My Poetic Path

My journey…shared in poems, prose and photos.


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Word of the Week: Contemplate

Taking the time to contemplate. Look before you leap. Haste makes waste… 
                                  

When you are an impulsive person (like I am) contemplation doesn’t always come easy! 😉  
But contemplation can take different forms.
 

I like the second definition below: to meditate on or ponder.

 It’s all good. And so worth the time too.

Do you find it easy to contemplate life’s big decisions before you make them?

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con·tem·plate
 
1. To look at attentively and thoughtfully.
 
 
2. To consider carefully and at length; meditate on or ponder: contemplated the problem from all sides; contemplated the mystery of God.
 
 
3. To have in mind as an intention or possibility: contemplate marriage; forced by the accident to contemplate retirement.
 
 
Definition source:The Free Dictionary

HAVE A WONDERFUL and MEANINGFUL WEEK! 🙂


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Word of the Week: Wisdom

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When it comes to our animal pals, owls have always been thought of as a symbol of wisdom. 🙂

Here are a couple of reasons why owls are considered wise, from Yahoo answers:

-Back in the old days when people paid attention to such things, they noticed that owls stay quiet, keep their eyes open and strike quickly.

-Owls were sacred to Minerva, the Greek goddess of wisdom (among other things) so that her reputation rubbed off on them.

This gorgeous grey owl photo is one that I have on a note card I purchased a while back, from:

Tammie at Spirithelpers 

(click to see the card and visit her lovely Etsy photographic shop)

I am just enchanted by this photographI hope you enjoy it too.

We can learn a lot from birds and other animals, can’t we? 

Here’s to a week filled with wisdom and wonder! 🙂

  


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Word of the Week: Productivity!

Mother Earth is getting rather productive right about now too. 

Spring, soon to appear. Can’t wait!!!

early spring

How I ♥ to feel productive! 🙂

To have a really productive day, week, month

Wasting time bothers me, a lot!

A long time ago, a man I was involved with shared this quote with me, apparently credited to L. Ron Hubbard, of Scientology “fame”. I’m NOT a fan of Scientology but I did like this quote and I never forgot it:

“Production is the Basis of all Morale”

I don’t know about the ALL part but being productive is so energizing, when it comes to creative projects. Taking an ordinary or even bad day and turning it around for the better.

Another quote I like:

“Just begin, the inspiration will follow.”

This one shared by a famous Canadian painter I had the privilege to interview years ago.

Sometimes, we don’t feel like starting. I know that only too well. But the inspiration DOES follow.

Thebest way to begin, is, to begin” (my quote) and I think it’s oh, so true.

I’m working on my third cookbook: The Groovy Green Kitchen II, and I’ve made the end of February my deadline to finish!!! It’s been “in the works” for much too long already, but almost there. 🙂

When we encourage and support each other, I believe it’s even easier to be productive.

I wish you all the best, with all your current, creative pursuits!

Positive vibes and energy, I ♥ it!

Have a great week! 🙂


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Word of the Week: Perception

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From a distance, a “time out” from our usual routine thoughts… what do we perceive?

“Perception appears to be automatic, but in fact it is a learned phenomenon. The world you live in including the experience of your body, is completely dictated by how you learned to perceive it. If you can change your perception, you change the experience of your body and your world.”

from the book:

Ageless Body. Timeless Mind by Deepak Chopra

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What a hopeful and inspiring message this is.

I read this book several years ago; it’s one that I can highly recommend. 🙂

Written many years ago, but the insights and wisdom of this author still ring true. 

Have a Wonderful and Insightful Week!


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Word of the Week: Integrity

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I’ve been thinking about the value and importance of INTEGRITY, a lot lately.

Unfortunately, I have had more than my share of interacting with people who aren’t on that same wave-length, in this regard, especially in the past few years. I try to limit my contact with these kinds of people, but as we all know, sometimes that is just not possible. 😦

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The following post and story was one that I previously shared at: Take a Happy Break. It came to mind again this week and if you haven’t read it previously, I hope you will find it interesting and uplifting too, at least in terms of my part in this event.

Carol did go on to get a better job after this happened (it took a while though) and was a happier person being out of this stressful environment; so that was something good that eventually came out of this. But at the time, it was very difficult and challenging, for both of us. And IMO, something that should have never happened. 

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It’s people with true integrity who have always been my heroes. The kind of people who stand by their personal beliefs and ethics, even when it’s not the easy or popular route to take.

On a personal note, I think of myself as a person striving to live a life of integrity. Getting it right, not always, but most of the time. I have been challenged several times over the years in this respect. Two employment situations in particular come to mind. I stood up for people when it was not the “popular” or easy choice at the time.

It made for some very tough sailing for me, at one place in particular.. They fired a person who had worked there for years and who had been an exemplary employee but not one who was part of the “in” crowd.

Carol (name changed) ran the main office. She was very conscientious about her work. Not a person to allow all the staff on their own whims to go through personal or financial information (which many of them seemed to think was their right) and ran a tight ship in terms of keeping the books balanced etc….From where I was watching, Carol was the key person who kept this organization viable and progressing.

But as is too often the case, she ended up having the tables turned on her and the majority of staff rallying against her. A gang mentality continued to build. It was frightening to watch.

After several weeks of this internal back-stabbing a board meeting was called. All the other hands went up around the table in favor of firing her, including a “born again Christian” who was supposedly Carol’s friend and loved to sing hymns throughout the day. Looking rather sheepish and embarrassed as I remember.

My hand stayed down. My convictions remained unchanged. I was not about to be a part of this nasty and uncalled-for dismissal. And as expected, after Carol was gone, the “guns” turned on me, making it difficult to continue to work there, in spite of the fact that I loved my job and needed it financially too.

But whatever challenges I faced after that episode, I felt good about what was the only choice I could make.

As it turned out, the “excellent” replacement employee who was hired after Carol, went on to bilk this organization out of thousands of dollars and was finally arrested. I saw it on the local TV news, years later. A little smile came to my face as I remember. In the long run, they did not come out ahead by getting rid of an honest, hard-working person. But rather, brought this organization to the brink of closure and cast a bad light on how it’s operations were then perceived, throughout the community.

Another example that comes to mind when I think of the word integrity. Sealing a contract/agreement with a handshake.I don’t know if that ever happens anymore but when I was very young I often remember my dad shaking hands with someone and it was “a deal” with no paperwork required. It was a given then, that was enough. “My word is my bond”. I don’t remember any of these transactions falling through either. 🙂

It’s not always easy to take the high road, to stand up for what’s right, to speak up for the “underdog”. But time after time (and sometimes it can take a very long time) it is “always the right time to do the right thing”.

What are your thoughts on the importance of integrity?

Have you found it challenging at times to stand up for what’s right? 


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Word of the Week: Grace

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“Grace is the effortless flow of existence; love and favor freely bestowed on us.

That comes when we are living in harmony with life, when the rhythms of your body-mind are in synch with nature’s rhythms.

To live in grace is to experience that state of consciousness where things flow and your desires are easily fulfilled. Grace is magical, synchronistic, coincidental, joyful. It’s the good-luck factor.”

from the book:

Power, Freedom and Grace by Deepak Chopra

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When I first read this passage, it rang so true, for me. I stopped and read it over, again and again.

If I could have just one wish come true, it would be to find and continue to live in a state of grace, as described here.

This truly sums up the desires and wishes of my heart.It sounds like pure bliss, doesn’t it?

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PS: I’m resurrecting my: Word of the Week, post category and will be sharing a new word each week that I hope will be an inspiration to you. Some new, some from the MPP archives and some from one of my previous blogs: Take a Happy Break, that is no longer active. 

I find it helpful to have a particular word/phrase to contemplate, throughout a week, I hope you will too. 🙂

Wishing you a wonderful week, filled with grace.


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My: Word of the Week post series

                                         

I’ve decided to move my Word of the Week post series, which I was featuring here at My Poetic Path a while ago.

 If you enjoyed having a particular “word” for the week to contemplate/consider/dwell upon… stop in at my new happiness blog:

Take A Happy Break, on Mondays.

Lots more “words” to come! 🙂 Hope to see you soon!

 

Have a Wonderful Week!


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Word of the Week: Win

                                                  

A wonderful prompt this week at OSI: Win.

I also think it makes a great choice for my: Word of the Week.

What could be a more positive thought than to win.

To be a winner. To win, in so many ways. A winwin situation….

I hope this is a positive mantra for your week.

Here’s to all kinds of WINS in 2011!

Also submitted for the OSI prompt: WIN

PS: Here’s a (win)ning munchie recipe  for a favorite holiday treat.  Hope you stop by Veggies… soon! 🙂