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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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July 2, 2019 at 2:18pm
July 2, 2019 at 2:18pm
#961930
Fiḍál (Grace), 9 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Birds1

A poem is a Great Horned Owl
mourning the departing night;
mourning the twinkling stars
fading in dawns nascent light.

A poem is a Nightingale
rejoicing in dawns first rays;
rejoicing as the rising sun
gives birth to a new day.

A poem is a Mourning Dove
lamenting the fleeting day;
lamenting life's swift passage
from birth to the grave.

Gratitude List For 8 Rahmat

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed hot coffee.
         *BulletV* ...that the $10.66 from Survey Junkie hit my checking account today.
         *BulletV* ...for 16.9 FL OZ of drinking water because I can easily carry them with me when I go on the paratranset bus.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 441 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...that I have $20.97 in my Vindale Research account.
         *BulletV* ...that I received a merit badge today.
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Footnotes
1  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/07/birds.html.

July 1, 2019 at 12:37pm
July 1, 2019 at 12:37pm
#961871
Kamál (Perfection), 8 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Monday, July 1, 2019

July: A Month of New Opportunities2

A new
and glorious
month has begun,
with new opportunities
to express gratitude to the Almighty:

Gratitude List For 8 Rahmat

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I had this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to transfer $10.66 from my Survey Junkie account to my checking account.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 107 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 57,800 in my YouGov account.
         *BulletV* ...that I have $20.22 in my Vindale Research account.



Footnotes
2  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges from Her cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/07/july-month-of-new-opportunities.html.

June 30, 2019 at 12:21pm
June 30, 2019 at 12:21pm
#961805
Jamál (Beauty), 7 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Sunday, June 30, 2019

Bagpipes3

"The pipes, the pipes are playing..."
The music of my soul,
Chords that fall like raindrops
         from mountain crest and castle wall,
Wild notes from highland battles
         echoing both victory and defeat.

"The pipes, the pipes are calling..."
To my genetic roots;
Recalling ancestral memories
         from glen and moor and bog,
Memories of Gaelic gods and goddesses
         worshiped in Erin, in Scotland, in Man.

"The pipes, the pipes are marching..."
To a new song in this day,
To a song of unity, faith, and freedom,
A song that all humanity can sing.

Gratitude List For 7 Rahmat

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that I have 57,700 points in my YouGov account.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed hot coffee I had this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish Nationalism? The Right Question for These Turbulent Times   by Harvey Garver, which is the first article in the series What Comes After Nations?  .
         *BulletV* ...for the sweet roll I had to go with my coffee.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 928 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the bottles of cold water we have in the refrigerator.
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.


Footnotes
3  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/bagpipes.html.

June 29, 2019 at 11:18am
June 29, 2019 at 11:18am
#961746
Jalál (Glory), 6 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Joy of Finding Baha'u'llah4

The joy of finding Baha'u'llah
vibrates through my soul,
reverberates through my mind,
shattering doubt and fear,
and regenerating love and faith.

Gratitude List For 6 Rahmat

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for the banana I had for my first breakfast.
         *BulletV* ...that my SSI check came in today.
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed coffee.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 829 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the BBQ ribs I had for lunch.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to complete The Historic Human Fraternity Document for World Peace   by the editors of BahaiTeachings.org. This article gave me fresh insight into the The Human Fraternity Document   signed by His Holiness Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahamad.

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Wind spins clouds to threads,
Weaves threads into carpets,
It scatters across the sky.

Wind rips cloud carpets to shreds,
Spins them to gossamer threads
And weaves them into tapestries.


Footnotes
4  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-joy-of-finding-bahaullah.html.

June 28, 2019 at 1:09pm
June 28, 2019 at 1:09pm
#961688
Istiqlál (Independence), 5 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Friday, June 28, 2019

Beacons5

Stars twinkle,
glittering diamonds
in a black velvet sky.

Planet burn holes
in the ebony blanket of night.

planes fly
across the firmament,
their precious gem lights
beacons guiding the mind
to a conclusion.

Each item
has a specific attribute
identifying it to the observer.

Each is a beacon
to the poet's muse.

Gratitude List For 5 Rahmat

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that I have 741 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the banana I had for my first breakfast.
         *BulletV* ...that my bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today
         *BulletV* ...for the pleasant morning because I could leave the door open for some fresh air.
         *BulletV* ...that "Flash of Inspiration won first place in "24 Syllables contest.


Footnotes
5  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/beacons.html.

June 26, 2019 at 11:37am
June 26, 2019 at 11:37am
#961565
‘Idál (Justice), 3 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Wednesday, June 26, 2019

One Hundred Words6

I reread the words I'd written,
I listened for the voice of fear,
and found it expressed in each line.

I heard the question
reverberating through my mind:
Can I write two hundred words?

Did I detect
the voice of terror echoing
between the line?

Were those tears I heard,
in the unwritten words?

One hundred words to motive.
One hundred questions asked.
Can one hundred questions be answered
in one hundred words?

Gratitude List For 3 Rahmat

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for the banana I had for my first breakfast today.
         *BulletV* ...that I have $16.32 in my Inbox Dollars account.
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed hot coffee.
         *BulletV* ...that I signed up for the "30-Day Blogging Challenge official month with "I Blog Poetry and Prose.
         *BulletV* ...for the breakfast sandwich I had for my second breakfast today.




Footnotes
6  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges from Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/one-hundred-words.html

June 25, 2019 at 10:37am
June 25, 2019 at 10:37am
#961507
Fiḍál (Grace), 2 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Valley of Fire:
A Memory7

Age after age the
desert wind whispers through red
stone canyons. While grain

upon grain desert
sand moves against sandstone cliffs.
Carving images in

the stone. Images to
which we attach names. The Bee
Hives, Elephant Rock,

et cetera. Names
and images which the coming
aeons will erase.

Gratitude List For 2 Rahmat

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for the banana I had with my coffee this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to transfer $10.31 from my Survey Junkie account to my checking account.


Footnotes
7  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/valley-of-fire-memory.html.

June 24, 2019 at 11:56am
June 24, 2019 at 11:56am
#961451
Kamál (Perfection), 1 Rahmat (Mercy) 176 B.E. - Monday, June 24, 2019
Feast of Rahmat (Mercy)

Facebook Statue Update

It was a good day. I went to Devotional Services at the Baha'i Center and I started poem 24 of the 200 I'm writing the celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab.

Monday morning bird song
echoes through my neighborhood,
greeting the new workweek.

Gratitude List For 1 Rahmat

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that I have 799 point in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the banana I had for my first breakfast.
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for the $5.00 the Nielson company sent me for completing a mail-in survey.
         *BulletV* ...for the Grandma's chocolate chip cookies I have for my afternoon snack.
         *BulletV* ...that I received a merit badge today.
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June 23, 2019 at 11:59am
June 23, 2019 at 11:59am
#961397
Jamál (Beauty), 19 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Sunday, June 23, 2019

Three Onenesses:
Water Flows8

God is one!

Composed
Of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen
Water flows

Religion is one!

Water flows
Across the face of the planet
Two atoms of hydrogen and o ne atome of oxygen
Descends in torrents
From the clouds of mercy

Humanity is one!

Fresh or salt
Rain or standing
Water is composed
Of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen

Gratitude List For 19 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for the banana I had for my morning snack.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 648 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the chocolate cake I had to go with my coffee this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to attend Devotional Services today at the Baha'i Center.
         *BulletV* ...for the cranberry juice I had with my snack at the Baha'i Center.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to purchase a Baha'i Date book for 176 B.E.
         *BulletV* ...for the Arizona sweet ice tea I have for my afternoon snack.
         *BulletV* ...that I received a merit badge today.
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Facebook Status Update

Reading the revealed prayers aloud
Calms both my mind and soul
With the presence of the Holy Spirit

Footnotes
8  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/three-onenesses-water-flows.html.

June 22, 2019 at 12:15pm
June 22, 2019 at 12:15pm
#961337
Jalál (Glory), 18 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Saturday, June 22, 2019

Walking the Dog:
A Memory9

Energy leashed
tugs at the brown leather strap
pulls me forward.

Distracted
by the scent of another
on a blade of grass.

Specs
deposits her own scent
before moving on.

Gratitude List For 18 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I had this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 636 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the breakfast cake I had with my coffee this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish The Bab and Baha’u’llah: Two Divine Messengers   by Steve McLean, which is third in the article series { xlink:https://bahaiteachings.org/series/the-dawn-of-a-new-faith}The Dawn of a New Faith{/xlink}.
         *BulletV* ...for the chocolate cake I had for my afternoon snack.

Facebook Status Update

Faith's pure water
Flows from the Mountain of God
Quenches humanity's thirst

Footnotes
9  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/walking-dog-memory.html.

June 21, 2019 at 12:28pm
June 21, 2019 at 12:28pm
#961287
Istiqlál (Independence), 17 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Friday, June 21, 2019

Facebook Status Update

Sparrows are singing
The sun is casting shadows
A pleasant morning

Gratitude List For 17 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for the breakfast pastry I had to go with my fresh brewed coffee this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to pay the Cox internet connection bill today.
         *BulletV* ...for the inspiration of this beautiful Summer Solstice day.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish the articles Believing in the Magic—and the Reality—of Intuition   by Kathy Roman.
         *BulletV* ...for the Arizona sweet ice tea I have to drink this afternoon.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 937,167 GPs in my Gift Points account.
         *BulletV* ...for the brownie I had for my afternoon snack.

Is It Writer's Block10

Sometimes,
I don't know what to write
because my muse has taken flight
across a foggy lake of
"I don't know what to write!"

Is this writer's block?
Is this the voice
of my inner critic
attempting to block
my creativity?

Footnotes
10  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges from Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/is-it-writers-block.html.

June 19, 2019 at 12:23pm
June 19, 2019 at 12:23pm
#961159
‘Idál (Justice), 15 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Gratitude List For 15 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *Bulletv* ...that my Bank of America account isn't overdrawn today.
         *Bulletv* ...for the breakfast pastry I had to go with my morning coffee.
         *Bulletv* ...that I have 365 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *Bulletv* ...for the cereal, canned peaches, and milk I had for breakfast.
         *Bulletv* ...that I have $14.27 in my Inbox Dollars account.
         *Bulletv* ...that I have 56,700 points in my YouGov account.


Istijlál (Majesty), 16 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Thursday, June 20, 2019

Gratitude List For 16 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *Bulletv* ...that my bank of America Checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *Bulletv* ...for fresh brewed hot coffee on the beautiful, almost summer day.
         *Bulletv* ...that I have 460 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *Bulletv* ...for the banana I had with my lunch.
         *Bulletv* ...that I have $15.08 in my Inbox Dollars account.
         *Bulletv* ...for the chocolate cake I had for my evening snack.
         *Bulletv* ...that I have $21.45 in my Vindale Research account.


June 17, 2019 at 11:36am
June 17, 2019 at 11:36am
#960941
Kamál (Perfection), 13 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Monday, June 17, 2019

Motivation11

Inhale the fragrance
of motivation and accomplishment:
a busy day.

Gratitude List For 13 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that I had enough money in my checking account to cover the donation to the National Baha'i Fund.
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed coffee to go with my breakfast pastry this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 233 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish the article Racism as a Social and Spiritual Phenomena   by Makeena Rivers.

Fiḍál (Grace), 14 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Gratitude List For 14 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America account is not overdrawn this today.
         *BulletV* ...for the mini bagels and cream cheese I had for my fist breakfast.
         *BulletV* ...that I have $18.01 in my Send Earning s account.
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed hot coffee
         *BulletV* ...that I have 340 points in my Survey Junkie account.


Footnotes
11  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/motivation.html.

June 16, 2019 at 11:38am
June 16, 2019 at 11:38am
#960884
Jamál (Beauty), 12 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Sunday, June 16, 2019

Facebook Status Update

Partly cloudy sky
Reflects Sunday morning's mood,
Neither depressed nor happy.

Gratitude List For 12 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that I have 137 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed cafe mocha I had this morning with my first breakfast.
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for the banana I have for my first breakfast this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish the article The Dawn of a New Faith—and the Persecution that Followed   by Steve McLean. This is the second installment of the series The Dawn of a New Faith  .


June 14, 2019 at 12:28pm
June 14, 2019 at 12:28pm
#960790
Istiqlál (Independence), 10 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Friday, June 14, 2019

Gratitude List For 10 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I had this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that the $10.00 from PayPal hit my checking account today.
         *BulletV* ...for the honey bun I had with my coffee this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that the $11.00 from Survey Junkie hit my checking account today.
         *BulletV* ...for the grapes I had with my breakfast this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I finished poem 121, "Unfailing Protection, in the 200 I am writing to celebrate the anniversary of the Bicentenary of the Birth of The Bab.
         *BulletV* ...for the Arizona Sweet Ice tea I had to go with my lunch.


Jalál (Glory), 11 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Saturday, June 15, 2019

Gratitude List For 11 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I have to drink this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 111 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the banana I had for my first breakfast today.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 55,700 points in my YouGov account.
         *BulletV* ...for the cherry pastry I had to go with my coffee this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 20.83 in my Vindale Research account.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish "Kevin Locke and enter it in "Super Power Mini HOOP LA Challenge.



June 13, 2019 at 12:28pm
June 13, 2019 at 12:28pm
#960732
Istijlál (Majesty), 9 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Thursday, June 13, 2019

Facebook Status Update

Another hot day in Vegas,
the wind is blowing
and no birds are singing;
I think I'll turn on
the cool air.

Gratitude List For 9 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to transfer $11.14 from my Survey Junkie account to my checking account.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I had this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America account is not overdrafted this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for the cherry breakfast pastry I had to go with my coffee this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I have $20.08 in my Vindale Research account.
         *BulletV* ...for the mixed salad with boiled egg I had for lunch.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 9 points in my Survey Junkie account.

Summer's Arrival12

Summer arrived
eight days early
with triple digit temperatures
that cause power bills
to rise
toward the national debt.

Air conditioners hum,
their songs echoing
through the neighborhood,
while excessive heat warnings
are sent to smartphones.

Footnotes
12  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/summers-arrival.html.

June 12, 2019 at 12:01pm
June 12, 2019 at 12:01pm
#960681
‘Idál (Justice), 8 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Submitted to "Spiritual Newsletter (June 12, 2019): "Baha'ullah, the latest in the line of divine prophets or messengers, encourages individuals to search for truth independently. Encourages us to ask questions, and to use our minds to find the answers. As a Baha'i, I recognize the divine foundation of all religions. God has sent different divine messengers to assist humanity in both its spiritual and material progress. Some of the messengers that we know about are Abraham, Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ, Muhammad, the Bab, and Baha'u'llah."

Gratitude List For 8 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for Hershey's chocolate syrup because I can use it to make cafe mocha.
         *BulletV* ...that I have $18.78 in my Vindale Research account.
         *BulletV* ...for the doughnuts I have to go with my morning coffee.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 898 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed coffee from a drip coffeemaker.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 926,917 GPs in my Gift Points account.

Jonah Inside the Belly of the Whale13

Averse
to obey God's command
darkness envelop

the being
swallowed by the leviathan
of self.

Stomach acids digest
self's outer layer,
leave,

the inner kernel
on its knees
begging for salvation.


Footnotes
13  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges from Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/jonah-in-belly-of-whale.html.

June 11, 2019 at 12:03pm
June 11, 2019 at 12:03pm
#960625
Fiḍál (Grace), 7 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Tuesday, June 11, 2019

I Write For My Beloved14

I write of my Beloved
Through whom my fingers bend
To pick up my pen!

I write of my salvation
Using ink drawn from my ow2n veins
To document my liberation!

I write of my pain
Caused by my ego's attempt to gain
My soul's allegiance!

I write of my fears
Caused by the disempowering years
In Self's prison!

Gratitude List For 7 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that I have 608 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I had this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for the coffee flavored yogurt I had with my breakfast this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that we have a working air conditioner in this apartment.
         *BulletV* ...for the Arizona sweet ice tea I had with my lunch.
         *BulletV* ...that I can call on the Local Spiritual Assembly if I have problems.
         *BulletV* ...that I have five editor's picks for my next edition of the spiritual newsletter.



Footnotes
14  I posted this on Poet 989 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/i-write-of-my-beloved.html.

June 10, 2019 at 12:17pm
June 10, 2019 at 12:17pm
#960514
Kamál (Perfection), 6 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Monday, June 10, 2019

Writing Poetry15

I am compelled to write!
The words come to me as lovers;
As lovers they tantalize and seduce,
Making me their willing slave,
Until I master the art of their seduction.

Gratitude List For 6 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I had this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 345 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the yogurt crunch I had for my morning snack.
         *BulletV* ...that I have a cane to help me get through the house.
         *BulletV* ...for the banana that I had for my afternoon snack.




Footnotes
15  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/writing-poetry.html.

June 9, 2019 at 12:10pm
June 9, 2019 at 12:10pm
#960445
Jamál (Beauty), 5 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Sunday, June 9, 2019

Facebook Status Update

He is the Royal Falcon
My soul is a broken winged bird
The Glory of God heals my drooping wings

Gratitude List For 5 Núr

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn this morning.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed hot coffee I had this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish the article The Bab: The Dawn and Herald of the Baha’i Era   by Steve McLean, which is the first in the series The Dawn of a New Faith  .
         *BulletV* ...for the creme soda I had with my lunch.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to finish the poem "The Martyrdom of The Bab in "Bicentenary Poems and Prose, which is number 20 in the 200 I'm writing to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of The Bab.
         *BulletV* ...for the hotlinks I had for lunch
         *BulletV* ...that I have 86 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletV* ...for the beautiful, pleasant day because I can keep the door open for some fresh air.
         *BulletV* ...that I have $17.02 in my Vindale Research account.


We ask questions all the time:
Who, what, when, where, where, why, and how.
The answers come in various forms,
though they are often not what we want
or expect.

Are the questions
we ask God and ourselves
meant to elicit the answers we want
or the answers we need.

I find myself asking, "What am I doing wrong?"

Doesn't this suggest that I expect
to take the incorrect action?
On the other hand,
if I rephrase the question
it becomes "What am I doing right?"
Now I'm preparing my eyes to see reality.
God put within me,
within everyone,
a s park of divine light.

Rephrasing a question refocuses it
on either the positive or the negative.
It lets us see both what needs fixing
and what is well done.
God loves the individual and humanity,
has a plan for each person
and for civilization:
There is always something the individual is doing right.

Footnotes
16  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/06/am-i-asking-right-question.html.


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