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Take Joy!!


Take Joy!!

Day #10 in the A-Z series,
“Add Meaning and Purpose to Life”

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Just grab that JOY hand
Squeeze it tightly to your heart
Reaching out’s the start

You Have Joy to Give Away

Wanna know how to add
More meaning to your day?
Share your happiness with others
In a humble, heart-felt way.

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Find a way to supplement
The meager lives of others;
Reach out in joy-filled love
To your sisters and your brothers.

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Recognize the hurting;
Look deeply into their eyes.
Acknowledge all humanity,
The wise – and the otherwise!

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You may see someone you think
Is just a lazy, scrounging bum;
But look beneath the surface
To what makes their progress numb.

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Avoid judging the covers
That hide the real inside.
Look beneath the surface;
Look beneath the needy hide.

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Your joy is a gift you have
That’s meant to be shared each day.
Smiles and hugs cost nothing,
But their worth is more than we can say.

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Read to a child or sit with a friend
Who needs your attention today.
Look for the one who needs you most.
You have joy to be given away!

What is Truth?


T elling

R eal

U nderstandings,

T alking

H onestly

And how can we tell who’s telling the truth? How can we know who’s being honest? Each talks from his/her own understanding, right? Each tells his/her own truth. Are there any absolutes these days?

So, lie detector test results aren’t allowed in court, huh? So that means you don’t have to take one?

So, the FBI doesn’t draw conclusions, huh? So that means you should not ask them to investigate?

So, one side points fingers at the other side. And nobody believes anybody else any more.

What is Truth anyway?

Music Unites but Words Can Divide


Well, not all words divide. But think about it. Words are divided into different languages and when we don’t understand our neighbors’ words, their “foreign language” divides us.

Music, on the other hand, is universal. A staff of 5 lines with a treble clef or a bass clef on it contains notes that can be understood and played world-wide. The universality of music unites us.

Earlier this week I wrote about how music and words are similar. But today I am contemplating the ways they are different. Take the words away from the music and just play the notes. A guitar speaks universally. A piano has the same black and white keys in Montana or Madagascar. A violin sings the same song in New York or New Guinea.

Tonight I almost missed the chance to publish a blog today. I was too wrapped up in my favorite TV program: The Voice. Why do I love it so much that I tape it so I’m sure I don’t miss an episode? It’s all about the sound. The music. The voice. The judges don’t get to SEE the artist until they decide they like what they hear, and they turn their chair around.

Some artists get no chair turns. He or she could be the world’s most beautiful person, but the music coming out of them is the chair-turning determiner.

A variety of musical genres are represented. Country, jazz, blues, pop, folk. Tonight the ages of the artists ranged from 13 to 40-something. Age is not the determining factor. Music speaks to every heart. We may like the sound or not, but beautiful music unites across all ages, race, gender, religions.

We may have our favorite genre. But we are united in the harmony of sound and the appreciation of a great performance.

Do you tune in to The Voice? If not, do yourself a favor. Stop and listen. Let 13 year-old Kennedy inspire you. Let beautiful Radha amaze you. Fly with “The Clark Kent” of music as you rock to the range of Patrique. This is going to be a great season!

Don’t let the judges bantering words divide you. Let us all be united in awe of the musical talent of these inspiring performers.

Are you with me?

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