My First Attempt – Anything is Possible

I have several friends who write poetry. I have thought about trying it but never made the attempt. Well maybe I did back in high school for an English assignment that I faked my way through. So this morning while I was doing a Facebook post and attaching a sunrise picture I started thinking. I love sunrises and the start of the new day and as I work on reinventing myself, I am working on new things, new being, new me. With the those thoughts in mind I decided to go for it so out came my poem. What did the attempt cost me? Absolutely nothing. So what’s the purpose? Just to do something new. To try something outside my comfort zone. So then I did even more outside my comfort zone. I shared it. Now I am doing it again. Will I ever write another poem. It doesn’t even matter. I did and I am better for it. A question for you. When’s the last time you tried something new just to do it? What’s stopping you now? No one but you. Find something simple and go for it then sit back and enjoy the thrill and excitement. Now you are are different. You have changed. You are new.

A new sunrise
New beginning
New day
New way
New me

A new sunrise
New courage
New hope
New heart
New strength

A new sunrise
New potential
New possibility
New power
New passion

A new sunrise
New amazement
New voice
New laughter
New truth

A new sunrise
My journey
Sunset
New sunrise

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A Life is A Terrible Thing to Waste

To me this true story is the story of wasted lives. I used to know this couple, “Bill” and “Sally”. Bill and Sally were high school sweet hearts. Starts out romantic. Their dream was to get married, buy a house in town, and raise their children. Bill would go to work at the mill and Sally would take care of the house and the children. Sounds good. Everything happened just as they wanted it to. When the children were grown Sally even got a job at the local high school that she had attended as a student. They were both happy and fulfilled. Life was good.

Let’s fast forward about 30 years. Bill and Sally are still in the same house in the same town with Bill working at the same mill and Sally at the same high school. Both are about to retire. Bill is overweight with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Sally is a smoker, overweight, diabetic, and one failing kidney. Both of them are on multiple medications. For the past 8 years that I knew them they went on a vacation to the same resort at the same time each year. On holidays they did the same thing they had done all the previous years. And probably the saddest and scariest part to me is that they saw nothing wrong.

So what happened. They started out with dreams and goals. How did they end up like this?

First they had dreams and goals but they never discovered new dreams and goals. Bill and Sally met the first goals and stopped. Dreaming and goals are a continuous process. First you dream, then you re-dream, then you dream some more. Once the dreaming stops, life will stop, too, coming to a sad end.

Next they knew nothing different. This is probably the same thing their parents, neighbors, and friends did so that’s what they did. Dreams can break that cycle. Dreams make you different and set you a part. Just because everyone else did does not mean you have to do the same.

They became satisfied with life. Life was good and they were happy, successful. Satisfaction is the enemy of dreaming, of progress and change in life. Be happy about where you are and what you have attained but not satisfied. Dissatisfaction is what leads to growth, new dreams, new goal. Everyone needs a good dose of dissatisfaction in their life to get them going and keep them moving.

Life does not have to come to end. Life should never come to a sad slow decline. There is always more to life but we have to want it. We have to find it. We have to keep exploring. Stay alive and invigorated. You do not have to remain the same. There is always room to grow and have new adventures.

Ten Guides to Worthy Living

This morning I was going through some papers that belonged to my maternal grandfather who passed away at 86 in 1973. He was a farmer, teacher, Christian (Methodist) and Mason. He wrote many letters and poems and also read books, poetry, history, religion, philosophy. In an envelope this morning I found a note he typed out sometime in the 1960’s with “The Ten Guides to Worthy Living” that he attributes to Thomas Davidson, Scottish-American philosopher and lecturer who can be associated with the ethical movement. I cannot confirm that Davidson wrote them but knowing my grandfather he had a book and reference. Though the writing and wording may seem outdated I believe them to remain timely and valuable.

Ten Guides to Worthy Living

1. Rely upon your own energies, and do not wait for, or depend on other people.

2. Cling with all your might to your own highest ideals, and do not be led astray by such vulgar aims as wealth, position, popularity, Be yourself.

3. Never fret, repine, or envy. Do not make yourself unhappy by comparing your circumstances with those of more fortunate people, but make the most of the opportunities you have. Employ profitably every moment.

4. Associate with the noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty. But learn to be happy.

5. Do not believe that all greatness and heroism are in the past. Learn to discover new princes, prophets, heroes, and saints among the people about you. Be assured they are there.

6. Cultivate ideal friendships. Remember that heaven itself can be nothing but the intimacy of pure and noble souls.

7. If a thousand plans fail, be not disheartened. As long as your purposes are right, you have not failed.

8. Examine yourself every night and see whether you have progressed in knowledge, sympathy, and helpfulness during the day. Count every day a loss in which no progress has been made.

9. If you do wrong, say so, and make what atonement you can. That is true nobleness. Have on moral debts.

10. When in doubt how to act, ask yourself, “What does nobility command?” Be on good terms with yourself.