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"It is never too late to be what you might have been."

-George Eliot

A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men.
I found this new-to-me old-ish fave on QuakerCloud:

"I especially want to suggest that we impoverish ourselves spiritually when we close ourselves off too quickly from the witnesses with whom we disagree, or when, to appropriate their words for our own beliefs, we translate or transpose what they say into the worlds and ideas with which we are already comfortable." - Paul Lacey, 1995

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. - Peg Bracken
Awhile ago, there was a discussion of 'blessed be'. Recently, I picked up 'A Contemporary Prayer Book' and found this (among oodles of other things).

Prayer at Rising (Option cool smiley:

O God, You endowed the Celts
With keen senses and great imagination,
Seeing and sensing more than meets the eye;
Wee people- fairies, leprechauns,
Out there, all around!

Help us to have discerning eyes,
For TV images "out there"
Speeding through the air!
Heroes, villains, long-dead stars
Are out there and then- in here!

Blessed be the mysteries unraveling.
Blessed be dancing and singing.
Blessed be drama and storytelling.
Blessed be athletes performing.
Blessed be worlds connecting.
Cursed be prurient pandering.
Cursed be greed manipulating.
Cursed be violence unrelenting.
Cursed be illusions lying.
Cursed be hope depleting.

O God, help us to discern the difference
Between blessings and curses,
Soul feeding and soul depleting,
Transforming and mesmerizing,
Quality and mediocrity.

I think I better understand 'blessed be!' now.

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. - Peg Bracken
Awhile ago, there was a discussion of 'blessed be'. Recently, I picked up 'A Contemporary Prayer Book' and found this (among oodles of other things).

Prayer at Rising (Option cool smiley:

O God, You endowed the Celts
With keen senses and great imagination,
Seeing and sensing more than meets the eye;
Wee people- fairies, leprechauns,
Out there, all around!

Help us to have discerning eyes,
For TV images "out there"
Speeding through the air!
Heroes, villains, long-dead stars
Are out there and then- in here!

Blessed be the mysteries unraveling.
Blessed be dancing and singing.
Blessed be drama and storytelling.
Blessed be athletes performing.
Blessed be worlds connecting.
Cursed be prurient pandering.
Cursed be greed manipulating.
Cursed be violence unrelenting.
Cursed be illusions lying.
Cursed be hope depleting.

O God, help us to discern the difference
Between blessings and curses,
Soul feeding and soul depleting,
Transforming and mesmerizing,
Quality and mediocrity.

I think I better understand 'blessed be!' now.

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. - Peg Bracken
Awhile ago, there was a discussion of 'blessed be'. Recently, I picked up 'A Contemporary Prayer Book' and found this (among oodles of other things).

Prayer at Rising- Option B-
O God, You endowed the Celts
With keen senses and great imagination,
Seeing and sensing more than meets the eye;
Wee people- fairies, leprechauns,
Out there, all around!

Help us to have discerning eyes,
For TV images "out there"
Speeding through the air!
Heroes, villains, long-dead stars
Are out there and then- in here!

Blessed be the mysteries unraveling.
Blessed be dancing and singing.
Blessed be drama and storytelling.
Blessed be athletes performing.
Blessed be worlds connecting.
Cursed be prurient pandering.
Cursed be greed manipulating.
Cursed be violence unrelenting.
Cursed be illusions lying.
Cursed be hope depleting.

O God, help us to discern the difference
Between blessings and curses,
Soul feeding and soul depleting,
Transforming and mesmerizing,
Quality and mediocrity.

I think I better understand 'blessed be!' now.

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. - Peg Bracken


Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 06/24/2019 08:03PM by Shop-et-al.
Well, cuz I can be such a doofus....."As handy as a pocket on your shirt.", another favorite, though I usually don't say this one out loud, "Let's turn that frown upside down.".
"Happiness is the Morning Sun and Chirping Birds!"

(Seen at Wild Birds Unlimited, not during a shop)

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. - Peg Bracken
Every time you meet a situation, though you think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it, you find that forever after you are freer than you were before. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. - Peg Bracken
America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great. Alexis de Tocqueville
envy is a littleness of soul, which cannot see beyond a certain point, and if it does not occupy the whole space feels itself excluded. - William Hazlitt

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. - Peg Bracken
What all girls wish: to have a husband, house and children.
Now that I'm old, my wish is womanish: That the boy putting groceries
in my car see me....it bewilders me that he doesn't see me.
Judith Viorst

Live consciously....
@msimon-2000 wrote:

Irene, in my case, I only seem to be as happy as my least happy child. If they are struggling with something in their lives, I end up commiserating with them which tends to bring me down a notch or two...[/quote Understood.....

Live consciously....
I didn't read the whole thread, so I hope this one hasn't been posted. Sorry if it has. My nephew posted this on FB and it immediately struck a cord.

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." John Wooden

It is similar to my all time favorite:
Never explain yourself to anyone because the person who likes you doesn't need and it and the person who dislikes you won't believe it.
There may be fairies, there may be elves, but God helps those that help themselves.

A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men.
"There is nothing so bad that it couldn't be worse"
~ Irish proverb

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. - Peg Bracken
God’s heart is “the heart of a Father Who loves all His children and wants them to live in goodness and justice, and therefore to live in fullness and happiness. A Father’s heart that goes beyond our meagre concept of justice so as to open up to us the immense horizons of His mercy. A Father’s heart that does not treat us or repay us according to our sins, as the Psalm says”. (Pope Francis)

“For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy.”(G.K. Chesterton)

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. - Peg Bracken


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/10/2019 02:05PM by Shop-et-al.
@dmm316 wrote:

There may be fairies, there may be elves, but God helps those that help themselves.

"Fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me"

sestrahelena
It is the image in the mind that binds us to our lost treasures, but it is the loss that shapes the image.....
Colette

Live consciously....
Work is sacred. It is not just a way to earn money or gain power, though it may result in both. Work is a vehicle for testing out our gifts and talents and using them to explore their meaning. - Anne Wilson Schaef

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. - Peg Bracken
"Wherever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery." ~Benjamin Disraeli

Seriously, nobody cares that you're offended.

(Yes, I stole Hoju's tagline.)
@FriedOkra wrote:

“He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him In!”
OMG, where did you find this? I haven't seen it in 30 years or more.

“He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him In!”

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/23/2019 12:47AM by Sandy Shopper.
It Couldn’t Be Done
By Edgar Albert Guest
Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it!

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

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