The Art of Losing...

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Sunset and Goodbyes

I came across the poem "One Art" the other day and found it quite poignant.

One Art

By Elizabeth Bishop; 1911–1979

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

- Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.


Loss is not easy, especially that of a loved one. Over the course of life I've discovered a way that helps me abide the unexpected, needless and inevitable losses: to not hold on too tightly to anything or anyone no matter how precious, and with a little faith humbly let go, believing that by the grace of God even loss can serve great purposes - most astounding to me being the paradisiacal transformation of one's heart.

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In the Creative

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I hauled my drawing supplies out of the storage shed today - something I've been thinking about doing for a few months.

Back in 2003 I'd picked up the book Drawing for Dummies wondering if there was anything to my elementary school habit of doodling. After working through the first 88 pages, I couldn't wait to put what I'd learned to the test. Grabbing an old National Geographic, I found this photo of a Koala bear in a eucalyptus tree and gave it a shot. I'm pleased with how it turned out... I did embellish the smile a little.

Happy Koala Bear - 2004

Happy Koala Bear by Jen Duguay

As you can see I didn't quite did finish it. This was my first and only attempt at drawing. Life came knocking at my door as life often does, and along with a few other creative outlets, I temporarily put my new pencils and sketch pad aside to navigate through more pressing matters.

Fortunately, like the seasons, life moves on, we grow, and priorities shift. Today, I look forward to discovering myself anew in the creative - that mysterious quality which hints to the image of God we all bear - and finding a healthier balance between work and play.

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Peace of Mind

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Boston is one of my all-time favourite bands. I only need listen to any one of their CDs if I want to retreat to a heavenly place. How that works is still a mystery to me... somehow their powerful and colourfully layered guitar riffs, strong vocal harmonies, and penetrative lyrics about life and love always whisk me far away from the static and complexity of life.

This morning I put on Boston's debut album, cranked the stereo, closed my eyes and found myself as I'd anticipated, in a place where I'm able to make out the whispers of my heart, and reconnect with the faith that sustains me, knowing that if I look ahead at what Hope promises is yet to come - far beyond today's noise and distractions - and cling tightly to everything I believe in, I find moments of what I seek.



Peace of Mind - Boston

Now if you're feelin' kinda low 'bout the dues you've been paying
Future's coming much too slow
And you wanna run but somehow you just keep on stayin'
Can't decide on which way to go
Yeah, yeah, yeah

I understand about indecision
But I don't care if I get behind
People livin' in competition
All I want is to have my peace of mind.

Now you're climbin' to the top of the company ladder
Hope it doesn't take too long
Can'tcha see there'll come a day when it won't matter
Come a day when you'll be gone

I understand about indecision
But I don't care if I get behind
People livin' in competition
All I want is to have my peace of mind.

Take a look ahead, take a look ahead, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah...

Now everybody's got advice they just keep on givin'
Doesn't mean too much to me
Lots of people out to make-believe they're livin'
Can't decide who they should be

I understand about indecision
But I don't care if I get behind
People livin' in competition
All I want is to have my peace of mind.

Take a look ahead, take a look ahead. Look ahead...


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The soul's secret signature

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Earth Sunrise

While doing a study on 'desire' I came upon this quote by CS Lewis. Its depiction that we all share this deep longing - and it not being sated in this lifetime - completely seized my heart. Could this be the reason we are so driven, embracing many forms of distraction and substitutes - often at our own peril - and why many are now looking beyond the physical to the spiritual?

Perhaps this intense yearning is a gift that reminds us of a time and place where we were truly complete, full of love, joy, peace, lacking nothing, living life as it was intended: in Paradise conversing and walking along side the magnificence and brilliance of our great Creator. Perhaps it is intended to guide us back to that one thing we were made for all along, the glory of Eden, a new Jerusalem... home.

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Growing-up blueberry

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A while back, a good friend of mine Liesa Billings of Rustic Buds asked if I would write about what it was like growing up on a blueberry farm. Liesa writes about restaurants, farming, and sustainable food resources in and around the Greater Vancouver Area and was naturally curious.

Taking that trip down memory lane and what I'd discovered was as much a surprise to me as it was to Liesa. I won't spoil the read, but suffice to say I need to go back to those days more often and appreciate that I was - and still am - blessed.

Blueberries

TOO MUCH of a good thing?!

It may seem hard to understand that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Growing up on a blueberry farm had its perks and "not-so-perky" side! I am sure that I look at blueberries in a completely different way than most. For example, as an adult, I have never had the desire to purchase blueberries, or to eat them. I guess you could say I got my fill as a child - enough to last me a lifetime. As a little girl I really couldn't appreciate the quality of blueberries that my Father grew... they were fresh, sweet, big and juicy. I thought this was how *all* blueberries were. NOT so.

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What Christmas is to me

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Christmas time is here again, and up from our world rises all sorts of activity.

This is a day that takes us out of our daily routine and throws most of us in some kind of tizzy and/or celebration. That in itself truly deserves pondering.

Christmas is a day that stirs people up, and for many a time of unmet expectations and additional stress. Emotions can run a-muck from joy to depression, love, hate, peace and animosity.

I find it absolutely fascinating that this single day can evoke so much controversy. To some, the very word "Christmas" is offensive.

As I listen to the debate of which Christmas phrase is most appropriate I almost feel like opting out. People will be offended if I wish them a Merry Christmas. Some find Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings too impersonal and empty.

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Christian with the Jesus factor

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"As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God." - Psalm 42:1

I Am Christain

As a member of several networking forums, I am no stranger to the process of filling in one's profile. The purpose of a profile is to reveal a bit about yourself and bring some definition to who you are through your occupation, company, interests, website, blog etc.

On occasion, a profile will also include an opportunity to share information of a more personal nature such as hobbies, activities, political stand, and religious views. It is the latter that I find myself giving much thought to.

In the 2001 Census, 78 % of Canadians claimed to be Christian, yet there is seeming little similarity in how this religious view is lived out in their lives.

With so many people calling themselves a Christian, and their lives, choices, convictions and morals contradicting each other, I wonder how calling myself a Christian could possibly draw a clear picture of my religious views.

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A little bit more about me

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Hello and welcome to my blog! I'm Jeannette Duguay – commonly known as Jen by my peers.

Jeannette Duguay

As founder of TAZZU® Business Networking Community and Owner of JenTekk Web Solutions, my website development company, I wear several different hats.

Some would describe me as a woman of faith, a slave to my creativity, fanatical about hot yoga, and having a large appetite for adventure and food of almost any kind. I'd say that's pretty accurate.

Musician and singer

Music has always been a passion of mine. I taught myself to play guitar during my elementary years and eventually took lessons - following a few years of piano lessons.

After years of listening to music delivered on every form of music media available to man, including 8 Tracks, and taking a few vocal lessons and enjoying a smattering of performances, I ventured out and recorded my own project. Two local radio stations even spun my disc.

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