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Gratitude 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
isn't difficult,
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.
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November 19, 2020 at 12:03pm
November 19, 2020 at 12:03pm
#998698
Istijlal (Majesty), 17 Qudrat (Power) 177 B.E. - Thursday, November 19, 2020

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...for the poinsettias De's brother left for us today.

Istiqlal (Independence), 18 Qudrat (Power) 177 B.E. - Friday, November 20, 2020

I began this Thankful Thursday entry yesterday. Since I did not complete my gratitude list I am continuing it today, Friday, November 20, 2020. I noticed that, for several weeks, I have not completed my nine items gratitude list. I suspect this is just another 2020 test, which will clear up in 2021, so that I can deal with different tests and difficulties issues.

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for hot, black coffee on this beautiful Autumn morning.
         *BulletV* ...that there are only 34 days until Christmas, because that means there are only 33 days until my birthday.


         *BulletV* ...for the chocolate cupcake with chocolate icing that I had for my morning snack.
         *BulletV* ...that I have, so far, written 30,063 words for NaNoWriMo.

Jalal (Glory), 19 Qudrat (Power) 177 B.E. - Saturday, November 21, 2020

It's Saturday, and I'm still attempting to finish my Thankful Thursday gratitude list. I am also attempting to finish a letter in "Epistles From My Soul that I started on Wednesday. I'm sure there are other things I have to do, such as post an entry to "I Blog Poetry and Prose, and I'll (hopefully) get to those this weekend.

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...for Mema because she lays in my lap and purrs.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 434,112 GPs in my Gift Points account.
         *BulletV* ...for chocolate rice crispie treats.

November 12, 2020 at 11:13am
November 12, 2020 at 11:13am
#998198
Istijlal (Majesty), 10 Qudrat (Power) 177 B.E. - Thursday, November 12, 2020

Today I am thankful for the healing prayers revealed by the Bab, Baha'u'llah, and 'Abdu'l-Baha. Whenever I read or recite one of those prayers my mood changes for the better. I become a more positive person, and can face any problem that arises in my life. One of my favorite prayers by Baha'u'llah is "Thy name is my healing,.."

"Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion. Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come. Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise."1

Today I am thankful for the cat laying on my lap, because she is warm and purrs.

Footnotes
1  http://www.bahaiprayers.org/healing2.htm

November 5, 2020 at 11:20am
November 5, 2020 at 11:20am
#997712
Istijlal (Majesty), 3 Qudrat (Power) 177 B.E. - Thursday, November 5, 2020

"Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth is a direct evidence of the revelation within it of the attributes and names of God, inasmuch as within every atom are enshrined the signs that bear eloquent testimony to the revelation of that Most Great Light..."
Bahá’u’lláh23

On the first Thankful Thursday in November 2020,
I give thanks to the All-Glorious Lord
for the beauty of another autumn morning,
and the chance to give thanks
for another glorious day of life.


O Lord, thank you
for the bright sun,
the singing birds,
and the clear blue sky.

Footnotes
2  Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, XC
3  http://www.bahai.org/r/500100567

October 29, 2020 at 12:40pm
October 29, 2020 at 12:40pm
#997085
Istijlal (Majesty), 15 Ilm (Knowledge) 177 B.E. - Thursday, October 29, 2020

On the last Thankful Thursday in October 2020,
I contemplate the end of a stressful
and weird year.

I am thankful
that I survived to this point,
and hopeful to survive the rest of the year.

I am thankful
that this election
will soon be history.


October 22, 2020 at 12:04pm
October 22, 2020 at 12:04pm
#996480
Istijlal (Majesty), 8 Ilm (Knowledge) 177 B.E. - Thursday, October 22, 2020


Praise be to Thee,
         O Lord of Eternity!
Thank You,
         O All-Glorious Creator,
for raising the expression of art
to an act of worship.

Praise be to Thee,
         O Lord of Reality!
Thank You,
         O Forgiver of sins,
for raising the practice of one's profession
to an act of worship.

Praise be to Thee,
         O Unifier of Humanity!
Thank you,
         O Bestower of Blessing,
for raising the practice of science
to an act of worship.

There are about 69 days left in this interesting, stressful, aggravating, weird, and inspiring year. Hopefully 2021 will be less stressful and aggravating, while becoming more interesting and inspiring. As for weirdness, it doesn't matter to me it next year is weirder or less weird, because I'm sure I can deal with weird.


There are a lot of things I'm thankful for today. First, I mailed my absentee ballot off today, Second, so far this month my checking account hasn't been overdrawn; it's been low on cash, but not overdrawn. Third, we--or rather my housemate--got a female kitten, and named her Memaw. She is a wonderful purring bundle of irritation and joy.

October 15, 2020 at 12:39pm
October 15, 2020 at 12:39pm
#995936
Istijlal (Maqjesty), 1 Ilm (Knowledge) 177 B.E. - Thursday, October 15, 2020
Feast Day of Knowledge

"The gift of God to this enlightened age is the knowledge of the oneness of mankind and of the fundamental oneness of religion."
‘Abdu'l-Bahá

Facebook Status Update

Attended the zoom meeting
of Feast of Knowledge
on Wednesday evening.

Beautiful music,
beautiful scripture readings,
all very inspiring.

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to attend the Feast of Knowledge last night.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I had this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to attend the zoom meeting "Evening of Enlightenment" on Tuesday, October 13. This meeting was sponsored by the local Race Amity Committee, and we received information about the history of racism in America.
         *BulletV* ...for the coffee cake I had to go with my coffee.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 39,250 points in my YouGov account.
         *BulletV* ...for The Literature Network Religious page  , because I can find The King James Version of the Bible, The Bhagavad-Gita, and Al-Qur'an) among other sacred scriptures.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 201 points in my Survey Junkie account.


October 11, 2020 at 4:48pm
October 11, 2020 at 4:48pm
#995652
Facebook Status Update
Jamal (Glory), 16 Mashiyyat (Will) 177 B.E. - Sunday, October 11, 2020

A little slow,
a little foggy today,
prayer by prayer
the fog moves away
revealing the light of day.

October 8, 2020 at 12:00pm
October 8, 2020 at 12:00pm
#995368
Istijlal (Majesty), 13 Mashiyyat (Will) 177 B.E. - Thursday, October 8, 2020

Facebook status update

On this beautiful
Thankful Thursday morning
I am thankful for
The Bab,
Baha'u'llah,
and 'Abdu'l-Baha.

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for black coffee on this beautiful autumn morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to purchase a 6-month premium plus membership to writing.com with the gift points in my account.
         *BulletV* ...for the banana I had to go with my coffee.
         *BulletV* ...that "Unrest in 2020 was one of the winners in "Stormy's poetry newsletter & contest.
         *BulletV* ...for the strawberry yogurt I had for my breakfast.




October 1, 2020 at 11:54am
October 1, 2020 at 11:54am
#994772
Istijlal (Majesty), 6 Mashiyyat (Will) 177 B.E. - Thursday, October 1, 2020

Today I am thankful...
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed black coffee on this beautiful autumn morning.
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for the chocolate cake I have to go with my coffee this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I received a merit badge today.
Merit Badge in The Contest Challenge
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I'm working to make sure everyone has the appropriate number of exclusive MBs based on how many times they've finished  [Link To Item #2109126] .  *^*Bigsmile*^*


September 24, 2020 at 12:07pm
September 24, 2020 at 12:07pm
#994097
Istijlal (Majesty), 18 Izzat (Might) 177 B.E. - Thursday, September 24, 2020

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that I have internet access because I can find the sacred scriptures of the Baha'i Faith and any other sacred book online.
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed black coffee on this beautiful Autumn morning.
         *BulletV* ...that "Winter in Post Hole, Arizon was featured in "Fantasy Newsletter (September 23, 2020).
         *BulletV* ...for the cookies I had to go with my morning coffee.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to transfer $6.08 from my PayPal account to my checking account.
         *BulletV* ...for the $1.00 I have in my Vindale Research account.
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account isn't overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for the inspiration of Sifter of Dust  


September 19, 2020 at 2:43pm
September 19, 2020 at 2:43pm
#993740
Jalal (Glory), 13 Izzat (Might) 177 B.E. - Saturday, September 19, 2020


Crusader for justice and gender equality,
strong woman,
lady,
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.



September 17, 2020 at 7:55pm
September 17, 2020 at 7:55pm
#993600
Istijlal (Majesty), 11 Izzat (Might) 177 B.E. - Thursday, September 17, 2020

Today I am thankful...
*BulletV* ...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.

*BulletV* ...that my out patient surgery went well.
*BulletV* ...for the produce that Karen brought to us today.
*BulletV* ...that I finished my edition of the spiritual newsletter yesterday.
*BulletV* ...for the merit badge I received today.
Merit Badge in WDC Media Prompt
[Click For More Info]

Thank you for your participation in the  48-HOUR CHALLENGE:  "  I Gotta Feeling   by  The Black Eyed Peas " Media Prompt  hosted by  [Link To User support]  September 2020! We appreciate that you tackled this challenge... *^*Smile*^* *^*Thumbsupl*^*

September 10, 2020 at 3:42pm
September 10, 2020 at 3:42pm
#992977
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!
Hallelulah!
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.
Alláh-u-Abhá!
Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá!
September 3, 2020 at 12:41pm
September 3, 2020 at 12:41pm
#992265
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!"
Bahá’u’lláh45

O Lord of the Universe,
I raise my voice in gratitude
for both prosperity
and its absence,
because both come to me in accordance
to Thy will.


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
I had
for my morning snack.

Footnotes
4  Additional Prayers Revealed by Bahá’u’lláh)
5  http://www.bahai.org/r/410470521

August 27, 2020 at 4:36pm
August 27, 2020 at 4:36pm
#991713
Istijlal (Majesty ), 9 Asma (Names) 177 B.E. - Thursday, August 27, 2020

Today I am thankful ..
         *BulletV* ...that I have $2.35 in my Survey Junkie account.,
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed black coffee I had this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn.
         *BulletV* ...for the paratransit drivers that took me to my doctor's appointment this morning and brought me home.
         *BulletV* ...that several people responded to "Spiritual Newsletter (August 26, 2020)
         *BulletV* ...for the peaches I got at the Farmer's Market last week. They were sweet and good tasting: Heavenly!
         *BulletV* ...that I have 35,700 points in my YouGov account.

August 20, 2020 at 2:09pm
August 20, 2020 at 2:09pm
#991232
Istijlal (Majesty), 2 Asma (Names) 177 B.E. - Thursday, August 20, 2020

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to attend the Feast of Asma (Names) last night via a Zoom meeting.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh vegetables and fruit I was able to purchase today at the Farmer's Market.
         *BulletV* ...that my poem "In Praise of Dawn in "Spiritual Newsletter (August 19, 2020).
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed black coffee.
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn.
         *BulletV* ...for the opportunity I had today to mention the Baha'i Faith to someone I was talking to on the phone.

August 18, 2020 at 4:57pm
August 18, 2020 at 4:57pm
#991113
Fidal (Grace), 19 Kamal (Perfection) 177 B.E. - Tuesday, August 18, 2020


I contemplate
the big tent of humanity--
one species--
attempting to unite
in its diversity.

Jalal (Glory), 4 Asma (Names) 177 B.E. - Saturday, August 22, 2020


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
toward God's
promise
of
world peace
and unity
every day.

Jalal (Glory), 11 Asma (Names) 177 B.E. - Saturday, August 29, 2020


Creativity
Attribute of Divinity
The universe created


July 23, 2020 at 8:45pm
July 23, 2020 at 8:45pm
#988984
Istijlal (Majesty), 12 Kalimat (Words) 177 B.E. - Thursday, July 23, 2020

On the fourth Thankful Thursday in July 2020,
         I am thankful...
                   *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed black coffee each morning;
                   *BulletV* ...that I was able to get a hair cut a few weeks ago;
                   *BulletV* ...for the peanut butter cookies I had with my coffee this morning;
                   *BulletV* ...that I was able to make an OTC order from Humana's OTC pharmacy today.
June 7, 2020 at 3:32pm
June 7, 2020 at 3:32pm
#985188
Poem: Editing a Novel
Posted https://poet999.blogspot.com/2020/06/poem-editing-novel.html
June 9, 2020

Sometimes,
when I go to rewrite,
I look at the plot
and wonder what
I--or perhaps my character--
was thinking.

At other times,
my plot is hidden
beneath a plate of spaghetti
without meatballs.

May 28, 2020 at 1:55pm
May 28, 2020 at 1:55pm
#984478
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."
Abdu’l-Baha6

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
contemplate traditions
that helps me find for inspiration.

Footnotes
6  Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, Page 312


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