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I AM


Have you pondered the meaning of life?
Have you spent time wondering,
“Why am I here?”
Who am I?

Do you wonder about your purpose?

I do!

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My more mundane answer is:
I am a Child of God,
a retired educator,
a wife, sister, aunt, friend,
a mom of 2, Grammy to 7, and
great-grandmother (GG) to one with 2 on the way.

But I am much more than that!

Today I am a volunteer, working at the reception desk
at the Madison Valley Medical Center.
It’s a quiet Wednesday afternoon.
Not much activity for this “Purple Lady” to record.

Hopefully the absence of “customers”
means people are relatively healthy.
No need for a doctor or lab test right now.
So, what are YOU doing today?

I am pondering life’s meaning
and my place in this spot in the world.
I want to get beyond the mundane.

If you were to write a poem or essay
answering the questions,
“Who Am I? Why am I here?
What is my Purpose?
What would you say?

Here is mine for today
(tomorrow it may change…
I am a work in progress):

I AM

I am a woman who is continually growing, stretching, discovering.

I am living a contemplative life defined by the
expansion of my heart.   heart shaped red balloon

My way of acting is different from the world’s way. I am different.

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I am witnessing to a different way of BEING in the world.

I strive to live in ways that demonstrate the:

  • potential for compassion
  • grace of presence
  • revelation in each moment
  • unconditional love described as Agape in His Word

My life is lived on the edges of the world’s fluctuating values.

It’s a challenging place to be.

I am open and transparent, tuned in daily to God’s newness –
– to God’s Love growing in me,
– to the Peace and Joy the Lord offers so freely.

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I AM Jan Beekman.
aka  JanBeek


(“I am a stew – a mixture of many parts,” Thanks, CD!)

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And who are YOU?

Happy 7th Anniversary


I received this notice today:

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Seven is my magic number!

It’s God’s number for “completeness.” On the 7th day he rested.

Seven is our house number.

Seven is the number of grandchildren I have.

Seven is my birthday month.

Our phone number ends in a 77.

So does our PO Box number.

Our current house is the 7th dwelling
my husband and I have shared in our 57 years of marriage!

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But, my friends, 7 is not my number for completeness. It’s the number that causes me to look  in amazement  at all this synchronicity – and realize, “This is good!”

But, I am nowhere near complete – and neither is this JanBeek blog!  This is good – and it’s fun, but it’s not great yet!

I’m a work in progress, ending my 7th decade on earth … and ready to enter new challenges, new learning, new sharing. Growing in knowledge and grace. Striving to blog with intention and purpose – to make a positive difference for my faithfilled blogging friends.

I look forward to making new friends and keeping in touch with those who’ve hung in there with me. Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog. Please try to check in with me daily and see what’s new – and leave me some encouragement, too!

I will continue to share what I am passionate about as I enter this 8th year of blogging.

As I approach my 8th decade on this earth, I share the love, joy and peace that are mine through faith. I express my gratitude. I seek help with expressions of patience, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I share ways life is a blessing and ways I have learned to manage the challenges life tosses at us. I write about things I care about (like today’s fire at Notre Dame). Sometimes I write just to entertain. Every now and then I just wanna make you laugh (like Jesus is Walkin’ on Water Again).

I hope my sharing helps and inspires and encourages my followers.

I’m hangin’ in there, and I hope you do, too!

Send seven of your friends this way., will you?
Let’s grow together!

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Happy Birthday to My Son!


Today is my son, Ty Beekman’s, 54th birthday. He and his wife, Monika, live in California. They are empty nesters for the first time in two dozen years. It must be a different kind of feeling – – – I remember my first empty-nester days. Do you? Are you there yet?

This is the kind of birthday when this picture is a good reminder:

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I hope Ty & Monika enjoy a few slow dances… and at least one of their 4 children comes home to help them celebrate.

Mom’s love and hugs are sent special delivery… Thank God for Birthday Alarms (do you have that app?). It has a host of cards to choose from – and it reminds you a week in  advance of every birthday you program into it.

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Photo by Giftpundits.com on Pexels.com

I don’t think I needed a reminder for this particular birthday, however. Not many moms forget the birthday of their first born! Snail mail card and box with gift may be a little late getting there, but the thoughts are never late.

Happy Birthday, Tyroneeee!

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I love you!!

I bet God danced on the day YOU were born, too, my friend.
When is your birthday?

Supporting One Another


Being supportive:
Folks who love one another
Just simply do that!

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These are my TOPS friends –
We meet weekly on Wednesdays,
Weigh and encourage.
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We learn and we laugh
With drama in the weight room.
Yo-yoing is tough!
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Jan
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One week I am the
Biggest loser of the group;
Next week it’s back on!

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This week Cherrie wore
The hat of great distiction
Congratulations!
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Cherrie
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The hardest part is
Making those darn pounds stay off.
Encouragement helps!

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Do you struggle with
Keeping your body perfect?
Seems like we all do!
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But when I think of
Folks who cannot afford food,
I stop complaining!

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There are many ways
To support One Another.
What is your best way?

What Defines You?


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What defines this woman in your mind?

 

Thank you,  jair_100 at

toro bravo photography

who specializes in Street Photography,

for this beautiful photo

of a

Mexican woman.

 

I was mesmerized by her face. I can see that you were, too.
You captured her tired and weathered soul. You captured her work ethic.
She is a woman who worked hard all her life, and continues to do so.
Externally, her lines define her character. Her eyes define her outward condition.
Some say the eyes are the windows to the soul, but I cannot judge.
We really can’t tell what is going on inside her.
She is beautiful.

 

But we all have heard “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

 

What defines us?

 

I pondered that question as I read your blog, jair, re:

The 3-Level Theory of Performance applied for Street Photography

I read it and decided The 3-Level Theory of Performance is a theory that can be applied to life in general, not just to Street Photography.

In your blog dated 16 enero, 2019  

you quoted Nadia Comaneci when she said,

“I noticed from a young age there are only three kinds of people in the world. Three kinds of people in the gym. Three kinds of people walking the streets. Three kinds of people working in every company:

  • The first group of people, the coach tells them to do 10 exercises, and they do only 7. They make an excuse, or they say, “7 is good enough, why do 10?” These people never win and are the perennial losers in whatever field of endeavor they are in. They cut corners and do sloppy work.
  • The second group of people, the coach tells them to do 10 exercises, and they do 10. These people will win, sometimes. They at least do what is asked.
  • And then there is the rare, third group, and I (Nadia) am in that third group. The coach tells them to do 10 exercises, and I always did 15. Always over-deliver. And this is how I won 5 Olympic Gold Medals.”

 

That Beautiful Mexican Woman

Look again at the picture toro bravo photography took of that elderly, lined, tired-looking, Mexican matriarch. She obviously is in the third group! When 10 was enough, she did 20! She never slacked. She has not quit yet! Her lines define her… exposed to the sun, stead-fast and reliable, she makes sure her family is fed. She receives few accolades, but she does not rely on external praise to do what must be done. She knows. She over-delivers. She deserves 10 gold medals!

What defines you?

If  toro bravo photography took a picture of you and posted it, what would people say or surmise about you? Are you in the rare third group?

Is our outward appearance a true test of our definition?
Is our behavior a better test of our definition?
What is it that really matters?
Can anyone see through our eyes into our soul?

Think about it.

What do you say?
What defines you?

 

Living the Good Life


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Happy 90th birthday, Erma!
Don’t let anybody tell you
You have “Lived a Good Life.”
You tell ’em, “I still am Living it!!”

I had a friend tell me yesterday
That her 88-year-old mom
“Has lived a good life.”
She will soon enter a nursing home.

I have several friends who are
In the Manor, our local spot
For Senior Care – a Nursing Home.
But, they don’t need to stop living!

One of the dearest residents there
Was my friend, Gloria.
She was unable to live alone
For health reasons, but she LIVED!

I’ve told you about Gloria before.
She was my “Angel with invisible wings.”
Her heart stretched miles
With warm smiles, loving and wise.

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This morning we had a Tea Party
Here in Ennis at a local church.
One of my senior friends who is
“Living the Good Life” was there.

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Anita is a Senior Companion
Who shovels walks and works tirelessly to
“Help All Those Old Folks!”
She’s at least ten years older than they are!

I wanna be “Anita” when I grow up…
Helping all those old folks!
She’s in her mid-nineties,
And she is “Living the Good Life!”

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A few years ago we celebrated
My friend, Carol’s, 90th birthday.
She is “Living the Good Life”
At the Manor right now. Still charming!!

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My friends, Elaine & Bev, celebrated
“The Good Life” at our annual
Christmas Party last December.
Both in their nineties, still vibrant!

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This dear lady is unknown to me,
But her adorable picture is available
To help folks like me aspire to
“Keep on Living the Good Life.”

Don’t let someone tell you
“You’ve lived a Good Life!”
You tell ’em loud and clear,
“I’m still living it!”

God bless you.
Keep helping those “Old Folks!”
Stay vibrant!!

 

 

Bio Poem


Bio Poem

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A bio poem is used to reveal information to the reader about the poet.
If you have followed my blog for a bit, you already know a lot about me.
But this “Bio Poem” is designed to reveal things you may not know.
Some of them are things I may not have consciously considered before now!
It was fun to create.

Line 1: First name

Line 2: Who is… (descriptive words that describe you)

Line 3: Who is the brother/sister or son/daughter of…

Line 4: Who loves…(three ideas)

Line 5: Who feels…(three ideas)

Line 6: Who needs…(three ideas)

Line 7: Who gives…(three ideas)

Line 8: Who fears…(three ideas)

Line 9: Who would like to see…(three ideas)

Line 10: Who shares…(three ideas)

Line 11: Who is…(three ideas)

Line 12: Who is a resident of…(your town)

Line 13: Last name

 

Janet

Who is only 5′ tall, carries a lot of joy, energy, and love in her 80 year old frame

Who is the daughter of Sal & Betty and the younger sister of Sally DeAngeles Butters

Who loves the Lord, my husband/friends/family, and cooking/writing (I couldn’t limit it to 3 things – – I love a lot!)

Who feels blessed, affirmed, and healthy

Who needs grace, forgiveness, and humility

Who gives unconditional love, hospitality, and sincere hugs

Who fears no one (for God is with me), nothing (not even death, for I know where I am going) and losing my memory (because my sis is, and my mom & maternal grandmother did)

Who would like to see an end to all hate, all wars, and all bigotry

Who shares my belief in God freely, my home graciously, and my ideas (more often than I should probably!)

Who is a Child of God, a Friend to all, and a grateful wife, mom, Grammy, GG, aunt, cousin, and teacher (oh, and so much more!)

Who is a resident of God’s Kingdom on Earth – right here in Ennis, Montana

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Time to try your own Bio Poem!
Here’s where you can see another example and learn more poetry forms:

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