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Poetry and Art for the Soul


Poem and calligraph
Poem and calligraph (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking. The whole world belongs to you.  

–  Lao Tse

W e often forget to think about how bountiful life is. All we need to do is to try and count the leaves on an oak tree or the raindrops rolling down your window on a rainy day. We have so much and do not see it. There is so much to be content about even when it seems that life has not been equitable or fair. I have learned to visualize the possibilities. I pay attention to what is right there in front of me. Today I watched the multiple buds that will soon bloom into tiger lilies. I immediately felt the whole world belonged to me.

What have you observed that makes you feel this way?

Photo by Melba Christie 2012

The Soul Lives On

A soul lives on.

The illusion is free now

nothing stops it from asking

Listen closely

the soul might tell

the untold secret of why

or the story of Truth.

Photo and Poem by Melba Christie 

All rights reserved 

Clocks and Time

An illustration from the book "The Cuckoo...
An illustration from the book “The Cuckoo Clock” by Mrs. Molesworth. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Cuckoo Clock
Cuckoo Clock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Even the most expensive clock still shows sixty minutes in every hour.” Time makes me nervous lately. It makes me pay more attention to the clocks around me. I hate that. It must be I am getting older and that time has finally caught up with me. It may also be that I appreciate now more than ever the time I have to do the things I love to do and especially the precious moments employed in speaking to my grandson, children and others who are now so far away from the coup.

We have a cuckoo clock that would make me a little crazy when it wanted to inform me of the time. I found it annoying but now it seems to soothe me in a way. It reminds me that time is timeless and that it is so precious.

I never wear a watch because I was never worried about time. But now I am in the market for getting a good watch. But then I read somewhere the quote I copied at the beginning of my entry today. But is it really worth it for me to buy an expensive watch now. By the way, it is 4:34 AM. My eyes were wide open at 3:52 AM. This thought of time and clocks entered my brain and so I could not sleep another minute.

This morning, I looked at all the clocks around the house and of course none were in sync with each other. I always set the clock about ten minutes ahead in the bedroom, the rest simply fall back a few minutes and some I do not even bother changing when it is time to spring forward or fall back an hour. But I must have this internal clock because I seem to have a sixth sense about time. I verify if my time predictions are correct and they always are. So I think I will not get me the watch after all. I am my own timekeeper and I am at my best when I live in the present and do not worry about time at all.

The Power of Words

Words have so much power. Remember when they told you to say this short rhyme when someone called you names. “Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.”

They were wrong. Words can hurt. They can demoralize. I could go on and on. Empower yourself with these words; they are very powerful. Recite them and feel their power.



Good and then take out one “o”




Do not let words ever hurt you. Keep in mind that you own the power.


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