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Sanctify: The Beauty of a New Day

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Walking through the valley

seeking to sanctify my soul

breathing in deeply

smells from times of old

 

Smells of morning dew

whispers from the rain

mirror images in the river

cleansing away the pain

 

New life emerges

there is a new nature show

flowers surrounding me

blooms begin to glow

 

Sweet serenity

life begins anew

slowly cleansing my soul

now from a different point of view

 

Love envelopes me

stronger from the storm

stretching out to enjoy the day

the journey is full and transformed

 

copyright Debbie Pierce 2019

 

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The Waterfall

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In a vision

there was a waterfall

laughter surrounding it

the rocks quite tall

 

A group of siblings

in the heavenly realm

sharing love and happiness

God at the helm

 

There is a table

not far away

family sharing stories

about those in the earthly bay

 

Words of comfort

are sent down

till earthly time has passed

and all are in the heavenly realm

 

The beauty of the spirit

in this perfected time

sends water from heaven

to cleanse the earthly eye

 

Love never dies

loved ones are not far away

God allows comforting messages sent

along the water falls way

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

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Love Never Dies

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Walking down the bridge

I feel you by my side

the wind in my hair

like a natural high

 

Though I am alone

you are in the trees and sky

your love is everywhere

embracing me from up high

 

A smooth reflection

wind whispering in the trees

your warm presence

a comfort to me

 

Time has passed

since you were here

called to Heaven above

you are still near

 

Love never dies

it continues to live

encouraging me to go on

your spirit continues to give

 

Crossing this bridge

am never alone

admiring the beauty

till I am called home

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

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Fall Morning Fog

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There is a morning fog that

covers the mountain top

after a cold fall rain

causing many leaves to drop

 

As the  sun begins to shine

burning the fog away

many colors emerge

on this wonderful day

 

The birds and crickets 

begin to sing

pleasant harmony

as a train bell rings

 

The colors are bright

yellow, orange, and red hues

my soul is nourished

observing the beautiful view

 

I am one with nature

on this cool fall afternoon

basking in the colors

my soul is in tune

 

My soul is refreshed

the fogginess is lifted

a crisp fall day

a full life being gifted

 

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

 

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Final: The Continuing And Joyful Adventures in Life

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It was the final day of working at this job. The road to retirement had been a long one and I was excited that this day had finally come. There was a cake and some balloons on the table. A host of friends and family attended the event and there were some tears shed as we celebrated the end of the long road. It was a wonderful day that came and went with joy.

The next morning I got up and began to ponder on what to do next in my life. Final is never the end of things. It is just a transition into the next phase of life. That is a wonderful concept.

I began to look at all the dreams that had seemed impossible in the past due to work and family obligations. Now the journey through life seemed new and exciting. All things seemed possible again just like when I was a young person. Now was the question of what was the dream to pursue.

Volunteering my time to organizations that matched my ideal world seemed like a good place to begin. As the weeks went by I began to spend time at many organizations. For a while this plan worked and I was busy doing odd jobs for these organizations.

After a few months this work did not match the goals that I had for my life. My life was consumed again and there was no time to pursue other passions. Final became another transition as I chose to work at only one organization and decrease the amount of time spent there.

The next passion I decided to pursue was fitness. It seemed like the perfect time to get into shape. Through the years my passion for desserts and other wonderful high fat foods had finally caught up with me. I began walking each day and revised my diet. For a while this was actually fun.

I learned to cook food that was healthy and tasted good. It was an enlightening experience to realize that my food tasted as well as some of the restaurants that I had frequented in the past. My food was healthier with less fat and sugar. The pounds began to melt off and my health improved dramatically. This was a good final in the health realm for me.

As a child riding a bicycle had been a fun activity. I can remember the sense of freedom at having that first set of wheels. The neighborhood had become an adventure and the hills of where I grew up were fun to coast down. Picking up riding a bicycle again was a fun experience. There were a few falls along the way. I never forgot how to ride a bicycle but gaining balance again took a little time.

My home is near a reservoir with a lot of trails for walking and bicycle riding. The trails offer a vast array of beautiful views. Riding these trails crossing the water renewed my soul. There was peace in these valleys and beautiful scenery. This is when photography entered my life.

I bought a small camera and began taking pictures on my rides. It seemed that every place along the trails had a story to tell. Taking photographs seemed like an excellent way to capture the moments. There are birds in the water resting on perches enjoying the sun filled days. The trees along the trails have seen many years of visitors and have been home to many forms of wildlife. The photographs seem to capture some of their stories.

I had never written anything other than business letters through my life. Writing for fun had never been something that I had considered until now. Looking at the photographs from my travels it seemed like there was more of a story to tell. I wondered if writing stories about the life around me might be a passion worth pursuing.

That is how this blog came into being. The new journey through life seems like a story that needs to be told. This phase of life has so many exciting twists and turns. I hope that most of them will be entertaining and positive. So far this journey has been filled with laughter and few tears.

Final is what we call the transitions through life. There is a final day of  high school, a final day of college, a final day of work, and eventually a final day in the physical existence of this world. But for every final there is a new journey to be experienced. Hopefully it will be a fun and fulfilling one.

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Maze: Decisions to Be Made Upon Graduation

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Our life is filled with mazes which can be fun or confusing. The puzzles that accompany this time of year are filled with wonder. Many students will be graduating from high school or college this month. Their lives will be a maze of discovery.

The high school graduate has been guided by their parents through the mazes of the school years. Each school grade has a set of content to be mastered by the students in the school year. Everything is regimented and there is a clear map to the end of the maze. This is a wonderful and fun time in life. School dances and sports will be remembered and talked about for a lifetime.

The day comes for graduation and the high school graduate is faced with decisions for the future. Which maze in life to take has filled the mind of the graduate for months and now the time has come for a decision to be made. Does the graduate go to college or a vocational program or perhaps immediately enter the workforce?

If college or the vocational program is the high school graduate’s choice then which school enters into the maze? For some graduates this is an easy choice having had a revelation of what to study early in life. Other graduates will have a difficult decision due to not having a clear idea of what to do in life. The maze will be more of an adventure for these graduates.

For the high school graduate that chooses to immediately enter the work force the maze will  also be an adventure. The process of finding a job can be a confusing task filled with resume writing, filling out job applications, and finally the job interview. Successful navigation of this maze requires guidance and a willingness to learn from other people.

The next group of graduates come from the college or vocational school settings. These students have pursued higher education in specific interests and are now on the threshold of exiting the maze of school into the real world. The time to move into the new maze of life has come.

These graduates face the same learning experiences as the high school graduate who entered the work force years earlier. Their focus will be on a career path based on the specific interests studied in school. Like the high school graduate entering the work force a job will be found and the maze of life in the real world will begin.

In the next phase of life graduates must learn to navigate the maze of living in the real world. The parents of these graduates will offer advice when needed but the main focus is now on independence. This is an exciting time in life.

The path to independence is a fun maze to enter filled with twists and turns. Learning to live on a new income can be a daunting task. There is no longer the safety net of parental income. The graduate will learn to navigate this maze with pride and a sense of accomplishment.

Searching for the first apartment is an exciting adventure. The graduate searches for something within a budget based upon income. There are many different apartments with differing lifestyle options to choose from. This maze may be taken individually or with a group of people looking to share living expenses. Learning to navigate this maze is an exciting adventure.

The next maze encountered by young graduates is the option to get married following graduation or to live independently as a single adult. Both options hold exciting possibilities.

The young graduate opting to marry immediately has a partner to share the journey of the maze. The twists and turns in this maze include learning to live as a couple and possibly childbearing. The adventure turns to searching for independence and stability in the maze.

The young graduate choosing to remain single for a while may experience the maze of adventure. The young graduate may choose a career that allows for travel. This can be an exciting time in a young person’s life. There is the challenge of living in different places for a short amount of time. This maze requires planning to navigate the twists and turns  of life. It can be an amazing experience.

Mazes continue throughout life. Choosing to go into life’s mazes with the sense of wonder and excitement makes the journey more pleasant. Some mazes will be difficult with many twists and turns. All of this is just part of our journey through life.

 

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

 

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Temporary: A Lifetime Journey of Transition- How Are We Affected

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Our journey through life is filled with transitions. The world around us is constantly changing and demanding a response from us. From the time that we are born till our final breath we are in transition. Some of the changes are fun and automatic. Others are filled with challenges that change the structure of our lives.

As our lives begin we are completely dependent upon other people. The love and caring that we receive from people has a profound effect on our future. If we are well cared for then the journey of life is positive and the transition to independence is wonderful. Unfortunately the journey of life may be cut short if we are surrounded by neglect and abuse.

The journey continues through our young lives as we become more independent. Transitions such as birthday parties, school days, and award for achievement in a specific interest are celebrated. This is a joyful time in a person’s life.

Soon the years pass and it is time for graduation from high school. This is an important transition in the journey of life. There are decisions to be made that will determine the course of a person’s life. This transition is usually filled with joy as the young person ventures into the world to pursue their life’s work. The challenges ahead are marked with great anticipation and excitement. It is a wonderful time to be alive.

The next stage in the journey of life is affected by the circumstances surrounding a person. An individual in a positive environment will transition into a comfortable life expressing love and positive change in the world. These people will be involved in their community making life better in the environment around them. Often these efforts will extend to other places in the world making the circumstances of other people better.

The opposite is often true of individuals in a negative environment. The circumstances of these people have the potential to transition into violence, poverty, and crime. These issues can be spread outside the community into the outside world. War may break out and the circumstances of these people become worse. The journey to peace and comfort in life may seem out of reach.

Middle age in the majority of people sees transitions that are positive and negative. Some people have progressed through life smoothly and have not experienced serious life challenges. It is often difficult for these people to relate to the anxiety and devastation of these challenges.

Divorce is common in this age group as people come to a crossroads in life. Many feel that the choices made early in life are not fulfilling and they divorce their spouses in search of an elusive goal. This is a devastating transition for everyone involved and the outcome is often not what was imagined.

Some people in middle life have experienced job loss. This is a difficult transition in their lives. The road to new employment may be long and challenging. The new job may come at a lower salary or in a new field in which they are not familiar. Many people will not face this challenge well and the results are devastating to their lives. Some of the new challenges may be loss of self-worth and financial loss. Recovery is possible but a change in the way life is viewed is required.

Other people in middle age choose to transition to a life of service and improve the community around them. These people see community transformation as a way to redeem themselves from the perceived mistakes of the past. Working with a positive attitude leads to a productive life and improvement of well-being.  Generally this will lead to a better life for all people involved.

The next transition in life is becoming a senior citizen. For many people this is an exciting time in life. Now there is the time and resources to search and accomplish interests that were delayed due to work or family obligations. There is great peace and joy in this part of life’s journey.

In a person’s senior years there is a passing on of knowledge to the younger generation. It is a time for reflection on one’s life. The transitions through life are examined and words of wisdom are spoken.

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The final transition is the passing from this world. It is the hope of most people that this will be peaceful and with dignity. If we are fortunate the transitions of life will be remembered and celebrated. Our journey through life was exciting and wonderful.

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

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