A gift of poetic words from my hubby.
Dedicated with all my heart to me – Happy Birthday, Isadora
***** Happy Birthday song written by Antonio Cappiello
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Spring is in the air.
It was a hazy misty morning when I went out on my lanai this early morning. The temperature was warm. I had gone outside to observe the vast nature that is my backyard before attempting my Tai Chi meditative exercises. I’d been unable to do them outside because our temperatures had been a bit chilly. Our cold temperatures in Southern Florida in winter are 60’s during the day and 40’s in the morning and at night.
Now, our spring season has arrived. We’re experiencing temperatures in the mid 70’s in the morning. The warmer weather has brought a great many birds back to our estuary.
On this morning, the break of day showcased a bald eagle majestically flying overhead while a white egret waded in the water swallowing small fish.
The bird feeders I’ve strategically placed on my spring blossoming orchid tree are starting to attract red cardinals, hummingbirds and scrub jays. I can hear tiny chirping from baby birds in the holly berry bush I planted several years ago. They’re waiting for their daily feeding from mama birds who’ve gone hunting. These are panoramic views and sounds that never disappoint nor do I tire hearing.
As the sun breaks through the mist, a shimmer blankets the water on the lake. It’s a hypnotically mesmerizing tranquil place of peace. It’s a time of quiet contemplation before the day ahead. I’m looking at my orchids that are still in bloom while others are forming buds for future blooms. Nature is slowly awakening with all of its’ beauty. I’m enraptured by the many blessings I have.
Today stretches before me waiting to be shaped into the creation I choose to sculpt deciding what shape and form it will be. It will be as unique as me. It is all up to me. I am going to make it a GREAT day. I hope you will, too, unless you have other plans.
My beach has a big umbrella casting shade over my empty chair.
Warm water touches my skin and soothes the ache within.
Palm trees are growing, warm breezes blowing.
Salty air in every breathe taken in.
I picture myself there day after day.
My beach is my haven, my comfort, my care.
At the beach, life is different.
Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment.
We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun.
Any peaceful step
even calming your own feelings and emotions
contributes to peace in the world
Imagine by John Lennon
John Lennon – ‘Love’ – lyrics
John Lennon was one of the songs added to ‘The Musical – Beatles’
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The next concert will be ‘Moody Blues’.
We all need to be reminded to be grateful for what we have in our lives.
The treasures we, sometimes, take for granted.
Below you will find my Gratitude list that is forever growing.
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Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings,
turn routine days into joy,
and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
©William A. Ward
I read this, “Life is Just a Moment.”
It’s insightful. It’s touching.
The ending has a profound lesson.
Perhaps, because of all the recent events in the news and my personal life,
we need to focus on Living Life in every moment.
A man died…
When he realized it, he saw God coming closer with a suitcase in his hand.
Dialog between God and Man:
God: “Alright son, it’s time to go.”
Man: “So soon? I had a lot of plans…”
God: “I am sorry but, it’s time to go.”
Man: “What do you have in that suitcase?”
God: “Your belongings.”
Man: “My belongings? You mean my things … clothes… money”
God: “Those things were never yours, they belong to the Earth.”
Man: “Is it my memories?”
God: “No, they belong to Time.”
Man: “Is it my talent?”
God: “No, they belong to Circumstance.”
Man: “Is it my friends and family?”
God: “No son, they belong to the Path you Traveled.”
Man: “Is it my wife and children?”
God: “No, they belong to your Heart.”
Man: “Then, it must be my Body.”
God: “No No… it belongs to Dust.”
Man: “Then, surely, it must be my Soul!”
God: “You are sadly mistaken son. Your Soul belongs to me.”
The man with tears in his eyes and full of fear took the suitcase from God’s hand and opened it…
Heartbroken and with tears running down his cheeks he asked God… “I never owned anything?”
God: “That’s right. You never owned anything.”
Man: “Then? What was mine?”
God: Your “MOMENTS.”
Every moment you lived was “Yours!!!”
Think Good in every moment
Thank God for every moment
Life is just a MOMENT!
I honor the place in you
in which the entire universe dwells.
I honor the place in you
which is of Love, and of Truth,
of Light and of Peace.
When you are in that place in you
and I am in that place in me.
We are One
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A tree grows in concrete
As such, a sight to see
I hadn’t given much thought
To how lonely it might be
One tree, weatherworn, twiggy bark
Hardly standing, day in and day out
Alone, trying to be burly strong
In need of care, no one did
City life, concrete at its’ feet
Rain, sleet and snow
No breaks, nothing but woe
Yet, there it stands for all to see
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Speak to or of your city of ultimate bliss:
the city you grew up in or the city you grew to love.
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When we reflect on our lives we can’t help but include our thoughts on the one person who’s had the most influence on us:
She forms the person we’ll be from the beginning of conception. We are who we are because of her.
Despite the way we may feel about her, she is the major player in the formation of our lives.
There are lessons a mother teaches us.
But, it’s always up to us to put them into practice.
It’s always up to us to be in charge of our decisions.
Sometimes, we ruminate and get stuck on what we weren’t given or how we were treated by her.
This shouldn’t matter.
For in the end, if we fail or if we succeed, we should never forget that the final choices are always up to us.
The poem below reflects a Mother’s words eloquently … enjoy Reflection by Secret Garden as you read.
Happy Mother’s Day to all … Isadora 😎
Secret Garden – Reflection
Reflections of a Mother …
I gave you life, but cannot live it for you.
I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn.
I can give you directions, but I cannot be there to lead you.
I can allow you freedom, but I cannot account for it.
I can take you to church, but I cannot make you believe.
I can teach you right from wrong, but I cannot always decide for you.
I can buy you beautiful clothes, but I cannot make you beautiful inside.
I can offer you advice, but I cannot accept it for you.
I can give you love, but I cannot force it upon you.
I can teach you to share, but I cannot make you unselfish.
I can teach you respect, but I cannot force you to show honor.
I can advise you about friends, but cannot choose them for you.
I can advise you about sex, but I cannot keep you pure.
I can tell you the facts of life, but I can’t build your reputation.
I can tell you about drink, but I can’t say “no” for you.
I can warn you about drugs, but I can’t prevent you from using them.
I can tell you about lofty goals, but I can’t achieve them for you.
I can teach you about kindness, but I can’t force you to be gracious.
I can warn you about sins, but I cannot make you moral.
I can pray for you, but I cannot make you walk with God.
I can tell you how to live, but I cannot give you eternal life.