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If it be but just a trace…


If it be but just a trace I leave in this world,

not a footprint for some to find or follow,

if it be but just an impression, my words or deeds

said or done once upon a time or place,

or even just a hope it be remembered today,

or maybe even tomorrow,

it is enough. I’ll not seek to strive for more,

for it may be just a trace

that impacts another’s life, or just tucked inside their heart.

Then it will be a life well lived,

not one gone with remorse or regret,

for that trace, I leave behind

is enough because it’s mine.

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Joyce E. Johnson © 2017

This post was done for the Daily Post word prompt. https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/trace/


Hurry! Shoot me, quick!

Winter is coming.

He looked my way, his mouth full.

“Wait please! One moment.”

“Let me get my camera.”

A quick shot. Then time to flee.

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Joyce E. Johnson (2016)

This is my post for today’s one word prompt for The Daily Post word prompt.

Remembering that special member of our family

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When a Dog Steals Your Heart

 

When a dog steals your heart

it becomes that kind of love

where a bond of mutual trust

is formed from the start.

It grows stronger through the years

and when it is his time

and your heart is filled with grief

you watch through your tears

as he’s quietly put to sleep.

You’re thankful for what you had

and the memories that you keep,

but now you say goodbye

after his last and final breath,

and when it’s time to part

you clutch his collar, leash and tags

like they’re pieces to his heart.

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Joyce E. Johnson (2016)

The above poem is one I wrote and shared a few years ago when we lost our beloved Titus, to cancer and epileptic attacks. After enjoying him for ten years since raising him from a pup we had to put him down, and grieved for a year over him before finally adopting another dog. We still miss Titus. Looking at recent pictures of a litter of yellow pups born to a breeder’s female dog I was reminded of our precious Titus Maximus, and all the happy moments and years we had with him. This post is inspired by the prompt given for today’s Daily Post Discovery challenge prompt. Animals are one of those special gifts God blesses us with, and our bond with them is never forgotten, and in many ways can even teach us how we can strengthen and fortify relationships with those in our circle of friends and family. Animals can teach us much about life, friendship, devotion, support and ways to relate to people in life. This post is done for the Daily Post prompt, here at; https://dailypost.wordpress.com/discover-challenges/animal/

When silence speaks louder than words

A silent response is often times the loudest, the unspoken message more clearly understood than a verbal one. Sometimes there is just nothing I can say in response to one’s perspective on something I have not formed a worthy opinion on. My silence is the only, and maybe the wisest response or reply I can give. The tongue is quick, and the mind a sharp retort, forming and verbalizing what often can be things we later regret, wish we had not said, and cannot take back.

Wisdom is something I have always sought, like Solomon in the Old Testament Bible when it was the one thing he asked of God more than anything else. And being silent is one of those things that is a part of applying wisdom to a situation when we just cannot help, or add something of significance to what is already done, or said. It is times like that when my silence on something is loudest by not adding my ‘two cents’ worth, or rather my ‘opinion,’ if it is something that would offend or add conflict.

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Joyce E. Johnson (2016)

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/silence/

Posted September 20, 2016 by Joyce in My Writings, The Daily Post

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Keeping an open mind, with an expectant heart

Too easy it seems we look for those things

that we think we will find

in those we’ve met,

things we’ve heard, or things we’ve read,

stories of those heard only and yet,

is it maybe we come with the thought of mind

that one, or a thing is expected to be

just what is said, and not what we find?

Can it be that our heart is too closed to receive

and our eyes not open

and we cannot believe,

that there is a beautiful person inside,

and they need your smile, or a word in kind

a heart given to love, not a nod in passing aside.

If you were alone, or became that one

and one walked in judgement

and refused to see

the person you are behind your cloak

that others see only,

not the treasure inside,

wouldn’t you wish to be loved too

for who you are; not the one they think you are?

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Joyce E. Johnson (2016)

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/discover-challenges/open-minded/

 

A mother who knew about ‘sacrifice’

 

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She sacrificed time for herself so she could spend it caring for a family with four kids. She sacrificed new dresses for herself so she could buy new dresses and shoes for my sisters and I for every special holiday and birthday. She sacrificed a paycheck earned so she could stay home to be a full-time mother, and wife to a full-time church pastor for over forty years. She gave up much so she could give to her family and others, because that was the kind of person and mother she was. Integrity, honesty and living her faith daily was evident in all that she did, and her legacy lived on through her children when she died. Because of her faith, her sacrifice and her character, we strived to be as good a mother as she for our own children.

Though now gone, she is never far from my thoughts when those special days come around like her birthday, Memorial Day, the day of her passing, Christmas time and Mother’s Day.

Here’s to you mom, on Mother’s Day. I know where you are, and I know too that Jesus celebrates these special times and days with you as He does every day, and I know I will see you again one day.

I learned much from my mother. There is no other job more important or wonderful to have than being a mother to the children one is blessed to have. To be home with my kids and be a full-time mother to them is a sacrifice I chose also for them, and never regretted making that kind of sacrifice.

Happy Mother’s Day to mothers out there who also sacrifice in ways to be the kind of mother God wants them to be.

Posted for The Daily Post, ‘Sacrifice’

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Joyce E. Johnson (2016)

‘Connection lost’

This is my response to The Daily Post

 

Whether by distance in virtual miles between when two who cannot come together often to nurture their relationship, or by something that intruded into a friendship causing a riff, there comes a time when one needs to put that one relationship in a ‘holding pattern’, or the pages of history. Use an opportunity to meet new people, build on a new foundation. Find a common interest.  Trying to hang on to, or resuscitate a broken or estranged relationship doesn’t always work.  Some are just not meant to be reestablished. It is better a part of the past, or history remembered in the ‘good old days’ of yesteryear, and keep good thoughts of the one lost. Some relationships are like a season in our life, or a chapter to the book I would call, ‘My Life; all of That and Who therein.’ Sometimes it is just important to start a new page, or chapter where we can begin with a fresh start, and connect with people who can speak into our lives something positive, lasting or not, giving us the opportunity to do the same.  One never can tell just who might come into our lives that makes that one opportunity or chance meeting all the worth while, and we’ve found a friend that accepts us the way we are, loves us where we are at, and encourages and inspires us in a way no one ever has.

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Joyce E. Johnson (2014)

Posted July 25, 2014 by Joyce in My Writings, The Daily Post

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