Posted in August 2016, Haibun

Success

yellow flowers blooming in rocks
Not just surviving

But blooming, in life’s hard places.

Are you up for it?

Seeing this little bunch of yellow flowers blooming brightly in a crack my daughter’s concrete driveway yesterday prompted this poem.

Previously, I had seen a few of these spritely yellow bursts of color in the green grass of her yard, however today, I happened to notice this little lone trio growing right in the paths of where cars come and go!

I marveled!

Surely at some point they had been run over or knocked down by a car tire, yet here they were standing tall in bloom!

Unlike their relatives in the grass who had been fortunate to receive refreshing drinks and showers from the garden water sprinkler, they had grown up among rocks, dry dirt, and concrete. Yet, they bloomed, and just as brightly.

Facing each new day

With an inner fortitude

To overcome and bloom!
Such a great lesson for us all.

As we face the hard times in life, let’s determine to not just survive them, but to show forth a positive attitude of achievement and success, so others will notice and be encouraged to do the same thru life’s challenges.

Anyone can quit

It’s not hard to just give up

Are you just “Anyone”?

Why should you be a statis quo?

When you can succeed and grow!

Haibun

Posted in August 2016, Haibun

Wish Catcher

dandelion  seed head
She jumped so high!

Dandelion seed floating by.

“Just caught a wish!” she said

I was out shopping yesterday and as I was walking thru the parking lot to my car I saw a young lady suddenly make a giant leap into the air!

“I got it!” she exclaimed to her friends with her.

 I guess they all noticed my wondering, questioning look as I passed by them because the young lady said ” I just caught a wish!”  

She opened her hand to show a dandelion seed.

“It’s magical” said her friend. 

This moment made me smile as I remembered my childhood days of making wishes and blowing dandelion puffs. 

Magical garden

A field of Dandelion puffs

A childhood delight

Haibun

Posted in Haibun, July 2016

Feeling Thankful 

small flower
Giving thanks today

For the little things in life

Often gone unnoticed

Today I am thankful I can walk using only a lightweight one point cane. 

Quite a strange thing to be thankful for you might say, but…it sure beats lying in a hospital bed, being unable to walk or having to walk with a walker or a heavy duty 4 point cane, as was previously my case.

Little things we don’t think twice about, daily tasks we do that we often take take for granted, or routine things we do without thought….

Like tying a shoe, or putting a shoe on without using a shoehorn for help.

Or, pulling on a sock, trimming a toenail, bending a knee, taking a shower, washing clothes, carrying out garbage, loading and unloading a dishwasher, reaching up, bending down, sitting in any chair or position for any length of time, dressing and undressing yourself, cooking meals, sweeping a floor, vacuuming a carpet, lifting things, and I could go on and on. Mundane daily tasks for some, great achievements for others…

Appreciating

The little things we often do, 

Frequently overlooked

Two months ago I fell, fractured my hip and had to have surgery. This resulted in me not being able to do all these little things I so often took for granted. Now, as I am regaining the ability to do all these things again, I am finding myself feeling so excited and thankful! For I have come to realize that nothing we do is a “little thing”, it is a blessing and it should be treasured. 

For many can’t do these things because of injury, illness, or some other circumstance. For these individuals, the ability to do one or all of these things would be a great blessing. 

It’s something to think about…

Treasure all you have

Be thankful for all you do

Nothing done is small

Haibun

Posted in Haibun, July 2016

Just Outside My Door

sights on my daily walk
It seemingly was like just another day. I was making myself go for a walk, which at times can be boring as I am not able to walk far, usually see the same things, and have no walking partner to chat with. Ever since my hip surgery I have had to make myself exercise and walk daily to get my body back in shape. So, armed with my cane and determination, outside I go. 

Just another day…

Making myself take a walk.

Needing exercise.

When I stepped out the door, instantly my eyes fell upon four 

giant white blooms gracefully swaying in the gentle breeze. My neighbor’s rose bush had burst into bloom overnight!

The four Grand Flora Roses, petals tinged in pink as if blushing at my admiring gaze, greeted me with a faint fragrance as I passed by. 

” May I take your photo ladies?” I politely asked. 

The wind helped them curtsy in submission to my request. 

What a delightful start to my walk!

A little farther, just across the way, to my surprise, a usually green little tree was dressed in flaming orange! The sight took my breath away! “I am wearing my Summer gown” the tree seemed to say, as I snapped a photo of her beauty. 

Just then a brown squirrel scurried by, frightening two birds who were hopping about looking for food. As they flew away, Mr. Squirrel ran up a tree. When I asked to photograph him he ran higher and hid. “He’s too shy” the little flaming orange tree seemed to say as she danced with the wind. “Quite unlike you!” I laughed, as I gleefully watched her and the wind swirl and twirl. 

As I looked past her, I saw a charming, cream colored bench just ahead on the path. It seemed to be inviting me to come sit awhile and rest. I gratefully accepted, although I usually don’t walk that far. Once I reached it, I reaped the value of my efforts with the reward of rest as I sat on it enjoying the peace and beauty of the nature around me. 

Once refreshed, I started my walk back home and met a friendly neighbor out for her afternoon walk. We stopped to chat. As she and I said our goodbyes, it was then I noticed the Clematis vine had begun to bloom again! Another surprise in my day! I took time to veer off the path to visit the vine, and was able to snap a photo of the pretty pink clematis. 

Look what I would have missed if I had not taken a walk today I told myself as I got back home! 

Ordinary day?

Certainly not in the least!

Many adventures!

A refreshing walk

Mind filled with memories

Of a day well spent 

Haibun 

 

Posted in Haibun, Haiga, Haiku, June 2016, Scripture

Determination


Daisies by the rock

Standing tall and blossoming

Growing in a hard place

Haiku
I think we’ve all heard the saying ” between a rock and a hard place” which is an expression often used when we might be in a difficult place in our lives. We might feel helpless, hopeless, hindered, and wondering if we are ever going to get out of the situation at hand and live well again. 

Well, I believe God showed me the answer this morning as my eyes fell upon this big rock on hard ground with two daisies growing right next to it. The daisies are standing tall and blooming beautifully even though they are in hard ground and not really in a place that is most ideal for growth. I doubt anyone purposely planted them there, I imagine it was a happenstance that their seed fell upon that ground, yet with determination and the divine providence of sunshine and rain they grew, and I am imagining that the rock’s presence may have been a beneficial barrier that might have given them some protection from strong winds and rain that could have otherwise beat them down to the ground. 

Since I am going thru a hard time in my life right now I feel God showed me this very good lesson. I think all of us can take this to heart and when the winds of adversity blow and we are tossed to and fro, let’s determine to dig in, stand firm, grow, and bloom near the Rock who is our salvation and strength. 

Adversity winds

blow, tossing lives to and fro 

Stay rooted in faith
Stay rooted in faith

Bloom and grow in the hardest places 

Clinging to the Rock

Haiku

Haibun

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;

my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,

    my shield and the horn of my salvation.

He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—

      from violent people you save me. 

2 Samuel 22:2-3 NKJV