Daytime Dreaming

I daytime dream while walking — looking at the sky, flowers, sun, water and sand.

Sometimes I even say”hello” to the passing dogs and their owners!

Inspiration for me comes from opening my senses.

Today I found the following from a “Daily Quotes” email.

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.ImageEdgar Allan Poe This quote originally appeared in one of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories, “Eleonora: A Fable,” first published in 1842. “Eleonora” is a poignant love story that some Poe scholars believe was at least partially autobiographical, and is arguably one of Poe’s finest stories. With this line, Poe points out that if our dreams are limited to sleep, we ignore the endless possibilities our waking imagination can unlock.

God’s sidewalk art.

Once In High School

“Push me and I will push you back.”

 

Does that sound like something which little kids do?

 

Let’s be honest and admit that adults often do the same.

 

Once in high school a scenario occurred in which one student pushed another student (me) with me ending up on the floor and then I proceeded to react.

 

The result – detention for both of us on Saturday.

 

I wish that I had heard and followed the wisdom of Proverbs 19.11 “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense” (NIV).

 

I learned patience the hard way.

Be the good person!

Steps

Real Change

 

A big ship moves SLOWLY

 

Degree by degree

 

The destination determined the change in course headings.

 

 The big ship turns SLOWLY towards the destination.

 

Such applies to real and enduring change in life.

 

 

One small step

Take that first step.

 

Take that next step.

 

And so on.

Much better together

Red

White

Pink formed by the combination of the two.

 

Blue

Yellow

Green formed by the combination of the two.

 

Combination, joining enriches life.

 

When we join with others who are different, life becomes more enriched and beautiful.

Subtle colors of flowers with a background of dirt, gavel and bight green bushes — how much more beautiful we are together!

Tomorrow

I love to read and learn.

 

New books, authors, music consume my iPad, attention,  and time.

 

Different move me to grow.

 

One such comes from a middle school grandson whose humor and insight refresh.

 

One such came from Hamilton, the musical.

 

Here it is

 

“I’m laughin’ in the face of casualties and sorrow,
For the first time, I’m thinkin’ past tomorrow.“ “My Shot,” “Hamilton

 

Laughing in the face of casualties and sorrow definitely fits our time.

 

The change occurs when “for the first time, I’m thinkin’ past tomorrow.”

 

Because of my faith, I believe in a person who has a plan for my better tomorrow.

 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29.11 NIV)

Free donut

Virtue and a donut — what do they have in common?

Well, the connection became apparent just a few minutes ago.

Upon leaving a favorite and familiar haunt, our local and close DD, the cashier announced “you are receiving a free donut and coffee today because you are polite and often say “thank you” after an order.

What a pleasant and unexpected surprise!

Simple acts of gratitude often embroider the tapestry of my life. This part of my emotional and spiritual DNA comes from faith, family, and community.

Paul wrote in a similar vein centuries ago to a community in Thessalonica (1 Thess. 5:18 NIV) “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Yellow Umbrella

Stories about memories of the past for persons for now.

While stories occur in written form to be used for centuries and even millennia, a current form of stories and parables appear in creative short videos.

There is one called Umbrella.

Simple everyday things from the past contain the seed for wisdom and remembrance of people and places of yesteryear. Such a word does exist!

In the video mentioned above, a yellow umbrella evokes a memory which moves from the present, to the past , to the present, to a message.

Find things around your house: show them to people you know, your kids; and, if applicable, to your grandkids.

Who knows what story will emerge from a pin, a wedding dress, and old tie, a watch, or…

Here is the link for the video mentioned above, : https://youtu.be/Bl1FOKpFY2Q

A man named Joel, not Billy Joel, offered the wisdom in the following statement: “Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.” Joel 1:3

Unforgettable Bacon

One adjective remains in my mind and on my heart as a powerful force, expressing and eliciting so many memories and feelings — unforgettable!

One the one hand…

Positive Unforgettables flood the mind and cheer the soul.

Photographs “old school,”not in digital from the past elicited awe and wonder. Just yesterday a 20-year old’s “wow” expressed a desire to meet grandparents whom she never met.

The aroma of frying bacon entices the nose and then the body to get out of bed and run to the kitchen to get the bacon before anyone else sadly to only be beaten by the dog who was faster!

These memories fill and enrichen the soul and in anticipation and hope for even more.

On the other hand…

2020 created pain and wisdom.

The pain birthed lessons to be learned and lived.

One and half million deaths in our country create stressful memories for multitudes untold and never fully counted.Those memories can stick in our minds, piercing our hearts.

We will and should always remember those who have died.

Millennia ago, a prophet wrote in a time similar to ours “… do not dwell on the past.See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up…” (Isaiah 43, 18-19 NIV)

Do not dwell — live in the present!

I believe in a God who created life and continues to create new life as a gift to be accepted, embraced, and shared.

UNFORGETTABLE — that’s what You are.

https://youtu.be/JFyuOEovTOE