Breaks the spell of Writers Block
Staring at a blank page is like staring into a snowfield. The snow, untouched by civilization and unmarked by living creatures, blinds you for a few minutes, it glistens reflecting subtle shades of pure white and rainbows at odd angles. If you stare at the snow too long, you get lost in the interplay of light and shadow.|
As the day wears on, you become awestruck at the beauty of the snow's perfection. You marvel at the way an oak tree cast its ebony shadow across the pure white snow. You watch the tree's shadow change, grow and shrink, as Earth turns and the sun moves from morning to evening. If you stand out in the snow too long without moving, you risk snow bite or freezing.
If you are fortunate, a red fox will walk across your line of sight. The fox will leave his footprints written in the snowfield. As you watch the fox move, the spell holding you in one spot staring at the snow is broken. You are free to go inside out of the cold and out of danger.
I must say,
writing 500 words a day
unless I'm attempting to write
on a single subject.
On Monday, October 28, 2013, I began posting my weekly goals at "Weekly Goals" . On Tuesday, October 29, 2013 I began keeping track of may accomplished goals in this journal.
"O SON OF BEING! Bring thyself to account each day ere thou art summoned to a reckoning;
for death, unheralded, shall come upon thee and thou shalt be called to give account for thy deeds."
Bah'u'll'h The Hidden Words of Bah'u'll'h, Part I.'From the Arabic, #31, page 11
'Heinlein's Rules for Writers
Rule One: You Must Write
Rule Two: Finish What Your Start
Rule Three: You Must Refrain From Rewriting, Except to Editorial Order
Rule Four: You Must Put Your Story on the Market
Rule Five: You Must Keep it on the Market until it has Sold'
Robert A. Heinlein
It is enjoined upon every one of you to engage in some form of occupation, such as crafts, trades and the like. We have graciously exalted your engagement in such work to the rank of worship unto God, the True One. Ponder ye in your hearts the grace and the blessings of God and render thanks unto Him at eventide and at dawn. Waste not your time in idleness and sloth. Occupy yourselves with that which profiteth yourselves and others. Thus hath it been decreed in this Tablet from whose horizon the day-star of wisdom and utterance shineth resplendent.
Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah Revealed After the Kitab-i-Aqdas, Pages 21-29: gr 32
I changed the way I did entries in this book several times. Beginning on March 21, 2018 the entries will cover the topics of spiritual, inspirational, and religions. However, the genres it will be under are Women's, Inspirational, and Spiritual with a tag of Religious.
Jalal (Glory), 13 Izzat (Might) 177 B.E. - Saturday, September 19, 2020
To Ruth Bader Guinsburg
Crusader for justice and gender equality,
and woman of faith.
Our duty now
is to continue her legacy,
continue seeking equality and justice,
and continue letting her words
inspire our actions.
Istijlal (Majesty), 11 Izzat (Might) 177 B.E. - Thursday, September 17, 2020
Today I am thankful...
...for Facebook memories. This is from 2018
My name is Neva.
I am a Baha'i, and I love Baha'u'llah in addition to the other Messengers sent by God. I do my best to obey Baha'u'llah teachings; however, since I am only human I sometimes fail. I believe that Baha'u'llah fulfills the prophecies of the the Messengers that came before. I believe in the three Onenesses: The Oneness of God, the common foundation of all religions, and the oneness of humanity.
I wrote this in response to a challenge. If you want to copy and past it go ahead. If you want to write your own beliefs that is alright as well.
...that my out patient surgery went well.
...for the produce that Karen brought to us today.
...that I finished my edition of the spiritual newsletter yesterday.
...for the merit badge I received today.
Istijlal (Majesty), 4 Izzat (Might) 177 B.E. - Thursday, September 10, 2020
On the second Thankful Thursday in September 2020, I am sharing a Thankful Thursday poem I wrote several years ago.
The fifth day of the Gregorian week
Holds a special place for praise an gratitude:
All praise to the Singularity that created the universe.
Name the Essence what y ou will, if that names helps you to worship:
King of kings, Allah, Jehovah, Lord of Host, Baha--
Faith in God does not affect the Essence--
Unbelief or belief shapes the individual soul,
Love the Creator with all your being.
Thank God in adversity!
Upon rising each morning shout your joy,
Raise your voice in praise, gratitude, and thanksgiving.
Sing or shout your blessings to the world;
Do not remain silent. Joy and gratitude attract blessings.
Istijlal (Majesty), 16 Asma (Names) 177 B.E. - Thursday, September 3, 2020
"In prosperity, all praise is Thine, O Lord of the Worlds, and in its absence, all gratitude is Thine, O Desire of them that have recognized Thee!"
O Lord of the Universe,
On the first Thankful Thursday of September 2020,
I give thanks
for the beauty of a hot
late summer day,
for the cereal
I had for breakfast,
and for the coffee and cookies
for my morning snack.
Istijlal (Majesty ), 9 Asma (Names) 177 B.E. - Thursday, August 27, 2020
Today I am thankful ..
...that I have $2.35 in my Survey Junkie account.,
...for the fresh brewed black coffee I had this morning.
...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn.
...for the paratransit drivers that took me to my doctor's appointment this morning and brought me home.
...that several people responded to "Spiritual Newsletter (August 26, 2020)"
...for the peaches I got at the Farmer's Market last week. They were sweet and good tasting: Heavenly!
...that I have 35,700 points in my YouGov account.
Istijlal (Majesty), 2 Asma (Names) 177 B.E. - Thursday, August 20, 2020
Today I am thankful ...
...that I was able to attend the Feast of Asma (Names) last night via a Zoom meeting.
...for the fresh vegetables and fruit I was able to purchase today at the Farmer's Market.
...that my poem "In Praise of Dawn" in "Spiritual Newsletter (August 19, 2020)" .
...for fresh brewed black coffee.
...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn.
...for the opportunity I had today to mention the Baha'i Faith to someone I was talking to on the phone.
Fidal (Grace), 19 Kamal (Perfection) 177 B.E. - Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Tuesday Contemplation: August 18, 2020
the big tent of humanity--
attempting to unite
in its diversity.
Jalal (Glory), 4 Asma (Names) 177 B.E. - Saturday, August 22, 2020
How Has Baha'u'llah Blessed Me?
He has answered all of my questions,
With the pen of His revelation.
Jamal (Beauty), 5 Asma (Names) 177 B.E. - Saturday, August 23, 2020
We are moving
Jalal (Glory), 11 Asma (Names) 177 B.E. - Saturday, August 29, 2020
Attribute of Divinity
The universe created
Istijlal (Majesty), 12 Kalimat (Words) 177 B.E. - Thursday, July 23, 2020
On the fourth Thankful Thursday in July 2020,
I am thankful...
...for fresh brewed black coffee each morning;
...that I was able to get a hair cut a few weeks ago;
...for the peanut butter cookies I had with my coffee this morning;
...that I was able to make an OTC order from Humana's OTC pharmacy today.
Poem: Editing a Novel
June 9, 2020
when I go to rewrite,
I look at the plot
and wonder what
I--or perhaps my character--
At other times,
my plot is hidden
beneath a plate of spaghetti
Istijlál (Majesty), 13 ʻAẓamat (Grandeur) 177 B.E. Thursday, May 28, 2020
Ascension of Baha'u'llah
Prayer For Inspiration
"Grant, O Thou Loving Lord, that all may stand firm and steadfast, shining with everlasting splendour, so that, at every breath, gentle breezes may blow from the bowers of Thy loving-kindness, that from the ocean of Thy grace a mist may rise, that the kindly showers of Thy love may bestow freshness, and the zephyr waft its perfume from the rose garden of divine unity."
I give thanks for inspiration,
for the promptings of my soul
that helps my use my sense perception
to find beauty in the world.
I give thanks for meditation,
which lets me use my reason
that helps me find for inspiration.
Istijlál (Majesty), 6 ʻAẓamat (Grandeur) 177 B.E. Thursday, May 21, 2020
Another Thankful Thursday
and I have several things to be thankful for.
The mask I wear when I leave the house.
That the Paratransit ride are free for now.
$160.00 energy assistance paid to Nevada Power.
That my mail in ballet is completed and mailed.
The food I receive from the Senior Commodities program.
The hair cut I got last week.
The hair color I received this week.
My new vibrating recliner.
My blue stuffed kitty stress ball.
Istijlál (Majesty), 18 Jamál (Beauty) 177 B.E. Thursday, May 14, 2020
I am thankful
I started a new normal today
by having my haircut short.
Everyone is talking about a new normal. What is this new normal everyone is talking about? Is it making a appointment to have your haircut, while wearing a mask? Perhaps its letting go of the past, or starting the day with a new point of view. Maybe it's forgiving those who have put down and wronged you. What does a new normal mean to you?
Jamál (Beauty), 14 Jamál (Beauty) 177 B.E. Sunday, May 10, 2020
Happy Mother's Day,
I miss you so much more today
than I did when you passed away.
I remember the Mother's Day celebration,
and the Holy Day commemorations
that we attended together
before Alzheimer's stole your memories.
Now all I can do is say
prayers for the advancement
of your soul
and hope to meet you again
in the Abha Paradise.
Jalál (Glory), 13 Jamál (Beauty) 177 B.E. Saturday, May 9, 2020
It's the day before Mother's Day!
is a day of joy and sadness,
of laughter and tears,
of memories that come unbidden
into a daughter's mind.
It's been 8 years,
since I celebrated Mother's Day
with my mother.
On Mom's last Mother's Day,
I remember her laughing,
but I can't remember why she laughed;
perhaps it was at a silly joke I told
or something we watched on television.
It doesn't matter why she was laughing,
because it was her laughter
that was important
and keeps echoing through my mind.
Istijlál (Majesty), 11 Jamál (Beauty) 177 B.E. Thursday, May 7, 2020
On Wednesday, May 6, I begin reading a series of articles titled Unearthing the Hidden Words by David Langness. There are 33 parts to this series. The first part is Discovering the Hidden Words . I wrote a little bit about this article in "Hope and The Hidden Words" , I'm going the read this article again before going on God's First Counsel .
I'm thankful for the internet,
because I can access
both the sacred scriptures
and articles about them.
May 2, 2020:
A Beautiful May Morning
It's a beautiful May morning,
with a gentle breeze blowing
through the city.
Inhale the fragrance of the morning
and give thanks to the All-Glorious Lord
for another day of life.
May 9, 2020
Prayer for My Mother
Oh Thou Lord of all religions,
Oh Thou All-Glorious Creator,
Thank you for my mother,
in her ascent
through the spiritual world
as she continues her journey
Istijlál (Majesty), 16 Jalál (Glory) 177 B.E. Thursday, April 23, 2020
The Fourth Day of Ridvan
On the Fourth Day of Ridvan
I am thankful ...
...for all the merit badges I received between April 17 and April 20.
Istijlál (Majesty), 9 Jalál (Glory) 177 B.E. Thursday, April 16, 2020
makes each morning better than last evening,
and each day better than yesterday.
In this time of adversity
when we don't know
if the senior citizen
who just delivered our lunch order
we give thanks for our food,
place everything in the hands of God,
and get on with our day.
Gratitude and thanksgiving
helps us deal with the uncertainties
of everyday life.
Istijlál (Majesty), 2 Jalál (Glory) 177 B.E. Thursday, April 9, 2020
Gratitude List for 2 Jalál
Today I am thankful ...
...for the birds I heard singing this morning.
...that I have 352 points in my Survey Junkie account.
...for the fresh brewed coffee I had this morning.
...that I received my prescriptions for Lisinopril and Levothyroxine today.
...for the doughnuts I had with my coffee this morning.
...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
...for the partly cloudy sky because the sun shines through once in a while.
...that I have $3.56 in my Inbox Dollars account.
...for the grapes I had as my afternoon snack.