The Sun Will Rise

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The Sun  Will Rise

Long the night

Deep the dark

Broken hearts

Empty arms

The sun will rise

 

Distant the road

Severe the burden

Crushed spirit

River of tears

The sun will rise

 

Gone the sparkle

Absent the laughter

Skips stopped

Silent hallways

The sun will rise

 

Distant the dawn

Tiny the window

Trees bud

Hope lives

The sun will rise

-gina valley

Song

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Song

You my lift burdens

And change my heart

You piece together memories

Long torn apart

 

You soothe my anger

And stir my guile

You bring me peace

For a precious while

 

You carry me

to faraway places

or deep into hearts

of familiar faces

 

You open my minds

And tickle my ears

You close my mouth

And bring me to tears

 

My heart is swelled

I can run

I can fly

No worries with you that life passes by

 

You take me to soar,

High, high above

You teach me of everything

Especially of Love

-gina valley

 

Is there a song that carries you away? What’s your favorite?  Is there one that gets stuck in your head when you don’t want it to?  Is it Call Me, Maybe?  If so, sorry about that!  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Beautiful Rain

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Beautiful Rain

Sprinkling

Spreading

Falling on my world

Into my soul

Drenching

Cutting through stone

Uncovering beauty

Dark reigning

Diamond beauty

Cleaning

Clearing

Honing

Preparing me for light

-Gina Valley

How was your week?  I had a rough one.  I found it perfect that it was raining outside, too.  Is the sun shining where you are?  How do you keep your inner sunshine when storm clouds loom?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

The Start

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The Start

Anticipation breathes deeply

Excitement tremors

Adventure dances with fear

Possibility poised

Standing in the gate

In the blocks

By the door

On the top

At the bottom

The switch

The page

The road

The path

Step

-gina valley

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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.