Que mes jours seront longs,
Et j’aurai des choses à manger;
Je construirai ma maison,
Et je Te louerai!
Anyone can profit from good.
But turning misfortune to benefit
Is for the wise, I conclude.
Wisdom and patience cook their food.
To do well when all is okay
Is easy for our brain,
But in our heads we have much more than clay –
So, think what for. You can do it today.
To surrender when something is wrong,
To sink and to lose all
Or to step over and to try to become strong;
To save and to improve what you can so long?
It is up to you to decide;
Every new day is a beginning.
Birds know this, they do not hide.
In the open sky they glide.
Iaroslav Sunday 18.01.2009
One hour in the morning, friend,
Is worth three in the eve,
Whether you begin an activity or end,
Whether you come or leave.
Therefore, do what’s important early in the day –
Add a step toward your dream;
Do morning exercises, pray.
Live, be happy, gleam.
Iaroslav Sunday 10.06.2018
Happy because alive;
Snappy because I strive;
Thankful – I have so much;
Hopeful; with friends in touch.
Always, always, and always
I must be grateful –
As the real faithful,
All days, all days, and all days.
I don’t know what is ahead.
I don’t feel lack of bread.
My brain, my way, my strife.
My heart, my soul, my life.
Iaroslav Sunday 25.05.2008
I am more educated than my instructors
Because I reflect on God’s ways.
I am more vigilant than orchestra conductors
Because I listen to God since the youth of my days.
He made me wiser than the old
Because I follow His commandments day and night.
He makes me whole and bold
Because I glorify Him with all my heart, knowledge, and might.
Iaroslav Monday 06.11.2017
You should believe in such a way
That your face is smiling,
Because Christ cares for you at night and at day.
Start sharing your faith and smile, stop compiling.
Iaroslav Sunday 04.03.2018
The right choices aren’t always easy,
But they aren’t always hard.
Take prayer, for instance, when you are free or busy,
It protects from being caught off guard.
Use it in the morning, at night
And as often as needed.
Let your soul be light,
Let good stuff in your heart be seeded.
Prayer “takes away” minutes, but saves days;
It promotes health and cheer;
It opens new ways;
It directs to God and all things that are dear.
Iaroslav Wednesday 14.02.2018
When you are in doubt – pray
In the morning, at night, during the day;
Whether long or short, let the prayer come from the heart.
Let it be with faith, hope, love fully, not in part.
Iaroslav Thursday 10.08.2017
When you meet the one, the husband or the wife,
It’s more that just “how is your day”,
It’s “hey, what are you doing for the rest of your life?”
“We’ll share all things, we’ll dance, we’ll sing, we’ll pray”.
When this happens, be sincere;
Be able to keep silence, say a smart joke;
Be not away on your phone, be with him/her here.
When the time comes, share whatever yoke.
Iaroslav Saturday – Tuesday 13-16.05.2017
Never give up in any good deed,
Whether you are studying or pulling out a garden weed,
Whether you are writing a dissertation
Or working on a new invention.
Never give up in a good endaveour,
Be cheerful, hopeful, faithful, and clever.
For all good things pray.
May God’s blessing help you each day!
Iaroslav Tuesday 20.12.2005 – Saturday 28.01.2006
Open your heart, let Christmas come and stay,
Let the kind child in you rejoice at each sun ray!
Keep your own bright, courageous, perseverant way.
Merry Christmas! I wish you happy smiles and a full tray!
Open your heart till it’s not too late:
All your dreams will come true,
Believe and the rain of grace will pour upon you.
You are free in God, so –
More confidence, be ready to mow.
Merry Christmas I wish!
Be blessed and enjoy your Christmas dish!
Demande au ciel et aux étoiles comment je t’aime,
Demande au vent et au soleil de qui je rêve.
Bien que nous sommes loin je me souviens de toi quand même,
Je me souviens de toi au point du jour et quand le soleil se lève.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down
Before Christ our God, let us sing psalms!
Come, let us rejoice in village and in town!
Let us give alms!
Let no one be upset.
It is Easter, the Feast of feasts, the greatest Day!
It is time to forgive any debt,
It is time to soften our hearts and to pray.
Iaroslav Friday 10.04.2015
Respect your woman, gent.
Put her before play, work, rent.
Not only will she be your blessing day and night,
You yourself will feel confident, light!
Iaroslav Tuesday 17.10.2017
I feel good whatever they say.
I’m all right, what a wonderful day!
I believe I can fly, I have wings
And I’ll be a success; I’ll improve the things.
Iaroslav Sunday 30.05.2004
Rejoice in life and live!
Praise God and thankful be.
You have so much, believe.
Here is an example: an ant and a bee.
They work with an easy heart,
They are glad they are alive
And are happy about every body part.
Don’t worry, one day all flowers thrive.
You are more than that!
You are man!
God will make your road smooth and flat.
Rejoice, enjoy your fruit and bread with bran!
Iaroslav Sunday 25.07.2017
The night has passed,
The day has come
It’s time to act and fast.
No need to be glum.
A new day means a new life.
So, be ready,
Today you’ll have to face a strife.
Smile, be steady!
If something is wrong,
Work toward a change
Because you are strong,
And that is within your range.
Iaroslav Sunday 04.11.2007
What is going on around?
Life is rushing by.
I can hear its sound,
It’s like being in a field of rye.
I live and discover,
I’ve been wrong about so many things.
But God always helps me to recover
Giving me hope and invisible wings.
I don’t know
What will happen in a day:
Perhaps it’ll be sunny, perhaps, it will snow.
How important it is to be sure on the way!
Iaroslav Monday –Tuesday 18-19.12.2006
There is no time for hesitation,
Choose your way and go.
There is no time for hesitation,
Choose your boat and row.
Soon you will see the sun appear
And it will lighten your way.
Kind Heart, your luck is near,
The night retreats, you will enjoy the day!
What for to look back?
Every step draws nearer your wonderful aim.
You will forget about lack.
You will win though the world is never the same.
Be confident, act;
Your garden will thrive!
Your shield is good tact.
Wisdom is with you wherever you drive.
Iaroslav Thursday 13.11.2008
Why did you stop?
You are strong enough
To reach the top.
It’s OK, let them laugh –
You’ll score your goal.
Do what’s on your mind,
You’ve got a friendly soul,
It’s your day don’t be blind.
Iaroslav Saturday 21.02.2004
You’re not alone, believe,
God is always with you!
Cheer up, it’s too early to leave,
You are right, you’re strong, it’s true!
Find your niche and go on;
Persistent thou should be,
And you’ll still admire the dawn
Enjoying the daylight brighter than you thought it could be.
We are together,
You are not alone.
Even in a rainy weather
God’s love will bring us together making stronger than a stone.
Iaroslav Saturday 27.10.2007
Be slave to God and not to men.
Fear God on all your ways.
Be not afraid of people now or then.
May God prolong your days!
May they be filled with health and joy!
Fear God and not men to achieve your goal:
You have a smart head, employ!
Keep straight your back and sound your soul!
Iaroslav October 2014
Seek the Lord and His strength always –
This will prolong the length of your days
And will fill them with joy.
Health and respect you will enjoy!
Iaroslav Wednesday 22.04.2015
However hard it is, go on.
I know problems weigh much,
But to win you were born;
Your kind heart makes you strong as such!
It’s never too late to improve
When you are ready to fight,
Your deeds will prove,
You will enjoy a victorious light.
But now be patient to wait, let the day chase night.
What cannot be cured,
Should be endured.
A climber starts from the bottom to reach the height.
Iaroslav Sunday 13.01.2008
Every day’s a new life,
I can start from the beginning.
A wonderful chance to renew the strife,
The tune will be winning.
Each morning’s a wonder,
Look better around.
What a beauty, even a thunder!
A singing bird… – what a sweet sound!
Iaroslav Saturday 05.04.2017
Rejoice before God in all!
Put sorrow without a reason away.
With God you will climb over any type of wall!
In any situation you will see day!
Iaroslav Tuesday 31.03.2015
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
Les jours gris ont passé
Et ne sont pas près.
Jette, mon cher lecteur, ta tristesse et souris!
Merci, mais c’est pas assez:
Rappelles aussi que tu es bel(le) et bon(ne) et c’est vrai!
Iaroslav Saturday 25.03.2006
I saw you in a bus,
How pretty you were!
Another day of city fuss…
Both alone among those people in fur.
With bright, shining eyes you were standing;
It was cold outside.
In your eyes I saw understanding;
The world for me became wide.
Iaroslav Wednesday – Sunday 23-27.01.2008
Choose exercises that fit your style:
Swimming, running, stretching, walking a mile…
In the morning or in the eve.
Then, a healthy soul in a healthy body is what you will receive!
Iaroslav Sunday 03.02.2013
Time is sly indeed,
It’s moving faster day after day.
Who knows what I need?
What shall I say?
Anyway, never stop rowing,
Keeping heart open;
Never being afraid of bestowing.
That is the only way in order not to feel broken.
What for to put off till tomorrow
A kind smile, a good deed?
Retardation leads to sorrow.
Time is sly indeed.
Iaroslav Tuesday – Wednesday 12-13.12.2006
Every year has Christmas cheer;
Every month has a pay day;
Every week has a day-off gear;
Every day has a morning ray…
Iaroslav Sunday 09.10.2016
Live as if you had only one day.
Laugh as if you were a child at play.
Love as if that’s all you’ve got to say.
Iaroslav Sunday 09.10.2016
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
When you meet a special someone
And it doesn’t work the way you want at once,
Don’t worry – your thing will not be gone.
Stock up with patience for a year, a day or a month.
Iaroslav Sunday 14.08.2016
“Des médecins disent que c’est ça,
Et des romantiques disent que pas toujours” –
Un ami 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
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
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
All work and no play
Makes Jack a dull boy.
Cool down, it’s your day,
Try to smile and jump for joy.
Iaroslav Saturday 31.01.2004
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
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
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
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 of a bird!
Smile! Believe, you won’t knock against a stone.
Iaroslav Saturday – Monday 22-24.04.2006
(Easter: Sunday April 23, 2006)
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
Second best investment is your wife.
When it gets tough in life,
She will sell her jewellery to support the family: your children and you.
Whatever the situation is, good or bad, keep your love true.
Third best investment is children indeed.
When the time comes, invest in their education, word, and deed.
When you grow old,
They will support you, among your neighbours you will be bold.
Iaroslav Friday 04.12.2015
I could go to a pub every night.
But, girl, I wouldn’t trade all that and more for going with you to fly a kite,
For kissing you, babe, and listening to you speaking about your day,
For our marriage and the chance to jointly pray.
Iaroslav Thursday 19.11.2015
For you have showed courage, faith, and love.
You have prepared the place for the peace dove.
Every day you stood to your duty anew.
We remember and pray for you.
We live because your courageous deeds were true.
We enjoy hockey, pancakes, maple syrup, and barbecue.
Your glory did not fade, it grew.
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.
It’s a beautiful day
And a beautiful girl;
I want to thankfully pray
She’s my precious pearl.
Iaroslav Saturday 17.10.2015
Тільки подумати, як все влаштовано:
День і ніч, вода – вогонь, птах і людина!
Великою Божою мудрістю усе збудовано.
І кожен своє місце має, навіть невеличка тварина.
Як щасливий той, хто з вірою живе,
Не дивлячись на клопоти, кожну хвилину цінує!
Як блажен той, хто православним шляхом іде
Бо з надією живе і до вічного прямує.
Iaroslav Saturday 11.06.2005
There are things which are essential,
They must be treated in a way which is differential.
Minor matters draw to the earth and lower in fact;
Essential things require patience and tact.
What’s the difference you say?
Watch and you will see as clear as day:
The award for the minor things is none,
The award for essential ones is blessing with every new dawn.
Wars, transportation, air pollution,
These things require a wise solution.
Man is a reason-endowed creature, not a dumb vulture.
First we need to control our appetite,
Then we should develop alternative ways –
Each of us can make his/her impact light.
We should act fast – within hours, not within days.
Iaroslav Saturday 12.09.2015
Благослови, Господи Боже, Твого раба по всі дні,
Щоб ходити Твоїми шляхами мені.
Дякую, Боже, що перемагає любов!
Дякую, Боже, за підтримку знову і знов!
Iaroslav November, 2014
Rely on God; with Him, you will show strength.
With Him, you will extend your days’ length.
You will conquer any foe,
You will mix the tastiest dough.
Rely on God and win with peace in any land.
Take a shield of faith in hand
And a spear of love, and an armour of hope
To manage all and to be able to cope.
Iaroslav Wednesday 06.05.2015
Love God on all your ways
For you don’t know the length of your days.
Do not put it off till tomorrow.
There aren’t too many things to follow:
Love God with all your mind, strength, and heart.
And love your neighbour as yourself, it’s not a complex art.
Your heart will prompt where to start.
Keep your shoulders straight, your head is so smart!
Iaroslav Thursday 11.09.2014