All you do, do this with love

All you do, do this with love:
Studying, working, returning a glove.
Let love help you decide
And right answers provide.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 08.09.2013

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Believe in God and boldly step

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Believe in God and boldly step,
Keep straight your awesome back!
Your pocket will not lack,
Your house will not crack

Because you called your God your Help,
Because you worked with hope.
Your business will certainly thrive,
Your household will be as full as a bee hive!

Image credit: Ron Clausen, “Mount Fay Banff 2009” August, 2009, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 20.07.2014

Keep on working

Keep on working
However hard it is.
You will soon be “forking”;
But now have patience, please.

The darkest hour
Is right before the dawn
You are this city’s flower.
To get the prize we have to work hard like an ant and a prawn.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 15.09.2013

People tend to put off important things

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People tend to put off important things,
But be wise to do them at once, as if you had wings.
Then, maybe, God will bless you
Because He helps those who help themselves – it’s true.

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Moraine Creek – panoramio (1)” July 4, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                          Sunday – Monday 03-04.03.2013

Believe

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Believe as long as possible, believe.
It is always easy to leave –
Keep on trying, being persistent in good:
Studying, resting, praying, saying, working under a hood.

Be ready to say “no” to bad things
Because they will encapsulate your neck and nose with rings.
Before you answer, reflect and pray:
Give it a thorough test before you say
Iaroslav                                          Monday –Tuesday 09-10.02.2015

Give thanks

Give thanks to the Lord in any season –
For this, you do not need a reason,
But even if it were so, think with how much you’ve been bestowed!
You’ve been forgiven all that you owed.

So, cheer up – you have a bright head!
You have an awesome stature.
Enough being sad, smile instead!
You love God and your neighbour,
You will certainly win with your kind nature!
You will thrive in your labour!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 19.04.2015

Believe to achieve

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There is so much you can achieve!
I know, it’s hard to embrace,
But at any point believe,
Whether on earth or in space.

Image credit: Talhamujahid, “View of Jasper City from Whistlers Mountain” July 29, 2007, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.
Iaroslav                                          Saturday – Sunday 18-19.04.2015

Why should I save what I received, what I’ve got?

Why should I save what I received, what I’ve got?
It’s likely to go bad, it’s likely to rot.
Isn’t it better to invest
In order to get the best?

You can understand what I say.
Be attentive while it’s light, while it’s day.
I’m speaking about talents rather than money.
Think and do good stuff while it’s sunny.
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 26.03.2005

Perennial values

Sometimes she makes mistakes.
It’s natural, it’s alright.
Nevertheless, her young heart aches.
She’s a modern girl and is always ready to fight.

She works hard
And can never forgive herself a blunder.
They say, “It’s a normal state of things, dear bard.
Calm down, we need no thunder”.

How can it be OK
If she has no time for her family and friends?
Her work is a beast and she is a prey.
Pure soul is the treasure, but not what money sends.
Iaroslav                                                     Saturday 26.03.2005

Share light

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Shine your way –
Hard or light –
Have courage to say:
“You are so bright!”

But saying is insufficient –
Believe if you want all to be efficient.
Be of good cheer!
Share the things that are dear!

Image credit: Jonathan Mueller, “Lake Agnes, Banff NP Alberta Canada” July 24, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 12.02.2017

Keep your dreams alive

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Keep your dreams alive,
Cherish them in spite of all.
However long is the drive,
Listen to your heart’s call.

Image credit: Veronika Ronkos, “Moose mother with calf” July 20, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Monday 17.05.2010

Défauts

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Mon Dieu l’Eternel, merci pour l’amitié:
Mon amie aperçoit mes défauts,
Elle m’aide, bien que ce ne soit son métier.
Elle ne me rapproche; elle est proche tard et tôt.

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Sunshine Meadows – Banff – panoramio” July 20, 2006, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Friday 19.08.2011

Let Christmas light up souls

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Let Christmas light up souls,
It’s time for a merry song!
All people are together just having their own roles.
Love will last forever and more and it isn’t long.

So, smile and join your hands
Forgive all you couldn’t before.
Your heart is longing to see new kind lands,
How much good your soul does store!

Christmas is coming,
What a bright Day!
Children are joyfully running,
All can come true for those who hopefully pray!

‘Merry Christmas!’, we say
And it is indeed!
On God our hopes we lay,
So, why to worry, there is no need!

Image credit: Crispin, Alfred Trevor Crispin, Alfred Trevor, Mrs R. Clay, Sons, and Taylor Macmillan & Co, “A Christmas carol” c. 1873s, via flickr, No known copyright restrictions.
Iaroslav                                                      Sunday 24.12.2006

What is my destination?

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What is my destination?
That’s the question I should ask.
Have I mistaken my vocation?
Will I be able to solve the task?

I just live my short life
Trying to hope for the best,
It’s like a strife
And I should work with zest.

All the above is right,
But sometimes I feel wrong,
Now I know my belief should be bright
And also hope and love; and they all life-long.

Iaroslav                                                      Saturday 11.12.2004
Image credit: Xiao23, “Banff Springs Hotel 01” July 9, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Praise God with a grateful heart

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Praise God with a grateful heart.
Let your praise, both big and small be sincere.
Have time to say “Thank You” to Him whether you go far or near.
God will make a way, continue doing your part.
Iaroslav                                                      Thursday 04.08.2016

What if whatever you earn

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What if whatever you earn
Is so much to be able
To share, to stay healthy, to learn,
To fill a poor man’s table?

Imagine, what if by doing these things
You fulfill His will,
You help spread somebody’s wings,
You help pay that important bill?

What if by being faithful in few things
You will be blessed with much more to carry on with good stuff
Even with your wedding rings, –
Your second half to help you in all and when it gets rough?

Image credit: Tony Webster, “Red Squirrel in Banff 230089735 o” July 7, 2004, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                      Wednesday 02.11.2016

How to be happy

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Be happy – the shortest and the only way is Christ.
Direct your ways to Him in all:
At home, at work, at leisure…
Let your kind deeds be filled with pleasure.
Keep Him in sight in winter, spring, summer, and fall.
Praise Him as if tomorrow may never come –
Say those kind words, do kind deeds, keep calm.

Iaroslav                                                       Tuesday 04.10.2016
Image credit: Tony Webster, “Banff (15622533278)” July 9, 2004, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.

If you want to be sage

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If you want to be sage,
Be patient, forget about rage.
Learn to listen first of all
And you will stand where talkative people fall.

And then don’t be shy to ask;
Good advice is a half done task.
Don’t be too fast to act.
On time though you should react.

Wisdom is close,
He who accepts it will thrive like a rose.
Wisdom is calling for you.
So, listen to get your due.
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 23.09.2007

Be yourself whatever they say

Be yourself whatever they say,
Don’t be under anybody’s thumb.
They want you to go? How about you stay?
You’re strong without any rum.

It’s not easy, but try to smile
And don’t be afraid to display your knowledge –
That’ll help you to cover thousands of miles;
Be yourself at home, at work and at college.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 05.06.2004

With faith

Best things in life
Happened when God blessed me to act with faith indeed:
Success in studies, finding wife,
Seeing far-away places, happiness, conquering greed.

Bad things are preceded
By absence of faith in deeds:
Bad luck at work, lack of support when it is needed,
Worry, abundance of effort with many unsprouted seeds.
Iaroslav                                                        Monday 05.09.2016

To act upon consideration

To act upon consideration
Involves patience and confidence without hesitation.
This lays the way to success in all.
Wisdom will make peaceful your station.

You will have no call.
Patience will save you from a fall.
Wisdom… The whole world is in this word,
It can heal, it can fly, it can crawl!
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 02.03.2008

Patience is all we need

Patience is all we need!
To savour sweet berries
A farmer takes a small seed.
But time is not sold like cherries.

He who knows how to wait
Inherits riches and fame.
Better wise now than when it is too late;
Learn to control your flame.

Open your eyes to avoid blindness.
Here are two words to learn by heart:
Patience and kindness.
Among the great they make your part.
Iaroslav                                           Saturday – Sunday 16-17.02.2008

Щоб не робив, будь певним!

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Ціль обери та йди.
У своїй справі будь ревним;
Себе у тому знайди.

Час візьме своє,
Стануть всі на місця.
Обери зараз своє,
Що краще у своїй сфері знавця?
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 30.10.2009

When did you last admire the sky?

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When did you last admire the sky,
Green grass, and strong trees?
This is amazing, try!
You are required no fees.

How often do you look far away?
Ask yourself. The question is why.
What for to leave when you want to stay?
What for to cut your wings if you can fly?

Vanity is nothing,
Money is only a means.
Look at those who are constantly fussing.
Already old being in their teens!

But we still have a chance.
Your time hasn’t yet slept away.
Always moving like in a dance…
What is there ahead in your way?
Iaroslav                                                        Wednesday 01.08.2007

Time is slipping away

Time is slipping away.
Can you try to make it stay?

Nobody can, I presume.
Time escapes leaving reflections like an expensive perfume.

Always searching for better…
Always striving to read life’s enveloped letter…

Time is short and days are few.
Obscure or obvious, but it’s true.

To share time among best things
Is like a bird that flies and sings.

Wisdom makes good use of days.
He’ll win who listens to what it says.
Iaroslav                                                        Monday 09.03.2009

 

What you do is important

What you do is important really:
Your job, your studies, your family, and your sport;
The things for which you get paid and the ones you give freely.
Your kind deeds are your fort.

Every kind deed matters.
Not because of the one who flatters,
But because they improve the world around,
Because they evoke a smile and make happiness abound.

Never question a kind deed you do,
Stay faithful to what is true.
Good intentions may mislead.
So, keep it simple when you do your duty and a kind deed.

Be sure to fulfill your duty in work and studies.
Train to respect your time your party buddies.
Live simple life of faith every day.
Keep it simple and pray.
Iaroslav                                                         Monday 04.04.2016

What you can do to succeed, do

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What you can do to succeed, do, –
Put off secondary things to free your head;
Remember what is true,
In order to fly keep your wings spread.

Image credit: Alan D. Wilson, “Canada Goose – natures pics” August 22, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.5.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 23.10.2011

Une chose qui guérit

Il ne faut pas être triste,
Même si ça ne va pas.
On est un grand artiste,
La chagrin passera.

Mais il y a une condition,
Il est nécessaire qu’on soit sûr.
Et elle viendra, la solution,
On surmontera le mur.

Que ton sourire est beau!
Il guérira aussi le mal de ton ami.
Chacun peut être héros.
Pour commencer, souris!
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 11.11.2007

First

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First do important things
Like family and work –
This will make abundant your fork;
Other things will hurry to succeed as if on wings.

Image credit: Gorothbalion, “Indian Paintbrush flower in foreground of Mount Edith Cavell Mountain meadow in Alberta’s Jasper National Park” August 8, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 11.10.2014

Air, exercises, water, and sleep

Fresh air, physical + thinking exercises, and water
Are some of the things that help maintain health and stay sharp.
These things are good for you, your wife, your son and daughter.
Implement to feel like fish in water, like a carp.

Another thing is sufficient sleep.
Use it to stay active during the day,
To be able to think in a way which is deep,
To have strength to prepare more hay.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 20.02.2016

Balance

I know you go to Church a lot,
But how do you react when you see someone in need,
With fear and distrust or with a welcome which is hot,
With generosity or with greed?

Yes, you have to take care,
But you also have to be helpful, loving, and fair.
How to manage? Try balance in all,
Add a pinch of wisdom, sprinkle with love, go to Church, read the Scroll*.

* The Bible.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 14.02.2016

How do you use your time?

I know, you have so little time,
But it’s all about how you use it.
Do you spend a dollar trying to save a dime?
If you are overwhelmed with details, you may lose it.

Keep the bigger picture in sight,
Approach it in a smart way indeed.
Your time budget is tight –
Be wise with time to succeed.
Iaroslav                                                         Monday 12.01.2015

Wisdom begins with the fear of God

Wisdom begins with the fear of God indeed:
It will help you in studies, work, and every need.

But what does it mean to fear God in the right way?
To cease from doing and freeze? No, but to work hard and to pray.

The fear of the Lord shows itself in doing:
In loving God and with His commandments continuing canoeing;

In helping those who really need,
In giving food to those whom you can feed.

Thank God for all you have and had:
For the happy moments and the ones which were sad.

Because He loves you.
He wants you to be happy and to succeed, oh how much it is true!
Iaroslav                                                         Wednesday 18.03.2015

Треба помолитися, щоб не помилитися

Треба помолитися, щоб не помилитися –
Так краще працювати і так краще битися.
Православна молитва – річ сильна:
Через неї – перемоги, через неї людина – вільна…
Iaroslav                                            Wednesday – Friday 06-08.01.2016

Haste makes waste

Haste makes waste –
It’s an easy thing to remember.
Sometimes you have to do more than just copy and paste;
It’s a good thing to bear in mind from January through December.

Avoid hurrying to look and be professional.
Your business will move more smoothly
And grow international.
Your decisions will be more rational.
Iaroslav                                            Tuesday – Wednesday 26-28.01.2015

Never let your praying knees get lazy

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Never let your praying knees get lazy.
Add love to all the things you do.
Let your words be as beautiful and simple as a daisy.
Let the things you say be true.

Be polite, hold the door, say thank you at once.
When you are wrong, apologize.
This may be hard at first glance,
But this will help you to awesomize.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 07.11.2015

Life of a modern scholar

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What is life of a modern scholar like?
He (let us use masculine for the purpose of convenience)
Gets up, brushes teeth, drinks water, prays, and rides his bike.
He does not start his day with scholarly opinions.

He returns from his workout,
Takes shower, if required,
Has his breakfast, sometimes with sauerkraut.
He does not start work until after meal to avoid being tired.

When the meal is done,
It’s time to tackle tasks;
But for lunch he is gone
To eat, to rest, to prepare to answer whatever his class asks.

When his work (research and classes)
Is done for the day,
He puts away bulbs and weird masses,
He returns home without delay.

He has his dinner before six o’clock.
This meal is lightest, lunch is mid,
Breakfast is heartiest – this rule is like a rock.
He rejoices over what he did.

Besides his usual things,
He goes to a swimming pool twice a week.
He goes to Church on Sunday to share prayer and what the Lord graciously gives.
He makes healthy food, he is meek.

He likes reading books about adventures,
Enjoys spending time with family and friends.
He does charity and other worthy ventures.
At 9pm his day ends.

He goes to bed at this time.
He prays, brushes teeth, washes his face.
This scholar likes wise and harmless rhyme.
Things in life are to be taken at a moderate pace.

Image credit: Chuck Szmurlo (Cszmurlo), “Mount-Yamnuska2-Szmurlo” September 23, 2006, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                          Thursday 29.10.2015

Make decisions

Decisions are a skill,
Make decisions and get better at it,
Whether they concern your food or bill.
Yes, you will have to apply all your wit.

At first you may make some mistakes,
But let it take what it takes.
Some decisions require a piece of advice.
So, be wise, practice, cut your slice.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 24.10.2015

Exercise your body

Exercise your body –
You only get one.
Whether you work or study,
There are a lot of things that can be done.

What do you like?
Walking, swimming, jogging or riding a bike;
Playing basketball, volleyball, soccer or dancing?
There are things which require no financing.

You have no time to spare;
In fact, exercising will save you some.
It will help you to learn, to work, and to prepare.
Find the exercises you like and come!
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 24.10.2015

Patience is a virtue

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Patience is a virtue,
The lack of it can hurt you.
A person who can possess himself and is witty
Is better than one who can capture a city.

You can have an army and money,
But this will not make your day sunny;
And they can disappear quickly; –
Cover yourself with wisdom and patience thickly.

The beginning of wisdom is the fear of God, truly.
Cheer up, have faith and act duly.
Have patience on all paths of life:
At work, at school, with husband or wife.
Iaroslav                                            Sunday – Thursday 24-28.05.2015

My students

University students
My students are smart.
They may lack wisdom, but they are working on it;
They are making much progress, not just a bit.
To advance is what they have put to their heart.

Students are juice of economy in any city:
They are young and ready to work;
For them, job comes first and only then a spoon and a fork.
They work a lot and they are witty.

So teach students with appreciation;
Hire them for the best jobs as soon as you can.
They will help you to make a plan
To succeed and to advance your business among the whole population.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 19.09.2015

Family

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A good wife is a gift.
When it comes to work she is swift;
She is gentle and smart,
During hard times she does not depart.

A good husband is a support –
He is wise, gentle, and strong as a fort.
He comes from work as soon as he can;
To embrace his wife and his kids is the plan.

A good family is built on love and support –
They share joy, solve issues, go together for a walk and do sport.
They are a team:
They love, they build, they gleam!
Iaroslav                                                          Wednesday 09.09.2015

Shine your way

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Shine your way,
Do good things whatever they say!
Have salt in yourself and have light,
Make your chemin* bright!

Rely on God and go!
In terms of helping people are slow.
You are beautiful, strong, and smart.
With God’s help you will achieve all, just do your part!

* French for “way”.
Iaroslav                                                          Monday 22.12.2014

I admire you

Flower
The only thing I want you to remember
After reading these lines:
You are awesome January through December!

You are worthy whatever they say/think
And I want you to stay healthy whether you like vegies or meat, grey colour or pink.

You are valuable, much more than gold.
Inside of you there is a chest of treasures the key to which you hold.

You are precious in God’s sight:
Your every hair is counted.
I admire you: your heart is pure and brave, your head is so bright!
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 16.08.2015

How good and how pleasant it is for brothers to be together in unity

How good and how pleasant it is for brothers to be together in unity,
How much strength it adds to the whole community.
Things get done better,
Opportunities are open faster.

When a brother relies on his brother,
They both will go farther;
Their business will succeed
When with mutual love they proceed.
Iaroslav                                                                      July, 2015

Communicate

Your sacrifice can be communication
And be ready to offer it,
At work or at vacation,
It can help your neighbour out of a pit.

It can simply provoke a kind smile
And you’ll improve your neighbour’s mood.
Together or individually, you’ll cover a thoushand’s mile.
Communication makes your soul good.
Iaroslav                                            Sunday – Monday 28-29.08.2011

Не сумуй

Тільки той не помилявся,
Хто нічого не робив;
Хай кажуть марно сподівався,
Не вір, ти правильно чинив.

Заспокойся, будь собою,
У тебе все буде тік-ток,
Ще будуть пишатися тобою,
Тільки зроби правилний крок.
Iaroslav                                                          Thursday 27.12.2003

A kind smile can heal

A kind smile can heal,
More than that: it cures for sure.
People will smile back whatever they feel.
It’s true in space, underground, at sea, and ashore.

Good mood passes over to people around.
Even if they are unhappy, suppressed,
They hear the jolly sound
And bad mood disappears without rest.

So, try to smile at your neighbour.
Believe! You need no hesitation,
And he will help you back with your labour.
Language of good needs no translation!
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 18.11.2007

You have a talent

You have a talent.
Those who cannot see are blind.
You are beautiful, you are smart, you are gallant.
Stay strong, keep open your mind.

When your talents will flourish like buds,
It will amaze all.
Your knowledge and talent will break through like spring floods;
Your achievements will be discussed by scholars in a university hall.

Stay strong, keep loving your heart;
Be nice whatever they say.
Be kind and joyful to start.
Work hard, study thoroughly, remember to play.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 28.06.2015

He will not suffer your foot to be moved

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He will not suffer your foot to be moved,
He will help all your affairs get improved.
God That keeps you will not slumber.
He multiplies your posterity without number.

The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.
He sends success, peace, and might.
Glory to God now and forever!
Live your faith and be clever!

Image credit: Nikopol, “Anas-strepera-001” March 5, 2006, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                          Tuesday 09.06.2015

Love love

Love love and seek it at home, at work, and everywhere,
And it will yield its fruit you won’t know where.
It will cling to you
As if you were covered with glue!

Love love and you will find!
If someone does not understand, never mind;
Smile and keep your way ahead.
May God’s love protect you from your feet to the head!
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 30.08.2014

Cheer up

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Do your part,
God will do His, be sure.
Do things with faith and hope in heart;
Let love not depart.

Do your part,
God will do His, truly.
Add kindness and confidence to start;
Thrive fully.
Iaroslav                                                          Tuesday 21.04.2015

In four languages

Qu’elle est belle notre chance!
Each of us has all to advance.
Будьмо ж рухатися уперед –
Последует успех за нами вслед!
Iaroslav                                                          Monday 23.03.2015

In the image and likeness of God

Man is created in the image of God indeed.
Can you see the likeness of God in your neighbour?
Can this be seen in your words, in your deed?
Can one see this in your labour?

There are many places to start,
One good place is your Church, community.
Try to give something in simplicity, with a joyful heart.
Let your body and soul be in a sane unity!
Iaroslav                                                          Tuesday 12.08.2014