No Running Allowed

No Running Allowed

My parents live in a forest on a hill overlooking a lake. When I visit them I run around their lake each day.  It’s always beautiful and different every single lap.

But, this visit I can’t run around their lake because I woke up with a nasty head & chest cold the first morning we were here.

I have to get some motion in or I am afraid all of the giant meals and sitting around will cause me to balloon up too big to fit into our van to go home.

So, I’ve been walking around their lake.  At first, as I’m super type A, moving so slowly irritated me.  After all, why should I spend more than an hour doing something I could easily do in half that time? Irritating!

Then, I noticed something.

It’s a whole different place when I’m walking slowly through the trees.  I’m quieter, so I hear more.  Moving slower lets me see more, as I have time to look around thoroughly.  Wildlife that’s usually startled away by my dashing through their neighborhood doesn’t seem to mind when I walk quietly past them.

When I run the sweat and the focus and the exhaustion push the stress out of my body.

But, I’m glad I can’t run this time.

This trip I have found that even though I’m not moving fast enough to force the stress out of my body, I can lull it to sleep while I stroll through the woods and leave it happily behind next to a moss covered boulder or a flock of wild turkeys.

My quieted state of mind reminds me of my verse, Peace.

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Peace

Trouble flown

Breath savored

 

Thoughts quell

Harmony sings

 

Hush spreads

Calm flows

 

Tranquil grace

Beautiful still

-gina valley

Are you moving fast, slow, or in between this week?  Does life have to force you to slow down sometimes?  Do you notice things you were missing before?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Hope Remains

Hope Remains

I was thinking about my friends who are in the midst of dealing with so much in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  I can hardly imagine facing that kind of devastation, and trying, in the midst of it, to provide for and to take care of my family and neighbors.

I’m sure that many have found strength they didn’t know they had.

I’m praying hope for all of them.

To find out other ways you can help go to:

Daddy Knows Less Blog for photos of the aftermath and suggestions for local relief efforts to join in on.

Children’s Hunger Fund Hurricane Sandy Response to donate either funds or bulk supplies.  I’ve known CHF President Dave Phillips for years.  This is an integrity filled organization that gets 99% of what it takes in back out to those in need.

Nearly all of us have more than we need.  Please consider giving some of it to those who have lost everything.

Thank you in advance for your caring and compassion.

-gina

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Hope

In the rain and the rainbow

Singing and sleeping

The dew and the grass

 

In the twinkling of stars

Laughter of children

The smile of age

 

In the leaves of the trees

Sunshine

The coming dawn

 

In the music of springtime

Aroma of sweetness

The hidden blush of the bloom

 

In the beat of a heart

Breath of a hero

The eyes of love

– gina valley

What gives you hope when things seem bleak?  How were you affected by Hurricane Sandy?  Have you faced other disastrous situations?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Good There

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Good There

Dark comes

Piers piled

Waves crush

Timbers split

Souls rent

 

Floods steal

Scenes lost

Fires bury

Moments fog

Places bent

 

Rubble stirs

Hearts beat

Light flows

Beams scattered

Flickered flight

 

Good shines

Pure strength

Beauty blooms

Memories birthed

Lift night

-gina valley

Great tragedy opens doors for great spirit.  Have you seen it?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

I Envy The Clouds

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I Envy The Clouds

I envy the clouds

To float and fly

To follow the wind

or perhaps

more the whim

 

To change into anything

Anything

 

To have magic and strength in a gentle flask

Carrying life and cleansing

Beauty and mystery

Tether free

I envy the clouds

-gina valley

 

Ever want to float away?  What makes you feel free?  What weighs you down?  Shoot me a comment and tell me all about it.  I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

Ends

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Ends

Pain and joy

So closely linked

Words of wisdom

Often inked

 

Hope and wonder

Now fill in

Where emptiness

Had just been

 

Pain is heavy

Absence felt

Continuing wondering

At how it’s dealt

 

Moments held

Sweet and glowing,

Ever fragrant

Always knowing

 

Delicious remembrances

Confessions of love

Realigned priorities

Strengthened from above

 

Dark now

Lighter tomorrow

When beautiful memories

Will temper our sorrow

-gina valley

 

Many experiences are universal, and it is these universal things in life that bring us all together and offer the greatest hope for all of us and our world.  Joy, sadness, laughter, loss, beginnings, ends, love.  All universal. As one of our dogs finishes her time on this earth I can clearly see that our whole family, even our other pets, are deeply moved by her plight.  It makes me sad and hopeful at the same time.

How have these universal truths affected you? Have they helped you draw closer to those you don’t understand? Have they helped you understand you better, or perhaps to put up with your prickly neighbor or relative more patiently?

Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Patience

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Patience

Divine power

Marvel

Essence of The Creator

Flowing into us

 

Miraculous change

Precious and rare

Painful to birth

Beautiful to hold

 

Problems dissolve

Tragedies endured

Strengthened in battle

Growing through pain

 

Bringing peace

Resolve

Strength

Sharpened vision

 

Beauty discovered

Doors opened

Hearts changed

True smiles

 

Rare treasure

Ours to use

To call upon

To grow

-Gina Valley

It amazes me how much peace and happiness is triggered simply by being patient.  Still, I don’t call upon my patience nearly enough.  What’s helping you develop patience?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing about it.

Rest

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Rest

Soft and fragrant

Light and pure

Sparks my own

Seen in a mirror

 

Close my eyes

To open my mind

Dance of dreams

No passage of time

 

The patter of magic

Soft footfalls

Brilliant spaces

Tiny halls

 

Sparkles and stars

Shimmer and shine

All bring stories

Laughter mine

 

Enter thoughts too big to see

Hear them clear and brought to me

 

As I carry off my dreamed gifts dear

I know

Again

I’ll be drawn back here

-Gina Valley

Where does your inspiration hide?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Secret

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Secret

Smiling

Remembering you

Hidden deep in my heart

But always close by

 

I think of you

I feel myself washed with joy

Uncontainable

Overflowing

I’m refreshed

Renewed

 

Sometimes you are heavy

Hard to carry

But always you give me wings

You teach me to fly

Give me faith to soar

Show me myself

 

Such wonder I see

Only because of you

Thankful

Grateful for you

– Gina Valley

What has you floating this week?  Shoot me a comment with the details. I look forward to hearing all about it.

Walk

Walk

by Gina Valley

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Walk

I want to walk through the woods

The forest that is my world

My time

And the ones beyond that

Stretch my legs

Breathe deep

Run fast

 

I want to smell the growth and feel the moss under my feet

Hear the birds around me

Climb every tree

Leap with every lamb

Dance with every wolf

Some wolves twice

Cross rivers

Climb rocks

 

I want to know as dappled sunshine fades into night

As stars begin to twinkle over trees

As the gentle wind blows the sweet scent of life around me

As the woods go dark

That I have taken a good walk

And am ready to rest

– Gina Valley

Where are you walking this week?  I am looking forward to hearing all about it.  Shoot me a comment with all the details.