it
In hearts, minds, and souls,
Igniting our love, passions,
Creating possibilities

Thank you for visiting Haphazard Creative. There is a follow button, or you may come back when it pleases you. I wish you all the best and hope your every day is filled with blessings.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Thursday, July 18, 2019

 

Why We Are

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I decided to use the scanner this time, instead of a snap with my phone. Wouldn’t you know it turned out much better too? Sometimes we desert the basics for convenience, and it impinges on quality.

You may notice I am coming back a bit more often. I hope to continue the trend. Exercising creativity every day makes our work stronger. I do not just say this, I have lived it. It is valid for everyone. The more you pour into your work, the more creativity is unleashed. Skills develop from talents and gifts only with practice.

The Source

Within us, everything
Abounds, arises, becomes, and
Exists in beauty,
The heart, mind, soul, fulfill each
Dream through creativity.

Our Creator placed
His image in us to give
All power over
Whatever limits our hope
To create a better world.

We are certainly
Endowed with every good gift
But we must employ
Talent to positive effect
Or we become dark shadows,

Leaving our light, Love,
To whither and fall away;
Losing ourselves, who
We are destined and purposed
To be, hiding potential.

Creativity
Imparts ample freedom to
Build lives of grandeur,
But we must know who we are
And practice being our best.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A prompt for you: Examine your recent days, are you allowing your creativity use in every way you can? Do you need to evaluate your priorities and make changes to give yourself more time to explore your gifts, skills, talents? Formulate a plan, execute it, realize your ambitions and goals.

I am grateful:

  1.  I have worked more over recent days with my creativity.
  2.  I have excellent tools that make my endeavors exciting.
  3.  I see a bit of hope peeking around the curtain from the darkened room.
  4.  It is better to live alone than not to live at all.
  5.  I have some of the best friends in the world.

Thank you for visiting Haphazard Creative. I hope you found something to encourage you. If you like, follow the website, or just come back when you can. You are the most essential part of all of this.

Have a blessed day, and never quit. You are the change that makes the world better for everyone.

Always,
Jo Ann

Short Observation

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You all may well know I am not one for bugs… Except, outdoor ants have always fascinated me. As a child, I spent a good deal of time studying them

If you have a problem, and it is too massive for you to deal with, just go watch the ants. Ants do not care how big, how unwieldy, how vicious, how heavy, how they might get hurt; whatever it is, ants tackle it and make it happen. They are virtually unstoppable.

This little creature was moving this enormous piece of whatever when I went out to retrieve the mail. I stopped and took the time to watch. I am not sure where the destination was, but I know the ant got there with its prize. I mean, after watching, I was convinced success was guaranteed.

I am a fan of the tenacity of ants. Sometimes I think humans would do well to be like them. The problem with us, we overthink and get discouraged. We will get distracted or give up. If an ant could tell us something, I am quite sure it would be, “Keep going until you meet your goal and never, no matter what, give up. Do not let obstacles prevent your progress, and ignore the injuries, as long as there is life, you can do it all.”

So, there you have it, a lesson from my good friend the ant. Remember you are so much and so precious, love has you all the way.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Monday, July 15, 2019

Respect

We are human beings and share a common genus and species. Our differences are so minor as to be almost scientifically moot. Boys, girls, men, women, or whatever gender nomenclature we claim, are only descriptive. No one of us is above another.

Today, I was informed, someone I love had been severely physically abused. Such is our world, but it should not be so. When one person attacks another, under any circumstances, it is a grievous wrong. We are gifted with one another to give and receive love. Each of us has problems, even as we have gifts, skills, talents, and we accord one another respect, understanding. Abusing each other discredits us and diminishes us. Everyone is so injured by those times when a lack of caring, kindness, love is shown.

Violence is reprehensible. To pay for who you are with your flesh and tears is a cost too high for being born. Anger is a fierce emotion, but it can be channeled into creation, exercise, work, anything not involving violence and destruction. We have no right to hurt one another. Emotional wounds are long-lasting and cruel, sometimes living within one much longer than bruises and fractured bones. Breathe, remember who you are, walk away, remember you have a purpose, reason, and belong to be a shining example.

I plead with you, be generous, gentle, kind, loving, respectful, understanding; leave off the destructiveness, inhumanity, meanness. This world needs us to be positive and life-affirming. Let your voice encourage, inspire, give affirmation.

I know many differences cause unrest for some. I want to remind you, differences are our beauty, variety is a gift from the Creator. If we were all the same, boredom would overcome us. Every person can add wonderous contributions to all there is.

Let us love and love and love, until all we know is love because love is who we are.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Monday, July 15, 2019

Pardon me for reacting so vehemently. Injustice causes me pain.

Time to Time… And All Times

A day like today, one can feel awash in time, especially me, cause my relationship with time is tenuous. Alex, my son, asked me this morning if I thought I would live to be 56. There have been times when I came close to checking out. Only by the grace of God am I here.

I think we do not know how often the Lord keeps some tragedy from happening, maybe that walk back to check the door, or having to change a little one’s clothes, or the misplaced article is actually the Savior at work.

I am thankful for both the bad and the good because the trouble taught me to be stronger and keep fighting to thrive. There are times maybe I just survive, but I am so grateful for the people and relationships that grace(d) my life. I enjoy so many blessings.

Life’s struggles are constant, but to overcome, oh, how sweet is the victory. Jesus is near to those who need Him and will in no wise desert His people who are called by His name.

I am touched by the people who say I make a difference, having so often felt inconsequential. When you spend a lot of time alone, doubt can invade your mind and inhibit your productivity. Positive words are so precious.

I try to encourage and inspire, but sometimes I can wallow in the mire. I appreciate those who throw me a life float when I am sinking into the quicksand. I know sometimes it takes a monster truck and chains to rescue me; I am grateful to you all too.

I am not sure exactly where this was going. I just want to thank all of you who have sent me well-wishes today. I am so glad I got to the church because I got some kind words and hugs, hugs are so special. Sunday School and Worship were terrific as well. Jesus was present.

I sincerely hope I make better use of the coming years than I have the past ones, but I would not miss what has gone before because the Lord has woven a tapestry of identity from all I have experienced and it was worth it all.

I was going to affix Freddie Mercury singing Time Waits For No One to this, but maybe not. You can find it on YouTube, the Offical video is best.

Time does, however, rush away like the water going over the falls. Live every moment to the fullest, never give up, remember happiness is an internal thing, you create it. Do your best to avoid wasting all that is given to you. If there are things, you dream of doing, to the best of your ability, do those. Find your creativity and employ it to enhance the world.

You are so very precious. God loves you, and God makes no junk. I love you, too, all of you mean so much. I think I should probably stop now. Sorry for running long.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Sunday, July 14, 2019

This was posted to Facebook first.

I want to add a few things here. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities I have been given to have some poetry published. The social media communities in which I have been active have been supportive, and I am thankful for each person who has commented or liked or further interacted with my work and myself. I have been on the web since 1991 and put a lot of work out here.

I encourage you if you are creative, to invest sufficient time and effort in your work to hone your skills. Do not let negative thoughts stop you. Do not fear. Make it happen, cause happening is why you are here.

There are so many things, but it will wait. More than anything, know you matter. The world would be a lesser place without you. You are wonderfully made and specially fashioned for this, your time.

I need to be on here more. Sometimes I lose the belief that I make a difference. We are all liable to feel unworthy at times, we are though. We are here, and we belong.

As a quick prompt, explore your feelings about the passage of time and create an original work around your discovery.

The day comes running
Full of gifts, activities;
Freely, we grasp them.

Thank you for visiting Haphazard Creative. If you enjoyed what you read, please share, if you like follow the site or come back again. There is plenty to explore, and there is also my site at Chronicles, which contains my Creativity Project, which I did daily for a year and a half.

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Inspired by a Rolling Stone

I caught myself saying I do not want to go see them live because I want to remember them as last I observed them. Then I thought is it the stars I fear to see or is it that they reflect who I have become?

Do I want to face that I am growing older, that the glory days are past? My idea of myself, it does not connect with the image in the mirror. I am unwilling to give in to infirmity, to recognize any decrepitness, I imagine myself strong enough to face anything for I have overcome so much.

I like to think the days are still outstretched in perpetuity, but I know, I know chronologically that more hours are passed than reach into the future.

This is hard to admit, to accept, that death is any breath away, and my tenure here will cease. However, it also imbues every moment with a priceless preciousness that I cannot escape or deny. If I am to do what I am purposed to do, I must get on about doing it. There is no time to waste in frivolities or procrastination.

Life is a limited engagement. The show does not employ the same cast forever, and the show must go on. I, like everyone, want to do all the good I can, love as much as possible, create more happiness than grief, and leave memories that will be treasured, but I realize I should do those things in the now. Now does not for anyone last indefinitely.

So, maybe I should see the stars as they are and let their talent and charm take my breath away again. Each of us is a universe of life, and we should celebrate the beauty of our existence for God made each of us a Masterpiece, one of a kind, with no duplicate in eternity.

So thank you, as so often, to Sir Mick Jagger for challenging me, inspiring me, and providing food for thought. I am so indebted to you and the many others who have given a soundtrack for my life.

Maybe my small contribution will touch someone who needs to remember we are all here for only a brief while and should expend our time wisely. Blessed be.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Tuesday, June 18, 2019