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Ceramic Cup

Spill any tea?

Broke my favorite mug today by accident.  I was meditatively distracted…put on coffee table and a pile of randomly/disorderly placed books toppled and crash…ceramic cup fell on hard tile.

UGHhhhhh!!!

Good thing finished my tea first!;) some syrupy-sugar residue.

Another good thing–only a broken cup, eh?

That’s partly why “try” not to get overly attached to “any” temporary material possessions. It was a gift and sentimentally attached to Giver. 🙂

No, didn’t super glue, tossed in recycling bin.

Am missing my perfect-size-mug, at the moment, cause am thirsty for some Green tea now. Yeah, I like a cup at night while working/reading/thinking/writing.

Studying keeps me UP late; not Green tea.

Which, of course, reminds me, Bible-book-worm, of scripture:

19 Stop storing up for yourselves treasures on the earth,+ where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Rather, store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,+ where neither moth nor rust consumes,+ and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)

 

3/26/19 @ 9:23 p.m.

p.s. of course, this fluff post is about more than a broken ceramic cup…symbolically–it’s about accepting somethings/people in this life are broken..and puny-human hands cannot fix Everything/Everyone exactly!…even with the best of skills and intentions..refocusing on the what can feasibly be done to help Others (and not being wrongly attached/misdirected/futile efforts) …bringing peace to the pieces of fragmented problems…i love this Divine promise:

 So my word that goes out of my mouth will be.*vIt will not return to me without results,wBut it will certainly accomplish whatever is my delight,*xAnd it will have sure success in what I send it to do. (Isaiah 55:11)

p.p.s.

due to imperfections, limitations, no-follow-through, unforeseen events, illnesses, etc., etc., we, Humans, don’t always have “sure success”…we try, we die…but God/Divine Mind/Creator/Yahweh/Jehovah/King of Eternity with no beginning and no end…”will certainly accomplish what is His delight.”

what is my delight?

 

 

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Promoting Happiness

“Sweet is the sleep of the one serving, whether he eats little or much, but the plenty belonging to the rich one does not permit him to sleep.”​—Ecclesiastes 5:12.

Benefits of cultivating

CONTENTMENT. “We have brought nothing into the world, and neither can we carry anything out. So, having food and clothing, we will be content with these things.” (1 Timothy 6:7, 8) People who are content are not disposed to complain or grumble, and their attitude protects them against envy. And because their desires do not exceed their means, they spare themselves needless anxiety and stress.

GENEROSITY. “There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.” (Acts 20:35) Generous people are happy because they enjoy making others happy, even if all they can give is a little of their time and energy. They often gain in abundance what no amount of money can buy​—love, respect, and genuine friends, who give generously in return!​—Luke 6:38.

PUTTING PEOPLE BEFORE THINGS. “Better is a dish of vegetables where there is love than a fattened bull where there is hatred.” (Proverbs 15:17) The point? Loving relationships with others are more valuable than material riches. And love, […], is vital to happiness.

[The Way of Happiness Contentment & Generosity Awake! No. 1 2018]

When we, Humans, are content with what we have…generous and willing to share what we already appreciatively have…we promote happiness!:)

2/22/19 @ 2:44 p.m.

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B.C.

My goofy “dumb and dumber”  lol 🙂 b.angs..c.hopped
by me in a hurry;) last night.

Cannot take myself too seriously, eh? (i hide behind my hair anyway. My oldest daughter has an adorably-chic pixie-ish cut accentuating her high chipmunk cheeks. My middle girl has very long hair; dark with hazel eyes on the greener side. My youngest daughter hair grooming is in-between both lengths, but shorter than mine and long enough for braiding. Every time i get close to changing a decade…30, 40..now 50 envision bravely changing/cutting my crutch to a stylish chin-length bob/lob. Then, worry i’ll look like a boy! My cousin who wanted to “trim” my hair for me…gave me a really bad boy’s punk haircut, by mistake once.;) Awful way to start junior high school: UGH! the birth of hair fear and self-consciousness…was already too tall, too skinny, and too freckly…and too different thinking/living because of my spirituality. Survived and hair grew; not fast enough for me, though.:)

(Only the exceptionally cute can/do pull off attractive shorter cuts in my POV.)

Though, i got a great cut in France back in the day. The salon/experience was like an art studio. They skillfully worked on my hair for seemingly hours. (Hubby Chato liked it more than me.) All my French female friends had fashionable hair with stylish neck scarves. So, i chopped my plain hair.

Chasing after 4 kids…easier keeping it no-fuss, one-long-length to pull back or up.

Do somethings need trimming/chopping IF impairing our vision??

(yep, small talk is over:)

bangs brings mind to…

“fringes” there are examples in the Gospels of people being miraculously healed by touching the “fringes” of Jesus’ garments.

(BTW: i don’t believe in modern-day faith healing, um, cough, cough: scams/schemes for money; just like i don’t believe in spiritualism: fortune tellers and spirit mediums communicating with dead. Topic fodder for another time, perhaps.)

Last night @ the mind gym was meditating on this thought of how minor changes can heal/help us. “Fringes”…small bites of healthy spiritual food, a comforting/positive scripture…time outside in nature focusing on the beauty of life and not its tragedy so much…quells anxieties. The scriptures say we only know the “fringes” about God.

excerpted: “LIVING AS CHRISTIANS” Do You Perceive God’s Invisible Qualities?

When you look at a colorful flower, a starry sky, or a thundering waterfall, do you see the handiwork of the Creator? The creation around us clearly reveals Jehovah’s invisible qualities. (Ro 1:20) By pausing to reflect on what we see with our eyes, we are able to perceive God’s power, love, wisdom, and justice, as well as his generosity.​—Ps 104:24.

What are some of Jehovah’s creative works that you notice each day? Even if you live in a city, you may see birds or trees. Observing intently Jehovah’s creation can help us to reduce anxiety, put our problems in proper perspective, and increase our faith in Jehovah’s ability to care for us throughout eternity. (Mt 6:25-32) If you have children, help them to perceive Jehovah’s matchless qualities. As we grow in appreciation for the creation around us, we will draw closer to the Creator.​—Ps 8:3, 4.

It’s logical to me to acknowledge work of an artist, an author etc.
Seriously, would any of us pick up a book or purchase a work of art and not readily accept…somebody/some person/personality…accomplished this?! The book didn’t write itself…nor did the painting paint itself: DUH!!

This brought me to tears (the other day) and helped me cope with my limitations and inadequacies..weaknesses; (obvious). Hopefully this will be encouraging to You Reader…

Maintain a Realistic View

To find contentment, we must maintain a realistic view of our own limitations and those of others. In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul points out: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Many facets of Jehovah’s glory lie far beyond our comprehension. One example is the simple fact stated at Genesis 1:31: “God saw everything he had made and, look! it was very good.” Whenever Jehovah chooses to look back on what he has done, he can always say that “it was very good.” No human can always claim that. Acknowledging our limitations is the first step toward gaining contentment. However, there is more to it. We need to understand and accept Jehovah’s view of the matter.

The Greek word translated “sin” comes from a root that means “to miss the mark.” (Romans 3:9, footnote) To illustrate: Envision someone who is hoping to win a prize by hitting a target with an arrow. He has three arrows at his disposal. He shoots the first one and misses by a yard. He aims better with the second arrow but still misses by a foot [30 cm]. With full concentration he lets the last arrow go and misses by only an inch [2 cm]. It was so close, but a miss is a miss.

We are all like that disappointed archer. Sometimes we seem to “miss the mark” by much. Other times we come close but still miss the mark. We are frustrated because we tried so hard, but it was still not good enough. Now, let us go back to the archer.

He is slowly turning away, dejected because he really wanted that prize. Suddenly, the man in charge calls him back and hands him a prize, saying: “I want to give you this because I like you, and I saw how hard you tried.” The archer is elated!

Elated! Everyone who receives from God “the gift” of everlasting life in perfection will feel this way. (Romans 6:23) Thereafter, everything they do will be good​—they will never miss the mark again. They will be perfectly content. In the meantime, if we keep this view in mind, we will feel better about ourselves and those around us.

[excerpted: Find Contentment by Applying Bible Principles w 06]

Take Care Reader🙂 pursuing integrity & cultivating contentment is worth the effort.

Peace

2/08/19 @ 12:21 p.m.

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an FYI and then some…

Happy Reading Reader:)
just a quick FYi…am not sure what is going on with my website. (1) My hope is to continue writing/talking/learning…here and

(2) elsewhere. (?)

WHY??? would anyone want to hack my site?! i am no mind reader nor heart reader. So, my desire is to continue writing, however, under secure measures would be the ideal.

Life is like that…the ideal and the not-so ideal, eh?…the theory and the practice. Oh, what am i gonna stop living cause living is not ideal?!

oh Yeah, i work very hard at practicing what i preach…aka speaking and living the TRUTH!…even in uncertain or difficult times.

Spiritual Topics and spirituality are my main focus…my personal spiritual growth is of the utmost concern to me…even greater than say my physical health and well-being. What i’ve learned through my years of living on this beautiful planet Earth is…my spiritual well-being and health…positively trickles down/up to my physical, mental, and emotional well-being. So, i give my spiritual needs TOP priority in my self-care.
That means self-d.i.s.c.i.p.l.i.n.e…study, meditation, research daily…am too much of a geek to admit here…( )
Various minds work at various times and at various lengths…mind laziness is deadly…IF YOU ask me. Yep, i know You didn’t ask…
oh well…i spoke up anyway.

My spiritual self-care:
It has helped me pursue and maintain a modesty…a moderate life-style of living and loving. I’ve never smoked. I’ve never gotten drunk. ever. (well, not off alcohol—off love, lol:) I don’t over-eat. Etc., Etc., Etc.,…guess, that makes me very boring!!;)…or very healthy??;)

um, this quick post is getting a little rambly…(a made up word?)…You know what use to bug me as a talker…in school or elsewhere…people equating quiet kids as being well-behaved or “good” and us talkers…getting in trouble in school, etc. for not shutting up enough…as “bad” or misbehaving…what?! cause you THINK OUT LOUD!!! ugh.

Look out for the quiet sneaks…may be?! 😉

Quiet is not always good (nor bad)…people make presumptions, assumptions and suppositions and presuppositions about all sorts of nonsense.

For example, faulty thinking: people assume rich is good or better. and poor is bad or worse. That nobody would choose to be poor (or poorer) materially AND on purpose!!…think again!!!

The real truth seekers and keepers…WANT spiritual riches and not material ones. And this may (or may not (depends))…make them less economically so-called successful or economically focused. They understand that moth and rust consume. They’ve experienced the Truth…of “the things seen temporary, the things unseen everlasting.” Some so-called poor are of a HIGH/ER moral caliber/character: They don’t easily sell out…their integrity for dirty money. Or become enslaved to acquiring riches. They value the intangible more than the tangible. Perhaps, the abstract over the concrete. They “value” the incorruptible over the corruptible.

Perhaps, the process over the result…dollar(s) in hand. May be? they feel their time is better spent acquiring “sense” (wisdom) and not “cents”…:)

Some only believe in what they can see/feel…touch. They may lack heart vision.

Some of us highly value people and relationships and “family” a world-wide brotherhood of humanity: peace of mind and heart over Big-Business of War. Or the competition to acquire MORE than other fellow-fragile-life.

Some of us trade and don’t spend…some of us give and don’t take.

Stop the presses people;)…YEP, there are humans out there who do and could care less about possessions!!!

Possessions do not make the man…may be? they own him like master to slave.

The real givers…may actually sacrifice and give it all away!!!…including their life for a friend…or the greater good.

(and yeah, am well aware i may be putting myself at risk writing this spiritual stuff.)

“No one has love greater than this, that someone should surrender his soul in behalf of his friends,” ~John 15:13

While wealth in itself is not condemned in the Bible, the love of money is. The Bible writer Paul said: “The love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things.” He noted that by forfeiting spiritual interests out of a desire to be rich, “some have been led astray from the faith and have stabbed themselves all over with many pains.”​—1 Timothy 6:10.

Interestingly, Paul gave specific instructions for the rich. He said: “Give orders to those who are rich in the present system of things not to be high-minded, and to rest their hope, not on uncertain riches, but on God, who furnishes us all things richly for our enjoyment.” (1 Timothy 6:17) Evidently there is a danger that rich people might become proud and feel superior to others. Also, they may be tempted to think that riches can offer true security​—something that only God can fully provide.

Clearly, Christians are not required to be poor. Neither should they be “determined to be rich.” (1 Timothy 6:9) They simply work hard to earn a reasonable means of living. Depending on various factors and the economic system under which they live, their efforts will meet with different levels of success.​—Ecclesiastes 11:6.

Whatever their financial circumstances are, Christians should endeavor to “make sure of the more important things.” (Philippians 1:10) By putting spiritual values first, they are “safely treasuring up for themselves a fine foundation for the future, in order that they may get a firm hold on the real life.”​—1 Timothy 6:19. [excerpted on-line article: Must Christians Be Poor?]

questions for reflections:
Whether economically rich or poor…
am i determined to be rich in fine works??…(aka works that help fellow-fragile-life and the planet; our shared home, our shared future)

am i acquiring spiritual treasures??

am i learning con-tent-ment??

a “tent” provides a measure of protection/security.

con(s)…don’t dwell on….nor what was “me(a)nt” to be.

contentment …is a living/true value…(an important thing to learn/appreciate).

 

related reading…perhaps?…IDK, check it out IF YOU:) so choose:  the-game-of-life

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8/11/18 @ 3:33 p.m.

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