WHY NOT.....


Love intently

Respect mutually
Appreciate deeply
Give generously
Receive graciously
Smile naturally
Encourage eagerly
Forgive immediately
Pray unceasingly
Help diligently
Prepare thoughtfully

Think thoroughly
Laugh joyfully
Trust appropriately
Bless continually
Wait patiently
Serve gladly
Live purposefully
Choose wisely
Act authentically
Hope expectantly
Speak kindly
Nurture lovingly
Disciple devotedly
Fellowship faithfully
Lead effectively
Listen compassionately
Counsel carefully
Work willingly
Tell truthfully
Plan prudently
Preach passionately
Rest reasonably
Teach intelligently

Discuss skilfully
Drive defensively
Sing harmoniously
Play happily
Age gracefully
Die peacefully

Karin Ristau©


Ginny said...

You have it ALL covered!! Some of these are hard, and some not, but these are all such good goals!! Would be good to look it over, see what we need to work on, and keep those on the fridge as reminders.

Warren Baldwin said...

Good question.

Have you thought about having your poems published? They are very good.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I think this one should be posted on a fridge as Ginny said.Thanks for these thought provoking questions.

Velvet Over Steel said...

Yes, another Great 'printable' to post & remember daily!!! Great job again, Karin!!!

Coreen xoxoxo

Shug said...

Oh Karin...
I see your heart as beautiful...
This poem says everything...with your permission, I would love to post this on my fridge...


ellen b. said...

Why not indeed!

Betty said...

You said it well. Why not?! Something to strive after.

Anonymous said...

Always lifts my spirits to visit Karin. Today, our painter was discussing respect (or lack of) from neighbors who stereotype. I shared with him neighbors who once poked fun of my visually impaired mother. We all need to remember to speak kindly, respect one another and have compassion for each other.

D.J. Hughes said...

I love this.

George said...

Yes, why not?
I think I'll join those who have said this deserves a spot on the refrigerator door.
Thank you for the birthday wishes.

Shanae Branham said...

Why not! I think I will work harder at doing all of those suggestions. What a wonderful post!

Valerie said...

a life well lived.
Ruth is right - I want to post that on my fridge.
What a great reminder.

Love all those 'ly' words!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

If only we imperfect humans could only learn from these wise words!!!! This is inspirational Karin.

Karabeth Bapt. Homeschool said...

Why not, indeed!

Nezzy said...

Best question of the day girlfriend!!!

Why not???

God bless ya sweetie and enjoy your day!!!

Julie said...

Karin, my friend, what an inspiring list! A goal to set before us before we begin each day!
I love your blog... wonderful!

I wanted to specially thank you for your last comment on my blog ... I'm sorry about your nephew...but so grateful that God was triumphant inspite of his difficult trials !

pam said...

Well said! You bless me Karin...so much encouragement when I come here!

Shanae Branham said...

Thank you for sharing your powerful testimony of how God in "His perfect timing deals with everything." It is comforting to hear words like this coming from faithful people like you.

Glenda said...

A beautiful blueprint for a life well-lived!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Good question. Why not?

A wonderful list to live by.



Amen! Sounds like a winner to me. I think I'm somewhere between the age gracefully and die peacefully these days :-)

Ann said...

An interview with a woman who survived our earthquake said she screamed so loudly that her rescuer was afraid he might drop her.

I wonder if those who died in the earthquakes in Nz and Japan were peaceful

Sandy said...

Why not, indeed!

Marlene said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I LOVE your blog!! And Alberta looks like a place I would love to visit. I will be coming back to visit.

Jan said...

Karin, what a joy to read. I would love to make this into a bookmark for my bible study friends, may I?
Love and Blessings,

Karin said...

@ Ann - I gave your question some thought and very strongly feel that those who lives are hidden in the Lord died peacefully in their spirits, even though it was horrifically, untimely, and tragically in the physical. Thanks for raising the question!

Sandy said...

Thanks, Karin, for your helpful answer to Ann's question. That will be an answer I will keep and return to when I have questions like Ann's.

Marg said...

This has been so beautifully spoken.
Thanks again for the 'Why Not?'

Tonya said...

What more could be said. Awesome thank you for sharing. Blessings.

Wendy said...

What a beautiful list. And so timely for these difficult days.