Travels make me wise and stronger

Travels make me wise and stronger
So that I could stand longer.
And what I missed at school,
I will learn, it’s like a rule.

New people, communication,
Good friends, fresh information,
I’ll learn and see much new;
It is like a breeze, like morning dew.
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 01.08.2008

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Why trying to be kind if I’m silly

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Why trying to be kind if I’m silly?
And all my ways are hilly…
I want to help, but often do worse indeed.
What shall I do? What do I need?

I know, the answer’s not far,
But how it’s difficult to see the right star.
Father, help me, please.
I do need wisdom, only Thou can give the keys.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 27.08.2006

Life of faith

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Life of faith is when you live with love and believe,
While you still have nothing, that you will receive.
Life of faith is when you act with hope
That God will give you a Hand however steep is the slope.

Be of faith in life,
However rough is the strife.
Be of good cheer – God loves you;
Be wise and sober for it is true.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 10.09.2017

Forget your fears

Forget your fears,
You should be above them all;
Your problems aren’t worth your tears,
God will pick you up after any fall.

Keep your back straight.
Let wisdom protect you.
Never say that it’s too late –
You’ll be given your due.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 09.10.2004

What does it mean to be a man?

What does it mean to be a man?
You should be sure to understand,
It’s not easy, but, I believe, you can –
Be brave and wise: go, run, just never stand.

Is he strong? It’s not enough,
Even if he has never cried,
It only makes him tough.
A man will never show false pride.
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 25.07.2017

It’s easy to lose

It’s easy to lose,
But it’s difficult to find.
Today you’re on the booze,
But tomorrow, be sure, the fortune won’t be so kind.

You say you weren’t ready?
I say you didn’t want to
‘Cause you knew you had to be strong and steady.
You’ll have to be wise to break through.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 22.05.2004

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

There is no time for hesitation

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

Stay bright

Never give up the fight.
Keep on doing wise and kind things.
Your words and deeds can be like salt and light.
Only God knows what the future brings,

But you keep on rowing!
Whatever they say,
Keep on going!
With God’s help you will succeed on your way!
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 01.11.2014

Read & run

Read ’cause reading will make you wise,
Your intelligence is very likely to rise.
In the Wise Book, you will find answers.
Your ideas will be as swift as lancers.

Run to do good and kind things;
Be quick and light as if with wings.
In all things avoid haste:
It certainly makes waste.
Iaroslav                                                     Thursday 05.02.2015

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

Do I still have the wisdom

Do I still have the wisdom
To be happy about little things?
Can I still spread my little wings;
Listen to a running stream without boredom;

Smell fresh air, flowers;
See the blueness of the sky,
The greenness of the grass growing by;
Marvel at ancient towers?

Oh, I think I do.
I just forget sometimes.
Thank Thee, Father, for these rhymes.
Thank Thee for taking me through!
Iaroslav

Do good stuff today

In years to come
You will be more sorry about the things
You didn’t do, because they would seem dumb,
Than about those you did on your faith, hope, love wings.

So do good stuff today,
Do it with courage, without delay.
Skip reflecting on what they will think or say –
Do kind, wise, and simple things at home, at work, at play.
Iaroslav                                                     Wednesday 28.12.2016

За Причастя можливість

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За Причастя можливість
Приношу Тобі, Боже, подяку;
За силу, сміливість
І підтримку усяку.

Милість Твоя – безкінечна
Бо не дивлячись на лиця рятуєш.
Сила Твоя – незрівнянна, мудрість – беззаперечна
І розкаяного всякого Ти нагодуєш.

Люблячий, завжди будь з нами.
Знаю, недостойний я просити,
Але крім Тебе нікого іншого не знали.
Один Господь! Тільки Ти можеш нас заступити.

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Cascade Mountain – Banff – panoramio” June 19, 2005, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                      Sunday 27.11.2005

Як величні діла Твої, Боже

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Як величні діла Твої, Боже.
Все Твоє і від Тебе земля, небо, море і хмари…
І хто крім тебе допоможе?
Хто крім Тебе загасить ворожнечу і чвари?

Почуй нас, бо Твої ми раби.
Я – нерозумний та благаю, пробач нам знов,
Втім, як Тобі завгодно, так і роби
У Тебе бо мудрість та милість, а ще неосяжна любов.

Image credit: Isruma, “Moraine Lake 2 July-2001” July 20, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                      Saturday 11.02.2006

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have you every felt?

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Have you ever felt really bad
When you’re all fingers and thumbs and look so sad?
I think you have, perhaps not once.
Perhaps you even asked God to help you not to lose your chance.

It’s very good when you believe;
This opens the door to wisdom which you receive.
Never forget to thank for what you’ve got.
Look at paupers, think carefully – you have a lot.

Have you ever had bright moments in life
When the sky is clear and you want to fife?..
Be thankful to score your goal!
Ask God to show the way and to save your soul.
Iaroslav                                                          Monday 11.07.2005

You should never be afraid

You should never be afraid
God is always with you.
Be wise and do as He bade
And you will be given your due.

He cares even for the smallest flower.
Will He not care much more for you?
Remember His commandments and you will be stronger than the highest tower.
It is never too late to improve, God loves you and that is true.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 19.06.2005

Хто б що не казав, а життя – неймовірне

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Хто б що не казав, а життя – неймовірне –
На мільйони кольорів і дива багате;
Для розумних – на вдачу вірне.
Хоч бува часом солонувате.

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

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

Environment

Environment
Our environment is our home.
Nature is fragile and needs protection.
We get food and all we need under its dome,
But today it is in a state which requires a decisive action.

Wars, transportation, air pollution,
Empoisoned agriculture…
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

Як величні діла Твої, Господи

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Як величні діла Твої, Господи нині і повсякчас!
Ти все премудрістю сотворив!
Милості Твої – незліченні для нас.
Як багато у світі див:

Баланс у природі, тварина, людина,
Сильний чоловік, вродлива жінка, тендітна дитина;
Коли хто останній кусень хліба доїдає
І тому, хто його не любив, залишає.

Як величні діла Твої Господи, повсякчас і нині
Ти – Той Самий, Ти досі зціляєш.
Чи у космосі, чи під водою, на горі чи у долині –
Ти любиш нас і дбаєш.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 11.07.2015

Give me just a little smile

Give me just a little smile,
You have your own beautiful style.
Whatever it is, it will soon pass.
Cheer up, look at the greenness of grass.

You have an amazing head;
Not relying on force, you use it instead.
You are beautiful and strong in your way!
Be wise and harmless whatever they say!
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 23.05.2015

Життя – це великий дар

Життя – це великий дар,
Не варто про це забувати
І тільки Господь може ним наділяти;
Життя наповнює все від моря до хмар.

Але той, хто його має
Розпорядитися ним правильно мусить,
Найвищої мудрості життя вимагає
І розумний для початку язика закусить.

Не варто життя марнувати,
Його треба цінити, сміливіше крокувати.
Кожен сам все зважить, але час швидко спливає,
Укріпиться той у житті, хто надію на Бога покладає.
Iaroslav                                                          Tuesday 07.08.2004