Dec 5, 2012

Jessica ~ A Rare Virtue


Photo by Jessica D. Hanson
St. Augustine, Florida
 
Virtues--
What are they and
Where are they today?
 
What is a virtue?
"Virtue: a commendable quality or trait
Usually related to courage or valor."
--Merriam-Webster.com
 
Down through the ages
The importance of virtues
Has been written about and emphasized.
 
The Greek philosophers
Socrates, Plato and Aristotle extolled
The importance of virtues and
Later Paul of Tarsus emphasized the spiritual virtues--
Faith, hope and love.
 

Photo by Jessica D. Hanson
 
Personally I believe virtues are intertwined--
And one rarely found today
Is
Truth.
If one is truthful,
They're honest
And courageous.
 
Some contemporaries have written
About truth:
 
"Whoever is careless with truth in small matters
Cannot be trusted with important matters."
--Albert Einstein
 
"Rather than love,
Than money,
Than fame,
Give me truth."
--Thoreau


"In times of universal deceit,
Telling the truth will be
A revolutionary act."
--George Orwell
 
"Courage is not simply one of the virtues,
But the form of every virtue at the testing point."
--C.S. Lewis
 

Photo by Jessica D. Hanson
In our family
We have an exemplary standard for
Truth and honesty--
My youngest daughter
Jessica Danielle Bland Hanson.
 
A brilliant, compassionate and loving
Wife of a kind and scholarly hubby Mike--
And mother of two precious "Heartbeats"--
Emily and Bryson.
 
Jessica leaves footprints of truth, love and kindness
Wherever she steps.
 
Often I exclaim,"I wish Jessica were here,
She'd tell me the truth."
After hearing that a million times,
John chuckles, "Don't you think I'm truthful?"
 
Yes Jessica's an honest person--
A leader--
And one of the most courageous people I know.
She impacts her world
Like a modern day Joan of Arc.
 

Jessica
  Isn't it wonderful to love
Admire
And respect
Our family
And especially our adult children?
 
Treasures~
That's what they are.
 
Jessica & Mike Hanson
 And today I send hugs and praises to
Jessica--
The epitome of truth,
Honesty
And courage.
Oh that more possessed
Your rare and treasured virtue.
 
*********************************
 
PS - I'd love to show their beautiful children,
But I have a strong rule--
Children are not pictured on this blog.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a brilliant collection of art and prose to paint such a loving picture of my dear sister Jessica!

Brother Dave

Anonymous said...

Dave, mega thanks for reading and sharing your precious comments about your sister. Such love...I'm so proud of each of You! <3

Beth said...

Thank you for sharing my darling sister Jessica with the world! She's such a great example of how we all should live! She exudes the beauty of truth!

Thanks for sharing her great photos too!

Bobbe Brooks-Fischle said...

Beth, thanks immensely for sprinkling words of love here. Yes it was wonderful sharing Jessica and her gorgeous photography!

DenaNetherton said...

Bobbe, how blessed is Jessica to have a mother who affirms and admires her. What a beautiful tribute. She must be an extraordinary young woman, and I wish i could meet her someday.

Bobbe Brooks-Fischle said...

Dena, thanks immensely for your exquisite comments!