Endless Waves to Girl Genius Revealed
The wonders in some tankas
The wonders of a little girl
Flowing across ways it knew
Then it disappeared
Leaving others to wonder
What ways did it have in view
Endless Waves (tanka)
Sparkling promise on bright sand
Under hope filled skies
Thrilling the wonders of life
On this paradise of you
Fields Of Time (tanka)
Some people enjoy their view
Lavishing in life
Wondering what waits ahead
While others weep their goodbyes
Wonders are explored in these tankas. Tanka (短歌 "short poem"?) is a genre of classical Japanese poetry and one of the major genres of Japanese literature. They are believed to have originated in the seventh century. The classical tanka is comprised of 31 syllables spread out in five lines, broken down thus: 5/7/5/7/7. Modern tanka writers challenge the classical tanka form. (A tanka being a "short poem".)
As I went on with my charitable activities they got to be more than I could handle. Let's take my activity with Toys For Tots. Toys For Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The Masons were big supporters of the program until 1965. I was assigned to rejuvenate it in my Lodge in 2003. By 2006 the Masonic family of the San Francisco Bay Area bought into the program. This was done by taking people, who thought that they were less than they were and giving them an opportunity to shine. The Masonic Toys For Tots program was taken to some of the business committees. One of the volunteers started up an amateur football league. Through the new Toys For Tots program some of the Masonic Lodges became supporters and meeting facilities of their communities. Other volunteers were brought in by individuals who learned how to let people shine. Masonry teaches that no one lasts forever. Hence, it was important to pass on my insights of running a successful Toys For Tots program to my successor. I passed over the reins in 2010.
There is wonder in everyone. At least that has been my experience. It is easy for some people to take an idea and run with it. There is a world of individuals. who for one reason or another, can't or don't get started. I believe everyone wants to be more. This belief has helped many. Inside everyone is a foundation. of some sort. Maybe that foundation is a need, a desire, a belief or whatever gets that person out of bed. Build on that foundation and it gets better, stronger. The best way to build is success or confidence. So what does all this mumbo-jumbo mean? Believe that everyone wants to be better. If we are a leader or someone working with others, find/see that something that is important, of value in that other person(s). How does it match into the goal at hand? It is okay to get that person's help. Once found (and it will be found), formulate a series of steps toward achieving a goal. Each step should be success oriented. If we are working on ourselves or to make ourselves better, the idea is the same. It is important that each step is easily attainable. It is the power of success, confidence that lead us to achieve that wonder that we are. We are all wonders. There is a shining star in everyone. Believe, know, see and Enjoy.
How about a song to celebrate the magic that is us: Limahl "The Never Ending Story"
There is nothing quite like the magic in a young girl's eyes
The most famous member of the Magic Circle, a British organisation dedicated to promoting and advancing the art of magic. is Prince Charles. He joined the club in 1975 after performing the famous Cups and Balls trick for members. Not quite Prince Charles, Michael Carbonaro, a magician by trade but a prankster at heart, can still wow us. More importantly, he can wow a little girl and her mother.
Want to be amazed. Keep your eyes on that big Rubic's cube on the table, "The Carbonaro Effect - Girl Genius Revealed"
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