R is for Rejoice

ris for REJOICE.  Now here is what REJOICE means on the world wide web:

re·joice
rəˈjois/
verb
  1. feel or show great joy or delight.
    “he rejoiced when he saw his friend alive”
    synonyms: happiness, pleasure, joy, gladness, delight, elation, jubilation, exuberance, exultation,celebration, revelry, merrymaking

    And I feel that it is a pretty good description of the meaning of REJOICE.  But my question to you is what does REJOICE mean to you?

    To me the feelings and images that appear in my head circle around the Holidays; but for some reason it fits and it doesn’t fit at the same time.   To me it feels a bit fake,  and then  I see dark green holly mixed with the red berries of the season.

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    And there is a story somewhere in this wreath I can feel it….

    And then the feelings of fake suddenly disappear as I feel something new.  I REJOICE for there is a new story brewing.  Where is this wreath ?  Why is it hanging there?  Who put it in that particular space?

    So tell me how do you REJOICE?

     

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Dreams and Clouds

Once upon a time there was a little line that grew and soared among the clouds.  He grew and stretched his wings.  He danced with the stars, chased the raindrops over the hills and disappeared along the milky way.

He hid on the moon and etched out a bed, stars and clouds covered his slumbering form.  A finger of sunlight tickled his nose,  kissed his cheeks and

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He woke up to soar among the clouds and stars again!

Q is for Quiet & Quest

qis for QUIET and QUEST.  QUIETLY she crept down the worn path strewn with the remnants of her past.  A doll in a wrinkled gray coated blue and pink dress stared up at her.  She jumped for that was her doll.

A tear rolled down her cheek as  the memory of that birthday party flashed before her eyes.  Pink ribbons, and white balloons graced the corners of the dining room where her parents stood at the side of the table smiling.  “Here (insert name girl name).  Happy Birthday!”  

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Torn and dirty,  with a muddy face, it wasn’t as pretty as she remembered.   She knelt down and hugged it to her chest as the tears continued to roll down her cheeks.  She clung to that memory for that was the last time that she saw her parents….

OK ! Now that was a fork in the road!  I started out with the word QUIET, and then the image of a girl and a lost childhood  QUIETLY slipped into my mind.  I started thinking what could start a QUEST?  A memory?  YEAH!  Go with it and see where it flows!

But honestly it does work; for memories are QUIET for the most part and all QUESTS have to start somewhere.   So where will the QUIET of the QUEST lead to?  Should I venture down that fork of my imagination?  Sure! for who knows where it will end up?  What QUEST  will I follow and who is the girl in the story?   QUIETLY I follow the girl down the path…

                    QUIET and QUEST

O is for Open

o is for OPEN and for everyone it means something different.  For me in this time and place it means an open door, an open box and other paths to follow.

door-475618__180 I like this door.  The door is old and chipped but at the same time I feel there is love behind it and in the room.   It is weather beaten and it has seen  hard times. And I believe that  represents life.  Life as we know is not easy.  There is no magic path to follow to obtain what we want.   Life is full of chipped paint and scratches.  It is the rough coarse polished concrete floor.  But among all of the scrapes, gauges, and discolorations there is a bright yellow that shines through; and to me that gives me hope that there is something to focus on.

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OPEN is an open box and ironically I work with a lot of open boxes.  Big boxes, little boxes, some are oblong and some are custom in that they  have a shape all of their own.   What is in that box? Who knows and I like getting mysterious boxes to OPEN and discover the mysteries that are hidden within.  But now I feel that I have to get out of that OPEN box and out the OPEN door to see what is out there.

But and yes there is a but. That is what I am struggling with.  Life is hard,  it is a challenge;  do I want to step out of my OPEN box through  the OPEN door?  I am scared yes I am scared, but there is that yellow that continues to shine through and bring me hope.   That yellow that persists and remains bright even amidst the weathering and scarring that threatens to over come its message of hope.

So OPEN the door,  OPEN the window and give yourself a chance to experience life.  I know I need to;  I will be right there with bitten fingers and  me shaking in my shoes.

OPEN!!!! 

J is for Joy

J is  for joy.  And it took me a while to figure this out.   I asked my friends and the one word that every one said was JOY.  So I pondered and tried hard to think of other words: jump, junior, jello, janitor… and I kept coming back to JOY.

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JOY is the birth of a new morning;  the reds, the yellows, the pinks of the sun peeking its way through the eastern sky.  JOY is the blaze of color of a promise of a new beginning, it is hope, it is peace.

 

JOY is the start of a new project, from the beginning: IMG_0559 (1)

IMG_0560 to the middle; and finally to the end, the last stitch.

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JOY is friendship, JOY is family.  JOY is love; it is whatever makes you happy.  So take what ever makes you happy and call it

JOY