Poetry Monday 1/20/14

January 20, 2014

The dreamer has passed
But the dream lives on
In everyone hoping for a better tomorrow
Honor the dreamer
By seeking the dream
And bringing no others any sorrow

A world of equality
Opportunities for all
No matter race religion or creed
Leave behind arrogance
And selfish pride
Only then can society be freed

Freedom; an ideal
With tangible parts
Yet bigger than any one person can hold
So leave your burdens behind
Take the chips off our shoulders
And live a life that is nothing less than bold

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What are your dreams? What do you want to accomplish? Where is your life going? What do you hope to do/be? All valid questions. The problem comes when all we do is talk about these answers and we never pursue them. We tell ourselves that we’ll go after this dream or that accomplishment once we’re in the right place financially/jobwise/lifewise and we keep talking about what we want but we do nothing to go after it. The only difference between dreamers and those who accomplish things in this world is that somewhere along the way those who accomplish things stopped dreaming and started acting. If you wait until the stars and moon and sun all align just right and you’re in the right place in your life to start going after what you want, you’ll never start. My generation and the one after mine are especially bad about being all talk and no action. We write blogs about these great ideas and dreams, but they never go further than that. We post on face book about these lofty ideals, but we never try to change our life to meet them. We have pithy tweets about what wrong in our society/country/world/neighborhood/church/etc. but we don’t do anything to fix it. We love to complain and tell everyone what they’re doing wrong, but we don’t want to do anything to be outside of our comfort zone, and we definitely don’t want to have to take on any responsibility. And here I am, complaining about it in my blog, yet I haven’t done much in my life to end the trend. How do you stop being stagnant and start being active? When I figure it all out, I’ll let you know. I think the first step is simply picking something small to believe in/pursue and acting on it, then going from there.

Poetry Monday 10/28/13

October 28, 2013

Another month has passed me by
And I’m no closer to my dreams
I’m not really sure what they are or if they’ll fly

Going through the motions is easier it seems
Then finding something real in my life
Monotony is simple, no failure, even if I never reach my dreams

It’s not so bad, I’ve got a dog and a loving wife
Just feels like something’s missing sometimes
So I’ve made my decision to make all I can of this life

It doesn’t help, just hurts, to sit around and mope
That’s energy best used for something else
It’s time to act in faith and regain my hope

I’m ready now to use my time
instead of letting time use me
Because wasting your life should be a crime

Kermit and Me

April 24, 2013

When I was a kid I had a big dream. I wanted to be famous so I could be on The Muppet Show. I didn’t realize the episodes my father and I watched every Sunday night were re-runs. I probably didn’t know what a re-run was. That was my dream. To be on stage with Kermit T. Frog. My dream was crushed when I realized the show had gone off the air before I had ever seen it. Recently I’ve been thinking about dreams and this one came back to me and I asked myself, “why the muppet show? What was it about Kermit that made me want to be there with him and his creators?” The only answer I can come up with is that Kermit was a dreamer. He was an imaginer (it’s a word now). He had a life filled with great, crazy, fun, funny friends. He entertained and brought joy to millions. That’s what I wanted. I wanted to bring joy and laughter to everyone. I wanted to share hope with people all over the place. I’m so grateful to the imagination of Jim Henson for coming up with the Muppets. I’ve gotten hours of joy from their show and movies. I still sing songs from their show soundtrack and from all their movies. It’s been interesting going through my dreams that I’ve let other people or circumstances tell me weren’t possible, and I’m finding out some of what drives me. I’d encourage you to go through your boxes of dreams, no matter how crazy they may seem now, and look for why you wanted to do whatever it was. Find out what drives you. It’s the first step to figuring out who you really are and where you should be going.

I’m tired of all these people talking about “hustling” and “starting” and how they just “followed their dreams” and everything got better. I don’t know about you, but my life isn’t that easy. Waking up earlier or setting aside time to work on side projects and things I’m passionate about hasn’t gotten me any closer to getting to the next place in my life or reaching the next goal. The truth is, it’s hard, and it takes a lot of hard work to even attempt to get something great going for yourself. Maybe I just don’t know what I’m doing, but I’m trying my best and anytime I seem to be getting somewhere something comes up and I have to focus on it. Whether it’s my car dying and having to add a new monthly bill in the form of a new used vehicle or getting sick or whatever else, life throws curveballs at us all the time. I’m at a point where I almost gave up recently, but I know my wife still believes in me and God has some plan for me (even if I don’t understand or know what it is). I guess the short of it can be summed up by a ditty a friend of mine, Wendell Kimbrough, used to share with me when we worked at a summer camp and were having a super bad week: “Keep on truckin’, keep on truckin’, you gotta pull on through. Keep on truckin’, keep on truckin’, cause that’s what truckers do.” You just have to keep pushing and chasing your hopes and dreams, and maybe you’ll be/get good/talented/lucky enough to succeed in what you’re reaching for.

Question: How do you keep motivated to follow your dreams?

Seriously, if you haven’t downloaded Wendell’s free album from noistraide, go to his website and follow the link. You’ll thank me.

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