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Peripheral Project(s) Due-ing Justice

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Never tried to undervalue or underappreciate or turn a blind eye…(to) the peripheral (vision, the outer spots, etc)… or the unintended peripheral (project(s), etc.)…(though, peripherals can de a danger (ous) distraction,

Hoping
And praying

[…] not a waste of my time, efforts, etc.???

Let’s hope–Your/(my) pride is not inoperable/inordinate.

Cause pride negates/is deadly!!!…makes ANY skill(s) ANY s0-called demo of central compassion…non-functioning/fatal.

(10/9/17 @ 11:38 p.m…musings of the tired/tried mind)
(recent edits…editing…10/14/17 @ 6:37 p.m…published)
An ancient/relevant reminder/a riveting reality check… arrogance v. humility…
(“bye, bye Saul– Hello David”)

 

 

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a Happier Heart

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My sad heart is feeling a little happier… was able to salvage (with my Son’s help) two large, round, magnificent tree trunks from a nearby tree graveyard I drove by today… and along with another longer piece of wood.

IDK what kind of tree, need to research. Surviving keepsakes for my surviving plants or for my bottom to seat on and reflect.

I have been clearing wood, branch debris from my backyard, etc… and finding odd pieces for may be ??healing art projects …guess, i could use a heart walking stick?!

8/18/17@ 5:25 p.m.

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Billion to One

appreciation Joan Winifred

I heard something like this said over the week-end… one good thing about the recent power outages here in post-Irma Florida– you can see the stars…(i am paraphrasing in my own words now:… the beautifully-bright-starry-night-sky… can be seen well without artificial light interfering)!!

Also, trying to keep my spirits UP despite the seemingly relentless trials I have been going through pre-pre-Irma, then prep-Irma, then during and now after… post-hurricane Irma, the over-flowing sadness of the tree graveyards, etc. the loss of life, etc.

I know the trees will grow, the plants will grow once again…and hopefully the people will grow…(including myself) from these recent experiences/events.

Relevant readings…enjoy:)

{Yay, I am working from my newly found Surface and I am so happy to have colored fonts!! Usually, I have to write in black even though I see/feel certain words in various tones/shades. This simple-small discovery makes me feel better:) (I am going back to the previous paragraph and highlighting in purple now.)}

Read the following over the week-end and found en-courage…ing…Hope YOU do 2🙂

6 The psalmist then turns his attention to the heavens above, telling us that Jehovah “counts the number of the stars” and “calls all of them by name.” (Ps. 147:4) Why the seeming change of subject and reference to heavenly bodies? Consider this: The psalmist could see the stars with his physical eyes, but he had no idea of how many there really are. Over the years, the number of stars that we can see has increased tremendously. Some think that there are billions of stars in our Milky Way galaxy alone. And there may be trillions of galaxies in the universe! To us, stars are indeed without number! But the Creator gives all of them a name or a designation. This means that each star is unique to Jehovah. (1 Cor. 15:41) What about his human creatures on earth? The God who knows where each star is at any given time also knows you as an individual—exactly where you are, precisely how you feel, and specifically what you need at any given moment! [excepted Praise Jah! (the Creator) Why? w 2017]

Be re-assured and se-“cure” in knowing:  You🙂 are individually unique and appreciated by God…1 in a billion or more… Shine Brightly Reader!🙂

8/18/17 @ 11:11 a.m.

 

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“Pay Attention to Safety” (Art Imitating Life??/Life Imitating Art??)

An art project my Dad and me worked on/working on…and it’s probably near completion today…his concept, an ancient Asian safety sign…characters resemble ancient Chinese text…meaning “Pay Attention to Safety”…wise guy, huh?? My Dad is an artist (among other things)..this project was in the process way before any inkling about Hurricane Norma…very timely though!:)

so, Daddy made the canvas…and we decided on the red and gold and ancient text…he loved the phrase: “Pay Attention to Safety”…it is hanging at my Parent’s place…(the full painted photo taken today.) He’s happy with it and feels it’s finished…(i could work on it more, though.)

so, we painted the background red…obviously, duh, then he wanted me to paint the characters…and i am no expert Chinese Character writer/drawer/painter!!…by any means!!…a baby/toddler could write Chinese better than me…but this is art..so, he had me chalk outline first…then paint. (Honestly, i wanted Chato to do it for me.  My Dad insisted it would be good for me to try my best and do it myself…glad i did.) Time with Daddy and art work has helped me a lot to cope and get through some stuff dealing with. (He keeps telling me NOT to worry about it being perfect or being a perfectionist!)

Daddy is always very generous with sincere praise and encouragement…and loves the way it turned out, yet i want/would like the opportunity to tidy up the gold/yellow lettering…may be?

I was concerned about spacing…the characters and usage of canvas. I love my Dad…and his timely, wise, loving, life lessons.

Safety: Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, and Spiritually…an important sign of the times:

“PAY ATTENTION TO SAFETY”….(joanie)

Okay, Daddy..Thanks!…we have other works in the works:)

 

9/6/17 @ 1:05 a.m.

 

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The Sunday before…

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utter despair set in…

don’t be fooled by

the happy smirk

melted make-up

and

stringy hair…aka brief moment captured of quiet relaxation.

(note to self: may be?? i might try brushing my hair and fixing my make-up before documentation photos, huh??! lol;)…documentation of me feeling in somewhat control of myself/circumstances…[P.S. please! to whom it may concern/matter, ya right;) like this would matter to anyone but me–don’t misuse any image of me IF You happen upon on-line.  At some point, i intend to take them down; don’t know IF possible?…took down fun/goofy “hat” photos from a blog and yet found circulating on-line, UGHH!!]

when i post photo of myself, that is me controlling the image…and not some random friend/person/stranger/stalker… somebody instagram-ming me without me know-ing…which i don’t appreciate without my permission/knowledge. Thank You for respecting!!…:)

{facing (a) fear is letting strangers see my (me/freak show) face on-line, which i don’t like much…people looking/staring at me, etc. i can’t hide behind my stringy hair my whole life, right? may be? i’ll chop it off IDK.}

From one Sunday to the next SUN—day for context IF needed please read: Sunday Shades of Nuanced Satisfaction

Last Sunday (photo above)…(what was last Sunday’s date? today is 9/4/17) anyway…life seemed good! and it took a turn toward utter despair/non-resolution and fast!!…………………………..however, i am satisfied to get through the (emotional) pain/unpleasant place and make it unscathed to this past Sunday/yesterday feeling “o-kay”…hooray…THANK GOD! (this experience, among many, taught me once again that: “with God all things are possible.”)

Hope You Reader:) are feeling okay?? and in a safe emotional place of high-compassionate-functioning!!:) oh and Thanks for reading my ramblings..hope they encourage You somehow IF not leave this space now.

i employ my emotional/spiritual strategies of pain management (prayer, positive-Bible study, music, etc, exercise)…which usually are quite effective, but somebody pulled an unexpected/deep trigger from a concealed place…and i was too tired/relaxed and smirking-ly-self-assured (see photo above) with the attitude of: i got this all figured out?!…may be to resist too much…oh, ya, i did fight it in the wrong way; the negativity with negativity: OOPS! {but eventually had to let the despair wave wash over me first and then leave me soaked…glad to be through it…and at this “dry” emotional-well-being place: now of peace.}

a lot of it is (coping success):  mouth/mind self-discipline and not letting my thoughts/words on the loose…in the pit of disappointment, hopelessness, and black-hole darkness of super-sensitivity. But hey, sometimes, we all get engulfed before we realize.

time with my Dad doing artwork helped…we are working on a project. And Sabina helped me too. An example of a sweet, happy, positive woman with incredible health challenges seeming insurmountable…non-working arms and legs. (i should upload a video about her here, may be?) She has amazing skills!!:) a beautiful attitude and a beautiful smile and she can accomplish MUCH with her tongue and heart…what i can’t with working arms and legs without biting my tongue.

she helped me understand that difficulties..when courageously faced teach us special skills and focusing on helping Others is key and not being consumed by self-pity and negativity over our particular lot in life.

Hey, i have working fingers, and working eyes, and working arms and working legs. Enough food, enough sleep, healthy kids, etc, roof over my head, and not directly feeling effects of Hurricane Harvey:(…and no reason to give up!…the every day fine fight of compassion.

Sadly, some of us are facing literal hurricanes and figurative ones…but they are only TEMPORARY!! (Please return IF You choose, for a different post on “is the world out of control?”  recent positive readings and practical points about disasters.)

You’re not a sneaky tornado??…right?! -lol:) No! You’re a Friend of Peace!:)

PEACE Friend of Peace:)

 

8/4/17 @ 3:38 p.m.

 

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Illusion V. Reality

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…another type of epiphany watching re-run TV…(usually, as a non-sedentary person, it’s not long before i fall asleep watching most movies (new or recycled) or TV) last night  8/9/17 (while on vaca) happened upon the middle of an old Star Trek episode/movie…dealing with illusion v. reality…(topic “caught” my attention)

“Pike chose illusion, Kirk chose reality”…What do i choose: illusion or reality??

may be, at times, we-fragile-life choose both or may be?…we choose to escape/improve “reality” with illusion (or vacation or work)?? a reality make-up of sorts to beautify our dull/harsh surroundings…etc.

Is to ignore illusion courageously embracing reality?!

When i choose spiritual lenses…i see reality.  When i choose selfish lenses…i see illusion?

Long meditative/prayerful walks on the beach…(working?)…aka collecting shells of various odd shapes, sizes, broken or Not (for art projects)…i happen upon trash left behind…a plastic bottle, cup, popsicle stick here and there…i pick these up as well…so, the next fragile-life behind me can enJOY a clean beach walk/experience…nothing special on my part…from time to time, for whatever reason, we all drop things/or forget things, including me, without realizing, also, just wanting to compassionately leave the beach nice/clean/fresh/pristine as it should be!…beautiful!

What ticked me off yesterday…while walking barefoot…good thing watch were i am going…dog poop!…left behind.  Okay, so may be a wild/unleashed dog..unsupervised by Owner…ran off doing his/her duty…i commend all thoughtful dog owners who take the time and pick-up after and parents who don’t leave dirty diapers on beaches!:)…

who wants to step in poop?? while walking the beach?? not even dog owners wanna barefoot, unexpectedly step in it, right?!

May be ? we can all improve reality a bit…by being less selfish and more thoughtful of how our choices or our thoughtlessness affect Others. For example, while walking the beach…i enJOY the sounds of the waves crashing and birds chirping…personally, just like my feet don’t wanna step in poop…my ears don’t wanna hear…for example, people fighting and swearing/cursing each other out…leaving their poop/mess behind…floating in the wind…in ear shot of me.

Choosing peaceful thoughts, peaceful interactions, and peaceful communications…makes things clean/nice for everyone at the beach or elsewhere, huh?

Respect.

Compassion.

Reality is: we can choose not to be an irritant. Illusion: sand always stays on the beach. Reality: we can choose not to throw sand, and we can choose to rinse/wipe our feet when leaving beach.

Who wants sand in their eyes?? OUCH:(

Anyway, i am rambling now…SORRY (to irritate!) this post (and may be misc. etc.) has taken an unexpected turn (life sometimes does that, huh?)…i am heading in a direction “unintended”… i hope to explore further/get back on track…aka continue topic of reality v. illusion in another (spiritual) direction later on.

PEACE Reader:) hoping You enJOY a long, healthy, happy walk somewhere today in a clean, nature space!:)

 

8/10/17 @ 11:00 a.m.

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O. M. F. Optimization for Multiple Functioning

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Are You a “seeing skeleton” ?!

(not sure (and no time to research) IF i’ve already shared this here (aka this blog previously))…

Check it out at YOUR OWN RISK…of seeing/(understanding) better…

THE reef-dwelling brittle star has an amazing form of armor on its upper surface. This part of its skeleton is studded with microscopic lenses that turn the animal’s armor into a compound eye.

According to chemist Joanna Aizenberg, the brittle star’s dual-purpose shell “demonstrates an important principle: in biology, materials are often optimized for multiple functions.

[…]researchers have devised a simple, low-cost method of producing arrays of microlenses made of calcium carbonate. The many applications of these arrays include telecommunications, where they are used to conduct light signals through optical fibers. [excerpted past/recent reading/peering…The Seeing Skeleton of the Brittle Star–Was It Designed? (by God) AWAKE! May 2013]

Brittle thinking lacks tensile strength…(and now and again may be ? we all need an antacid;)  perhaps (a) 1 life lesson…we can make the most of things…efficiency and speed…is found in not sweating the small stuff (follow-through on the small stuff, (but don’t let it hinder progress long-term)) and …when we can effectively tackle the microscopic…may be we see/understand the macroscopic…

practical verse:

The person faithful in what is least is faithful also in much, and the person unrighteous in what is least is unrighteous also in much. (Luke 16:10)

Multiple/Flexible Functioning…optimizing wellness:  spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically…:)

 

7/19/17 @ 11:45 a.m.

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How Do You…

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know (for sure)??

how can i/(You) tell…

IF

am FULLY

aware of

completely conscious of

a (my)

“spiritual”

“need” (need is different from want)

and whether or

not

that/this

need

is

being

appropriately filled???

 

Do

i

(pretty much)

know

when

i

am

hungry,

right?!

How

do

i know

IF

am

feeding/filling

this

spiritual

hunger/need

appropriately??!

and

nutritiously??!

 

7/12/17@ 8:01 p.m.

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Marching/Stomping of AGAPE Ants

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You know?…what it’s like to bear the unrelenting unfriendliness (of your silence, etc.)–it’s like unforgiving, it’s like ant stomping… a meaningless little ant in your big feet path is all i am to You–(i know that: I think! i know that)… it’s sad and heartbreaking and reality awakening (and innocent and naïve and tragic and stupid and)…

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i know… when given the chance, the choice…IF i “crossed” You….I’d most likely be stomped out without even a second thought or a simple hello…. Oh! cause i intentionally/unintentionally got in the way of “whatever”… you know?
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People who want what they want (when they want it) and are accustomed to getting it when they want it… and “exactly” how they want it… stop at nothing– rushing to have it… and don’t recognize/acknowledge ants like me under foot–you know?… crushed in a s-p-l-i-t- -second… unless per chance, you know,  you’re noted (prized) for your outer shell and appreciated for your inner mushiness/squishiness.

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Fear, you know, is not my motivation (agape is)…i live in the uncomfortable (compassion) zone of the locusts, gnats, mosquitos and ants. The land of the teeny, unappreciated, hated, so-called “pests” of existence… “who” only get so-called “attention” cause of making you bleed, itch and scratch away… at your treasured skin, your cherished beliefs, your fictional facts and your factual fiction…

agape ants must march on despite/aka forgiving! the crunch…o-wwww-uch!!! You know: Happy Marching/Happy Stomping??… thus, the/my walk of forgiveness… ever onward i  go, YOU:) KNOW……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………:)

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