Poem of the Day ~ Lift Every Voice and Sing

Lift Every Voice and Sing

James Weldon Johnson

Lift every voice and sing,
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the list’ning skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chast’ning rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered.
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past,
Till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who hast by Thy might,
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,
Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;
Shadowed beneath Thy hand,
May we forever stand,
True to our God,
True to our native land.


Feeling Good Tip of the Day ~ Are You Mindful or is Your Mind Full?

Are you mindful or is your mind full? And how do you tell the difference? The mind is a great tool for problem-solving, but it’s not great at settling down and being with what is. Most of the time, the mind is wandering around in the past or the future rather than in the present. That means it’s full of thoughts, stories, and narratives that don’t necessarily have anything to do with what’s actually happening at the moment. In some cases, the mind may be caught up in stories that aren’t even based in reality. Mindfulness can offer respite from a busy mind, though it takes conscious intention and regular practice.


Note; With all the noise surrounding us its difficult to be mindful every minute. Don’t give up. Consider each moment you are mindful of the present moment a victory. Give yourself a pat on the back. With time, you’ll be stringing the mindful moments together.

Photo of the Day ~ Small Kindnesses Add Up

Each small act of kindness

may seem like a tiny drop

They add up and soon there is a river of kindness

Health Tip of the Day ~ Are You Eating These Fiber Rich Foods?

Five high-fiber foods that can help promote digestive health and provide a range of other health benefits:

    1. Legumes: Legumes, such as lentils, chickpeas, and black beans, are high in fiber, protein, and other essential nutrients. They can be easily incorporated into soups, stews, salads, and side dishes.
    2. Whole grains: Whole grains, such as oats, quinoa, and brown rice, are excellent sources of dietary fiber, which can help regulate digestion and promote feelings of fullness.
    3. Fruits: Many fruits, such as apples, berries, and pears, are high in fiber and can be consumed whole, blended into smoothies, or added to salads and desserts.
    4. Vegetables: Vegetables, especially leafy greens like spinach and kale, are rich in fiber and can be eaten raw or cooked in a variety of ways.
    5. Nuts and seeds: Nuts and seeds, such as almonds, chia seeds, and flaxseeds, are high in fiber and healthy fats and can be added to cereals, salads, and baked goods.

Positive Thought of the Day ~ Becoming New

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” Lao Tzu

NOTE: Nature teaches us great lessons. One of the lessons nature teaches us is that everything changes. The large live oak in my yard goes through the change process each year. In march, it sheds its leaves. No sooner are the leaves shed when the new buds appear and within a week or two the giant live oak is covered with fresh green leaves. Change happens. It’s the same with each of us. We change. When we adapt to change and the changing circumstances in our lives, we grow into something new. Don’t resist the moments of change, embrace them and take on the new.

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