Тримай вище голову

Тримай вище голову, друже.
Ти – особливий і так само те, що маєш –
Все буде добре, пам’ятати то треба дуже –
Цінуй, що є, сміливо крокуй попри все і ще більше надбаєш.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 12.01.2019



Є критицизм слушний, практичний –
До такого треба дослухатися.
То є жест доброзичний,
Такий варто вітати і шукати намагатися.

Є критицизм, який у принципі доречний,
Але супернеґречний.
І хоч проблема – маленька,
Шукає погубити бо вважає, що людина – слабенька.
На такий краще не зважати
І самому про свої справи тверезо розважати.

Є критицизм несправедливий
Бо рецензент заздрить, нещирий, лінивий.
Такий критицизм треба фільтрувати:
Критика уникати, а критицизм повз вуха пропускати.

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Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 13.01.2019

Be gentle

Be gentle in all your ways:
In studies, work, with a dog;
During good and bad days;
At home, with buddies, when it’s sunny, when there is fog.

If you don’t, you will regret,
You’ll wish you’d been gentle indeed,
You and your neighbour will be upset.
If you miss the mark, repent in word and deed.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 18.09.2018

Just for today

Just for today,
I will be happy truly;
I will live a worry-free day;
I will fulfill my duties duly.

I will not overwork,
But I will do just right;
I will pray before I use my fork,
And I will focus on light.

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Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 11.12.2018


If your worries pour as biscuits from an overthrown open tin,
Or if you are in low spirits or sad –
Here is something to help you to win,
Regardless of how many sticky moments you’ve had.

This is a prescription,
But for it to take effect,
You have to follow it with a conviction:
One good deed a day, no need to perfect.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 27.11.2018


Evangelize, my friend:
Share the Church with others.
Remember Lazarus’s and the rich man’s end.
Share the Saviour with your sisters and brothers.

You were born in the Orthodox faith, you say?
Excellent, in faith you are rich like the rich man –
Out of your richness you are expected to pay.
Put any laze and unrighteous hesitation to ban.

You ask, what tools you have to start?
I ask, what else do you need?
You have two feet and a Christian heart,
You have the hungry flock to feed.

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Iaroslav                                                    Friday 09.11.2018

Avoid wasting time

One of the biggest issues in the modern society
Is wasted time and a wish of quick prosperity.
Dedicate three hours a day to the cause you care,
Be sure, it will prosper, – keep your business fair.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 21.10.2018