As A Man Thinkith

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What is it that makes us

That truly defines who we are

And what we are becoming

I am determined

From all my examined thoughts

That all I have ever known

Points me to the truth

All the lessons I have had

Can serve to instruct me

I truly believe the power

It lies within our thoughts

The power of the mind

Which does not distinguish

Between good and bad

It only acts as a conduit

To energize us to achieve

Either greatness or failure

The pathways are lit

With electrical impulses

That either inspire hope

Or inspire fear

Magic or complacency

What we adhere to we become

So be careful

What you feed your head

Whatever you feed grows

Whatever you starve dies

Positive or negative

Your mind will crave more

Of whatever you feed it

Like an addiction

To break the patterns

That do not serve you

You must guard your mind

You must KNOW what you want

This life gives plenty of choices

Opportunities abound

You must learn to navigate them

Like a boat tossed by the sea

It takes knowledge and

Determination to pull through

To stay the course

To land safely

If you have faith

And if you want it

You can do anything

Your heart desires

So guard your mind

Put your boundaries around it

They’ll say it can’t be done

They’ll say no way

They’ll get angry

When you push through

Their eyes are blind

But you, you see

Even if they get angry

Falsely accuse you

Remember they are blind

If You see

Never give in

Never give up

If they don’t

They’re on the wrong brain train

Let them deplane

Get off at the station

They don’t believe in flying

They would have you

Believe they are right

That you’re crazy

Delusional in fact

Your faith is foolishness

Just listen to them

And they will

Paint your mind

With their negative words

Don’t let them

You don’t need their validation

You’ve learned from your losses

From the grief that comes

From quitting just before

The promise came to pass

The one you made to yourself

To believe and achieve

To make it all the way this time

To not accept defeat

The only way to lose is to give up

If you refuse that option

Then you will make it

All the way

No turning back

Stay focused

Surround yourself with

Positive can do people

Remove yourself from

Negative no can do thinkers

Don’t get stuck on the wrong team

If you want to win

Time to turn the tide

From fear to faith

To color the world

With hope and peace

Imagine all the magic

The good and prosperous

The life you want

Block out the chaos

The poor choices

Of those you once admired

You do not share their fate

You create you own

And make it good

For this life is yours


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Choose Wisely

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An artist tries to create

The expression that will help others see

The message from the heart

To the world

To make the change

To make things better

To heal or to inspire

To express shock

Or even disdain

But wanting to be heard

And known and seen

“I AM HERE”

Especially now

When the quakes of earth

Split the ground between us

No one wants to disappear

The tidal wave

Has disbanded us all

Once warmed by the sun

Resting on the shores

Now the Sun, Moon, and Earth

Have interacted and thrust

The weight of their collaboration

Unleashed on the sea

Has set us to running, drowning

And trying to grab for those we love

Separated by a great force

We stand now behind glass

To view our parents

We hide behind walls and masks

These times are shaping the children

Gripped by confusion and fear

How do we explain it

The psycho virus keeps them

From school and playgrounds

From ballparks and swimming pools

As much as we feel it

We must not panic

It is time to rise higher and be brave

It is time to protect

The young and the old

Lies and truth are blended daily

Opportunists and players

Seek to trap us with their words

Keep us needing them

But we are not sheep and must discern

Truth from lies

Hope verses fear

We must lead our little ones

We must inspire those behind glass

Breathing slowly, deeply

Watching closely

Listening intently to the soul

Waiting and watching the signs

These times will not stay

They will be gone

The lessons will remain

But what we learn

Will be different for many

As varied as a candy store

Stay strong, stay focused

Prepare yourself

And those you love

Be ready

For anything is possible

Rise high above the fray

Don’t get caught in the trap

A web of others’ designs

Maneuver with intent

Seek and find your power

To do good

To seek justice

To promote peace

To love with abandon

To avoid the toxic

To perfect your mind

Become better, not bitter

And you will become a creator

Make YOU your best work

Choose what you hold on to

And what you let go

Now is the time to discern

Which will be the colors

You choose the paint

Create a masterpiece

Every flaw you thought

Would always define you

Let it go

Smash it like clay

Cut it like stained glass

Wipe it from your palette

Chip away the dead wood

Don’t let anyone fool you

You are building yourself

By every decision of thought

By every thought turned to words

By every word turning to action

So choose wisely

The world is waiting

The alternative is not good

It is giving into fear

Doubt and impotence

Hopelessness and complacency

Letting others paint YOUR canvas

Is a HUGE mistake

You choose

And let peace and power

Which comes only from love

Be your compass

And guide you to become

What you thought impossible

Cheering for you

To win against the bullies

They scream and dominant

They point fingers and confuse

They spread fear

And promote dependency

But not for you

No, and certainly not for me

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The Struggle For Peace

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It’s an uphill battle

Trying to build the bridge

Between our thoughts

You see it your way

I see it mine

But it’s all about taking a walk

Come over here

I’ll come over there

Want to see what you see

From where you stand

Will you please take a look

From where I sit

Beliefs are built on experience

Please let’s not hold on so tight

Perceptions can be a problem

When they cannot align

If only people realized

The full picture

Wise is the one that waits

Watching and listening

Mostly with the gut

When you truly want peace

You work overtime

Managing the words

Before they ever leave your mouth

And the actions before you take them

I’m in amazement to observe

What people say and do

It’s a cluster of barbed wire

I shall fly above it and get a better view

It’s up here I decide

The landscape has changed

Destroyed by violence

Of both words and deeds

Fueled by fires lit by sources hidden

Tapping into pain and anger

Fueled by borrowed branches

Of trees long torn down

My heart sinks as I shield the eyes

Of our children frightened and confused

Give us life again

Give us love

Give us all

The pursuit of happiness

Nothing good ever came from wars

Between us and them

I toss a towel

Thrown in to say

Please let’s stop

Let’s find better ways

To right the wrongs

And create new paths

That lead us to PEACE

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To the Peacemaker in the Family

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‘Dedicated to Bobby S’

You oftentimes are the youngest child

Therefore in a larger family

No one really listens to your point of view

You watch and you listen as the years unfold

All that goes on in front of you

You try to fill in the gap

Since no one asks you to lead the way

Hard times come

And they are in the rear view mirror

But somehow you cannot forget all the details

Your siblings each have their power

They display it sometimes with force

But it oftentimes was without maturity

So there were casualties

Relationships were wounded

Sometimes broken

And while no one was looking

You held each detail in your mind

Because your heart was so big

It could hold all the fragments

Of the brokenness of the family

Sometimes mended

Sometimes not

But even though you

Sometimes were pushed aside

Often times ignored and punished

Because too much was on the plate

You seemed to understand something

That the others were missing

Because deep in your heart

You live in the dream

Of love and friendship

Of honor and respect

You could not control

All the decisions that divided

And so you were in the shadows

Learning and absorbing

The lessons in each trial

But what you became was fierce

Your love was groomed by watching

The deficit in others

Which you wanted to make up for

But it was not for you to do

So you learned a greater trait

You learned Wisdom

You learned to listen

And to wait

To see the truth

And to live with a broken heart

But you became strong

You have become a strong tower

And your children take refuge in you

Your love made pure by adversity

You stood under its weight

And bore it with strength

You learned to wait

To take the high road

Your days of peace are ahead of you

You’ve earned your degree

The world is yours

May peace be your guide

As you inspire your tribe

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Beyond the Noise

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I awaken while it is still quiet

Something is shifting in my heart

Everyday in limbo

Watching the have’s and the have not’s

They go at it pointing fingers

Those with masks staying inside

Driving with them on and the windows up

Fear has gripped the hearts of many

Others have a different approach

Breathing the free air they refuse to wear

Something that makes them claustrophobic

Commercials everywhere of those who capitalize

These times they are an opportunity

But they are tearing us apart

Judgement and divide

All while politicians hide

They the biggest opportunists of all

But then there is just one

Me or you

We are more than votes

We live to breathe

Give me liberty

Tired of the spinning

And playing on our emotions

There is a fire burning in my heart

One that cannot be denied

It has burned off the useless rubble

Thoughts and concerns too small

There is a desire to live

To grow and prosper

There is no substitute

For the satisfaction of working hard

Of dreaming and building

It is unnatural to submit

To something you know is going to harm

You and others you know

Forced to wait

The heart grows weary

The mind is challenged

Daily the monotony

Staying focused but to what end

Trying to accomplish something

But for what

Now is the time

To connect to the higher self

The one who knows that nature

Cures and teaches

What lessons will we learn

Will we be forever altered

By the deeds of a few

We’ve been brought to our knees

Now it is time to use them

To fight with our hearts

Against the stagnation of our nation

It is time to bow our hearts

To lift our heads

To believe that the actions of some

Will not crush us all

I refuse to be a pawn

So easily sacrificed

It is now that I ask for wisdom

To travel this treacherous path

To believe that it will lead me

To greener pastures

We are not weak

We are strong

We cannot give into fear

We will triumph over all

Our enemies will lose their way

No one knows the origin

Of the will and intent they strive for

But today I ask the Creator of us all

To right the wrongs

It will be in exchange for something

Our hearts and minds

Must cleanse and focus

On love not hate

On unity not divide

On gratitude for life

Listen now

The truth is waiting in the wind

Open your hearts

And just feel a prayer

Seek the best you

Be mindful of what you think

Tune out the noise

Let your heart be your guide

And if it’s in your power to do good

Do it

If it’s in your skill set to make a difference

Do it

Everyday access your heart

Your thoughts and deeds

Did they truly serve humanity

Make the alterations necessary

To bring us together

Let this time purify our heart

Not harden it

And may peace be our guide

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Find me in the wind

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Trying to harness the wind

The power within

Just as the water rages

And the earth endures

Cannot count on things to be still

Hang it out to dry

But then the rain comes

So what is one to do

When the peace is interrupted

By bad news

Things never stay the same

But try to find

Those who can endure

The changes as they come

Who can align themselves

With you as you pull

A Louis and Clark expedition

Come On

Let’s Go

Why not Us

Yep this is the crew

You want to be on

Let’s go for the ride

Let’s make it last

For when the night comes

One must truly know

They are not alone

True friendships

They are so rare

So infrequent

When you move and shake

Most turn their backs

But not the one

The one you trust

Without which

Life is simply unbearable

Trust and Love

Go hand and Hand

So make it happen

Make it strong

Speak the truth

Love with heart

Don’t throw darts

Try to come to understand

We can be a gift or a curse

To anyone we know

If I give you my heart

Give me yours

Look around you

You will see

Broken trust and pain

So hard to trust

But what is the alternative

But to cave in and lose

Stand your ground

Believe in the miraculous

Be the miracle you want to happen

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Girl on a path

Ebb and Flow

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Have you ever sat by the sea

Watched the waves come in and go out

Sometimes with such force

They feel like a threat

What is it that holds them back

The sea knows when to come in

And when to go out

I would call it intuition

But that’s impossible

So what is it that makes it so

The moon and sun

The winds vacillate

In all directions

The force that drives forward

The remnants of the wind that curl back

Ebb and flow

A rhythmical pattern of coming and going

Or decline and regrowth

That’s what these days yield

Insight and blindness

Love and hate

Hope and despair

Lost and found

But what this is becoming

Is a trailblazing expedition

Like Louis and Clark

Only we are unwilling participants

Who did not sign up for this

But we have no choice

We have been yanked from our beds

Thrown into the wagon

Sent on a perilous journey

To the new wild west

There are things learned on this path

That cannot be learned in comfort

Things that reveal themselves

Through pain and shock and horror

When there is fear you cannot run

There is no hiding place

Even those who travel in luxury

Cannot dismiss the deep seated angst

But we press on each day

With no end in sight

Facing our inner demons

Or casting them on someone else

Blaming and shaming

Anything to avoid feeling truth

That we cannot escape this prison

And it is not just a bad dream

And we cannot predict the future

No one leading us knows the way

We are losing lives on the road

And it becomes more meaningless

Because we become more numb

Everything we knew to be true is gone

Strangers move away

Eyes are filled with fear and anger

Judgement is high

Trust is gone

We can see it coming

The great divide

There are so many of us

We are forced to go on different sides

We are separated further away

The great divide splits our civility

Which way should we go

Which is the safer passage

No one knows

But some say they do

Or worse yet just say

The other side is misleading

They warn and threaten

When all we the people want to do

Is get safely to the other side

Even though we don’t know where we are going

Some say we will never go back home

Others say we will live on the other side

In a different way

The longer we stay on the path

The more I feel mislead

And new feelings are beginning to change me

I fight the power of them

Because it does not feel like me

But like someone thrust into war

Forced to fight a battle not of their own

But survive you must

And then I remember

The greatness of the trees

I remember that the sea knows when to come in

And when to go out

And when I think of those I love

Who got swept to the other side

And my heart longs to go home

I look around with my old eyes

Those that come from my heart

The ones who understand

Not with words but deep inside

The intuition of survival

More than that the purity

Of beauty and innocence

And I wake while others sleep

And I think for myself

Guided by My heart

Which has learned everything it knows

By absorbing Nature

In all her wonders tis the wisest

She has seen every generation of man and beast

Has watched and learned and participated

There were once dinosaurs who walked here

Their shadows are the clouds overhead

Casting on the plains around me

And we are here now

For such a time as this

It is our destiny to solve the riddles of the day

We will never know the truth in others

But we can know it in our hearts

And then I get it and I choose

To take a moment everyday

As many moments as I need

To remember what I know

In my heart about this life

And it’s knowing that comes

Without words or debating

Without reading body language

Without fretting the haves and have nots

No it is where true freedom lies

Inside my heart

I’ve been making the mistake

Of letting my mind lead my heart

Now I choose to shift this

I will let my heart lead me

Nature will be my guide

Breathing deeply sitting under a tree

Observing the wildlife around me

And I will learn the lessons this time will teach

About loving and giving

About where true peace comes from

About humanity

Flaws and all

And it will start with gratitude

Because every day I wake up and get to start again

Is a gift

For me and for you

This roller coaster ride

I don’t have to ride

I can be content just knowing

That the tide comes in and goes out

Just like it did yesterday

And nature speaks to me through this

She knows something about time

That it heals all wounds

So I will set up my sail

The wind will blow

It’s time for me to learn how to sail

And feel the power of the wind

It knows where to take me and you

I’ll run with it, crab through it

And go against it

My heart will know the way

Even though its lonely

And we are not together

We are destined now to be

Separated for a time

But not forever

Not even in death

Something tells me

It is better to hope

Than give up

And I can do this because

The seasons come and go

And come back around again

In this fast paced world

We must wait, is it a gift

We’ve stopped, we’re watching

Now let’s listen to our hearts

That’s where love’s grown

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Refinement in Confinement

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In this time of confinement

We are forced to be released of our normal routines of escape

Our addictions, our anxieties appeased

Those outlets we regularly used

To escape our troubles and our fears

Those crutches we thought we needed forever

Have been broken

We left home to relieve our stresses

Turmoil and pain

Of jobs and marriage troubles

Of loneliness and self doubt

We grew so entrenched in our behaviors

Like a well worn path

We walked it daily, weekly, monthly

In casinos, bar rooms

Gyms, theaters and stadiums

Filled with vices and camaraderie

To escape the truth about who we are

This is a wake up call

And it will not be released until

We have discovered the truth

About what really matters

About our part in our own pain

Why should we point the finger

And hold onto prejudices, pride and pain

The anger expressed by

The need to control everything

And everyone around us

To keep the illusion alive

The place in our minds that helps us to feel safe

To sleep at night

To function in the day

So what is the truth

The truth is we are so lost and must be found

We’ve been stripped of our rights

But now we can see clearer

That we have never been free

As long as we hold on to hate

Unforgiveness, lust and pride

Do we believe in God

Or do we believe in routine

Have our hearts been seared

With so much judgement. resentment

Anger and fear

Expressed in gossip, jealousy

And crimes against humanity

I wonder what these 7 deadly things mean

To those burned out on the church

Who have lost their faith in humanity

We think we have protected ourselves

By hanging on to our own philosophies

Religion and politics have torn us apart

Here are the tenants of self destruction

Not to mention destruction of families and friends

Each one has more than the literal meaning

But here they are plainly stated

Envy is the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation.

Gluttony is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires.

Lust is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body.

Anger is manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury. It is also known as Wrath.

Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual. It is also called Avarice or Covetousness.

Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work.

So where is the map to lead us out

Written so long ago

Still stands the test of time

The 10 Commandments

1. You shall have no other Gods before me.

2. Don’t make an idol.

3. Don’t take the Lord’s name in vain.

4. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.

5. Honor your parents.

6. Don’t murder.

7. Don’t commit adultery.

8. Don’t steal.

9. Don’t lie.

10. Don’t covet.

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Must stop and pause

Just one moment to think

These are more then just words

Lets break this down extemporaneously

You shall have no other Gods before me

I have always believed myself that there is a God

Like many I became disillusioned

By church, hypocrites and humanity

But to find him I do so in nature

Every day I can, I rise to greet the awakening sun

When it rises so does hope inside my heart

You never know what a day will bring

Disappointments and troubles

I am humbled by the Almighty Creator

I find in the rising and setting sun

In everyday moments

In finding love and forgiveness

But we live in a fast paced world

It’s spun out of control

Routines are set

We are all control freaks

Trying to eek out another day

Getting our needs met

So intense is our stress

That we have abandoned God

It has become acceptable

To not believe

So we put ourselves first

At the very least

We neglect our Creator in favor

Of satisfying our own immediate needs

Therefore we have lost our peace

Which comes from one place only

It is the blanket that warms those

Who are in the presence of God

Don’t make an idol

What does it mean to worship

“The feeling or expression of reverence

And adoration for a deity”

We are created with a need to do this

It’s what drives us to feel love

Without which we are empty

A deity is a supernatural being

Considered divine or sacred

If we were in fact created by God

Then wouldn’t that make him

Our father

And wouldn’t he want to

Spend time with his family

I know how painful it is

For me to miss my family

It actually eats away at me

Strips me of my happiness

When one of my kids or grand kids

Calls me or I visit them

I am filled with joy

A peace I cannot express

Without which I am empty

I can get jealous of the times

They spend without me

When I have not seen them for a while

I feel the pain of rejection

Even though it is not their intent

How must God feel

If in fact we have ignored him

Gone about our lives

Not included him in it

I do not miss church

Honestly humanity got in my way

Of seeing God

But my heart still craves him

This is why I rush to nature to find him

What if everything has stopped

As it mostly has

And we are given this opportunity

To stop, spend time with him

What if we turn off our TV’s computers and phones

And sit in silence and listen to

The the sound of our own hearts

STOP

WATCH

LISTEN

Remove the distractions

Look deeply into our hearts

And find the truth

About ourselves

No more he said she said

No more pointing fingers

Lay your heart bear

And take one piece at a time

Sift it through with God

Like anything we value

When it gets dirty

Clean it

Since we cannot do this alone

We must do it with God

Feel him reveal to us our truth

Ask for forgiveness

And ask him to take it away

Don’t take the Lord’s name in vain

To use a name, such as God, without proper respect

Abuse, misuse, pervert

I hate name calling

How many times I have been frustrated

And spouted Jesus Christ

Or God Dammit

And aren’t we made in the image of God

If you believe

And wouldn’t that make it just as bad

To name call each other

Venom spews out of mouths unclean

That stem from hearts impure

Polluted by anger

Rightfully so

Humans have become so self serving

Putting themselves first

Kill or be killed mentality

That vile words are flowing

But you cannot have both

Clean and dirty water

We have become brackish

Like cancer cells

The negative has spread

And made our hearts bitter

We need a cleansing

Especially now when there truly are

People who have hurt us

Accountability will bring healing

But how will we handle the frustration

If we never get justice

There usually is not real justice

It’s just an ugly truth

How will we learn to accept this

We must practice patience

In this time

Of our confinement

Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy

This is so much more than a day

It is a rest

It is a time to slow down

So we won’t forget or neglect

The One who made us

The ones we love

The hugs and kisses

The smiles and play

Let the children show us

They act out when they are ignored

They try to get attention

When they feel scared of confused

They want to see our eyes watching them

So they know they are here

Mommy, Daddy, look what I made

Creators just like God

Playdough and paint

Creations to be celebrated

But we forget

There is no time

So much to do

Work, work, work

Take something to numb the nerves

Get caught up in the drama

Your eyes will glaze over

When the finger painting

Done with so much care

Is presented and not celebrated

The soul looks for ways

To be seen and known

I am here

Does anyone see me

And God is no child but

He is here

Do we see him

Are we too busy

Honor your parents 

Great respect, High esteem

It cannot be just in your thoughts

But actions must ensue

Not all parents are worthy of this honor

Because they have done terrible things

Some have turned their children away

And their are so many

Who treat their children as possessions

This grieves the heart of God

But most do the best they can

In a world run a muck

They gave up so much to raise them

Wanting to build a family

Imperfect at best

But with hearts of gold

Only to be disrespected and ignored

Take the time

To find those things you can be grateful for

And celebrate them

Tell them you love them

Spend time with them

Remember they love you

And need you all the more

In a world so uncertain

Don’t hold their sins against them

Or yours will be held against you

Think on the positive

And it will grow

Point out the negative

And love dies

Don’t murder

An act of causing death, especially deliberately

Killing literally

Assassinating characters

Hate is the same thing

Prejudice

Gossip to ruin another

My heart squeezes now as I remember

The times I have been killed

Lost people in my life

By words that were untrue

How can one ever recover

There will always be scars

Always living with a handicap

When someone has killed your soul

But thank God for resurrection

Those opportunities to become

More compassionate, less naive

To what others experience as well

In prison camps

Removed from society

Chastised for nothing more

Than being born a certain nationality

Don’t commit adultery

To take anothers’ lover

A promise broken

Not dissolved by choice

Understanding of a need to separate

Sometimes because we are human

We cannot make things work

Doing more harm than good

To remain in a prison of our own making

But to stay and stray

Is selfish and shows the deficit

Somethings missing

We have lost our way

Not agreed on what love means

Breaking vows, breaks families

Sad but true

If you must part ways

Do it with love in mind

But don’t stay and play

Don’t steal

Taking what belongs to another

With no intention of giving it back

How far have we fallen

Character and integrity

Laziness

Desperation

Addiction

Makes you stop and think

What is really important

Don’t lie

Something that is not true

This destroys like no other

As it breaks down trust

Ruins lives

Excuses for obligations unmet

Crying wolf

A disgusting trait

Don’t covet

Yearning to possess or have

When it is not a mutual intention

A feeling of discontented or resentful

Longing aroused by someone else’s possessions

Qualities, or luck

Each of us was born with qualities

That when we discover them

We should develop them

When we do, we become authentic

And when we are authentically

True to ourselves

We are satisfied

And can truly only be enhanced

And appreciative of others qualities

The true reason people covet

Or are jealous

Is because they do not believe

They have something special

To offer the world

To make their mark

Each of us are given different allotments

Of qualities, talents and more

What we do with them

Will determine

If we reach our full potential

Can we do what we were born to do

Covetousness and jealousy

Robs the one who carries it

In their hearts and poisoned minds

Tis a sickness that inflicts

Reaches out with murderous intent

To kill the one through words and deeds

Who possesses what they do not

And yet want consumes them

Blinds their hearts and minds

Run as fast as you can

To the place where this sickness can be cured

Before you destroy yourself

And others

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This world has gone so far away

From the Garden of Eden

Even if it were a metaphor

Even if it was a real place

Imagine a world

Where harmony exists

And love is real and selfless

Where hearts lined up

With the true meaning of love

So lets bring our brokenness

Fears and sins

Lets strip them from our hearts and minds

Let this time of confinement refine us

Maybe God is saying

Come together

Right Now

Over Me

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Comfort Yourself

 

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Creating something

Is the best way to find yourself

It challenges you to push past your self doubt

If you don’t give up

If you push through the frustration

You will be given an opportunity

To find your inner beauty

So even if you are not an artist

Do something artistic

It will force you to grow

And you may discover

That right inside you

Lies your best friend

That one who really cares

About bringing out the best in you

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Don’t ever let anyone tell you who you are

Know that yourself and you will be free

Let hurtful words pass you by

Why labor against the wind

I’ve seen it time and again

You cannot convince anyone

If what they need is proof

Instead let them see you as they must

Everyone is on their own path

Some people by nature sabotage

They build an image in their mind

Of who you are and what they believe

All my life I spent worrying about

Not being seen or understood

Until I finally found the truth

Which is it is not worth the time it takes

To convince someone of who you are

People make up stories in their own minds

They play them out on you

Because they will not work on themselves

It’s called projection

Impossible to fight against it

We’ve all done it

It is what children do

Thinking that their thoughts are everyone else’s

It takes patience to labor through

If you can convince them

Good for you and good for them

But if you cannot then you will feel trapped

Trapped by an illusion

Or punished by their words

Their pain becomes yours

What does love look like and feel like to you

You will be guided by peace

Seek it all day long

If sadness rules the roost

And anger has gripped you by your throat

Remember that love means different things

To different people

To truly love yourself

You must know what it means to you

Someone else may think they have you figured out

Their fantasy is not your reality

Sad but true

There is nothing you can do

You cannot make someone see you

You cannot make someone change for you

What you must seek and find

Is the true love of a lifetime

So rare it is, more precious than rubies

Diamonds or gold

For peace at any cost is not peace

And forcing your truth on another

Will never stick

Instead settle down your broken heart

And discover what you truly need

You are worthy of being seen and known

But you may be the only one who can

Ever know what you really look like

When people look at you they see

The shell you dwell in

And maybe some of your soul

Who are you

Not the one that eyes can see

The one that is true to the core

If you have discovered that you want to love

You must first start with loving yourself

How does one do this magnanimous thing

But to stop listening to what others think

And hear the sound of your own voice

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Imagine you are walking down a pathway

And you see a child crying

She is curled up at the base of a tree

You stop and stare

And you feel her pain it reminds you of something

Something deep and powerful you want to ignore

You have compassion but it hurts too much

But you are compelled to stay and watch

You don’t know what to say or do

She’s all alone and scared and sad

You must attempt to help her

So you walk to her and get on your knees

You lift her face into your hands

And bring her eyes to meet yours

And when you do your heart is struck

You both stare in astonishment

For you realize that you are looking at yourself

It’s you at 10, or 5 or 15

Its you that’s crying, its you that’s scared

How is this possible you think

It can’t be possible

But it is

What do you need to do

What did you need way back then

And no one gave it to you

You needed this

And so now it has become up to you

To give you what you need

You speak these words

Stand up girl

You stand, you of way back then

Just waiting to be led

Tired of hiding

Tired of running

Tired of people hurting you

Disappointing you

Giving you a hole in your chest

And you hug yourself

Standing there wrapped in your own embrace

You care for yourself

You smile at her

You reach for her hand and hold it

You lead her down the hill

You walk and talk and laugh

Her pain subsides

She somehow knows

That she is seen

And she is known

And for the first time ever

There is peace

She says to you

What do I do when it happens again

When someone accuses me

Or takes their pain out on me

What do they want from me

You tell her nothing

You tell her to guard her heart

You tell her to ease her mind

She must simply observe

Don’t reason with insanity

There is no healing for it

Many can be healed

If they walk down that path alone

If they meet and greet their own self

If they wrestle with the bear of their own despair

Instead of running and finding someone to blame

They must accept that their path is their own

They cannot make you carry their pain

If you do, you will live in it with them

Why do that if you have no power to deliver them

They like you

Must deliver themselves

You can point them in the right direction

But they have to walk that line alone

Just as the painful journey into this world

You must do alone

Remember the path to entry was terribly painful

For the one who bore you

The path to leaving is also a lonely one

It is terribly painful for those who assist you

But the hardest path is the road from start to finish

People find all sorts of ways to ride for free

They use you as a vehicle to avoid walking it

If you let them

We all give birth to others

Every time we have that pain of colliding beliefs

Some want to never grow to freedom

The work is too hard and they hate it

They would rather take your provisions

And live off of your land

Than till their own soil

And grow their own crops

But they will always be incomplete

If they do not do their own work

It’s all about timing

When you meet someone on their path

It is an opportunity to grow

To become better, stronger, wiser and free

You can do this, you can stay safe

But you cannot avoid pain

Anymore than a mother giving birth can

Their is the anticipation

Anxiety and then pain

But the birth happens

The new life begins

And on and on we go

We give birth to each other

Stay on your path

Guard your heart

Stay safe

And when you find your tribe

Remember it will not be without pain

Suffering produces fruit

Learn the lesson

Let it make you a better person

Keep what is precious to you

Move out of harms way

Create yourself

One intentional part at a time

Don’t waste any opportunity

To create your best self

And become your best friend

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These Times They are a Changing

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Nothing is the same, all will be made new

It was only yesterday we knew what to do

But these days they are dragging

It’s a tornado with no compass

But you will be lifted out of and into

The way things will be as we renew

Don’t get caught up in the panic and ensue

Rather hold your torch up high in the midst

Bad news spews day in and day out 

‘Tis true we must be vigilant with great care

But these times as troubling as they are

They too shall pass and leave their scar

This is the time for leaders to arise

Heads of families groups and more

Times have been worse before it’s true

So hold your blazing torch to the sky

You were born to raise your sword as such

To inspire a world in chaos

Those who would faint under the weight

Need you to arise

We know who we are

We will survive

We will grieve and mourn those we have lost

This has always been the way around the globe

Suffering takes it’s toll grieves the very heart and soul

Humankind has been given this opportunity

To rise and shine with love for its inhabitants

We are all equal but vastly different

This is a global opportunity to coexist

Shall we waste it on pointing fingers

 Or shall we rise up and hold our hearts on display

This world needs people who still believe in each other

Take good care of those under you

This too shall pass but we will always remember

Like never before these times they stir

Hearts and minds are up for grabs

With so much media and other voices clamoring

It’s time to remember where we came from and who we are

Life may be short but it must be plentiful

We will be better for the lessons we have learned

Let us never grow complacent again

Enemies are real and they are true to their cause

We cannot make peace with those who will not understand

 Yet we must always believe there is hope

There is so much more than Hope

There is a future

It is bright and ripe for the taking

We are all not the same but now we know

What it feels like to be on the same planet

Let’s do a better job this time

Life, love and hope for the future

We should offer each other willingly

Be vigilant like never before

Right now there are unseen things we cannot explore

Some trust must be given for a solution

Do not trust your enemies

But the most important thing we can do

Is learn, love, communicate better, and never ever ever give up.

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It’s Time

 

 

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I look up and I see her

Her hair is moving with the soft wind as she glides

Upon the path beside the ocean

Where the rocks meet the crashing waves

It is a still and beautiful morning

With every step she takes

Her shoulders are straighter

Finally taking care of herself

In ways she could not find to do before

Her mind used to be so troubled

So sad and so confused

Anxiety of people

Who could not see her and never understood

The heart of gold within her

Just wanting to find home

Wanting family and friends

But born to grow out of

And into new dimensions

So misunderstood

Ahead of her time

But I look at her now

And I see her placid face

As she stops to stare

And absorb the sunrise

On the hilltop by the sea

Where it all comes together

No more fear

Only resolve

To build the dreams she thought had died

There is a knowing now

The past is gone

Every failed attempt forgiven

And gratitude for the lessons learned

The path will be rocky

The ground will shift about

But shes found her balance

The core of who she really is

Not clouded by doubt and fear

She was there all the time

Buried under the weight

Of others fears

Too many tears were shed

The ground was made soft by them

And they were not wasted

As they softened her heart

And made it pliable and ready

To be authentic

Full of faith

The kind that moves mountains

That inspires others to step out

It will be magical

Surrounded by mystery

But beautiful and free

Just as she is

The sun has risen

It’s fury and energy she absorbs

As she breaths deeply

Time to move now

So much to be done

Making up for lost years

She takes flight

Spreading her wings

Rising high into the sky

I watch till she is out of sight

I close my eyes and I am there

All my parts merge

Infant, child, teen, young, aging

Time is short

But it will be valued and not wasted

It will yield the fruit of my labor

It’s time

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Leave the Circus outside the Circle

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With every passing decade I learn

I grow from the experiences

Hardship or Triumph

Makes no difference

They both produce fruit

Because I am watching

Observing the actions and responses

Feeling my soul deep inside

How else to measure the growth

But to look into others eyes

Hear their words

Or lack of them

Do they turn to me

Or fall away

Was it me

Or was it them

The question ensues

Does it matter

Do they matter

To my happiness

To my sense of self worth

Years come and go

Don’t want the insanity

Of doing the same thing

Expecting different results

Every time my eyes see something new

I am growing

Epiphanies, and A-ha moments

Make me want to let go of things sooner

When they hold me back

Gripping onto past beliefs

Causes rigor mortis

The soul becomes stiff and totally unpliable

This I fear the most

I see it among those I have loved

Must not carry the dead weight

Do all you can to resurrect

To keep alive and well

But if you fail you must leave behind

Those who will not grow

And do not want you to either

Keep safe in a quarantine

Those you treasure

Who see you and reciprocate the love

The reason to live

And to strive for more

Bring them in close

But let them be free to fly whenever they must

For they are as you are

Singular snowflakes

The fingerprints of God

Cannot control or manage

Create the circle

Around your tribe

Keep it secret, keep it safe

Let the circus go by

Don’t let them in

Don’t infect the purity

Where one for all and all for one

Is not polluted by thieves

Masquerading as angles of light

They cannot see

Nor do they understand

What you have is beyond what they can see

So do not fear, but do not draw near

To those fascinating performers

Go to the circus to be inspired

But don’t bring it home

Keep your circle safe

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