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Finite & Infinite & Good Night & Good Light

hope Joan Winifred never giving up!

worthwhile quest… inexhaustible time

for the exhausted,

inhaling

and

exhaling

breathing-(woman)-fellow-fragile-life

with

finite abilities

and

aspirations/hopes

of hitting

the target marked:

INFINITY

……………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

For a little context check out…target-audience

Does Living Compassion have infinite prospects…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………? 🙂

 

10/16/17 @ 10:57 p.m.

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Apex Predator(s)

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Dingo dogs

among others… are considered A.P. (i.e. man has dominated man to his own injury, and what about woman??)

(On the watch and look out…)

A.P…

Including the GRIEF messing with my mind!… hurting heart.

The battle of my own mind…i have to fight off my (deep) grief
Before it
Kills
Me. (and at the moment i am not down for the count; my sparring continues)

sorrowing/weeping for you……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..and me…and Others, Puerto Rico and the Islands, etc. and the isolated ones… who think they’re an unreachable/untouchable island of security.

My heart weeps for those who sleep…(spiritually) who settle for the mundane routines of life and the ways of death.

I also have to destroy the selfishness in me…in order to continue forward on my spiritual path of living compassion and agape love… to the fullest extent.

I must conquer… and not be conquered! i will. come off victorious! (with God’s help, of course.)

Hope and faith… an anchor sure.

What is today’s date & time?… another day to make a little difference…”there is more happiness in giving…”

9/26/17 @ 5:24 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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Sunday Shades of Nuanced Satisfaction

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Sunday is usually a favorite day of mine…a day of spiritual opportunity for reflection/contemplation/meditation/

association with like-minded ones…
i’ve tried my best to be at peace with all-fellow-fragile-life (crossing my path in any manner of crossing i.e. on and off-line) and to be as generous as possible within the framework of my limitations…(though imperfectly and with God’s help, of course). (and Of course, i still need to make changes/adjustments in my attitude/speech and not complain about trivial stuff that aggravates me!!…yep, i am very much a continued work in progress!!)

(maintaining peace with Others aka trying to be helpful, kind, compassionate, and giving and forgiving…etc.)

nuanced satisfaction…or feeling like you tried your best on most fronts or at least the ones in your limited control…(i.e. the daily expected) and unexpected and tried to be a friend to all-fellow-fragile-life…and do my best to help and serve Other fellow-life when/if i am needed within the context of my present situation…aka puny role i play in this life…

just trying to live agape love..to the best of my knowledge and know-how…(and “hopefully” without offending or hurting Other-Fellow-Fragile-Life in my process of compassion growth). IF You have been offended…i am SORRY!

PEACE fellow-sufferer(s)…:) Take comfort in trying…(to live unselfish compassion) to the best of your abilities.

today this afternoon 9/3/17

 

keeping my head up despite my challenges aka keeping a positive attitude (aka nuanced shades of satisfaction/joy) about stuff…helps.

Partial lyrics to a Beautiful Song…recently discovered:

A heart full of questions, a life so unsure,
I heard what you told me; I wanted more.

What you told me, I wanted more.

Unanswered questions were answered that day.

The worry I was feeling melted away.

All my worries faded away.

It’s a long road we’re going down,

But faith can make things happen.

When there’s no way through and no way round,

Faith can make things happen,

Make things happen.

2. I love what I’m learning and share what I know.
I’m ready and waiting, so here I go.

Yes, I’m ready

To share what I know.

My faith is like a fire that burns within my heart.

I’ve got to keep it burning and do my part.

Keep it burning deep in my heart.

8/3/17 @8:07 p.m.

p.s. i also have “faith” in You Reader:)…that You will continue to do the compassionate thing (regardless of any unjust/seemingly unfair treatment by the many or by the few)…even when no one is watching…or completely appreciates what You do or who You are…

God Knows…
beautiful hearts
like
Yours:)

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Can You See??

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“the beauty through the ….” (i like this verse)

{yeah, and seeing the hope through the despair… the “master of my” SEE}

“And He (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)…{i Love this verse}

Death and pain’s raining reign will end…believe it! 

{i trust in God (of Compassion/Yahweh/Jehovah) and not man to solve longevity concerns.}

8/26/17 @ 9:16 p.m.

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House of Mourning

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When You spend time at the house of mourning (grieving/comforting/paying respects, etc)…aka when a loved one say friend/relative/acquaintance dies…cannot help but reflect on deeper stuff…and not get caught up in the mundane/trivial distractions that waste time/life away!

Sadly, but i’ve lost count (these past recent years; at least since: i started documenting stuff a bit on this blog) of all the time i’ve spent at the “houses of mourning”…it’s a blessing knowing/loving alot of Fellow-Fragile-Life:)…all of these Ones have impacted my life in various ways and have taught me compassion lessons of one sort or another…for which i am deeply grateful!

And all this suffering (aka fellow feeling–feeling and loving and losing is exhausting) is temporary!…i remain positive and hopeful…(i’ve written about “death” before and feel too tired (of the topic) to elaborate now…may be? i’ll include a link or links to these writings (that touch the topic)…RIP Family/Friends!

8/26/17 @7:43 p.m.

p.s. 8:07 p.m.

What is Absolute…

sleep, separation, death, distance

No Joking

Wages

Death Not My Master

chikungunya…OUCH!

Monday Morning Meditation(s)

Olives, Artichokes, Avocados

Flowers, funeral, laughter, tears

How Old? How Young?

Spirit & Soul

A Mortal Soul

RIP

Collecting

Pain Epiphany

Pain where a…

and p.s.s. 8/31/17 @ 3:58 p.m.

The Breathing are Living…(DUH! joanie)

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HAND-ling with CARE

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Delicate: Handle with Gentle Care


(Partial) Solar Eclipse 8/21/17 FL

 

9:35 p.m. @ 8/25/17
obviously, i had no idea this particular song would be sung on eclipse day by Artist…like most songs (popped in my mind/heart) when meditating..(ahead of time about the upcoming celestial phenomenon) {BTW: loved this song in 80’s as teen; lyrics relevant then & now–@ nearing 50.}

MY (set) trajectory (1985 onward)…

no matter how much love (tears) You have for Fellow-Fragile-Life, You cannot make Anyone choose this narrow path of #integrity-keeper…#integrity-keeper for LIFE! #keeper of compassion…:) (nor will i allow Anyone to take me off this life-course.)

[don’t be stupid aka arrogant/selfish/self-centered];

TURN AROUND…and head toward LIFE!!!

8/25/17 @10:10 p.m.

{this post: me coping/me hoping}

a p.s. 8/26/17 @ 8:21 p.m.
Light By Day, Light By Night

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H.F.T…Harvesting, Funneling, and Trapping

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To keep themselves warm during cold weather, butterflies spread their wings in the sun. The wings of some species of swallowtail are remarkably efficient at trapping and absorbing sunlight. The insects’ secret lies not just in their dark pigment but also in the structure of microscopic, overlapping scales coating their wings. The scales, in turn, contain rows of honeycomblike holes separated by inverse V-shaped ridges that funnel light into the holes. This ingenious structure traps incoming sunlight, making the wings extremely black and warming the butterfly with amazing efficiency.

“Butterfly wings may rank among the most delicate structures in nature,” says Science Daily, “but they have given researchers powerful inspiration for new technology that doubles the production of hydrogen gas—a green fuel of the future—from water and sunlight.” [excerpted Article/my bold highlights: Was It Designed? The Light-Absorbing Butterfly Wing AWAKE! 2014]

hmmmm…a no brainer to me, YES! An innovative-intelligent-chief-builder-designer constructed/created Butterfly wings!:)

Life Lesson: Don’t underestimate any (seemingly) delicate structure/frame/form…

If Butterflies can fly/function with 70% wing damage…

IF only 30% of my life is chaos/problem/challenge-free…i can still FLY HIGH!…survive 🙂

7/18/17 @ 9:14 p.m.

 

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Paradise…Possible!

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Recent Readings…check it out:)..no time to discuss; just time to copy & paste…article: “Paradise on Earth​—Fantasy or Reality?” W No. 4 2017…enJOY…(Happy Sunday to You Reader!:))

Paradise! Colorful travel brochures make tempting offers for us to fly away to some distant “paradise” to relax and forget all our worries and troubles. But as we know all too well, when we return home, the realities of life remain much the same as they were when we left them.

PARADISE TRADITION

Over the centuries, people have been intrigued by the idea of paradise. For many, their interest was prompted by the mention in the Bible of “a garden in Eden, toward the east.” What made that garden so attractive? The account tells us: “Jehovah God made to grow out of the ground every tree that was pleasing to look at and good for food.” That garden was a pleasing and good place. Most captivating of all, there was “also the tree of life in the middle of the garden.”—Genesis 2:8, 9.

In addition, the Genesis account mentions four rivers flowing out of the garden. Two of those rivers are still known to us today—the Tigris (or, Hiddekel) and the Euphrates. (Genesis 2:10-14; footnote) These two rivers flow into the Persian Gulf through what is now Iraq, formerly part of ancient Persia.

Understandably, earthly paradise is very much a part of Persia’s cultural heritage. A 16th-century Persian carpet, in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., shows a walled garden with trees and flowers woven into its design. The Persian word for “walled garden” also means “paradise,” and the scene on the carpet mirrors the Bible’s description of the beautiful and luxuriant garden of Eden.

In fact, stories of paradise are retold in many languages and cultures around the world. As the human family migrated to different parts of the earth, they carried with them versions of the original account, which, over centuries of time, became blended with beliefs and legends that developed locally. Even today, people almost instinctively describe places of great natural beauty as paradise.

Some explorers claimed to have located the lost paradise. For example, Charles Gordon, a British army general, on visiting the Seychelles in 1881, was so impressed by the luxuriant beauty of the Vallée de Mai—now a World Heritage site—that he declared it to be the garden of Eden. In the 15th century, Italian navigator Christopher Columbus wondered if he was close to rediscovering the Edenic garden when he landed on the island of Hispaniola, now the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Mapping Paradise, a modern history book, contains details of more than 190 ancient maps, many showing Adam and Eve in Eden. Among them is an unusual map from a 13th-century copy of the Beatus of Liébana manuscript. At its top is a small rectangle with paradise in the center. From there flow four rivers, labeled “Tigris,” “Eufrates,” “Pison,” and “Geon,” each to one of its four corners, supposedly representing the spread of Christianity to the four corners of the earth. Such depictions show that although the location of the original Paradise was unknown, memories of it evidently remained as attractive as ever.

 John Milton, a 17th-century English poet, is known for his poem Paradise Lost, based on the Genesis account of Adam’s sin and expulsion from Eden. In it he highlighted the promised restoration of everlasting life on earth for humans, declaring: “For then the earth shall all be paradise.” Subsequently, Milton wrote a sequel entitled Paradise Regained.

Clearly, the concept of a lost earthly paradise is a golden thread running through human history. So why is it now ignored? Basically because, as Mapping Paradise observes, “theologians have . . . turned their back firmly on the issue of the location of paradise.”

Most churchgoers are taught that their ultimate destiny is heaven, not life in an earthly paradise. Yet the Bible says at Psalm 37:29: “The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.” Since our world today is hardly a paradise, what hope is there that this promise will ever be fulfilled? 

Paradise Earth-Wide Will Be a Reality…

Jehovah God, who created the original Paradise, has promised to restore what was lost. How? Recall that Jesus taught us to pray: “Let your Kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth.” (Matthew 6:10) That Kingdom is a world government in the hands of Jesus Christ that will replace all human rule. (Daniel 2:44) Under the rule of that Kingdom, God’s will regarding a paradise earth will “take place.”

Why can we be sure that the hope of Paradise on earth is not fantasy but reality? Because the Bible tells us: “As for the heavens, they belong to Jehovah, but the earth he has given to the sons of men.” The hope of Paradise on earth is one that “God, who cannot lie, promised long ago.” (Psalm 115:16; Titus 1:2) What a wonderful prospect the Bible offers—Paradise forever!

This topic “Eden” has been more than a fascination, for me, for years…check out this related reading IF You choose:

in-search-of-eden

Peace & Paradise to You Reader:)

4/9/17 @ 11:35 a.m.

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