• attitude conscientious-ness Joan Winifred lamentations of the heart things i learned

    Proximity

    my choices brought me to this place (figuratively and literally)

    this proximity?

     

    why? and how? did Your choices

    bring You…

    here?

    there?

    no

    where

    near

    me

     

    distance and closeness choice & chance

    (banished…by…(choice/chance))
    (everybody grieves for something/someone…by choice/chance??)

    (6/5/17 @ 12:49 p.m. last/previous (before today’s quick edit) edited–published 6/6/17 @ 1:33 p.m.)

    a P.S.
    to paraphase a loyal man…”i opened my mouth to the True God and cannot turn back”…
    i only have the power to move forward!

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    Don’t! (Got)

     

    (committed to solve ’em)

    6/4/17 @ 11:50 a.m.

    a P.S.

    “How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, allow me to remove the straw that is in your eye,’ while you yourself do not see the rafter in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the rafter from your own eye, and then you will see clearly how to remove the straw that is in your brother’s eye.” (Luke 6:42)

    (a practical verse…for all issues, eh?!)

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    Spin Cycle

    you know how

    the

    spin cycle

    squeezes out all the excess water, etc…in the wash/clothes?? (can You tell i’m doing laundry? (and meditating on life) 🙂

     

    unless you are

    able

    to

    stop

    the sin

    cycle

     

    may be?

    all

    the

    (everlasting) juice

    gets squeezed out

    of

    our genes

    and

    we

    die/age/

    dry up!!

    (fade)

    according to the Bible,

    once

    Adam

    and

    Eve spiraled out of control

    and

    went

    on

    the sin

    cycle

    aka

    poor/selfish/short-sighted choices

    their

    offspring

    was

    destined

    to

    die

    grow

    old

    and

    repeat, repeat…cycle…

    get

    sick, etc.

    instead

    of

    mature/grow

    healthy…

    and Live Forever…

     

    6/2/17 @ 6:59 p.m.

     

    too many washes…too dirty

    too many spins

    and

    clothes

    get old

    and worn out…

    (it’s not easy for some of us to break the cycle of poor choices, eh?)

    coming clean/staying clean and maintaining “spiritual” cleanness…

    a balance

    needed.

    (and strong/sweet-smelling detergent, huh?!)

    6/2/17  @ 7;oo p.m.

    edited/published 6/2/17 @ 9:38 p.m.

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    A Mild Tongue

    A gentle tongue can break a bone.Prov. 25:15.

    In my POV, the silent treatment is less effective than a mild tongue.  To effectuate positive change(s)…is ignoring the person and/or the problem (indefinitely) a mature course of action/non-action?! Gentle speech even when under provocation can have better results.

    A mild* gentle answer turns away rage,

    But a harsh* painful word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

    (Sometimes, i analyze/wonder IF certain areas/aspects of my life/relationships would improve IF i was a better communicator?) Gentle and compassionate communication certainly contributes to PEACE!

    We all contribute to (emotional) climate…may be the ultimate climate control is a mild tongue!:)

    PEACE always Reader:)

    i’ll contribute to the quiet/serenity and shut up now;)

    6/2/17 @ 11:22 a.m.

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    A Recent Public Conversation

    (whith potential to help many? families/friends)…You:) Decide…

     

    5/31/17 @ 2:52 p.m.

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    “Sounds of Life” are You Listening??! aka Sounding It Out!

    Heard this intriguing phrase “the sounds of life” in an encouraging talk.

    How would You describe the “sounds of life” ??

    may be? i’d sum up sounds this way:

    Boo-Hoo!:(

    and

    Woo-hoo!:)

     

    (Life is full of extreme happy and extreme sad and everything in between these two states…hmmm.)

    What sounds are You making/hearing?…(with my mind or with my mouth? or with my fingers pounding my keyboard?)

    my mind is looking forward to any time off…in near future, and my body is looking forward to a cup of tea now. My ears are looking forward to an uplifting song…so, i don’t wallow in my own depths of selfishness…so, i can actively pursue compassion today..and keep working!

    EnJOY some Sunshine Reader:) and hope You’re life is full of WOO-HOO’s…:) (aka results of wise choices.) Life gets tricky/complicated…it’s like a new compassion language word..sometimes You gotta s-o-u-n-d it out! (aka look to divine wisdom for help.)

     

     

     

    5/31/17 @ 12:41 p.m.

    related context (IF needed)…/wellness/2013/06/did-you-hear-that-sound/

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    Learning From Others

    IF YOU saw someone slip and fall on a path, would you not be careful when walking on that same pathway? By considering the mistakes of others, we may be helped to avoid making the same errors. This is also true of our spiritual course. We can learn valuable lessons from the mistakes of others, including those recorded in the Bible. [excerpted “Will You Apply Your Heart to the Things Written?” w 2017]

    It would be foolish of me NOT to take notice of Others’ slips, huh??…and avoid a slippery path.

     

    5/30/17 @ 1:51 p.m.

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    Working Definition of Compassion

    “compassion, a sympathetic awareness of another’s suffering or adversity coupled with a desire to lessen it.”

    Have You heard it said…”knowledge is power!” NO! i modify that expression to ACCURATE knowledge is power! Power to do the compassionate/appropriate thing at the appropriate/needed time!

    Why should the topic of compassion interest you? Because the Bible urges you to imitate Jehovah. (Eph. 5:1 “Therefore, become imitators of God, as beloved children,”) Yet, while humans were created to be compassionate, our imperfection as descendants of Adam inclines us toward self-interest. Sometimes we may find that it is not easy to decide whether we will help others or concentrate on ourselves. For some, this is an ongoing conflict, or a balancing act. What can help you to develop and maintain your interest in others?

    Mental-health experts say that practicing compassion can improve your health, well-being, and relationships. When you relieve the suffering of others, you will feel happier, more optimistic, less lonely, and less inclined to think negative thoughts. Yes, your showing compassion will benefit you. (Eph. 4:31, 32 Put away from yourselves every kind of malicious bitterness, anger, wrath, screaming, and abusive speech, as well as everything injurious. 32  But become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you.”)

    Christians who lovingly seek to help others are rewarded with a good conscience, knowing that they are acting in harmony with godly principles. Having such a disposition makes for a more caring parent, a better spouse, and a better friend. Those who are quick to show compassion are, in turn, more likely to receive help and support when they need it.​—Read Matthew 5:7  “Happy are the merciful, since they will be shown mercy.”; Luke 6:38 “Practice giving, and people will give to you. They will pour into your laps a fine measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing. For with the measure that you are measuring out, they will measure out to you in return.” [excerpts: Imitate Jehovah’s Compassion w 2017]

    In what ways today can i be less self-concerned and more concerned with Others’ interests? In what added ways can i give more freely?

    Practice makes…”better”…everyone feels better when shown compassion, eh? 🙂

     

    5/27/17 @ 11:03 a.m.

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