Життя у собі гарне

Життя у собі гарне,
Але коли самітнє –
Здається марне,
Не гріє й сонце літнє.

Але з любов’ю,
Життя розквітне;
Додасться здоров’ю,
Життя оживе, стане помітне.

Коли поруч друг,
Сила чотирьох додається.
Легше братись за плуг,
Легше виграється.

Май друга,
Другом будь!
Хай зникне туга,
Хай зміцніє путь!
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 05.02.2010

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Рідна мова

Рідна мова – бальзам для душі,
Струмок для вух джерельний,
Для язика – то мед;
Для голови – пірина.

Втомлену душу підкрипить,
Хворе тіло зціляє.
Це – від Бога!
Рідна мова – то життя!
Iaroslav                                                    September 2009

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

Нехай буде Ім’я Господнє Благословенне

Нехай буде Ім’я Господнє Благословенне!
Нехай прийде перед Тобою моління раба Твого смиренне.
Дякую, Боже, за Твою Любов!
За захист знов і знов!

На кожному шляху мого життя –
У спеку, у мороз, у тиші, під час вітру виття,
Ти благословив раба Твого щедрими дарами:
Родиною, здоров’ям, навчанням, житлом і хлібами.

Боже, я дякую Тобі за всіх і за все!
Нехай у мирі раб Твій моління піднесе.
Нехай Ласка Твоя, нехай Любов Твоя спасе!
Раб Твій нехай подячну молитву принесе.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 10.02.2013

Be friend to God

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

If God has pronounced against a nation

If God has pronounced against a nation,
But these people repent:
God will spare this population;
To them, an angel of peace and health will be sent.

If God’s people, who are elect,
Have gone astray,
God will see and detect:
He will punish unless they go back to the righteous way.
Iaroslav                                             Pascha Sunday 12.04.2015

How wonderful life can become

How wonderful life can become
If you are ready for this.
Your efforts are needed, yes, at least some,
Be willing to win and you will not miss.

This is not just my word,
But mine, of course, too.
Life is sharp, sometimes like a sword,
But much depends upon you!
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 10.02.2008

Love

Love.
What else?
Like a white dove…
It cures, brings good health.
Real love is a shield for the soul.
In summer it is like a gulp of fresh juice,
In winter it is better than coal.
Love is rich & that’s the truth;
Love is young and mature,
It will win in any strife.
With love we endure.
Love is life!
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 03.02.2008

Dressed up for weather

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Do not be shy of dressing up for the weather.
Do not consider too much what people will think:
They will admire! Whether
You realize this or not. Appropriate clothes are a link
To healthy you. Who needs young people who are sick?
Before going out, search the weather, make that extra click!

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Snow Day – panoramio” December 2, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 01.02.2015

Exercises will help you stay well

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Exercises will help you stay well:
Your body will sound as a new, tuned bell;
Your eyes will see as eagle eyes;
Your brain will work to make you wise.

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

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

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

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

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?
Pardonne-moi pour être têtu…
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 22.07.2007

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

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

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

Educate yourself

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A lot of things happen around
And it is not enough to learn what you are told at school.
New things, new technologies abound
And it takes an effort to stay cool.

Have desire to learn new things
To be able to choose what is good,
To be able to distinguish good stuff from unhealthy springs.
Be kind, smart, and learn to move ahead from where you stood.

Image credit: Nikopol, “The Mountain Exhaled edit” January 19, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 17.10.2015

Trust in God and be strong

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Trust in God and be strong.
Your hardships will not last long.
With God you will show strength.
You will achieve your goal, you will have health.

In time of trouble let God be your Delight.
Even in darkness keep light in sight.
You will win and offer thanks and a cheerful song.
Trust in God and be strong.
Iaroslav                                                          Monday 16.03.2015

Дякую

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Все, що маю Богу зобов’язаний я:
Воля, мир, здоров’я, життя
Дякую, Боже, за спасіння надію, підтримку родини;
Дякую, що дав перемогу у нелегкі години.

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

I admire you

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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

Blueberry

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Blueberry! What a delicious thing!
If you go to visit a friend, that’s the best thing to bring!
It is rich in antioxidants and healthy all over
With tart, sweet taste and gentle scent as freshly cut clover.

Image credit: Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic, “You give me blues” August 30, 2009, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                          Friday 14.08.2015

Якщо у житті не гладко все

Якщо у житті не гладко все,
Не хвилюйся, не сердися:
Те, що було, минуле все далі і далі несе,
З надією на це дивися!

Хай серце палає любов’ю,
Хай розум працює кмітливо,
Хай дієта сприяє здоров’ю!
Рухатись далі – дуже важливо
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 07.09.2014

Do good till you have strength to do so

Do good till you have strength to do so!
Two, three or more times in a row
And let your own business thrive
Because God gives and does not deprive.

Start now and patient be,
Let good health be granted to thee.
When in hardships, let us pray.
Let’s do good things without delay!
Iaroslav                                            Sunday – Monday 13-14.05.2012

The Lord is on my side, I will not fear

The Lord is on my side, I will not fear.
What can man do to me? I will run to the aim as a deer.
I will not step back or hesitate.
I will run, I will read, I will be in a healthy state.
Iaroslav                                                          Tuesday 02.06.2015

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