Peace

Love peace and cling to it,
But be ready that some may search for war.
This desire of theirs is a pit.
They will lose, they won’t even get a draw.

Pray for yourself, your family, and neighbour,
Pray for love and peace, but be ready
That some may despise your labour.
In all trust in God Who makes us steady.

And let your Christian banner float, whether you work or dine.
Let your simple light shine!
Have salt in yourself and have love.
You long for peace and you will see the peace dove.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 17.02.2015

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Believe in God and boldly step

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

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

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

Keep on working

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

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

Students

Students work hard,
But they work with hope
And in order not to be caught off guard.
As many assignments as given by profs, they cope.

However difficult, students keep on going
Because they know that their reward is awaiting –
For now, they have to be rowing.
God knows what good things in the future they will be contemplating!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 20.10.2013

Rejoice in life and live!

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

Cheer and consistency

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Do things with cheer
And your work will go far, not near.

But what has to be done – is to be done –
Do that and it will be gone.

Even famous people had tough times,
But continued working until they got juice out of limes.

Complete your kind projects through –
That’s a rewarding thing, it’s true.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 05.09.2015

Love God

Love God in trouble and joy!
All your mind, all your strength, and all your heart you will need to employ.
Be afraid of no one
But Him, be ready to wait, be ready to run.

Love God with all your strength,
With all your mind, heart, and body length!
Let your heart not sink:
He will support you more than you think.

Rely on Him and go.
Let your kindness grow!
Be quick and smart;
In studies, in work, strengthen your heart!

Be afraid of no one, not anybody in sum.
Only fear God now and in the time to come –
You will bring abundant fruit,
You will grow a profound root!
Iaroslav                                          Saturday – Sunday 19-20.01.2013

Believe

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

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

Хай славиться ім’я Твоє повіки!

Хай славиться ім’я Твоє повіки!
Алилуя! Він з океану виточує ріки;
Бог наш перетворює пустелю на оазу;
А струмок нечестивих засихає одразу.

Як величні діла Твої, Боже. Так!
Розкаяне серце квітне і то є знак:
Безмежна Твоя милість, безкрая любов!
Від повноти серця, що Ти нам дав, заспіваємо знов.

Восхвалемо Тебе, Благий, за все.
В молитві, у пісні, у праці, в ділах; і немовля свій сміх піднесе.
І все нам під силу, коли Ти з нами!
Як Блажений Ти Боже, наділив Ти нас усіма дарами!
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 22.01.2007

Life is good

Life is good
Because it’s a flow.
It is like trees in a wood:
Never the same wherever we go.

Where there is no loss,
There is no gain.
Misfortunes remind about victory’s worth.
No exercises is starvation for brain.

A load is needed to make steel from muscles.
Without work a good gear rustles.
So, life is great forever!
Live and learn, be clever.
Iaroslav                                          Monday – Wednesday 05-07.05.2008

Perennial values

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

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

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

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

What is my destination?

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

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

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

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

Be yourself whatever they say

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

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

With faith

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

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

ТНЕДУТС

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Exercise your body

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

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

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

There is time for all

There is time to work
And there is time to play;
Time to eat pork
And time to “vegetize” your tray.

There is time to cry
And there is time to smile;
Time to refrain and time to try;
To rest and to cover a mile.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 11.10.2015

Patience is a virtue

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

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

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

My students

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

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

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

Family

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

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

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

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

Communicate

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

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

Love love

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

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