I’ve published this verse before, but it’s one of my favorites when thinking of the New Year. this time I downloaded an image from Pixabay and did a little artwork. 🙂
I’ve shut the door on Yesterday,
Its sorrows and mistakes;
I’ve locked within its gloomy walls
Past failures and heartaches.
And now I throw the key away
To seek another room,
And furnish it with hope and smiles,
And every springtime bloom.
No thought shall enter this abode
That has a hint of pain,
And every malice and distrust
Shall never therein reign.
I’ll shut the door on Yesterday,
And throw the key away—-
Tomorrow holds no doubt for me,
Since I have found Today.
No grumbling, no sulking, no feuding, no fighting, But looking and planning for things to delight in! No hating the state of the world every minute, But seeking and finding the beauty that’s in it. No worrying, letting your troubles confound you, But laughing and liking the people around you!
The Ragtag Daily Prompt this morning, selected by yours truly, is FUGACIOUS. A cousin to FUGITIVE, this word means FLEETING. I didn’t realize when I set up that post last week just how real it would become to me. I’d expected, and hoped, to have many more years to enjoy visiting with my sister Rose, but she left us early this morning.
Anyway, the verse I based this prompt word on:
TIME by Robert Herrick
Gather ye rosebuds as ye may, Old Time is still a-flying, and this same flower that smiles today tomorrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun, the higher he’s a-getting; the sooner will his race be run and nearer he is to setting.
The age is best which is the first, when youth and blood are warmer but being spent, the worse and worst Time still succeed the former.
Then be not coy, but use your time, and while ye may, go marry, for having lost but once your prime you may forever tarry.
The Ragtag prompt this morning is MIXED FEELINGS, and these we certainly have. We have planned our own family Christmas for tomorrow and were looking forward to that with anticipation. But yesterday we got a call from my niece telling us that my sister’s time on this earth is coming to an end.
Rose went into the hospital Nov 25th with an infection and it’s been roller coaster battle, at times gaining, then getting hit with a second infection. According to my niece, her mom’s body can’t seem to fight it any more and the family has been called together. Barring a miraculous recovery, she’ll be with us only a short time.
So we are preparing to make a journey back to Moose Jaw, our old stomping grounds, as it were. The place my husband and I were married almost fifty years ago and lived some of our first married years. We hope the weather will be favorable for this trip and would appreciate your prayers during these next few days.