Tag Archive | Life

Changing times

8A258FC4-0767-4CE9-8BA8-862B1D1E4C21Everyone’s life takes a different path

We are meant to create ours continuously 

Different periods of life bring different opportunities 

One needs to examine the road one’s on

 

Change can be unsettling but interesting 

It’s a necessity most of the time 

It’s the death of what has been

And the birth of what’s to come 

 

I’m going through a period of rebirth

Trying different clothes on for size

It may take me a while 

Till I find what I’m looking for

But I’m on the path

Taking a good look around

 

June 12th, 2019

Milestones

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Milestones need to be marked

Achievements need to be acknowledged

Successes need to be celebrated

Why?

To recognize the effort, the dedication and the perseverance

That has gone into achieving a goal

Reaching a long term goal requires vision, action and persistence

There are road blocks on the way

There are unpaved roads one must travel

There are storms that one must face

One may come to the edge of the abyss of giving up

One may travel the road of despair

It’s a choice to persevere

And after all that

One needs to celebrate

Not only the accomplishments

But also the qualities one has developed along the way

June 6th 2019
Graduation of Natalie and Natasha

Move through it

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When a negative thought comes to mind

Think of three positive ones

When you feel disappointed

Think of what you’re grateful for

When things don’t go your way

Remember you don’t always know best

When your are overwhelmed

Take a deep breath

Our days are full of ups and downs

We can’t be happy all the time

But we can be content

We can be calm

That’s in our own hands

Though somethings are not

Our attitude determines our point of view

Our point of view, how we feel

We can wallow in the valley of sadness

Or, we can move through it

May 10th, 2019

 

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Unconventional

 

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Sometimes I think about my life

I realize it hasn’t followed the usual patterns we expect

 

I got married while I was a student

To another student

I married outside my culture

At a time when it was not so usual

 

I knew how to drive before my husband did

I changed my major many times

I chose to stay at home to raise my kids

At a time when most women worked outside the house

 

I moved from city to city several times

And when I went back to work

I only worked part time

 

I started writing poetry later in life

In a language that is not my mother tongue

I chose to write about mental health

We need to get rid of the stigma

 

Now, I’ve entered a new phase of life

With more emphasis on writing 

It’s a transition of sorts

I’m still trying to figure it out

 

All of these things make me a little different

Some things I’ve done are unconventional

But I’ve been lucky to have been able to choose my own path

I hope others understand

But if they don’t

I don’t mind

 

April 3rd, 2019

Free solo

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To climb an impossible climb

To go where no one has gone before

To look fear in the face and not flinch

To be as determined as can be

 

We all climb different mountains in our lives

Some are small, some are big

Can’t beat the feeling when you get to the top

But getting there ain’t easy

 

An iron will

Support of friends and

Sticktoitiveness 

All necessary 

 

The more challenging the climb

The richer the reward 

And the more interesting the story

 

March 12th, 2019

My wish to write

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I wish to write I told someone in my youth

You haven’t lived enough he told me

You have to experience life

To have something to write about

The cup needs to be filled

Before it can quench someone’s thirst

 

I was disappointed 

Even distraught 

I wanted to write ‘now’

 

But he was proven to be right

I had not lived long enough

Not shed enough tears

Not questioned things I believed in

Not gone through confusion and doubt

Not fallen so hard that it was difficult to get up

 

The caged bird sings in captivity

It’s her release

It’s her cry of help

In the lonely confines of the cage

It’s what keeps her occupied

It’s what keeps her alive and brings her joy 

And others are moved by her song

 

January 2019

The struggle

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This is a life of struggle

Struggle of good against evil

Right against wrong

Spiritual versus the material

Light versus darkness

And we will never be free of this struggle

We will never fully arrive

We will never fully conquer our ego

We will falter and fall

We will questions things we hold dear

We will fight external and internal demons

Storms will continue to assail us

Yes, there will be periods of respite

But the next storm is just around the corner

This is not a life of comfort and ease

No matter how materially successful we are

Tests will batter us like powerful waves

Hail will pelt our heads

This is how we grow

This is how we prove ourselves

This is how we show our steadfastness

But struggle we will

And struggle we must

January 3rd, 2019