Self Health

Peacock Poetry

We are all too often the last item on our priorities list, resulting in depletion, frustration and at times resentment. Valuing and honouring self is a fundamental part of thriving and yet we skim past self-care needs, in fear of being selfish, self-absorbed or self-whatever. It is perfectly ok and absolutely necessary actually to take care of self! I proclaim this passionately as much for my SELF as anything else as I am still learning how to do this (and might always be – who knows?!) I challenge you to honour one of your unaddressed needs today. Drop me a line and let me know how it goes. You are so completely worthy of your own love and attention!


You have to put your own self first

No one will do it for you

It’s vital that yourself you nurse

Give value to the core you

and it’s not…

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A Callous Heart ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

A callus heart,
edges are rough
getting through to it
is more than tough.

But there’s one thing,
that is for sure
God it’s coarseness
can heal and cure.

A callus heart,
is thick and dense
being cynical
is its only defense.

But God can make it,
soft and pliable
so that it can be
for Him viable.

A callus heart,
is crass, coarse and cold
but God can turn it
into a heart of gold!


Ezekiel 36:26

“A new heart also will I give you,
and a new spirit will I put within
you: and I will take away the stony
heart out of your flesh, and I wil
l give you an heart of flesh.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

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Borneo – a world forgotten / Lt. Gen. E.M. Flanagan Jr.

Pacific Paratrooper

Australians landing on Borneo

Part of the wider Borneo campaign of the Pacific War, was fought between 10 June and 15 August 1945 in North Borneo (later known as Sabah). The battle involved a series of amphibious landings by Australian forces on various points on the mainland around Brunei Bay and upon islands situated around the bay. Japanese opposition to the landings was sporadic initially, although as the campaign progressed a number of considerable clashes occurred and both sides suffered relatively significant casualties. Ultimately, however, the Australians were successful in seizing control of the region.

Codenamed Operation Oboe Six, the battle was part of the second phase of the Allied operations to capture the island of Borneo. Previously in May a brigade-sized force had been put ashore on Tarakan. A total of 29,000–30,000 men were committed to the operation by the Allies, with the majority of the ground forces being…

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Out and About

Peacock Poetry

It dawned on me that I had become a bit of a home bod in recent weeks – quite out of character for a serial euro-voyager it has to be said! Staying close to home has enabled me to build my local network to enjoy the Dornach scenery and to grow what I love doing but I was starting to go a little stir crazy! So I decided to book a couple of super saver train tickets and to venture to a random little village on the shores of lake Biel called Twann for the day. It was great to have some time to write and to journal and you definitely have to mix things up once in a while I say!

Carpe Diem

Go somewhere you’ve never been

The distance matters not

See something you’ve never seen

It’s just one life we’ve got

Put on a dress instead of…

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My Heart’s Response ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

My mind said to me,
look at what you can do
my heart responded . . .
Lord, not without you.

My mind told me,
all this could be yours
my heart answered . . .
don’t open those doors.

My mind stressed to me,
see all you can enjoy
my heart advised . . .
don’t fall for satan’s ploy.

My mind reasoned with me,
you needn’t be concerned
my heart spoke clearly . . .
that’s not what you’ve learned.

My mind said to me,
ah, go ahead and just do it
my heart told me . . .
don’t listen to that evil spirit!


Matthew 4:8-10

Again, the devil taketh him up into
an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth
him all the kingdoms of the world,
and the glory of them;

And saith unto him, All these things
will I give thee, if thou wilt fall

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