Hope Defeats Gloom, Despair, and Agony

tunnel, discouragement, encouragement, fear, despair, hope

Sometimes we are engulfed in the tempest of despair, discouragement, and darkness. If you live long enough, you will travel through a few dark tunnels of life that are frightening, discouraging and leave you feeling bewildered and anxious. 

Yet, as we look ahead through this darkness, we manage to focus on a pinpoint of light drawing us closer to it. It is in that pinpoint of light that we see hope.

Within this hope, that faint light at the end of the tunnel begins to grow larger, because we are focused on that light, refusing to look back into the darkness from whence we came. We look into the throat of the tunnel’s mouth and see a glimpse of victory, freedom and the pursuit of courage and joy. 

Once you have stepped into that light which reveals a world of clarity, opportunity, love, and possibility, it draws you closer to it and you never want to look back and return to that dark tunnel again.

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Poetry for Today: A Birthday Haiku Party

Happy Birthday

I love celebrating my birthday whether by myself or with others. I am grateful each year I live to see one. Recently I saw a survey asking pollers whether celebrating their birthday is important to them. While I understand that certain religions or cultures do not necessarily embrace such celebrations, I am blessed that I do.

Interestingly the results of that poll showed 31% said that they really didn’t care about their birthday and that it was just another day for them. I couldn’t even imagine that, but that’s just me. Do you celebrate your birthday? For those of you who do, here’s a birthday haiku for you!

A Birthday Haiku Party

My celebration
birthday cake with frosting too
each year I’m grateful

remembering life
blowing candles in the wind
for this gift from Thee

so, on this born day
balloons adrift in the sky
I raise a toast high.

Be the Light in the Midst of Darkness

Sunlight, Light

I am always in awe of a new day where my surroundings look familiar, yet remarkably they are never the same. The sun in all of its grandeur shines its powerful light as we look around and visibly see things throughout the day that we probably never noticed before. The Light.

Moon, Light, Night

At night around a certain cycle of the month, the phase of a full moon comes out. Amid the darkness in the absence of the sun that full moon pierces and deeply penetrates the night with its lunar luminance. No, vampires and werewolves will not torment you because it is a full moon. LOL Its brilliance mesmerizes us and makes us stop and stare at its heavenly presence. The Night Light.

But what about our atmospheric darkness, that spirit in our world where evil runs rampant leaving people swirling in a constant pit of confusion, aloofness, fear, defeat or a feeling of doom? How can we renew that sense of compassion and shepherd people into a pasture of light, life, and love? How can we be or become those encouragers who can turn gloom into gladness? How can we be that light in the midst of someone else’s darkness? How can we bring hope back and restore our faith once again? How can we project our inner light?

I noticed that more people I know are heavily medicated or diagnosed with some type of disorder I have never heard of, let alone can pronounce. People appear to be less compassionate, more polarized and tribal, at least that is what the current climate of our world seems to reveal. When will the great divide end? How do we stop negativity, deception, and evil from winning? Where is our light?

Light, Candle

During those dark and treacherous times, when it seems like we as a society have fallen into the deepest pit of despair, it is then that we can’t cave into the intimidation of darkness. We must let our light so shine that others may see our good works and glorify our Father which is in Heaven. Be that light to brighten someone’s night!

Find Something To Smile About

Smiling, Laughing, HappyDuring the holiday season, when we would typically up our game in celebrating with food, fun, family, and friends, or get into the mad rush buying Christmas gifts, for many it becomes a time where hearts are heavy from grief, despair, and loneliness. Yet in the midst of melancholy, we must find some reason to smile, to open the doors of happiness and press forward, because we still have life dwelling within.

During those moments when the news is crazy and depressing, I try to search for something quirky or comical to watch on TV, listen to some upbeat and motivationally charged music, or look for an inspirational book to read. Think of something that makes you smile, whether it’s a pleasant memory, a child laughing, the close and loving bond between friends, the companionship of a pet, or the peace and tranquility felt in a single moment, just find something lighthearted to embrace.

Life is meant to be happy, although we will face many life-changing challenges. Turn your gloom into cheer, despair into joy, and your agony into ecstasy. Laughing, Smiling, Happy

Smiling, Friendship

Happy, Laughing, Funny

Do not allow misery to occupy your space. Turn those frowns upside down and SMILE!

Thank You for My Blogger Recognition Award Nomination

Blogging, Blogger Recognition Award

Image Credit: InKnowvative Concepts

Oh my gosh, I am so blown away and humbled with my nomination for the Blogger Recognition Award, that was presented to me by InKnowvative Concepts. Thank you so much for thinking of me, and I invite everyone to go visit their blog site and check out some of the articles, tips, and inspiration they share each week.

I began my blog in 2009 to nurture, diversify and expand my writing credits. Writing is excellent therapy for me and I am always excited to meet so many of you from our great community of bloggers. I enjoy reading many of your posts and appreciate the exchange of healthy dialogue through our comment marketing or via email. My motto is: “No one can see your visions and dreams as clearly as you can. Purpose is the key to creation manifested through vision.” I think it is safe to say that when we write, we focus on the purpose of that composition as the thing that drives our vision and passions.

Thinking, LearningHere are a few easy things I learned about the art of writing:

1. One great piece of advice I learned and heard resonate from my favorite poet, Maya Angelou was, “In order to be a good writer you have to be a copious reader.” All too often we write expecting someone to read and “LIKE” our compositions, but we fail to reciprocate in a like manner. I found that reading more, regardless of the genre, makes you a more educated writer.

2. Write about what you love, a current event, an experience or a topic you are passionate about. Writing requires research. Although we can write something off of the tops of our heads, every writer should explore a variety of writing and media sources to keep your ideas flowing, especially when you run into the dreaded writer’s block.

3. Social media channels are excellent outlets for gaining more exposure to your blog. Be sure to connect your SM channels to your blog menu so that others can follow you. Generally, a few of the top media channels like your Facebook page, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, Reddit, StumbleUpon, and YouTube are good popular sites, to begin with, and choose from.

I am nominating the following bloggers for the Blogger Recognition Award:Blogger Recognition Award, Inknowvative Concepts

Message From Above
vvampaliciousv
julietrivor
slimwilson1
TinderellaAnna
The Little Blog of Magic
Oxford Junior
A Better Man
The Shining Gem
Healthy Lifestyle
In Dianes Kitchen

Here are a few simple things to do in order to participate in this award if you never received a nomination before:

1. Show your gratitude to the person who nominated you and provide a link back to the person’s blog.
2. Give a brief story on your blog.
3. Share two or more pieces of advice for beginner bloggers.
4. Choose 10 other bloggers to nominate.
5. Comment on each blog by letting them know they’ve been nominated and provide a link to your award post.

My sincere thanks once again to InKnowvative Concepts for their gracious nomination that I am indeed delighted to accept. Cheers everyone!

Get Ready to Celebrate National Fritters Day

National Fritters Day, Fritters, Fried Food, allrecipes.com

Image credit: http://allrecipes.com

Ah, the fritter. That delectable small cake made with a primary ingredient (mixed with batter and fried) is found in many international cuisines. Fritters can refer to a dessert, main food course or served as a side dish like a fried apple ring, pineapple ring or a slice of potato. As we prepare for National Fritters Day, celebrated annually on December 2, we are featuring this recipe (stanielcaysarah) for Lion’s Den Lobster Fritters (Gluten Free) from the kitchen of AllRecipes.

Ingredients

Prep
15 minutes
Cook
20 minutes
Ready in 35 minutes

6 servings
444 cals

Dusting Off Thanksgiving, Peace, Love and Joy

Thanksgiving, Joy, Peace, Love

This time each year, when I read greeting cards or listen to people’s perspective of why we celebrate the Fall/Winter holidays as we do, the same thing is repeated year, after year, after year…like a memorized speech.

Are the spiritual virtues of Thanksgiving, peace, love, and joy only unwrapped and dusted off for perhaps a couple of weeks…maybe…and then back in the box they go? Do we only express our love and affection on Valentine’s Day? Do we only recognize giving thanks and giving back on Thanksgiving Day? Do we only recognize and embrace joy and peace on Christmas Day?

Instead of showcasing these important characteristics primarily during the holidays, why not put these spiritual elements into play every day? Can you imagine how much better humanity would be?