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Pressure Cooker

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Do You ever feel
inadequate? or not quite skilled enough
for the raw thrown at You??

(reality) pressure points..most of us have them..(feel them, eh?)

the minor and MAJOR momentary (seemingly relentless) challenges..(the circumstances, etc/the pot we find ourselves in)

key?…not reaching my boiling point! (or is it: finding contentment in chaos)

the refining process…(of clay life underway)

is a pressurized person tender/sterilized?…(clean spiritually speaking)

my simple symbolism…letting off a little steam.

Do i need a cup of tea?…this morning..(and better metaphors;)
(feeling poured out?)

cultivating self-control? not gonna raise my voice…just my words, huh?

3/24/17 @ 9:47 a.m.

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Recycle Day

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YAY!:) it’s recycle day! aka Thursday..(yeah, i’m probably the only weirdo;) on my block…who gets pumped UP to see the recycle truck stopping in front of my house taking my recyclables away!-Hooray; i LOVE organization.) Usually over-stuff my GIANT bin (when in the middle of organizing projects aka simplifying my life) and this morning, it wouldn’t close and alas, some bottles failed to make it in the truck spilling on the grass.  (UGH!, was hoping everything would go.) Scooped them up and bottles will wait in the bin till…(or IF my kids find some creative use before next week).

oh yeah, joanie’s ostensibly making small talk…how else do you (politely/tactfully/indirectly) get around to the BIG talk?!…and/or get mind off of big grief/worries/stress/concerns, etc?

FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN DO

(not sweating the big stuff while fretting over the small stuff?!;)

BIG stuff…

will my new kitty make it? will my old friend (cousin) make it?

will the planet make it?

will my oldest daughter make it? (safely…in time…to pick up my youngest from school.)

etc.

etc,

etc.,

will i make it?

PEACE!:)

 

 

10/27/16 @ 2:57 p.m.

 

 

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Thinking about: What, Where and Who?

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I was thinking about…

THINKING about

–You :)–

and then thought

NO!

Why let myself/my mind/my heart…..go……………………………………………………….there/their

to (a) place(s)

i “may” never come back from

A L I V E

(emotionally or otherwise)

though

believe me please (aka it’s true)

when

i

say

I WOULD DIE FOR YOU and

probably/potentially (already) am

s~l~o~w~l~y (and otherwise)

of (a)

broken/mostly MENDED Heart…

THANK GOD…i am FIXED!…as in: (according to an on-line identity/description/definition of “fixed”)

fastened, attached, or placed so as to be firm and not readily movable; firmly implanted;
rendered stable or permanent, as color.
set or intent upon something; steadily directed: a fixed stare.
definitely and permanently placed: a fixed buoy; a fixed line of defense.
not fluctuating or varying; definite: a fixed purpose.
(You know: “eyes on the prize”)

i can only

L O V E

for now…(and)

HOPE  FULLY

in fixing/healing

You/Others…then!

when

i’m a fully functioning mind:  (aka absolute compassion (among other things))

(!HALLELUJAH!)

this is what i’m thinking:

“Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are of serious concern, whatever things are righteous, whatever things are chaste/pure, whatever things are lovable, whatever things are well-spoken-of, whatever things are virtuous, and whatever things are praiseworthy, continue considering/or thinking about/meditating on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Plus, the fresh air and sunshine is my disinfectant/(healer) as well:  recently read this in Awake! March 2015 excerpt: (my highlights)

 The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes that natural ventilation, which includes outside air flowing through a building, is important for infection control. Indeed, WHO guidelines published in 2009 encourage use of such natural ventilation as an effective measure in reducing the risk of infection at health-care facilities.

Studies conducted at a United Kingdom Ministry of Defence site provide some answers. Scientists there were trying to establish how long the air would remain dangerous if a biological weapon armed with harmful bacteria were exploded over London. To determine the viability of airborne pathogens, the researchers anchored E. coli microorganisms to threads of spider silk and exposed them to the open air. The experiment was performed at night, since it was known that sunlight kills these bacteria. What were the results?

Some two hours later, nearly all the bacteria were dead. Yet, when the bacteria were kept in a closed box in the same location and at the same temperature and humidity, most of them were still alive past the two-hour mark. Why? Evidently, something about being in the open air kills germs. This so-called open-air factor has not been clearly identified. However, researchers point to a compound that occurs naturally in open air and that “acts as a natural disinfectant against pathogens or germs that lurk in the atmosphere.”

Sunlight also has natural disinfecting properties. The Journal of Hospital Infection explains that “the majority of microbes that cause airborne infections cannot tolerate sunlight.

 My beloved/(country) grandma, resting in PEACE, Ella Mae Love-Wil—-, liked/sang this song & it (always) reminds me of Her (and Other Loved Ones! and my (long-gone) city youth and past New Hampshire Mountain family (camping) vacations)!

 

 

(published 12/30/14 @ 11:43 a.m.)

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Be-ing SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH-ed, huh??

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Psalm 4:4: “Have your say in your heart, upon your bed, and keep silent.”

If we have been the object of unkind words or actions, let us not retaliate. (Rom. 12:17-19) We can have our say in our heart while in bed. If we pray about the matter, we may see it in a different light and be moved to forgive out of love. (1 Pet. 4:8)

shhhhhhh!!!!!!! shutting up except…in bed. 😉

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for you yourself alone, O Jehovah, make me dwell in security.” (Ps. 4:8)

…feeling sleepy…? feeling secure!:)

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Name Your Hat

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AH:)…the life of Wife, Mother, Partner, Friend, Fragile-Life, Freckle-Face labeled joanie, etc., etc., etc., and the many hats she must wear…at any given moment in time…and all in the same day, eh?! (even when sick??)…uh-huh.
What (goofy or serious) hats do You wear? when? why? & why not…LOL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(post published 6/1/14 @ 12:18 p.m.

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Gimme…my Music: PLEASE!

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MUSIC has power. It can calm us, stir us, and lift our spirits. It can express both our joys and our sorrows. Common to virtually all cultures—past and present—music is a language of both the mind and the heart. Yes, music truly is a gift from God.

listening to this reminds me of my musical fleeting fantasies (in jr. high aka middle school “now”adays)…of being a female conductor!…i was in concert band middle/high school…a conductor seemed a lot cooler than being a clarinetist -lol…for sure! Tell me how i go from playing violin to the clarinet?!?!…the only schmo willing to “volunteer” cause i wanted flute…and drums..but parents quashed that fast…the neighbors wouldn’t tolerate me banging drums. Nobody wanted to play clarinet and my music teacher pleaded to the class…my VERY musical cousin…awesome guitarist..response: WHY? would you choose a “dead” instrument?…not exactly my preference, but i did enJOY it…winds and strings. With only sooo much time and so much learning/studying to do…the natural progression of musical interests at a young age from violin to clarinet..to get really good/accomplished…i would of had to devote all my time/mind to music..wasn’t willing to make that sacrifice..same with dance/ballet…left playing for dancing..my spirituality was emerging…no regrets..just “funny” music memories.

when you really love something…it can consume you/drown you..IF you let it! It can take over everything else in life including important relationships..so, for me, finding a balance…took a little learning/growing…strength/courage to say good bye (for now) to playing, dancing..hours of practice, over consumption of a lot of time, energy of youthful mind/body…

i LOVE this song!!:)…my (high school) band played this and it brings me back to my youth & music class...

“Among the reasons for the existence of music in virtually every culture [is] its ability to elicit and maintain human health and well-being,” says the book Principles and Practice of Stress Management. When we are singing, notes another reference, our entire body resounds and vibrates. In turn, gentle vibrations help tissues relax and dilate, which may help to reduce pain.

Accordingly, some therapists encourage patients suffering from stress to listen to soothing music, which can also improve one’s mood. Some hospitals even pipe music into intensive care units. Premature babies as well as surgery patients often respond well to pleasant music. According to Principles and Practice of Stress Management, studies suggest that listening to relaxing music “produces significant reductions in stress hormone levels during surgery.”

Music may also reduce anxiety in pregnant women by promoting relaxation during labor and delivery. Dentists sometimes play soothing music to create a more relaxed atmosphere for tense patients. But music and song can do much more. They can help us in a spiritual way.

Because music enables us to express virtually every emotion and because it can have such a powerful influence on heart, mind, and body, we should accord this “perfect present . . . from above” the deepest respect. (James 1:17) ~excerpted Music God’s Gift to the Heart

Managing my Music (selectively)…is (healthy/positive) stress management!:)

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