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The Five Remembrances

I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.

I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no way to escape ill health.

I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.

All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them.

My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand.

by Thich Nhat Hanh

A Goal of Living: Self-esteem Comes from Within

The next poem has a lot of meaning for me and I hope it has some meaning for you too—

I am ME

by Virginia Satir

I am me.

In all the world, there is no one exactly like me.
There are persons who have some parts like me,
but no one adds up exactly like me.

Therefore, everything that comes out of me
is authentically mine because I alone choose it.
I own everything about me
My body including everything it does;
My mind including all its thoughts and ideas;
My eyes including the images of all they behold;
My feelings whatever they may be…
anger, joy, frustration, love, disappointment, excitement
My Mouth and all the words that come out of it
polite, sweet or rough, correct or incorrect;
My Voice loud or soft.
And all my actions, whether they be to others or to myself.

I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears.
I own all my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me I can become intimately acquainted with me.
By doing so I can love me and be friendly with me in all parts.
I can then make it possible for all of me to work in my best interests.

I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me,
and other aspects that I do not know.
But as long as I am friendly and loving to myself,
I can courageously and hopefully, look for solutions to the puzzles
and for ways to find out more about me.

However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think
and feel at a given moment in time is me.
This is authentic and represents where I am in that moment in time.
When I review later how I looked and sounded, what I said and did, and how
I thought and felt, some parts may turn out to be unfitting.
I can discard that which is unfitting, and keep that which proved fitting,
And invent something new for that which I discarded.

I can see, hear, feel, think, say and do.
I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive,
and to make sense and order out of the world of people
and things outside of me.
I own me, and therefore I can engineer me.

I am me and I am okay

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The ‘Froggers’ and ‘Buggers’ in Life

About the Artist: Jody Bergsma

Jody Bergsma

Jody has a diverse painting style that has developed over many years and literally thousands of paintings. Her earliest works were charming children’s illustrations that she sold at Northwest art shows to pay for her education.

Jody’s watercolor technique is self taught. Her engineering degree is reflected in her compositions and demonstrates Jody’s love of mathematics and geometry. She seemlessly blends these elements with her imaginative inner visions to create her unique style.

She is often asked about her use of aboriginal, native, and geometric symbols. Her ongoing studies introduced her to many ancient cultures and the beauty of their designs. By respectfully working with these images, Jody participates in the significance of our history and reintegrates their symbols into our modern culture.

Two of Jody’s adorable paintings I love:

"Don't let life... bug you!"

"Don't let life... bug you!"

"Eat a bug . . . Every morning . . . Then nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day!"

"Eat a bug . . . Every morning . . . Then nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day!"

Visit Jody Bergsma’s Website at http://www.bergsma.com/

Take Time

Take time to write – it is the unfolding of the heart.
Take time to smell – it is the aroma of the universe.
Take time to sing – it is the harmony from within.
Take time to touch – it is the pleasure under the skin.

Take time to grow – it is the road to mastery.
Take time to learn – it is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to think – it is the approach to anything.
Take time to feel – it is the blossoming of everything.

Take time to serve – it is the opportunity to help.
Take time to pray – it is the invitation for miracles.
Take time to share – it is the opening of the heart.
Take time to give – it is the journey to fulfillment.

Take time to play – it is the source of aliveness.
Take time to forgive – it is the home of your bliss.
Take time to dream – it is the essence of the future.
Take time to create – it is the joy of dancing with life.

Take time to bare – it is the courage of a souldier.
Take time to dare – it is the adventure of a dreamer.
Take time to be free – it is the real lightness of being.
Take time to be brave – it is the highway to the light.

Take time to laugh – it is the music of the soul.
Take time to cry – it is the strength of authenticity.
Take time to venture – it is the excitement of discovery.
Take time to enjoy – it is the beauty that’ll set you free.

Take time to heal – it is the return to wholeness.
Take time to be kind – it is the secret to happiness.
Take time to be quiet – it is the window to infinity.
Take time to remember – it is the date with eternity.

Take time to be aware – it is the way to know yourself.
Take time to be present – it is the door to enlightenment.
Take time to be you – it is the taste of oneness & unity.
Take time to love & be loved – it is your purpose & your gift.

There is time for everything. Here and Now. And so it is.

(cc Darina S.’06)