The negative side
Releases its face
Under pressure cooker steam
Slowly turning over to
Touch the other side
It begins to fade
Near the light
Grinning as it softens.
Valentine’s Day: a celebrations reserved for an exclusive relationship between two people. But what about an inclusive celebration: reaching out to those in need, whether they live close to us or far away. The following video does just that. Tim Younes has reached out halfway around the world to children in Vietnam. His experience goes beyond what you have ever imagined Cupid could do! Last July he spent two weeks directing a summer camp for underprivileged children in Cam Rhan. And he will continue to spread the love this summer. Take a listen. Maybe you will want to experience a hot, Valentine summer, too!
It’s 7:31am. I grab my purse, my lunch bag and my keys and walk quickly through the frigid laundry room to the garage. I open my car door and practically throw my paraphernalia on the passenger’s seat. Starting the cold,but tolerable Toyota, I back out and start my 36 minute commute to an out of the way, but fun elementary school. East Hanover. Keeping up with traffic, I find myself sometimes sandwiched in-between semi- trucks, and sometimes slowing down to a crawl. As I buzz along, I listen to the Sun Rise Morning Show, 7.20 am.
I travel Route 81 for approximately 20 minutes before taking my exit, Manada Hill. I bear right, then soon take a wide left onto Jonestown Rd. The next 7 minutes are relaxing, quiet enjoyment. I drive past farms, a Cedar of Lebanon Retreat Center, and rustic looking homes. The road twists and turns, up and down hills, up and down again. I turn onto Sandbeach Rd. On my left hand side, I am greeted every morning by four horses. They are in close approximation to the fence that is parrellel to the road. On any given morning, they are soaking in the sun or perhaps the blue-gray sky. Or they are grazing. “Hello, horses, Good Morning!” They are quiet, still, or on the move. They are beauty. They are horses.
Determination…one of the most important qualities a person can possess!
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
Thomas A. Edison
That’s basically it!
Don’t give up on your dreams. Keep on fighting. Keep trying and you will be closer to what you want to achieve in life. If you want it, and if it’s worth it, then it probably will not be easy. But when you achieve it… Well… You will probably enjoy it more than you thought you would.
Oh Lord, Our Lord,
How awesome is your name through all the earth!
I will sing of your majesty above the heavens.
with the mouths of babes and infants.
You have established a bulwark against your foes,
to silence enemy and avenger.
When I behold the heavens,
the moon and the stars which you have set in place-
What is man that you are mindful of him,
And a son of man that you care for him?
Yet you have made him a little less than a god,
Crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
Put all things under his feet:
All sheep and oxen,
Even the beasts of the field.
The birds of the air, the fish of the sea,
And whatever swims the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord,
How awesome is your name through all the earth.
(Taken from New American Bible)
Here we go again. It’s 7:30, have had my first cup of coffee, and I’m operating on a 2 hr. Delay. Great. I can leisurely get ready for work, have my morning PBJ , and water my neglected plants. Thoughts interrupted. Pink Panther sings on my cell. “School is now officially closed.” Uh oh, tick-tock, tick-tock. Time comes to me today. Oh, lucky me!
Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one’s liberty.
Henri Frederic Amiel
As I think about the writing challenge/ice-water-steam my mind travels back three years ago to a place I have long left behind. Though I revisit this physical place every day, I am in a different mind set. My mind, heart and soul are light-hearted, joyful an laughter flows easily. I work with the deaf and hard of hearing; what I always wanted to do;what I went to college for; my life long dream that is even written in black and white in my high school yearbook.
But before I entered this delightful place, I was in another place for a couple years not so happy. Oh yes, there were times of laughter and silliness, but there were also burdens too heavy to bare. I was walking on ice every day….without ice skates. Boy, it was hard. Ever try to do that? There’s no gliding, no spinning. It’s cold and every step is taken with extreme caution, lest I fall. Well, fall,I did. Right into the freezing water. But it was the best thing that happened to me. Who knew that letting go would be such a joyful free fall? I was able to let go of what was so important to me at one time; the importance of being in charge. And I have now embraced the importance of acceptance; accepting my own human limitations. I have received in return my energy, time, freedom, and family. Oh, sweet waterfall! I now enjoy the beauty of life, a true free spirit!
Below are pictures of Rickets Glenn State Park, where I spent a lovely day hiking and enjoying the many waterfalls with my long time friend and husband, Tim.