LIVING A LIFE OF GRACE

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WEDNESDAY’S BLESSING

Forgive often and always

Living a life of grace requires a constant effort to forgive those who offend us. That does not diminish the wounds afflicted on us, but forgiveness renders freedom from resentment, anger and jealousy. That may take time but the reward is infinite. Forgiveness heals and makes everything new in us and most likely others.

SYRIAN POEM

“Always go too far because that’s where you’ll find truth.”

…and beauty…

–Albert Camus

“Your eyes are like

A rainy night,

My boats sink in them

My writing disappears

in their reflection,

Mirrors have no memory.”

–Nizar Qabbani, Syrian Poet

A beautiful Syrian necklace

A LOVE WAR

“This is a strange new kind of war where you learn just as much as you are able to believe.”

–Ernest Hemingway

A Soldier’s Arabic

The word for love, habib, is written from right

to left, starting where we would end it

and ending where we might begin.

 

Where we would end a war,

another might take as a beginning,

or as an echo of history, recited again.

 

Speak the word for death, maut,

and you will hear the cursives of the wind

driven into the veil of the unknown.

 

This is a language made of blood.

It is made of sand, and time.

To be spoken, it must be earned.

Well said, Ernest Hemingway.

War continues today in such a deceptive manner that people overlook it.

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FRENCH LOVE QUOTES

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

–Rumi

Funny…my mind swirls in thinking French.  I hope you enjoy these translated poems.

L’endroit le plus merveilleux du monde est dans votre Coeur.

–John Biccard

“The most wonderful place in the world is in your heart.”

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“Chaque jour je t’aime davantage, aujourd’hui plus qu’hier et bien moins que demain.”

–Rosemonde Gerara

“Every day I love you more, today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.”

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NATIVE TO CHINA

“Some things never leave a person:  scent of the hair of one you love, the texture of persimmons, in your palm, the ripe weight.”

–Li-Young Lee

HAIBUN

Funny how the Lord gave me the word “persimmon” before I woke from dreaming…thus this…

HAIKU

An autumn sweetness

As sweetened rolled out dough

Sprinkled with cinnamon

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A RE-BLOG POST Miserable or Blissful-Its entirely your choice…….

What a pleasant surprise, your Rumi story that will compliment a poem of his I have just posted…LOL!

Boundless Blessings by Kamal

A Sufi mystic who had always remained happy was asked by people who observed him almost every day for the last 70 years, why he had never ever been found sad. One day they asked him, ‘Pray tell us, what is the secret of your happiness? We have never seen you forlorn but looking joyful and smiling forever. We would definitely like to hear from you what makes you happy and cheerful and take some learnings of value from you.’

The Sufi very kindly said, ‘There is no great secret.It is very simple. Every morning when I wake up, I meditate for five minutes and I say to myself, ‘Listen now my friend and soulmate, there are two possibilities for you, either you can beMISERABLEthe whole day through and keep on crying at your misfortunes and bad luck, or you can beBLISSFULand lead a…

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A HEARTFELT NUDGE

“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.”

Poem by Rumi

I have lived on the lip

of insanity, wanting to know reasons,

knocking on a door.  It opens.

I’ve been knocking from the inside…!

…Whichever door you push through…LOL…!

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