Trying to Put Him First

I have finally figured out what my goal is 2019. It is a lofty one, and one that nobody can really fully because we are imperfect human beings. I can improve on it and strive for higher things by putting God first more often.  I get in my own way too often by putting my own wants ahead of Him. This came to my mind due to a graduation given 2017 by Denzel Washington that I happened to watch. It a beautiful, eloquent speech. He talks about being thankful for each blessing that we receive, even before we receive it. Here is the link:

https://www.bing.com/videos/searchq=put+god+first+denzel+washington&view=detail&mid=A802A4CF4E4BEC2F5B54A802A4CF4E4BEC2F5B54&FORM=VIRE

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Where the White Wolves Dance — thehouseofbailey

 

I loved this poem and its beautififul word imagery, so I posted it from the Reader! I love word that create pictures in the heart and mind! Thank you Scott!

By Scott Bailey © 2014 A ring of solid light Hovers just above the ground Spinning with infinity Casts glamour all around This is Where the white wolves dance It is said the be the child Of the seed of forbidden fruit Born from secret knowledge Found on a hidden a hidden route Around it […]

via Where the White Wolves Dance — thehouseofbailey

A Story of Hope & Looking Up

I watch the CBS Evening News each Friday to watch the final segment, Steve Hartman’s “Stories from the Road” to hear good news for a change of pace. For 31-year-old Jermaine Wilson of Leavenworth, Kansas, he hit rock bottom by going to prison for dealing drugs. However, he used the time well; he now speaks at his old elementary school to help children believe in a brighter tomorrow. He also has two day jobs, he helps people who just come out of prison obtain good jobs. Wilson also has become the Mayor of Leavenworth recently. He credits his time of incarceration for helping him get closer to God and getting his life on a much more positive track  through volunteering and  community activism. I just want to point out that you can still rise, even if you had the worst start in life. If you are down in the pit, you may as well look up. It beats looking down! If you want to see and hear the whole story, here is the link:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kansas-mayor-jermaine-wilson-was-once-in-prisons-maximum-security-wing/

Remember, your story can always be added to and reframed for the better by looking up and having supports around you! This creates HOPE!Hope endures

Wal-Mart Has No Heart

In a tiny community called Bonny Lake, WA., about 30 miles outside of Seattle, Brandi Hanvoid has been working at Wal-Mart as a greeter for the last 11 years. There is nothing so unusual about that; after all, Wal-Mart employs many people. However, Brandi was thrown from a car as a result of a car accident, causing her to have a traumatic brain injury. She loves her job as a greeter and it has been a major part of her life and a primary social outlet for her.

Speaking from my personal experience, it takes major planning to get somewhere on time and I live in a bigger city with nicer pavement than Bonny Lake. When one has to solely depend on the public paratransit system, as both Brandi and I do, wetter and colder whether makes it even more of a challenge to arrive on time. Yet, she cares so much about her job that she has traveled the four miles to Wal-Mart in her power chair when paratransit has been unable to take her to work. County roads are not in as good of shape as those in a city and much tougher to negotiate than city roads with any sort of mobility device. Wal-Mart gave her no accommodation. Suddenly, Wal-Mart fired her due to tardiness and absenteeism. This was not a new issue for her, so what changed? What caused Wal-Mart to let her go after 11 years?

This concerns me as I look for work and as others with disabilities try to work. We try very hard to accommodate the world around us. I wish this world would have a little more compassion!

https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/disabled-walmart-greeter-fired-after-public-transit-delays-led-to-too-many-late-days/909006859

 

Homework Help to Make It Less Stressful

Whether your child has special needs, ADHD etc., homework can be a difficult time for the parent and the child. As a kid, I used to put off my most challenging subject to the last because I hated Math so much. That was not a great strategy because I was I was tired by that time. Here is a video with good suggestions that may make it easier. Granted, creating a calm place to do homework may be hard to do in a small place like an apartment. Do the best you can. Options 4 and 5 are very helpful. Do you have any ideas or comments?children doing homework

 

https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/homework-study-skills/video-5-ways-to-reduce-homework-stress-for-you-and-your-child-with-learning-and-attention-issues

 

2 Haikus in One

2 Haikus in One

Noah’s Dove
Sign of peace and love,
Sent from the ark, Noah’s dove,
Returned until she found grass.

 

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Sage Equates to Wisdom

A sage one is wise,
Not a fool in grand disguise,
Like wine from the vine.

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #236 Sage&Vine

 

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