Life is Like a Book


Do you find that as you turn each page in your book of life the story gets more interesting? Does each chapter make you anticipate the next one? Do you look forward to a happy ending? Or do you forget what the story line is and find yourself turning back the pages? Well, here is some pretty sage advice for those of us who do just that.

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Batting A Thousand


Batting a thousand is basically a term in baseball where a player will hit the ball every time he/she comes to bat. It may also mean success in an endeavor when a goal is reached.

When blogging became my hobby in 2014 it was a means of promoting my soon-to-be-published book, My Precious Life. It was not my intention to continue blogging once the book was launched. However, I seemed to be ensconced in this writing habit and when the number of posts began creeping past the eight-hundred mark, it became my goal to reach a thousand.

This is it…my one-thousandth post on My Precious Life, the Blog.

It has been a fun journey and I have met many blogging friends along the way. Is there another thousand posts in me? Only time will tell, but now I know what it feels like to bat a thousand.

It Is Good That You Exist


There was a man on our planet who lived his life to the full by learning who he was, what his purpose was, and went forward to serve that purpose in the best way possible….loving the afflicted.

He was one of my favorite people in the world. Jean Vanier was one of the kindest, helpful, spiritual people who lived. He died on May 7th at the age of ninety years. One of his famous messages is,”It is good that you exist.” There is a beautiful interview he did on Tapestry with Mary Hynes on CBC in 2005. It was repeated yesterday in his memory and is so worth listening to. Good-bye for now, Jean Vanier; it is good that you existed.

Becoming Human

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s About Faith


My life is lived by faith…not blind faith, but supernatural faith. It works for me. Faith means much to many people and means nothing to others.

There are many examples of faith throughout the Bible and chapter one of Hebrews is a great example.

This came to me from the book, Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard:

“Faith has nothing to do with intellectual belief. Faith is obedience. Faith and abandonment to God’s will and power are inseparable. Faith is willingness to do God’s will. Unwillingness to abandon one’s own will and to obey God is unbelief.”

Because I believe, my life is lived by faith.

Happy Sunday.

Some Thoughts for a Tuesday


Thinking is a valuable and fun pastime. Here are a few thoughts for today:

Every moment that we are aware of the gift of simply being, with or without activity, is well lived. Catherine Ingram

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Einstein

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. Plato

Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul. Epicurus

Don’t just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Epictetus

Other things to think about: things we cannot see…air, wind, nothing.

Empty space is not really empty, it is filled with air.

Happy Tuesday.

 

 

The Brave and Heroic


In her book, Passionate Presence, Catherine Ingram quotes from the Bhagavad Gita:

If you want to be brave, look at those who forgive. If you want to see the heroic, look at those who can love in return for hatred.

If you are having a reading day, may the words you read inspire your thoughts. Happy Saturday.

“The Moon is Always Full”


In 2014 when my memoir, “My Precious Life” was published, I was working on a book of poetry, in the works for over forty years. “The Moon is Always Full” is now about a week away from printing. This is a sample cover of the book which contains one-hundred-and-twenty-nine poems, including thirty-one in haiku form.

This is proof positive that we are never too old to start something new. Having been on this planet for eighty-one-plus years, each day continues to be an opportunity to welcome new ideas and seek new horizons. Carpe diem!

Questions and feedback are most welcome.

THE MOON IS ALWAYS FULL

Once a month…

sometimes twice,

the full moon is revealed:

but when it’s on the wane

that fullness seems concealed.

Its many phases mark the heavens,

earth’s tides reveal its pull

the naked eye may yet espy

the moon is always full.

©Patricia Ann Boyes

 

 

 

It’s Virtual Coffee Time Again


Hi! We haven’t met for coffee since July 2017 and we need to catch up.

As always, my opening question is, “What’s new and interesting in your life since we last had a coffee date?”

Ah, you’re recovering from that nasty divorce that set you on your derriere shortly after our last get-together. I’m so sorry you had to go through that but, as you say, it was a learning experience and life goes on. I know there is a great new life for you just around the bend.

Oh no! You’re usually trustworthy old car has let you down for the last time and the mechanic said don’t spend any more money on it and you said, “Now what? I’m 86 years old and not about to buy a new car.” Then the mechanic tells you about a ride program for seniors and there you are…on the road again. There’s an answer to every problem and you not only solved your own but offered the information to other seniors whose transportation problems were solved as well. Good for you!

Hey! You’re back in the music business after a few years out in the work world. I’ve seen some of your gigs online and they are pretty awesome. What a wonderful way to spend your retirement years. Congratulations!

You’re working on publishing your second book? Fantastic! I can’t wait to read it.

What? You’re granddaughter-in-law is expecting a baby after being told she probably never would? That’s a God-send! It’s your eleventh great-grandchild?! Congratulations! Let me know when that baby gets here so I can rejoice with you.

You saw the movie, Book Club, starring four famous divas and laughed so hard you nearly …. …. …..? That’s almost as funny as the movie. Yes, I saw it too with the same reaction. I now have new respect for my aging self, don’t you?

Have you read any good books lately? I just re-read Jonathon Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. It has been on my book shelf for years and it’s time to let it go. Good old Jonathon..he’s still out there soaring the skies and teaching that there is more to life than the habitual daily grind.

Gee, it’s fun being with all of you again. Let’s not let so much time go by before our next virtual coffee date. I love being in your company and catching up on your lives. Oh, yes, and tea is good too. Until next time…..

 

 

Do You Believe It?


In Soul Stories, a book by Gary Zuvak, he wrote, among other things, “Believe that when you ask a question you always get an answer.” I don’t know why, but the question I asked was, “Where am I from?”

I was led to a meditation site online from a note I had taken on a television program a few nights earlier. The meditation that day was titled “Home”. It suggested that I am from another dimension, one of peace, and light, and silence. This explains my love of silence…I bask in it when stillness seems to envelop me from time to time.

At different times in prior years I had written poems, one titled,” A New Dimension” where becoming aware of the things we usually ignore opens our eyes to what’s around us. “The Journey” depicts a life of love and serenity.

To my mind, heaven is another dimension and perfectly fits the description above…love and serenity.

If I had ignored the prompting to take a note from a television program, I would not have been aware of the online meditation that gave me a fairly apt description of “where I am from”.

I attribute the inspiration for “The Journey” to a surgeon who many years ago released me from hospital with these words, “Live, love, and be happy.” And this is precisely my life today.

Do you believe it?