Can You Live a Life of No Regrets? #BeWoW #WritersQuoteWednesday #WQWWC

It’s been quite a while since I’ve made the time to contribute to the BeWoW/Writers Quote Wednesday effort – too long. But life seems to get in the way often these days and I just haven’t.  But a thought has been nagging me for a while so here we go …

George Burns

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 Back in the 1980s I recall seeing George Burns on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson being his usual, unpredictable, hilarious self during an interview. Mr. Burns answered a question from Carson which I can’t recall , but will never forget his answer:

“Don’t believe everything they tell you. I use salt. I smoke 15 cigars a day. I have three or four martinis a day. If I don’t like the food, I send for ketchup. I’m almost 90 and I have no regrets.”

Being young and naive I was inspired; this was how I was going to live my life: with no regrets! And I managed do that for a while – until I got older and wiser and realize just how badly I’d failed my attempt to do this. (For those interested, you can find similar quotes like this one on the web.)

The other night as I was putting my grandson to sleep I sang an old hymn to him, one that I’ve sung him to sleep with for years. But on this night he asked about its meaning, which I explained to him. I was happy he remembered the song and was interested in it,but it reminded me of how much better I could have done with my own children if I had spent less time at work and more time with them: one of my a biggest regrets I have.

I’m glad that I have had the opportunity to make up for some of that time, though it was with a high cost. And I look forward to being a bigger presence in my grandsons (the one here now and the one coming in July) in a positive, godly way. 

Regrets are, in my opinion, inevitable; we are human and we falter and make mistakes. The most important things are how we recognize, respond, and recover when we do fail. Whatever it is that needs done, do it in humility, love, and with great urgency. And learn from them! Don’t waste precious time on regrets; recognize, respond, and recover from them and move on. Life is too short to live in the past. 

Written with Love: a #haiku 

I’m having trouble sleeping tonight. It’s one of those nights when I can’t shutdown my brain; words and thoughts running rampant, begging to be used. From this jumble came this poem:

hours are spent writing
poems haiku short stories
lovingly crafted

It probably doesn’t show very often but when I write I do put a lot of time and love into what I’m writing. Granted, sometimes things just “come” and I fire them off like a rifle’s bullet. But usually I proof read and edit … and repeat. 

Sometimes it’s looking for that perfect word. Or just to thin it out some. But mostly it’s because I love writing and don’t want to publish anything that is, in my eyes, subpar, diminishing the written word. There’s too much of that today without me adding to it. That might be why I don’t publish more than I do …

We Create

This morning I ran across a haiku by Al the Author I really enjoyed. It also happened to be linked to a writing prompt I’ve been meaning to join in on but keep forgetting from The Secret Keeper

Well, there’s no time like the present (before I forget again!) to toss my poem in the writing-ring:

a gift
a handmade work
or a poetic verse
love is the reason we create
not coin

Unlike Al, I wasn’t able to get all five words in a haiku; kudos to him again for that!

(Written in the Cinquain form.)

Love Heals All #QOTD

Today is day two of the Three Day Quote Challenge that Meredith invited me to participate in. 

The quote I’m sharing today is another one I saved from my Twitter feed some time ago. It was unattributed so I did a little searching to find the original source; I think credit should go to whom even it belongs so I do that a lot.   


“Love can melt the hardest heart, heal the wounds of the broken heart and quiet the fears of the anxious heart.”- Joyce Meyer

 You’re getting off easy today as I think this quote speaks volumes of truth and needs no real commentary; look out tomorrow though! LOL 

Love #OctPoWriMo Sept #Poem

The prompt for yesterday’s OctPoWriMo was love. I blew my streak but made myself write a Sept for it today. (I didn’t feel great yesterday and today have a full-blown cold {pun intended}.)

Can be
Sweet, gentle
Wonderful bliss
As well as

If I have the inspiration (and loose the headache) I hope to write something for today, too. (If you read my blog you know I published a BeWoW/Writers Quote Wednesday post earlier today but that was pre-written: all I had to do was insert the links.)

For more information about the the Sept from please take a look-see HERE

Day 7 Journey: a #haiku #OctPoWriMo 

As I began to ponder on this seventh day of OctPoWriMo there was but on thought on my mind: my wife and the journey we have lived together the last (almost) 27 years.  

young and ignorant

we set out on our journey

never looking back

At the tender age of 20 we began this trip, having been strangers a mere months before we were wed. It seems like no one expected us to “make it” – but we did. Through the great times and the very lowest of low times, we pulled together; pulling together is the difference between those who “make it” and those whose roads divide. And to this day, of all the things that I could’ve, should’ve, would’ve done differently in my life, making her my wife is the one thing I am most certain I did right

Day 5 #OctPoWriMo 

Day five of OctPoWriMo brings the thought of love and relationships. I don’t support there’s a person alive that’s not written at least one love poem at some point in their life. So this should be a fairly easy prompt, and yet, as the post suggests, love and relationships are so simple and complex at the same time that it isn’t always just that easy to capture their true essence in words. 

The thought came to my mind, as I pondered in this, about the times in our lives when we know the answer to a question or situation we have in front of us. And yet we also know that the answer we have isn’t what our loved one wants or needs to hear. How do we respond to these situations?

words can wound the soul

some are better left unsaid

but not I love you

Hopefully we always respond in a a loving, caring way, one that edifies the other, putting their needs before our own. 

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:3-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Breathing: #BeWoW #blogshare

In case you’re not familiar with the term BeWoW, click HERE for more information on it. 

Breathing is obviously something we all always have to do if we expect to continue living. For most healthy folks it’s completely involuntary: we inhale air and exhale carbon dioxide. You can’t only inhale nor can you only exhale because this exchange of gases/materials is vital to our very existence. While I’ve been referring to breathing in the physical, natural sense, we also have to breath spiritually, too, in order to live a healthy spiritual life. 

The Bible teaches us that God breathed the breath of life into Adam after He made him. 

Genesis 2:7 Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.

And mankind has been inhaling the air God made ever since. But God also gives us spiritual life and we inhale His essence daily. This breathing is our prayer life.

With each breath we breathe in more of His nature and are sustained spiritually. But like our physical breathing, we also need to exhale spiritually; releasing back into the world and people around us the goodness we have taken in from Him. 

we breath in God’s grace,
love, mercy, tender kindness
are what we exhale

As we breath spiritually we become more like Christ Jesus, both as we inhale (take in) His good gifts and as we exhale (give off) His characteristics as we grow and become more like Him. 

Breath deeply today and everyday. And enjoy the benefits of both inhaling and exhaling. 

Matthew 7:12 “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.

Dinner Talk: a tanka/tan renga

This week’s tan renga challenge brought me, well, a real challenge! I didn’t particularly identify with with hokku so I had to chew on it a bit; a little joke there which you’ll understand when you read the first three lines of the poem! As always for this type of writing, the first three lines are written by another author (this time the famous Japanese poet Basho) and the last two, to complete the tanka, by me. 

boiled rice slop
his old lady fans the treat
with evening coolness (Basho)

attention turns from dinner
diffused by loving laughter