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What Restoreth Your Soul?

 
Posted by Past Member, on Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:50 am
For me it's Walt Whitman.  His poetry is like the Psalms to me.  I carry this one with me everywhere and I've done so for years.  Sometimes I lose my way in pettiness and trifling things and I get this out and read it and know again what I want my life to be about.

"This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate typrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mother's of families, read these leaves in the open air of every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have b een told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem....."

What gets you back on track when you need a little pick-me-up?

 
Reply by Past Member, on Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:52 pm
bravo miss lisa..... nice topic. and i will refrain from teaseing you{i was gonna ask if you had a few alms till friday}.  


                                      Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis
 
Reply by Past Member, on Mon Sep 07, 2009 4:18 pm
                                 
herculisa wrote:
For me it's Walt Whitman.  His poetry is like the Psalms to me.  I carry this one with me everywhere and I've done so for years.  Sometimes I lose my way in pettiness and trifling things and I get this out and read it and know again what I want my life to be about.

"This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate typrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mother's of families, read these leaves in the open air of every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have b een told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem....."

What gets you back on track when you need a little pick-me-up?





Love this post girl Smile   Well.......everyone who knows me, knows I LOVE to set myself free in the lakes around here on warm nights.  A warm night, bright stars or a full moon.....leave all clothing on the beach and just slide into the liquid glass that awaits me ...ahhhhh, yeah!! lol   ....and during dry times I'd have to say I need some time with my ipod and Keb Mo!!! ...or maybe I'll pop in some old Mr. Bean episodes, that guy is a riot.  I also enjoy and find most relaxing, the old black and white movies from the 1930's ...with a big bowl of popcorn at my side and a pile of knitting in my lap. Smile  Let's see....what else......Knife Throwing and playing with my bull whip help burn off steam and it's great fun (evil grin) AND .. I love to dance...................all of these things help get me back on track..but then, heck, even dumping beans over someones head put me happilly back on track LOL (from another post)
...but now that Keb Mo is on my mind, I need to go grab my ipod for awhile...  SmileSmileSmile


"Well she's moving kinda lazy
And it's obvious to me
This little girl ain't crazy
She's as wild as she is free"


~Much love from your Wounded Doe Smile
 
Reply by Past Member, on Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:37 pm
OMG!!!  Ok my friends, since I brought up the subject of Keb Mo .... I looked at his concert schedule and he's going to be in Urbana, IL on the 11th!!!!!   Oh that kills me that I won't be able to drive down there... His music and his personality will help heal the soul ....I'm gonna die if I don't get to see him one day.  Haven't had the opportunity yet Sad Sad Sad  

BUT!!! I will tell you one thing for certain, Keb is coming to Milwaukee WI  November 14 2009  at the Northern Lights Theatre Potawatomi Casino and I will crawl there if I have to !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok...I'm excited...can you tell ? lol  Nobody can restoreth my soul quite like that guy.
 
Reply by Past Member, on Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:43 pm
I confess I never heard of him.....so I was Google-bound after reading your post ( which included some great methods of self-renewal, by the way)....I can see why you are excited.  Fantastic music.  Thanks for broadening my horizons once again.  I'd been wanting to get some new music.  Thanks for turning me on to him.
 
Reply by Past Member, on Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:48 pm
Yeah pull him up on YouTube!!  I simply MUST see him live in concert!! Been a big fan for years and can't believe I haven't had the opportunity as of yet.  I even have a picture of him on the wall in my parlor SmileSmile the man is seriously cool.
 
Reply by weewee, on Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:12 am
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Reply by Past Member, on Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:42 am
                                 
weewee wrote:
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You know, I had forgotten how fun video games can be lol  seriously, I remember a time, years ago, I was sooooo adicted to Sega's Sonic The Hedgehog  heehee.  I should climb up into the attic and find that dusty old game.   I know, Sonic might sound silly ......but hey.... I love that little critter lol..........and that type of thing is another way to allow the mind to escape for awhile........but then so does reading Poe or Shakespeare.
 
Reply by vulcanBMk2, on Tue Sep 08, 2009 1:57 pm
My 12 yr old grandson is my Tonic--He is such a great little guy ( Though not so little these days)We do loads of stuff together, walking , fossil hunting, airshows , modeling etc .
This week end we are off to a hands on Science Exhibition at the outstation of the Science Museum based at an old Naval Airstation about 30 miles away.As his mom is a single parent , I'm Dad & Grandpa all rolled into one a position I really enjoy , A day out with him takes my mind off any other ailments or problems I may have.
 
Reply by Past Member, on Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:59 pm
Now this brought on the tears.  I lost my own Dad 6 months ago and he helped me raise my boy too.  They were joined at the hip from the time my son could pull boots on.  My Dad took him to the air show every year, they went all over the country showing prize Herefords, and my Dad had him driving tractors before he could barely look over a steering wheel. And of course they did tons of things they weren't allowed to do but they did anyway.  They had such a special bond.  My Dad was forever regaling us with the clever things John did and said as a small boy that I had just been too busy and overwhelmed with the daily grind to remember.   But I had my Dad's stories and he never tired of telling them.  Almost as bad as losing my Dad, was watching my big strapping 26 year old son blubber like a baby when he lost his best friend and staunchest ally just a few months back.  The point I'm trying to make is that you can rest assured YOU mean as much to that boy as he does to you.  Thanks for sharing the story.
 
Reply by Past Member, on Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:15 am
                                 
herculisa wrote:
For me it's Walt Whitman.  His poetry is like the Psalms to me.  I carry this one with me everywhere and I've done so for years.  Sometimes I lose my way in pettiness and trifling things and I get this out and read it and know again what I want my life to be about.

"This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate typrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mother's of families, read these leaves in the open air of every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have b een told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem....."

What gets you back on track when you need a little pick-me-up?



Thanks so much for this post!

What restoreth my soul:-

Music by John Barry (i.e. soundtracks of Out of Africa, Somewhere in Time, Dances with Wolves),
Reading the classics (Jane Eyre, Pride&Prejudice, anything by Charles Dickens) on a cold winters night,
Watching English comedies (Vicar of Dibley, One Foot in the Grave),

and finally in the words of Robert Frost:-

"I shall be telling this with a sigh,
Somewhere ages and ages hence,
Two roads diverged in a wood and I,
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference."

Thanks again herculisa,
(and thanks Wounded Doe for the heads up on Keb Mo, gotta love those blues).
 
Reply by janice, on Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:42 pm
Jesus...HE leads me beside still waters, HE restoreth my soul....Psalm 23
 
Reply by Past Member, on Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:16 pm
Jo, good suggestions!  I like British movies too.  But can you believe I just saw "My Left Foot" for the first time about two weeks ago.  Now there's a movie that will kick ya off your pity pot fast.  I really liked what you put in your profile: "all of us are gifted, some of us just open the package sooner."  I'm not quite sure what you mean by it, (what with the language barrier and all), but I DO like what I think it means.  All the best!
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