Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Jabber du Jour - October 27, 2004

HAIKU OF THE DAY
Let's shed these vipers,
their lies--you can climb higher
With a lighter load.

VERSES OF THE DAY
"You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him."
Matthew 12:34-25

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Matthew 11: 29-31

QUOTE OF THE DAY
"He who would travel happily must travel light."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Jabber du Jour - October 26, 2004

HAIKU OF THE DAY

You are...

I.
Fine art, revealing
Lush motion in stasis, truth
In every angle.

II.
A willing patient--
Grin at my diagnosis,
Submit to more tests.

III.
A version of me,
Or I of you, mirrored hearts,
Hungry, expectant.

IV.
Seagulls on the pier,
Desire suspended mid-air--
Deliberate delay.

V.
A trite metaphor
Never before concieved of--
My stroke of genius.

VERSE OF THE DAY
"He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend." Proverbs 22:11


QUOTES OF THE DAY
"Never explain--your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway. "
Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)

"We are advertis'd by our loving friends. "
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

"Hold a true friend with both hands."
Nigerian Proverb

Monday, October 25, 2004

Jabber du Jour - October 25, 2004

HAIKU OF THE DAY

I.
New moon tonight, but
Not a proud upright crescent
Slicing through night’s ink.

II.
This moon—humble cup,
orange, gently overturned,
Pouring out the stars.

VERSE OF THE DAY

"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?" Psalm 8:2-4

QUOTES OF THE DAY

"Language exerts hidden powers, like a moon on the tides."
-Rita Mae Brown, Starting from Scratch

"She used to drag her mattress besider her low window and lie awake for a long while, vibrating with excitement, as a machine vibrates from speed. Life rushed in upon her through that window - or so it seemed. In reality, of course, life rushes from within, not from without. There is no work of art so big or so beautiful that is was not once all contained in some youthful body, like this one which lay on the floor in the moonlight, pulsing with ardor and anticipation. "
-Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark

Friday, October 22, 2004

Jabber du Jour - October 22, 2004

HAIKU OF THE DAY
I'm single again--
Eyes open after deep sleep--
Gorgeous men abound.

VERSE OF THE DAY
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23

QUOTE OF THE DAY
"For a moment your eyes open and you know all the things I ever wanted you to know."

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Jabber du Jour - August 11, 2004

HAIKU OF THE DAY
List the Pros and Cons,
Break love down to a science--
Unflinching scalpel.

VERSE OF THE DAY
Jeremiah 19:11-14
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD , "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the LORD , "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the LORD , "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile."

QUOTE OF THE DAY
Remember a sense of humor does not mean that you tell him jokes, it means that you laugh at his.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Jabber du Jour - August 3, 2004

VERSE(S) OF THE DAY

Christ the Wisdom and Power of God
18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."20Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength. 26Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things -- and the things that are not -- to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him. 30It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
1 Corinthians 1:18-31

RELATED VERSES
"But let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD , who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the LORD." - Jeremiah 9:24

"Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish." -Isaiah 29:14

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Friendship is like peeing in your pants.......
Everyone can see it, but only you can feel its true warmth.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Jabber du Jour- July 27, 2004

HAIKU OF THE DAY
Performance Review:
Six months summed up in two hours--
Go on...Dissect me.
 
 
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes."
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), Walden 

VERSE OF THE DAY
"Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." -- Hebrews 12:1

Room to Be Lazy

I had my mid-year performance review this morning.  It was my sixth at my current company. It's never been a negative experience--more guidance for growth and oodles of praise than anything--but, historically, that fact  has not prevented me from being a total stress case the entire week leading up to the review. But this time, NADA. I forgot about it; I didn't even mention it as a prayer request at Bible study last night (although I did pray just beforehand).

Unexpectedly, I received a raise, albeit a small one.  I also received some praise for a job well done, which was another surprise since I've felt useless, unchallenged and restless over the last several months.  Praise and a raise. And yet this afternoon, I'm left with this horrible, dreadful feeling.  Like I'm one step deeper into the catacombs.

I think perhaps I disassociated from the review beforehand because I was expecting (possibly secretly hoping for) a negative review. If I had walked in there and he'd said, "What's going on with you? You really suck these days" it would have been a relief. It would have meant that my feelings of dissatisfaction were being reciprocated and I would have been released--no, pushed--to look elsewhere. I was prepared for that fact. I even brushed up my resume over the weekend, preparing to circulate it.

But sitting there in my boss's office, looking across his desk at his optomistic blue eyes, sparkling with words like "growth" and "progress," "mentorship" and "development", I felt my heart simultaneously leap and fall. I love that I'm appreciated at work. I am addicted to approval, I think. But that just makes it harder to walk away from this career I don't truly wish to pursue.

One part of me tells myself that I have it good: I garner decent wages and enjoy excellent benefits; I work for a non-blood-sucking company; I have freedom and autonomy in my position as well as room for growth; I'm earning more and more respect in the field; and the Biggie--I have a 2 minute commute (or 15 minutes if I'm walking). And I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth, whatever that means.

But another part of me--that part that has always pitied "those poor saps" in suits, trapped in an office all day, sucking off the corporate breast--hates that I've traded in personal satisfaction and creativity for stability and, let's face it, room to be lazy.

And that's just it, isn't it? I'm lazy. Either that or I don't trust God to do something bigger and more purposeful with my life. If that is the case, frankly, I don't deserve anything better.