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.

Be clever

Love God with all your heart,
Always in prayer, thank for success.
If you have problems, use them to improve your “learn and move on” art –
By doing so you will achieve more, not less.

Be cheerful, with lightness in heart,
Know that night will not last forever.
The morning is soon to start!
In the meanwhile, be clever!
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 09.09.2012

До Пресвятої Богородиці

20160504_175632Присвята Богородице, дякую Тобі за приклад:
“Я ж Господня раба,” Ти сказала;
І таким Твого життя є виклад:
Все життя Ти Богу щиро віддала.

Бог Тебе забрав до Себе коли Ти заснула –
Ти разом із Ним перебуваєш
І нашу щиру молитву до Тебе завжди чуєш і чула
І від бід і скорбот нас визволяєш.

Дякую Тобі, Пресвята Богородице, за молитви неперестанні,
За велику любов і допомогу,
За настанови Твої вечірні і ранні,
За те, що наші прохання, скорботи приносиш Богу.
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 02.10.2016

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

What you have, hold

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What you have, hold.
You are so rich indeed!
You are smart, you are bold,
Your health is more precious than gold.

So, be wise to save it and maintain.
No one knows what will happen then.
Under the sun or pouring rain,
Be sage to keep what is main.

Believe, these words are true.
You will need much strength –
Till the sky above is blue –
To do kind things, to break through!
Iaroslav                                           Sunday – Monday 11-12.01.2009

Sincere smile

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Sincere smile, how much it means!
It is like bread and oil, beans
For a hungry soul.
For a fan it is a goal.

Just smile and improve the world around.
The birds are singing, what a sound!
The past is past, we live in the present.
Your smiling face is so pleasant!

Your smile is a cure for others,
It does support your brothers.
Be yourself, it is worthwhile.
How much it means, sincere smile!
Iaroslav                                                        Friday 12.12.2008

Славімо Господа бо Він Благий

Славімо Господа бо Він Благий.
Чистим серцями посилає день ясний,
На віки і нині милість Його;
Навіть грішних спасає і не відніме того.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 11.02.2006

Even blind person can see while believes

You went bust
And tried to drown the misfortune in whisky.
Your mind dimmed and liver suffered rust.
Became better? No! More risky!

Have you lost your hand
Like the guy?
Or your eyesight? So tell me why,
Why can’t you see the rich land?

Even those poor guys
Do not look back closing their eyes.
A deaf man will see the rise,
A blind man will hear it ’cause he tries.

Enough, stand up, just start.
Think about your heart
Which you can’t deceive.
You’ve got to believe.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 04.02.2006

Kindly smart

If it doesn’t stick, bud,
Use a tape around that part.
If a car has passed and got you in mud,
Take it easy, be kindly smart.

Remember to run –
This is to cover your winning mile.
Remember to enjoy fresh air, bright sun.
Remember to smile =)
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 25.09.2016

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

Keep on going

When the things work wrong
And you want to despair, stop –
It won’t take long
Before all is back to top.

Have courage, eat porridge;
Keep balance, use your talent –
Take it out of storage;
Be gallant.
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 11.09.2016

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

Do not be afraid to bestow

Do not be afraid to bestow,
What you give, you get back,
The miser’s pocket cannot bestow,
But a kind heart will never lack.

Never take pride,
Only God knows what’s ahead;
The good is on your side;
Don’t be proud, better wise instead.

Do not be shy to help
‘Cause life is like a running stream,
I hope you’ll never yelp
And never be deaf to a scream.
Iaroslav                                                        Friday 26.11.2004

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

God will make a way

RJC1_PJCGod will make a way.
Believe as much as you can!
For the things you need – pray.
To give best things to you is His plan.

Image credit: Cephas, “RJC1 PJC” August, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 07.08.2016

By being passive, you learn to lose

By being passive, you learn to lose.
How easy it is just to snooze:
No struggle, no run, no winning bell…
It’s only then that you will regret, “I could have won, but fell”.

So watch where you go
While it’s not too late, while you can row.
There are two ways, it’s up to you to choose:
Either to win or to lose.
Iaroslav                                                        Monday 06.03.2006

Гроші – то лише засіб

Гроші – то лише засіб
Для досягнення мети.
Що ж додати ще?
Гроші – асфальт, щоб по ньому пройти.

Можеш більше заробити?
То – від Бога, чом би і ні.
Але пильнуй, щоб не загубити
Дещо важливе на дні.

Адже чим більше маєм,
Тим більше можемо допомогти.
Як і що робити знаєш,
У серці то можеш знайти.
Iaroslav                                                        Monday 12.06.2006

The Lord is the strength of those who approach Him with fear

DSCN9543The Lord is the strength of those who approach Him with fear.
To them He is not far, but near.
Fear God and let Him be your Friend.
Let Him help you at the beginning and be with you at the end.
Iaroslav                                                        Wednesday 08.06.2016

ТНЕДУТС

20160514_094048.jpgСьогодні навчання, завтра робота,
Тренування сприяє зміцненню сил.
Ухил до читання, між тим щось до рота;
Дотик науки, прагнення крил.
Еко, лінгво, фізіо, гео…
Найкраще у світі – пізнання – нео,
Так і Ейнштейн колись щось відкрив.
Iaroslav                                                        Monday 15.02.2010

Whatever happens, keep on believing

Whatever happens, keep on believing.
Think, how much you can indeed,
You’re as vigorous as a living seed.
Problems are nothing more than deceiving.

Whatever happens, believe.
Everything will be all right.
Be slow to quit, to leave,
You’ll enjoy the sight.

Whatever happens, believe –
It’s never too late to improve, to retrieve.
A race is won by racing,
A problem is solved by facing.
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 24.09.2006

Combien de temps faut-il pour t’oublier?

Combien de temps faut-il pour t’oublier?
Mes lèvres vont se taire, mais mon cœur veut crier.

On me disait “Assez!”, mes amis surtout,
Mais tu es ici et là, tu es partout.

Ton regard est calme, ton sourire guérit.
Pourquoi? Je n’ai pas encore compris.

Où es-tu? Que fais-tu?
Pardonnes-moi pour être têtu…
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 22.07.2007

Щоб не робив, будь певним!

DSCN9551Щоб не робив, будь певним!
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

Combien de temps faut-il passer

DSCN9510Combien de temps faut-il passer
Pour cicatriser une mauvaise blessure?
Trois années, est-ce que c’est assez?
Je ne suis sûr.

“Des médecins disent que c’est ça,
Et des romantiques disent que pas toujours” –
Un amie de moi annonça.
Depuis lors j’y ai pensé chaque jour.

Combien de temps faut-il passer?
C’est une question poétique.
Ici on ne doit pas se dépenser,
Pour chacun c’est un terme unique.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 06.08.2005

I’m not alone

DSCN9652Though all seems out of order,
And no one’s willing to help,
I’m not alone on the border,
I am not going to yelp.

When no one seems to understand,
All the same I’m not alone.
No matter in air, at sea or on land,
I’ll be strong as a stone.

Because God gives support.
What can be better in life?
Making me an invincible fort,
He crowns me with wisdom for strife.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 12.07.2008

To forgive

When I do wrong, I ask to forgive.
The Father and people always do and so I happily live.
But how often, how easy do I pardon in turn?
I have so much to learn…

I am aching for a change,
I believe I am able to arrange.
I only pray for being sage,
I do need wisdom which never knows rage.

But first of all I want to thank.
People are kind to me who has neither much money nor a high rank.
Thank Thee, Father, for all,
Especially for love, Thou hear every call!
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 15.07.2007

In God we shall do a might y thing

In God we shall do a mighty thing.
We will overcome the enemy completely.
To Him Who saved us we will sing.
Of His mighty deeds we will speak concretely.

Video credit: WorshipVideo, “You are My All in All” June 4, 2007, via YouTube.
Iaroslav                                                        Wednesday 22.06.2016

Cheer up, don’t be upset

DSCN9503Cheer up, don’t be upset,
You’re strong and young.
How many miracles you haven’t seen yet!
Come on, find and learn your tongue!

Don’t allow yourself to be sad
About unimportant things
Because this state is rhymed to “mad”,
Melancholy can only clip your wings.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 02.04.2005

Що більше живу, то ясніше розумію

Що більше живу, то ясніше розумію:
Це життя – надзвичайно коротке,
Часом трохи гірке, часом солодке.
Та вирішувати нам як влаштувати цю дію.

Всякій людині кілька стежок відкрито,
Кожен сам свою цеглу кладе.
Одних мудрість Божа веде,
Для інших майбутнє занадто розмите.

Життя – у швидкоплинній миті.
Та важливо хибні кроки визнавати,
Щоб піднятися і йти, а не стогнати;
До мудрості двері завжди відкриті.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 09.04.2005

He left his home so long ago

He left his home so long ago,
They were telling him, “You’re cool!”,
But soon he had nowhere to stay or go.
Well, he wasn’t a fool.

The man had relied on money
And not on wisdom’s voice;
The money flew away like fresh honey,
But it was his own way, his own choice.

His cash disappeared
And so did his jolly friends,
But the young man wasn’t yet feared,
He just realized that a road often bends.

Now his bedroom was a park,
His dreams were his food;
He went to sleep with dogs’ bark,
Try to imagine his mood.

But it’s time for me to end.
The young man came home.
Wisdom became his new friend,
Clouds never appeared above his dome.

His experience wasn’t funny,
But he realized that it’s never too late to improve
And it’s useless to rely on money.
Well, I’ve tried to retell the story, but haven’t meant to prove.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 16.04.2005

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

 

Wise men keep silence

Wise men keep silence
When love speaks.
No words, no violence.
Even birds watch their beaks.

Love is calm,
But is loud as well.
It makes its nest on a farm,
But also where no one is able to dwell.

Whatever good one can think,
It can be about love.
Love is the strongest link,
Wise men know this as well as a dove.
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 06.05.2006

How smart you are

How smart you are!
Believe, do not hesitate,
You’ll be like a shining star,
You will enjoy success sooner or late!

With sun light your street will be lit,
He who has doubts is wrong.
Just do not cease doing your bit,
Indeed, you are strong!
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 23.12.2007

The grass isn’t always greener

DSCN9384The grass isn’t always greener
On the other side of the fence!
I hope you’ve noticed the screamer!
And I’ve meant no offence.

Just look better around,
Keep carefully what you own.
It’ll make your body sound,
And your soul will throw away the stone.

Be proud of your garden
And take care of it.
Wisdom is the best guard
And it’ll help you a bit.
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 06.11.2004

Do not be envious of him who does lawless things

Do not be envious of him who does lawless things –
He fulfills his own whim, he cuts his own wings.
God sees to repay each one according to their deeds –
Nothing is hidden from Him under the sun: good fruit and weeds.
Iaroslav                                           Saturday – Sunday 18-19.06.2016

Reveal your way to the Lord and be sincere

Reveal your way to the Lord and be sincere.
Hope in God and He will listen and attend to your need.
Trust in Him whether you go far or near.
Be courageous, take heed.
Iaroslav                                                         June 2016

Be courageous in a lot of ways

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Be courageous in a lot of ways.
Let your heart be strengthened,
All you who hope in the Lord all days.
Love Him for your years to be lengthened.

Be also harmless and smart;
God helps those who help themselves too.
Make wise and prompt your start.
Do your part, God will do His to help you break through.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 12.06.2016

Не цурайся коренів своїх

Не цурайся коренів своїх,
Без кореня зів’яне й дуб могутній;
Будь мудрим, пам’ятай родичів всіх,
Хай образ батьків у серці буде присутній.
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 03.04.2004

Посміхнись

Посміхнись і посміхнеться все навкруги,
І розквітнуть по-новому поля і луги.
Знаю, нелегко та тримай впевнено ніс,
Лихо минеться, ти вже набагато більше зніс.

Посміхнись і хай там що, у вірі стій,
Скоро полегшення прийде і побачиш успіх свій.
А щоб впевнено йти, пам’ятай про любов,
Вона – вічне, а турботи пройдуть і не побачиш їх знов.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 25.06.2006

Life is too short

Life is too short
To be sorry about little things.
Ahead there is a reward
With wind blowing up your wings…

Night does not last forever,
Darkness is followed by light.
You can achieve, you are clever!
Look around, what a wonderful sight!
Iaroslav                                                         Tuesday 14.04.2009

Разом ми покажемо силу

Разом ми покажемо силу,
А поодинці – слабкіші.
Інші будуть даватися диву,
Якщо вгодно буде Богові і Він поставить нас вище.

Не забуваймо Бога і тоді
Щоб наші подовжились дні,
Щоб у злагоді жити,
Щоб всякого ближнього любити!

Отже, разом ставаймо;
Разом Богові співаймо.
Подяку щиру складаймо,
Разом добром зло перемагаймо!
Iaroslav                                                         February 2012

Great and Only God

Original:
Боже Великий Єдиний
Боже Великий Єдиний,
Нам Україну храни,
Волі і світу промінням
Ти її осіни.
Світлом науки і знання
Нас усіх просвіти,
В чистій любові до краю
Ти нас, Боже, зрости.
Молимось, Боже Єдиний,
Нам Україну храни,
Всі Свої ласки, щедроти
Ти на люд Свій зверни.
Дай йому волю, дай йому долю,
Дай, Боже, народу
Многая, многая літа.

Translation:
Great and Only God
Great and Only God,
Safeguard our Ukraine,
Enlighten her
With the rays of freedom and light.
Enlighten us, children,
With the light of learning and knowledge;
O God, raise us
In pure love for the Land.
We pray, Only God,
Safeguard our Ukraine;
Bestow on Your people
Your great mercy and grace.
Give us freedom, give us luck,
Give us good world, happiness;
Give, o God, to Your people
Many and many years.
                                                                              Monday 14.12.2005

Strengthen your heart

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Strengthen your heart
And wait on the Lord with patience.
He crowns with victory your finish and blesses your start.
He makes your name known among nations.

Image credit: Tony Webster, “Marsh Loop (2186471664)” September 16, 2005, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                         Wednesday 08.06.2016

Твори добро

Твори добро допоки світло світить;
Нащо думати, чи хто помітить?
Той Хто треба вже знає –
Нічого схованого від Нього немає.

Твори добро бо Богу любо це.
Він мостить оливою твоє лице.
Твори добро і воно повернеться до тебе:
Заради любові до Бога і ближнього радше ніж для себе.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 22.05.2016

They have surrounded and encircled me

They have surrounded and encircled me,
But I have overcome them by the Name of the Lord completely.
They were going to advance, but had to flee.
God’s work is revealed to those who believe not abstractly, but concretely.

Lord, may Your slave be faithful,
Let Your slave be grateful.
Let Your slave speak of Your magnificent deeds.
Let Your might help your slaves in their needs.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 22.05.2016

Dis toujours “ça va” pour éviter “pourquoi”

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Dis toujours “ça va” pour éviter “pourquoi”:
Tu es précieux/-se dans les yeux de Dieu, crois.
Je t’admire, ton sourire, ton intelligence, ton esprit.
Sois généreux/-se, joyeux/-se et heureux/-se, mon ami/-e!
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 21.05.2016

Good fasting

Fasting can and should be for pleasure –
Even with fasting we need to know measure.
Fasting that is unhealthy
Is not pleasing to God, be it a poor man or wealthy.

Let your fasting be good for body and soul;
Let it help you achieve your spiritual goal;
Let it be helpful for charity and prayer;
Let it help you become a better Christian on every layer.
Iaroslav                                                         Thursday 05.05.2016

More important than money

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More important than money,
More important than food.
Better than honey,
Lighter than wood.

It is weak…
But stronger than rock.
It is a clear creek.
Wider than ocean, faster than clock.

Above all it is kind,
Jealousy melts like coal.
It brings to Heaven a devoted mind.
It heals a soul.
Iaroslav                                                         Monday 14.12.2009

Vain is the help of man

Vain is the help of man.
Through God we will show strength.
It is useless to rely on what man can.
If you want to enjoy victories at length,

Rely on God in all.
He beautifies your head with a crown;
He protects from a fall;
He dresses you with a PhD gown!
Iaroslav                                                         Tuesday 12.05.2015

Why are you upset

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Why are you upset?
Every sunrise and every sunset
Bring hope.
Have courage, it’s just a slope.

A rise will follow,
Keep on trying, dear fellow.
Keep your chin up and kind your heart.
Keep your head smart!
Iaroslav                                                         Friday 08.05.2015

Mother

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More than just a kind heart…
One remark and a thousand smiles.
This is love and not in part.
Here is what helps to cover miles.
Either end of this poem is true,
Right is the beginning and the full stop is too.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 21.05.2006

Le ruisseau de temps coule vite

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Le ruisseau de temps coule vite.
Et beaucoup va changer:
Les choses intérieures aussi que le site.
Mais il n’est jamais trop tard pour changer.

Seulement te rappelle toujours:
C’est à toi.
Il y a fondement même dans les plus grandes tours.
Tiens la patience et l’amour avec la foi.

Image credit: Ron B, “Banff Glacier” August 16, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                         Wednesday 04.04.2007

I wish I had never hesitated

I wish I had never hesitated,
Just always pushed forward, never waited.
Then I would have escaped so much trouble,
I would have gained double.

But all the same, it’s all right
‘Cause my mistakes are in sight
And that’s the first stage:
‘To realize’ is the foregoer of ‘to become sage’.

I’m going to be sure when doing good
And also firm when saying ‘no’ to bad or rude.
That’s the way to be
For those who want to win, for thee.
Iaroslav                                                         Friday 10.03.2006

Tea for two

Tea for two and two for tea –
Good reason to meet for you and for me,
To speak about our day
And to exchange glances that speak more than words can say.

Video credit: Anton van Dijken, “Tea For Two – Jane Monheit” September 10, 2009, via YouTube.
Iaroslav                                                   Bright Monday 02.05.2016

On Easter

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Easter! What a fine day!
No one’s gloom will stay.
Today no place for fear!

Life has won!
Today forget problems, have fun.
Thank Thee Father for all!
Thou saved us from a terrible fall.

Hallowed be Your Name!
Thou crown people with fame.
Easter! And life rejoices forever!
Thou make us happy and clever.
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 18.04.2016

Радій життю, радій

Радій життю, радій.
Хай що, живи!
Бороти тугу вмій,
Світло миті лови.

Доки існуєш люби:
Любов є сила.
Хай що, добро роби;
Умій розкрити крила.
Iaroslav                                                         Monday 03.05.2010

Easter

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Easter is knocking at doors.
What a wonderful day!
We can open hearts’ stores!
It’s a day of love, of the hopeful ray!

Death will always lose.
It will never own.
Let a winning hymn make a cruise!
How high our song has flown!

Our prayers are heard!
You are not alone.
God takes care even about a bird!
Smile! Believe, you won’t knock against a stone.

Iaroslav                                            Saturday – Monday 22-24.04.2006
(Easter: Sunday April 23, 2006)

Saints Among Us

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Have you ever thought
That there are saints among us?
In the street, in Church, at school, at work, on a bus?
Maybe, when you forgot

To lock your car,
They were there for you.
They went the way all the way through.
They cared whether you were close or far.

They looked after your baby.
They fed your dog.
They protected against a rogue.
They did not read your mind, maybe,

But they prayed for you every day.
I know, somebody hurt us in the past –
Now for seeing good stuff we are not fast,
But let’s keep our hearts open June through May.

Image credit: Keith, “Canada Goose Turning Right” March 27, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                         Monday 18.04.2016

Nonverbal

We like to see.
“Seeing is believing”
The proverb says to thee,
What nonverbals are we receiving?

Be smart to gesture
And kind to smile.
That’s a good communication texture,
Watch people for a while.
Iaroslav                                                         Fruday 21.05.2010

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

Live your life as if tomorrow would never come

Live your life as if tomorrow would never come:
Do good, be aware of harm;
Make peace with all and those you love,
For your enemy – pick up his glove.

For we never know
If the number of our years will be high or low.
So, let’s be prepared today –
Let your kindness show up without delay…
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 06.11.2011

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

Я дякую тобі, мамо

Я дякую тобі, мамо,
За все, що мені ти дàла,
За те, що спати не лягала рано
І за те, що в мене душу вклала.

Спасибі нескінченне тобі,
Що коли й дитиною нерозумною був,
Краще віддавала мені, не лишаючи собі
За перемоги спасибі, які я здобув.

Господу я зобов’язаний
За все, що в мене є.
Наш успіх із Ним пов’язаний.
Дякую, мамо, тобі і за це.
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 18.09.2004

Якось два мудреці розмовляли

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Якось два мудреці розмовляли…
Один іншого мимохідь спитав
Пояснити загадку, відповідь до якої сам не знав.
Довго думали до усього рівняли:

Дивно, не заздрить, не радіє з неправди,
Не поводиться нечемно, не величається,
Не шукає тільки свого, не надимається,
До гніву не рветься, терпить завжди,

Милосердствує, сподівається всього,
Правдою тішиться, вірить у все,
Не думає лихого, скорботи знесе.
Весь день мудреці сперечалися з цього,

Не відповівши, за інше заговорили знов.
Років восьми неподалік хлопець стояв,
За розмовою довго спостерігав
І наче сам до себе промовив: “Любов”.

Image credit: Laslovarga, “Echinacea Phoenix1” July 26, 2014, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 04.12.2004

When love comes, it’s so quiet

When love comes, it’s so quiet –
No struggle, no riot.
But real love soon becomes loud
Muffing every other sound.

Love is calm, but strong,
Love is never wrong;
It keeps silent, but speaks much,
Love is like a rose petal touch.

Love tells the truth.
It never vanishes, it’s stable and smooth.
Love melts anger and is smart,
Keep open your heart.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 18.12.2005

Thank Thee, Heavenly Father

Thank Thee, Heavenly Father, for all:
For preventing from a fall,
For land and water, day and night,
For all Thy world which is so bright!

Thou gave me a precious gift – my life,
And Thy support is immense.
My house is rife;
In Thee I always find defence!

Thank Thee for loving hearts around.
How reviving is their sound!
Thank Thee for food –
For both, body and soul, it is good.

I know, just words are not sufficient,
But help to my negihbour, good deeds!
And Thou will make us proficient
And send all or even more a human being needs!
Iaroslav                                            Tuesday – Saturday 13-17.11.2007

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

Have courage

When you act within the framework of the Commandments,
Do not be afraid to make a mistake.
Yes, in the future, you may need to make some amendments,
But any worthy enterprise you will be able to undertake.

Do not be sorry that you may miss a chance,
Neither in terms of money, nor in terms of a romance.
Focus on the main thing
And other things will follow:
To you your success will cling,
Your chest will not be hollow.

When it is hard, do not give up, keep on going.
Your success is in thinking and rowing.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 17.08.2014

Rely on God in all you do

Rely on God in all you do
And let your heart be calm.
Out of all He will deliver you;
You and yours will suffer no harm.

A thousand and ten thousand will fall beside you,
But to you they won’t break through
Because you called God your Helper truly.
He will make you thrive, He will protect you fully.
Iaroslav                                                          Thursday 17.03.2016

Thank God for all!

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Thank God for all!
When I cry to You, You hear my call.
Out of many troubles You have delivered Your free-will slave
And whenever I fall, You raise me up, shake off the dust, and save.

You blessed me with success in all things.
When I feel low, You spread my wings.
Wherever I go, You are there:
Here on earth, far in space – You are close, You care.

Image credit: Andreas Trepte, “TeslinRiverYukon” August 6, 2004, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.5.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 13.02.2016

Боже, я дякую Тобі

Боже, я дякую Тобі
За людей, що дають не лишаючи собі;
За доброту ближніх;
За тих, кого світ визнав за нижніх!

Заради них варто жити,
Вони – ті, які не забули, як любити.
Заради них варто світ кращим робити –
Заради них варто добро творити!
Iaroslav                                                          Friday 19.02.2011

Believe

Believe in order to win!
Let your success be perfected.
Let your everyday life be affected!
Believe, be courageous and win.

Let God grant you faith.
Let your wisdom grow,
Let your love be in strength,
Let your life peacefully flow.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 17.07.2011

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

Smile, even if you work hard

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Smile, even if you work hard,
Whether you eat veggies or lard,
All will be all right;
Keep victory in sight!

Image credit: Florian Fuchs, “Boom Lake in Banff National Park” August 12, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
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

We may get upset

We may get upset
Because something doesn’t happen as we have set.
We tend to give up
Or to pretend it was not our tea cup.

We tend to forget when we get a lime
That all happens in God’s time.
So, let’s proceed with hope
That with His help we will achieve, we will cope!
Iaroslav                                                         Wednesday 10.02.2016

When we speak about love which is true

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When we speak about love which is true,
We should also mention respect all the way through.
Suffering and sacrifice can mingle too,
But also a lot of happiness and – in terms of mood – more pink than blue.
Iaroslav                                                         Wednesday 10.02.2016

Love God with a sincere heart

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Be happy and love God with a sincere heart,
He is your Friend Who will never depart.
Love also your neighbour, friend,
Be truthful, let your sober account on him never depend.

Love yourself in a smart way:
Not to stuck more chocolate in your face,
But to improve your body and soul,
To make with God’s help your life truly whole!

Image credit: Tony Webster, “Banff National Park Landscape (17081399222)” July 9, 2004, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                         August 2014

Не треба кричати, щоб почутим бути

Не треба кричати, щоб почутим бути,
Свою справу треба добре робити та спину не боятися гнути.

Тільки той рипить, хто нічого не вміє,
Бо звертають увагу і з того радіє.

Та людина – не скрипучі ворота –
Розумний дарма не відкриває рота.

Слово – не горобець, вилитить – не піймаєш,
Тож добре поміркуй доки мовчиш, доки час ще маєш.
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 10.04.2004

It’s easy to give up

It’s easy to give up
And not difficult to fall,
To stumble and to stop, to lose all.
But to go on, to make up…

It’s not shameful to misfire,
But it’s shameful not to get up.
Try, a bright ray will light up,
A clear dream will inspire.
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 21.01.2006

How important it is to be sure

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How important it is to be sure!
No doubt on that score.
You need not hesitate,
Believe, till it’s not too late.

You may try yourself anyway.
What else can I say?
I’ve tried, now I know:
So much time I felt low…

But you will enjoy success.
It’s up to you: either more or less.
Be strong and keep within law,
How important it is to be sure!

Image credit: GJTomson, “Spirit Island” December 8, 2007, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 09.12.2007

When you feel right, smile

When you feel right, smile,
Show your own free style.
Do not restrain your mood –
Your heart is kind, you look so good.

Only God knows what will happen tomorrow.
Happiness may change to sorrow.
But this is not the reason for crying,
You’d better keep trying!

You will have much success, I am sure,
You do have a chance to change the score.
Be yourself, no matter where you are;
God’s support is here, not far.
Iaroslav                                            Tuesday – Sunday 04-16.12.2007

Слав Бога в слові й ділі

Слав Бога у серця простоті,
Як можеш, так молись,
В душевній чистоті,
Щоб “Отче наш” та інші молитви лились.

Хай в слові, хай і в ділі
Станеш ти Його хвалити.
І хай благословишся ти в життєвій цілі,
Хай будеш щиро ти Його любити.

Із вірою твоя хвала спасе,
А ще твоє життя то буде приклад.
Шукай добра понад усе,
І хай життя простеньким буде виклад.
Iaroslav                                            Sunday – Monday 21-22.11.2010

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

You are the only thing that’s blinding

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The sun is shining,
But you are the only thing that’s blinding.
All this time, girl, where have you been hiding?
You are like a yacht that’s gliding.

We enjoy our shared time
You write the best greetings for me, and I compose you a rhyme.
We cook and enjoy our meal together.
When we pray we are lighter than a feather.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 10.01.2016

Declare God’s works

God has delivered you out of a deep pit;
Out of many troubles He saved.
Declare God’s works with rejoicing,

And let your words be seasoned with wit!
With good deeds let your words be paved.
Let your praise be with a cheerful voicing!
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 30.05.2015

The only way to multiply joy

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The only way to multiply joy
Is to share it with others;
To do a kind deed
And to make happy your sisters and brothers.

Image credit: Wing-Chi Poon, “Clark’s Nutcracker – Nucifraga columbiana” July 3, 2005, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.5.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 10.01.2016

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

Only lazy people can’t fly

Only lazy people can’t fly
Because an Orthodox prayer is like a wing.
In doubt? Then you should try:
Thank for all, repent, and ask; pray in silence or sing.
Iaroslav                                            Wednesday – Friday 06-08.01.2016

It’s Christmas today

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It’s Christmas today,
The time when miracles take place.
It’s time to do good things and to play.
All is rejoicing: the earth and space!

Come out, sing carols, cheerful songs
To your family and friend
Or a soul that awaits Christmas and longs.
Glorify God, let Christmas in heart never end!
Iaroslav                                                         Tuesday 06.01.2015

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

The first carol

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Did you know that the first carol ever
Was sung by angels and shepherds heard?
They left all to come, but brought their herd.
Magi came too: their decision was clever.

Let us set aside all cares of life –
Let’s come to Church to celebrate Christmas together!
Be your kind self, bring your friends, your children, and wife.
Set aside worries, today be lighter than a feather!

Image credit: Richard Taylor, “Moon over Jasper (2)” September 10, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                            Tuesday – Wednesday 29-30.12.2015

Rejoice

However much you pray,
Rejoice, live life to the fullest each day.
Regardless of how much you fast, rejoice.
In anything you do, refine your choice.

Whatever you do, add love to it:
If you sew a suite, cut enough love to make a good fit;
If you make a salad, sprinkle it with love to perfect the taste;
If you write a computer code, insert love to go beyond copy and paste.
Iaroslav                                            Monday – Tuesday 28-29.12.2015

Without Christmas, there is no Easter

Without Christmas, there is no Easter;
Life, salvation, and joy from both these events proceed.
Therefore, take heed:
Rejoice in both feasts and help those who are in need.

During Christmas, however, there is a risk of greed
Over presents such as a toy, a sweater, a golden bead;
But open your heart and open the Bible to read –
Let God take the lead!
Iaroslav                                            Monday – Tuesday 28-29.12.2015

Agir

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Je ne suis pas fatigué,
Au contraire, je suis prêt à travailler.
Etre actif et agir!
Ne pas être passif, c’est-à-dire.

Sauter, inventer, c’est comme ça,
C’est le mode de vie pour moi.
Je ne vais pas dormir toute la journée,
A quoi bon je dois me tourner?

Un instant et c’est tout:
Rien à changer et des problèmes partout.
Donc, je ne vais pas tarder,
Mais agir et pas hésiter!

Image credit: Cephas, “Falco columbarius PP” July 30, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 30.04.2006

No enemies

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Original:
No Enemies
You have no enemies, you say?
Alas! my friend, the boast is poor;
He who has mingled in the fray
Of duty, that the brave endure,
Must have made foes! If you have none,
Small is the work that you have done.
You’ve hit no traitor on the hip,
You’ve dashed no cup from perjured lip,
You’ve never turned the wrong to right,
You’ve been a coward in the fight.
Author: Charles Mackay (1814 – 1889)

Translation:
Нет врагов
Нет у тебя врагов ты говоришь?
А жаль, мой друг, хвалиться нечем;
Кто выстоял в бою лишь
Чести, храбр и почестями встречен,
И, безусловно, есть у него враги! А у тебя их нет?
Тогда трудов твоих не видел свет.
Предателя тогда не облечил ты
И клятвопреступникам не закрыл их рты,
Ты никогда не плавил зло в добро,
А в схватке трепетал и ухо не держал востро.
Translator: Iaroslav                                                          Thursday 23.11.2006

Image credit: Sam, “Jasper National Park, Alberta” July 23, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.

Have faith in God

If you want to win, fight a peaceful fight
For your and your children’s future to be bright!
I know, this is hard,
But have faith in God and be en garde*!

Just a little more and the day of victory will come!
Be en garde, no need for rum,
Ahead, without despair, my friend!
You will enjoy victory in the end!

* French for “on guard”.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 23.12.2012

Thank Thee Father for the exam

Thank Thee Father for the exam.
Thy help is a protective slam.
This exam, Thou passed it for me,
If Thou art close, I will never flee.

With Thee is the life,
I will stand in a strife.
Thank Thee for Thy precious support
Which is more than the best unassailable fort!

Thou give comfort, good luck,
In no bog I will be stuck;
Thou art with me,
Thy support makes us free!
Iaroslav                                            Friday – Sunday 21-23.12.2007

This is the greatest day of the year

This is the Greatest Day of the year
It’s time for the Christmas song!
And I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Some days seemed to be so long…

But Christmas is quite different.
You’ve been looking forward to this night.
Today forget about the rent,
Everything will be all right.

Video credit: Relaxing & Romantic Music, “We wish you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year- ENYA” December 7, 2011, via YouTube.
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 20.12.2003

Share the Christmas Spirit

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A good way to share the Christmas Spirit is to sing together,
To make people’s mood lighter than a feather!
So, come, join the song,
Don’t be afraid to be wrong.

Let’s sing about His glory and love!
Let’s ask for a peace dove
For all the people, near and far!
Let’s wait and watch the first star.

It’s Christmas, do sing and believe!
You will receive
The things you need.
The reward is great for every kind deed.

God loves you very much;
The extent of this love is such
That He gave His Only-begotten Son for you.
He wants you to be happy and to break through.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 20.12.2015

Ісус Христос народився

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Ісус Христос народився,
У світ прийшов, як дитя з’явився.
Ісус Христос народився!

Син Божий як людина прийшов,
Від Отця Благий зійшов;
Для спасіння кожної людини,
Для щастя кожної родини!

Господеві нашому співаймо,
У вірі серця́ об’єднаймо.
Щоб Христос душу просвітив,
Щоб полум’я невір’я згасив.

Ісус Христос народився,
Як світла промінь у пітьмі з’явився.
І пастухи, і волхви
Свої дари принесли.

Отож щиро Бога прославляймо,
Спасіння сподіваючись співаймо!
Бо Христос – спасіння всім,
У кожну хату, кожен дім.

Просимо, хай Його ласка і щедроти
Будуть із вами вдома й на роботі,
Хай Христос дасть вашій родині
Хліба, здоров’я, прибуток, посмішку дитини!

Ісус Христос народився,
У світ прийшов, як дитя з’явився.
Ісус Христос народився!
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 10.12.2005

Carol

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Today is Christmas, let’s sing with cheer.
Christ is born to save us all.
Let us give up fear!
Today our salvation and joy are near.

Let us stock up with love
To the Lord and our neighbour!
Let us give to those in need a glove,
Yet better a pair for God blessed us in our labour!

Let us sing with joy
And let us share
A kind word, a toque, organic food, a toy…
Let us enjoy Christmas glare!
Iaroslav                                            Tuesday – Thursday 16-18.12.2014

Christmas carol

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It’s Christmas season outside,
It’s time to let the Christmas Spirit inside.
It’s time to help him/her who is in need,
To invite the Christmas Spirit through a kind deed.

It’s time to find peace with all,
To open your own heart, to go beyond a mall;
To phone him/her who needs your call;
To speak to the one who is in low spirits over a fall.

It’s time to believe in miracles, friend;
For him who does, they never end.
Christmas is time to be a good Christian, husband, and son,
To spend time with your family and to have fun!
Iaroslav                                                          Thursday 10.12.2015