Monday, February 27, 2012

ABC WEDNESDAY LETTER " G "



We're at the letter " G " and I decided to GIVE you a
GIFT called... GROWING older GRACEFULLY.

Lord, you know I am GROWING older.
Keep me from becoming talkative
and possessed with the idea that I
must express myself on every subject.
Release me from the craving to straighten out everyone's
affairs.



Keep me from the recital of endless detail.
GIVE me strength to GET to the point.

Seal my lips when I am inclined to tell of my aches and pains.
They are increasing with the passing years, and the love of
speaking of them GROWS sweeter as time GOES by.




Teach me the GLORIOUS lesson that occasionally
I may be wrong.
Make me thoughtful but not nosy.
Helpful but not bossy.



With my vast store of wisdom and experiences,
it does seem a pity not to use it all.
But you know, Lord,
that I do want a Few Friends
in the End!

Oh, how I wish I knew where I got this prayer.
I would love to GIVE that person the credit.
Sorry I don't.

In any case please enjoy and leave a comment .
It would be most appreciated.

Don't forget to enlarge the photos to see the detail.





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47 comments:

Ginny said...

I love this poem and have copied it! Your flower pictures are absolutely delicious!

Olivier said...

le printemps arrive tres vite, vos plantes sont superbes

jaylen watkins said...

It is very energetic and inspirational.

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Hilary said...

Goodness gracious.. these are gorgeous!

I love those poppy buds.

Sandra said...

hope i can remember all of this so i will not do it, even though i think i am already doing some of these things. love that first macro, so beautiful, and also the beetle in the flowers. the first photo does show the flowers growing old gracefully

Carver said...

Great post. I love all the shots and good words too. Carver, ABC Wednesday Team

Jane and Chris said...

A lesson to us all!
Jane x
PS Beautiful shots.

Luna Miranda said...

beautiful thoughts and flowers you shared.

Mar said...

Great and wise words! and beautiful pictures!

Gigi Ann said...

The pictures truly are Glorious. Great poem.

Thanks for the visit today.

Gigi Ann ABC Wednesday Team

Meryl said...

No Geraniums? LOL. Sweet post and photos.

Have a great week.

chubskulit said...

I wish that I could age gracefully too. I think that when you are talkative, it's a great thing.

Gold and Green
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team.

Roger Owen Green said...

GRACEFULLY - what a GREAT concept.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Annie said...

That prayer is wonderful! And your photos are so lovely. This post made me smile!

Reader Wil said...

That's a very important and beautiful prayer! Thank you so much. It is so true.
Have a great week.
Wil, ABC Wednesday Team.

EG Wow said...

GROW is a super G-word! Love the photo of the poppies getting ready to bloom.

Paula Scott said...

Beautiful photos and once again, clever prose! You always pack a lot of punch.

On behalf of the ABC Weds team, thank you for your participation this week!

Paula
ABC Weds. Team

Karen Schmautz said...

Lovely photos and I prayed that prayer right out loud. I love it.

imac said...

Wonderful shots and their beauty is beyond words.

Hildred and Charles said...

I have this on my fridge, - in full view as a constant reminder to myself..... It is called a 17th Century Nun's Prayer, but the source is unknown. Gorgeous flower pictures!

jill said...

Lovely poem and pics xx

Emille said...

From ABC -great G's! Where is Rocklin? I live on the border of Costa Mesa, 3/4 h. South of LA)

aka Penelope said...

Some folk Groan at the thought of getting older but the alternative I hear is quite Grave. :)

Carol said...

Oh gosh, this is a wonderful prayer....I am copying it and putting it on my fridge. Beautiful photos...love the drooping buds...

Leslie: said...

I've heard that poem before but I think I should print it out and put it everywhere in the house. lol Love your photos to go along with the great thoughts.

Leslie
abcw team

Island Rambles Blog said...

oh my gosh I really love this poem too and think that I am doing each one of those things daily..I should copy it...as always the photos are exceptional.

Ms. Burrito said...

Beautiful choices of words and photos.

Come see how GOOFY kids can be

Rajesh said...

Wonderful. You have knitted the words Gracefully.

Hazel said...

Beautiful photos. I love the first one and the bee on the yellow petals especially. And what a prayer! I'm going to share it with my choleric-sanguine mom. I think this was written especially for her and quite possibly for me too, at least a few years from now :)

Rinkly Rimes said...

A very good poem. I wish I could be sure I was going to follow its instructions. But I doubt if I will. Lovely photos too, by the way.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Grand post, that I should take to heart!

Anne said...

Wonderful prayer, I must file it away for future use myself :) Your photos are spectacular. I love the unfolding of the flower's life cycle.

KM said...

lovely photos :) and thanks for sharing the prayer, i'm making that my prayer too as i grow old each day :)

here for ABC Wednesday ^^

Joy said...

Beautiful textures in the photo, the yellow rose looks to be cushioning the bee (which at first glance I thought was a beetle, good job one of the commentators knew). Love the poppies.

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

What a lovely post!
Love the poem and the shots are so beautiful!
Thanks for sharing;o)

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Hope you are having a nice week****

Lisa said...

Release me from the craving to straighten out everyone's
affairs.
Oh so very true! Loved your montage today.

ChrisJ said...

AMEN and AMEN to all of that! The perils of growing older! Thanks for visiting me so faithfully.

SD ~ Dawning Inspiration said...

Great words of wisdom - with images to go with them...

Mike said...

I love the composition of the yellow rose and bee. Hope all is well :)

jane said...

Love the poem - amd your photos are lovely - time for reflection I think - have a lovely week - Jane UK

Southwest Arkie said...

Love it- I'm guilty of a few of those- especially about being overly talkative.

Tim Rice said...

Loved the first photo; nature almost always makes for great scenes.

John Roberts said...

It's not fair that you get flowers like this in FEBRUARY! Don't you people in CA know it's still supposed to be winter? ;-)

Andy said...

Hello.
The poetry & your lovely photos compliment each other.
Thanks for sharing & visiting.

Garden Of Life

Anonymous said...

I check in on your Photo-blog regularly but have never posted before. I love the poem, but even more than that, I love your photos and comments. They are refreshing for me! Thank you!

LC said...

Hi Sue, that prayer greeted me like an old friend just now. I posted a version of it in 2009 right after my mother moved from her home of 44-years to a studio apartment in a retirement complex. It was a yellowed newspaper clipping, no date or author given, and she wanted me to type it and make copies.

I posted it again on Dec. 19, 2011, after a dear friend read it when he gave the eulogy at her funeral. So you can imagine my great delight and appreciation when I read the comment identifying it as a 17th century nun's prayer. Of course I had to google it. Seems it has undergone some language updating and rearranging. I found it at http://jmm.aaa.net.au/articles/11340.htm. I can hear my mother's delighted laughter and her exclamations over your beautiful photos.

Thank you for such an uplifting and happy post!

elena nuez said...

these are gorgeous!