Make hay while the sun shines –
Do all things you can at once.
If you’re writing a book, add to it each day new lines;
If you are a farmer, make sure all your cattle always receive a health check glance.
Success comes from steady work
And dextrous hands.
These are the things making abundant your fork,
This is what gives fame to honest music bands.
Iaroslav Friday 28.09.2018
In work or in studies,
There may be such times
When you need a hand from your buddies,
When clients are giving you limes.
Do not worry, do not despair.
Stay cool, be fair.
Tackle one task at a time;
Make juice of any lime.
Iaroslav Friday 28.09.2018
If you are in doubt,
Rely on God, colleague,
He makes our steps stout,
The tired continue without fatigue.
By following His word
You will go far,
His truth is a sword,
In darkness or light it shines from afar.
Iaroslav Saturday 28.01.2012
All things are good in measure;
And too much of one thing is good for nothing, truly.
Enough work, a little leisure…
A bit of sadness, enough of happiness with gratitude fully.
Iaroslav Thursday 13.09.2018
A saint who is sad
Gives a reason to people to think something bad.
Therefore, rejoice as much as you can
In prayer, studies, work – in all with and without a plan.
Iaroslav Sunday 15.07.2018
Do your exercises, eat veggies, rest;
Hit the books and work with zest.
Say “thank you” for all good things.
Enjoy each moment that life brings.
Love God with all your soul!
You will achieve your goal,
Whether you study or work,
Whether you eat with chopsticks or fork.
Love God with all your mind!
You will not be left behind,
You will advance!
Wisdom is here, it is not given by chance.
Image credit: Thank you for visiting my page, “Morning hike up Yates mountain Kananaskis Alberta Canada (26334059385)” April 9, 2016, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav Sunday 21.10.2012
Let’s not be sorry
About what we don’t have now,
But let’s be thankful without worry
For what we have without a row.
And then, in prayer, by working hard,
We may acquire more;
We may learn our hearts and souls to guard.
In the meanwhile, let’s have love in store!
Iaroslav Monday 16.01.2012
Add love as much as it takes.
Sprinkle generously with faith everywhere.
Add some hope before it bakes.
Remember to oil with rest; avoid despair.
Also be smart in work and studies;
Be smart in eating, drinking, speaking;
Be smart with your lady, friends, buddies;
Be smart in completing good projects through, avoiding freaking.
Have you ever tried
Saving time on the Church or prayer?
I have, trying to keep my eyes open wide,
To do more work, to add another successful layer.
When I skipped the Church to do work,
It didn’t stick together, I had to redo;
I had or witnessed a quarrel over things as small as a fork;
I wasted time on much ado.
When I skipped prayers to do more,
I was unable to gain any time;
On the contrary, I lost to it another score;
I lost a dollar trying to save a dime.
I know other people who had similar situations.
Each of us is free to choose.
For me, the Church is a place of refuge in any nation
And prayers help to gain time, not to lose.
Iaroslav Tuesday 30.05.2017
Keep your kind dream in sight!
Keep working, perhaps, it is within a byte.
Perhaps, you’ll need more work, more thinking power…
Pray on; keep it simple; dedicate to it the morning hour.
Iaroslav January 2018
However difficult is the situation –
Don’t be afraid.
At work, at home, in studies, among a foreign nation…
God’s love is with you, the problem will fade.
Iaroslav January 2018
Величай, душе моя, Господа
Бо повіки милість Його!
Все премудрістю сотворив єси!
Знням створив всесвіт і мудрістю,
Не захитається вона.
Знання дав людині: кому мови, кому про мови;
Кому про землю, кому про воду;
Кому про повітря, кому про механізми;
А іншим знання про людей, щоб врачувати хвороби!
Одних настановив начальниками, а інших – робітниками.
Одних – науковцями, а інших – митцями.
Але у багатстві не поклав щастя.
Боже, дай нам серце чисте, щоб співати Тобі;
Щоб ми славили Ім’я Твоє в радості;
Щоб славили Ім’я Твоє з мудрістю, з любов’ю та вірою!
Величай, душе моя, Господа
Бо повіки милість Його!
Кожне дихання, кожна мова –
У кожному місці і у кожній справі –
Бо повіки милість Його!
У любові щирій поклав щастя.
У служінні ближнім – велич.
У простоті – знання!
Величай, душе моя, Господа!
Всі народи, заспівайте Господеві!
Любов Твоя нас береже.
Дякуємо Тобі за любов!
Слава Тобі, Боже, навіки!
Iaroslav Tuesday – Wednesday 11-12.01.2012
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
As much as you can, believe –
Let God tell you, “Your faith has saved you”.
When it seems impossible to receive,
Believe and work hard with a rolled up sleeve.
Iaroslav Sunday 29.10.2017
Have faith, have strength to smile.
You are kind, be brave.
If necessary, wait for a while;
Be not afraid of a ranging wave.
For your Creator you are equal.
Be careful though and be wise.
Believe to add a happy ending to this sequel.
Get over, smile, and work to awesomize!
Iaroslav Sunday 01.09.2013
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
You are not lazy,
But your body needs rest.
In studies and work it does get crazy –
You need a break to perform best.
Iaroslav Thursday 27.04.2017
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
All you do, do this with love:
Studying, working, returning a glove.
Let love help you decide
And right answers provide.
Iaroslav Sunday 08.09.2013
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!
All that we do should be nice:
Helping others, working, studying, eating rice.
Let others see and want to imitate,
But let us be true and practice what we state.
Iaroslav Sunday 08.09.2013
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
Remain your kind self in any situation:
In an airport, at home,
At school, at work, during a presentation;
From Tivoli all the way east to Rome!
Iaroslav Thursday 10.08.2017
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!
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
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 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
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!
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
When you believe,
Miracles happen indeed.
However hard in work or other deed,
Somehow you will!
Iaroslav Wednesday 22.04.2015
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
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
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
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.
Carpe diem, but remain faithful in all.
Be swift, but fulfill your call.
Separate time for fun,
Do work, read books, and run.
Iaroslav Monday 29.02.2016
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
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
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
Whatever you do – add love to it
To make your work a perfect fit.
Just do your job with love indeed:
Let your love be seen in word and in deed.
Iaroslav Saturday 02.04.2016
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
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
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
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 –
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
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!
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)
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
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
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.
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 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
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 the paths of life:
At work, at school, with your husband or wife.
Iaroslav Sunday – Thursday 24-28.05.2015
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
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!
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
It is your birthday today,
And I don’t know what to wish, you have all.
Just a couple of things: you work hard, but remember to play.
When you are happy or sad, remember to pray.
Iaroslav Friday 21.08.2015
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 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