I’m so moved by Amanda Clark’s art and thankful to have found it through “Purple Rays.”
Amanda’s beautiful work reminds me of the poem, “Wild Geese,” by Mary Oliver, especially the line about letting the “soft animal of your body love what it loves.” It whispers welcome home. Here’s the poem:
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
Today’s prompt for Just Jot it January is “Spangly,” provided by Judy at http://www.edwinasepisodes.com/ and brought to you by Rosemary Carlson standing in for Linda Hill of https://lindaghill.com/2017/01/05/jusjojan-daily-prompt-jan-5th17/
Spangly is not a word I’ve used, not that I can remember, though I’ve sung “spangled” in the Star Spangled Banner, singing in private or with a group. In my habitual desire to be accurate, I looked up spangled, then spangle. Apparently, a spangle is like or can be synonymous with sequin.
In spite of my desire for accuracy, which I blame/thank on all those star-spangled Star Trek episodes I watched in my youth, I have a lighter side – the side that likes glitter and sparkles, and I guess spangles, but spangles sound bigger. I’m still trying to understand that word. (See there’s the accurate, Vulcan-like side again.)
The lighter side of me likes to leave the Christmas tree up at least until Martin Luther King day, sometimes later, like until spring buds start to emerge. It depends on how busy I am with other things. Un-decorating is always a gradual process for me. If I did it all at once, things would seem sparse, bare, empty compared to Christmas. Leaving the Christmas decorations up as long as I feel like is part of loving me, too. I love to look at the colored lights – the sparkles, and yes, the spangles. The only reason I don’t leave the tree up all year long, and decorate it for each holiday, is that I live in a small house and by spring, I’m ready for less clutter and more space.
But for now, I’m enjoying the sparkles and spangles and reminders of the star of Bethlehem that the wise men and shepherds followed leading to the epiphany of Jesus.
Now I’m feeling all spangly.
Wishing you light, love, and as Spock would say, “Live long and prosper.”
Here are the rules for Just Jot it January:
1. It’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it can even be a grocery list) counts as a “Jot.” If it makes it to your blog that day, great! If it waits a week to get from a sticky note to your screen, no problem!
2. The prompts will be posted every day at 2am my time (GMT -5). You don’t have to follow the prompt word, but this will be where you leave your link for others to see. Make sure you link your post to the correct day’s prompt. There will be a post like this every day except Wednesday, when the prompt is simply my One-Liner Wednesday, and Saturday, when you’ll find the prompt on my usual Friday Reminder post for Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS).
3. As long as your blog is on WordPress, you’ll be able to link via pingback. To execute a pingback, just copy the URL from the daily prompt post, and paste it anywhere in your post. Check to make sure your link shows up where you want it to, and go back occasionally to see other bloggers’ entries – the more you visit others, the more they’ll visit you! If you’re participating from another blogging host, just drop a link into the comment section. Note: The newest pingbacks and comments will be at the top.
4. Tag your post JusJoJan and/or #JusJoJan.
5. Write anything! Any length will do! It can even be a photo or a drawing – you’re going to title it, right? There’s your jot!
6. The prompts are here both to remind you and to inspire you to write. However, you don’t have to use the prompt word of the day. You can link any kind of jot back here. Even your shopping list. Note: If it’s 18+ content, please say so in a comment with your link.
7. If you’d like to, use the JusJoJan badge (above) in your post so that others can find your post more easily.
8. Have fun!
“Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.”
This comes from a list of 19 Inspiring Power Quotes by Oprah Winfrey.
You can find 12 more inspiring quotes by women (including Oprah) at Anything is Possible!
One-Liner Wednesday and Just Jot it January are hosted by Linda Hill.
“Sometimes I act just as juvenile as I ever did,
but as I get older, I do it for shorter periods of time.”
(Sometimes it’s okay to act juvenile, if it’s done lovingly.- JS)
One-liner Wednesday is the brain-child of Linda G. Hill. You can find her, and more one-liners, as well as the guidelines for OLW, at:
“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”
Gene Wilder, as Willy Wonka
Rest in peace, Gene Wilder. Except when you want to keep ’em laughing.
One-liner Wednesday is brought to you by Linda G. Hill who has a great quote from one of Gene Wilder’s best movies at https://lindaghill.com/2016/08/31/one-liner-wednesday-my-favourite-movie/
Here are the rules:
1. Make it one sentence. (I’m hoping a little commentary is okay.)
2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.
3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.
4. Add our very cool badge to your post for extra exposure!
5. Have fun!
For most of my life, I’ve felt like the girl in the middle – watching, worrying, and wondering if I can do that, and if I can do it the right way. If I had ever taken ballet, I would definitely have been her, because learning choreographed dance moves has always been hard for me. It took me years and extra practice to even learn the simple Electric Slide. Once I learn it, I have it down pretty good, though.
Let me go practice that slide, to make sure……. Well, I might need a refresher.
Occasionally, I’ve been like the girl in between the middle girl (the old me) and the girl on the right, the one who is doing it correctly. I love the approval I get when I’m a “good girl.”
But I’ve rarely been the girl on the right. Oh, I’ve thought about it, imagined doing things differently, breaking outside the box, but my default position has been to be careful. That girl on the right, she might get yelled at. I hate to get yelled at. She might be told she is not a good dancer.
Though I’m not good at structured, programed dancing, where everyone is doing the same thing, I’m
not bad great at free style movement, especially in the privacy of my own living room.
But this isn’t just about dancing, is it? I need to stop worrying about people being mad at me, or thinking I’m not good at….whatever it is I want to do. I just need to do what feels right and good to me. Because I’m not a little girl anymore, and time is zipping along.
(I found this photo/meme on Facebook, so if it’s yours, please let me know. It was too good to pass up.)
Happy Labor Day!
I changed my name here on my blog, because I like the name JoAnna better.
And because I can.
I can also share this funny that made me LOL even though I don’t remember who’s blog I found it on. If it was yours, please let me know, so I can give you credit and link it back to you!
What would you wear in your dream job?
Enjoy your Labor Day!