Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thunderstorm Meditation

Was given this link just before a brief, strong thunderstorm blew through. I just played part 1. It starts slow, but I was glad I hung in there when it got to the fun facts about the thunderstorm we just had.  I haven't seen the rest yet, but it seems like it will be a good evening's viewing! Praise God for all His Mighty Ways ...and for blessing us so that yet another powerful storm passed by harmlessly, after watering our plants. :-)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

"Slow Down Therapy"

from Cybersalt Ministry... Nice thoughts for unhurried days....its too hot to do much right now anyway...

1. Slow down; God is still in heaven. You are not responsible for doing it all yourself, right now.

2. Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past. Rest there. Each moment has richness that takes a lifetime to savor.

3. Set your own pace. When someone is pushing you, it's OK to tell them they're pushing.

4. Take nothing for granted: watch water flow, the corn grow, the leaves blow, your neighbor mow.

5. Taste your food. God gives it to delight as well as to nourish.

6. Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set. They are remarkable for their steady pattern of movement, not their speed.

7. Quit planning how you're going to use what you know, learn, or possess. God's gifts just are; be grateful and their purpose will be clear.

8. When you talk with someone, don't think about what you'll say next. Thoughts will spring up naturally if you let them.

9. Talk and play with children. It will bring out the unhurried little person inside you.

10. Create a place in your your your heart...where you can go for quiet and recollection. You deserve it.

11. Allow yourself time to be lazy and unproductive. Rest isn't luxury; it's a necessity.

12. Listen to the wind blow. It carries a message of yesterday and tomorrow - and now. NOW counts.

13. Rest on your laurels. They bring comfort whatever their size, age, or condition.

14. Talk slower. Talk less. Don't talk. Communication isn't measured by words.

15. Give yourself permission to be late sometimes. Life is for living, not scheduling.

16. Listen to the song of a bird; the complete song. Music and nature are gifts, but only if you are willing to receive them.

17. Take time just to think. Action is good and necessary, but it's fruitful only if we muse, ponder, and mull.

18. Make time for play-the things you like to do. Whatever your age, your inner child needs re-creation.

19. Watch and listen to the night sky. It speaks.

20. Listen to the words you speak, especially in prayer.

21. Learn to stand back and let others take their turn as leaders. There will always be new opportunities for you to step out in front again.

22. Divide big jobs into little jobs. If God took six days to create the universe, can you hope to do any better?

23. When you find yourself rushing and anxious, stop. Ask yourself "WHY?" you are rushing and anxious. The reasons may improve your self-understanding.

24. Take time to read the Bible. Thoughtful reading is enriching reading.

25. Direct your life with purposeful choices, not with speed and efficiency. The best musician is one who plays with expression and meaning, not the one who finishes first.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I write like myself. Thanks Anyway

One of my writer's group shared this, and, like many in the group I was bemused to find widely varied results from each the 'typical' samples I chose... Mary and Jesus blog from on here

I write like
William Shakespeare
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

My Shelfari profile netted this response:

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

and my recent Apple vs Mac bloggering got me:

I write like
Cory Doctorow
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

My Susa/Susan/Shushan post got:

I write like
Edgar Allan Poe
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Good Ole "D'ni Dentistry" received the Stephen King award!
Oh c'mon! Dentists aren't that scary!

I write like
Stephen King
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

and a piece from one of my you-should-have-been-able-to-see-it-by-now stories got me:

I write like
J. K. Rowling
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

I tried about a dozen more...and hardly ever got the same author twice. Arthur C. Clarke....Dan Brown (:P) ...Douglas Adams... L.Frank Baum...even David Foster Wallace??

Finally, by a narrow margin, I have a winner: Stephen King. Yay?