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The 12/12/ 13 Joy Jar

12 Dec

As the year of the ‘Joy Jar’ ends on Christmas and the year of aspiration and accomplishment begins, it is time to reflect on the past year.

1 Thessalonians 5:18
New Living Translation
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

One lesson from the ‘Joy Jar’ exercise is to be thankful. Kelly Clarkson wrote an anthem for all who have gone through and EMERGED from a period of TRANSITION:

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone

What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over ’cause you’re gone

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, myself and I…

Actually what the ‘Joy Jar’ year has taught moi that it is God and moi. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the truth that ‘What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger.’

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
Henry Ward Beecher

The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
Leonardo da Vinci

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
A.A. Milne

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Mahatma Gandhi

He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.
Louisa May Alcott

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.
Thomas Carlyle

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along”.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The 09/21/13 Joy Jar

21 Sep

One of Seattle’s great neighborhoods is the International District Chinatown. There is a dragon climbing a lamppost which is just the coolest thing ever. International District
Seattle Tourist Attractions–Architecture–International District: Dragon on Lamp Post
Today’s deposit into the Joy Jar is the ‘Dragon on a Lamp Post.’

Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.
Alexandre Dumas

We’re our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.
Tom Robbins

“The man who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself”
Friedrich Nietzsche

“It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion”
Bertrand Russell

“If you can’t take the heat, don’t tickle the dragon.”

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

“If the lion and dragon fight, they will both die.”
Tadashi Adachi

“To attract good fortune, spend a new penny on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.”

“A poet can write about a man slaying a dragon, but not about a man pushing a button that releases a bomb”
W. H. Auden

The 08/12/13 Joy Jar

11 Aug

Moi has begun walking more to build up endurance to eventually start running. She is slowly getting healthier. A summer in Seattle is green and verdant. One thing moi notices that no matter the season of the year the fir trees and evergreens are green all year long. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ are the evergreens which are green even in the grayest of winters.

“The pine tree seems to listen, the fir tree to wait: and both without impatience — they give no thought to the little people beneath them devoured by their impatience and their curiosity.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
Henry David Thoreau

You can live for years next door to a big pine tree, honored to have so venerable a neighbor, even when it sheds needles all over your flowers or wakes you, dropping big cones onto your deck at still of night.
Denise Levertov

I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.
Henry David Thoreau

The trees are God’s great alphabet:
With them He writes in shining green
Across the world His thoughts serene.
Leonora Speyer

I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!
John Muir

Who leaves the pine-tree, leaves his friend,
Unnerves his strength, invites his end.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Woodnotes”

Trees are your best antiques.
Alexander Smith

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
Robert Louis Stevenson

He who plants a tree
Plants a hope.
Lucy Larcom, “Plant a Tree”

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.
Kahlil Gibran

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
Nelson Henderson

The best part of happiness is the pines.
Terri Guillemets

The 01/08/13 Joy Jar

7 Jan

The are sides and parts of each person’s personalty. Each person has a soul and a spirit. Music can affect not only the personalty by bringing out different emotions like calm, relaxation or excitement. Music can touch a soul or collectively, souls. Today’s deposit in the ‘Joy Jar’ is music.

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”

Victor Hugo

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.”
Leo Tolstoy,
Family Happiness

The devil, the originator of sorrowful anxieties and restless troubles, flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God….Music is a gift and grace of God, not an invention of men. Thus it drives out the devil and makes people cheerful. Then one forgets all wrath, impurity, and other devices.”
Martin Luther

Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.”
Johann Sebastian Bach

I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning”

Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought.”
Yip Harburg