Friday, November 18, 2011

I'M FINE, HOW ARE YOU?

Today's blog concerns itself with that old greeting, "How are you?"  We hear it many times during the course of a day and will respond with this blog's title, I'm fine, how are you?"  Why is it that we utter this predictable response?  I believe it's because we realize that responding with a laundry list of our less than positive ailments or issues, well, no one really wants to know, and if they're sincerely interested, then what do they say?  More importantly, what good does it do?  Complaining never does any good.

I usually advocate honesty in all one's dealings, but in this case, it's best to answer with the canned response that we're "fine."  Besides, concentrating on the negative never does anybody good, ourself included.   And that is the lead in to this blog entry entitled...


COMPLAINT DEPARTMENT
by Patty Lynn

So many with their greeting
Add this, "so how've you been?"
Though tempted you say, "oh, I'm fine,
How've you been lately, friend?"

And he responds, "oh, I've been fine.
Twas nice to see you, friend."
And so it goes, for we all know,
Complaining's where it ends.

For no one really wants to hear
Your laundry list of woes,
The aches and pains that bother you
From head down to your toes.

Besides complaining does no good,
Won't change the situation.
But fortunately there's one whose glad
To hear each aggravation?

Your Lord above who loves you so
Is always poised and ready
To hear from you, no matter what,
His care is strong and steady.

He knows exactly how you've been,
Is glad to hear your voice,
He can effect improvement, too.
He's always your best choice...

To share your triumphs, sorrows, too,
Your trials and tribulations.
He understands just how you feel
In every situation.

Take comfort, He knows everything,
Today and, yes, tomorrow.
He's always there, to always care,
Through happiness and sorrow.

Friday, November 4, 2011

A SMILE MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE

I actually had written two new poems back in September when I husband and I went to Door County for our wonderful Honeycrisp Apples, but the days keep getting away from me. So today I thought I'd share one of them with you.

The inspiration for this poetic contribution is Bradford Thompson, my Dad. He was a guy who could always find the humor in this unpredictable life of ours. A day didn't go by without a good laugh, sometimes even at his own expense.

He's been gone some 20+ years but I still think of him often. He had many health issues which started with a heart-attack at 42. But I'm sure if you could ask him he'd say he didn't have it too bad. I attribute that to his acute sense of humor and I'm happy to say he passed that on to me. If you're feeling down today, feeling that the last thing in the world you want to do is smile, do it anyway. You'll be surprised by the way just turning up the corners of your mouth can effect you. Try it.

A GOOD LAUGH
by Patty Lynn

You've heard it said that laughter is
A medicine of sorts.
"It cures you when you're feeling down,"
This saying, it purports.

I'd have to say that I agree.
A good laugh is, well, cleansing.
It clears your head, puts cares to bed.
Aids worried hearts in mending.

My dad's the one who proved to me
The value of some laughter.
He'd make a joke and pretty soon
Your laughs would fill the rafters.

He'd not diminish how you felt,
He'd listen, empathize,
But had a way of wiping 'way
The tears that filled your eyes.

He truly could reverse your frown
Replace it with a smile.
For staying stuck, in worries rut,
Was surely not his style.

His recipe for happiness:
God's love, a smile, add prayer,
And don't forget, you're not alone
'Cause He is always there.

So take a tip from dear ol' dad.
Life's much too short to gripe.
Treasure your day in every way
You'll make each burden light...

If only you depend on Him
He's there to lift your sorrow.
A smile today assures that you...
Can conquer your tomorrow!