Gems 8.168-T

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

Poem “You Can’t Protect It” and photo by John Olander

You Can’t Protect It
When you live out of bags,
It’s tough to keep things straight.
Especially because, typically, they are
All sorts of Opaque.
Where’s this? Where’s that?
I thought it was in this one.
Dammit, what a bitch this.
Rummaging is no fun.
Oh well, I’ll tear everything completely apart
And stack all my bags like a fine work of Art.
Without my phone and charger, I’ll be hosed.
No work for me today, I suppose.
Searched every zip compartment in my artful stack.
Only to discover, once again, my phone got jacked!

-John Olander

Gems 8.159-T

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

Photo copyright © Alisa Reagan 2016, 2022. All rights reserved.

This is the full quote.  Special thanks to WaY for sharing this quote and to Alisa Reagan for sharing this beautiful photo. ♡

“I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift.”  

Shauna Niequist