Risk

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To play your ideas and dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try to is risk failure…

…but risk must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing. One may avoid some suffering and sorrow but one simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live and love. Chained by one’s certitudes, one is a slave, one has forfeited freedom.
Only one who risks…is truly FREE.

–author unknown


A Rainy Day In Early Autumn

I’m not feeling particularly inclined to write poetry today. I work longer hours these days, and I’ve not been able to get to as many of the things I love to do…the strange paradox of working at something that is not your heart’s choosen labor. Were I given a choice…I would rather be at home writing my thoughts and creating art by pen from my inner self. But I digress. :)

Today is beautiful. I can see the dampened richness of the golden leaves and dark brown limbs of the maple tree  in our backyard. Rain falls steady and soft on the tin roof. One of my cats, Caspian, is draped over my monitor taking a nap (and blocking parts of the screen) while Grey chooses to camp under my desk. I can hear my parents downstairs talking. Peaceful.

I always see a day off as a checklist of things to accomplish while I have time. Days before, I begin to triage and reorder this list, wondering which things can wait longer and which items need my attention or else. So my day off is often a disappointment, because life seldom goes as planned. I might get one thing finished…or none at all…because other things, basic things, must be dealt with first. Perhaps, my list should be added to with a better sense of practicality. You know, I pray for guidance and productiveness at work, but at home I forget to do this more often than not. Silly under-sight I’m thinking.

So this rainy day in early autumn, I choose to do what I can. Yet I refuse to be disappointed if I do not check off 1 through 10 on my ever growing list. I have decided to rest, prayfully and with childlike joy, doing those things that I can. Trusting that my Heavenly Father understands, I can be both restful and productive. No pressure…I should feel free to enjoy what I do, and my hardest taskmaster is myself. Hard work has its place, but so does being still enough to recharge and be whole. Jesus went away to the mountain to pray and rest. If His example were taken seriously by all, I know mankind would be healthier and more at peace.

 ”Now it was during this time that Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent all night in prayer to God.” Luke 6:11 NET

 


Autumn Embraced by Charlene Kirst

Gazing at the leaves beginning to turn
The russets and golds; the crimsons that burn
With a fire that can’t be put out
Let’s embrace the autumn with a cheer and a shout.

Great trees like lollipops sway in the breeze
As I gaze at their colors they give my heart ease
They’re symbolic of change in the air and my heart
Let’s embrace the autumn; let’s embrace a new start.

Watching the fat squirrels gathering loot
Searching my closet for snug and warm boots
Curling up close to the warmth with a book
Let’s embrace the autumn while safe in our nook, and…

As winter approaches on autumn’s hued heels
To snuggle with loved ones is just what I feel
Would do us all good if we could only try
To embrace the autumn as it passes by.

 

 

Photo Credit: environment.nationalgeographic.com

Credit: Autumn Embraced ©2013 by Charlene Kirst

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Muppets! Mahna Mahna

I grew up watching Jim Henson’s Muppets and I still enjoy all their crazy antics. This is one of my favorites…probably because I can identify with both the hippie and the proper ladies. My inner war of Wild-Odd-Rebel-Independant-Child versus Miss-Must-Be-Perfect-People-Pleaser-Slap-Own-Knuckles wages on!!! Heh. Actually, they signed a truce years ago, but occasionally they break treaty. It’s a bloody sight when the little darlings clash. Go figure.
Hope this makes you laugh!

credit:Veselin Trayanov

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ElizabethIvory’s Christmas Music Picks 2012

Hi Everyone! Just felt like sharing a few songs for Christmas this year. All of these videos are from youtube with their respective uploaders credited. I pray that you and yours have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

 

audioOverture

Maureen Hegarty

Sportymike

justus3llp

lazybunny629

tomasburi

ChessshireKitty

ssfalm9xx

kwiyounISA

jjtuongvy79


Walk Through it All by Chaelwest

Admist it all, through pain and joys

The falseness that my heart deplores

When other’s words seem far too strong

And relief from pain seems Oh so long

I trust in an unswerving Source

Who walks me through it all…

 

When darkness grabs my burdened soul

When unkindnesses wax much too old

He holds me safe within the fold…

A guiding shepherd with His crook

With loving smile; with tender look

He walks me through it all…

 

I’m Blessed to have a Savior who

Sees all my faults and sins brand new

Yet gives me love so sweetly to

Proclaim His Truth for all to see

Provides new birth for you and me

And walks me through it all…

 

Savior, Jesus, LORD Divine

You bear my pain, my heart doth shine

With power sent from up above

With certainty that in your love

Despite the pain, and sorrow’s wall

Because you triumphed o’er The Fall

I’ll walk straight through it all…

 

credit: chaelwest @Ivoryland

 

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