Poetry Monday 2/10/14

February 10, 2014

Crying out for help
No one seems to hear
Seeking understanding
But never finding a seer

No where to turn
No one to understand
When your falling and lost
No one to give a hand

So you pick yourself up
Paste on your pleasant face
March one foot after the other
And push on in life’s crazy race


Joy: The Hard Choice

September 6, 2013

I’ve always thought of happiness as an emotion, something we don’t have much control over, and joy as a choice. That is the main difference between the two in my mind. So I try to lead a joyful life by keeping what brings me joy foremost in my mind (my savior, my salvation, my wife, my family, my dog, my youth that I’ve taught over the years, etc.). Sometimes, however, it’s not easy. Sometimes it would be easier to just wallow in despair and depression, hating everyone and blaming everything and everyone else. I’ve spent time being the depressed, despairing, angry person. It’s easy to go that route, but I’ve found that route doesn’t change anything. It’s a continual spiral of deeper despair, depression, and anger. It’s very easy to find the bad in every situation, and I’m the kind of person who naturally tends to focus on it. As an example, I may have a huge list of things to work on and cross off all but one of them, but I’m not going to focus on all I did, I’m going to focus on the one thing I didn’t get done. It’s hard to choose to be joyful. It’s tricky to find the joy in bad or rough situations a fair amount of the time. Striving after joyful living, however hard it is compared to wallowing in negative living, does make a difference in your life. Wallowing will never change your circumstances no matter how much you want it to, but seeking and choosing joy will change your viewpoint and let you move on. Moving on from mistakes or hard times or loss seems to be key. I don’t want to forget the hard times or the loss, maybe I want to forget the mistakes if I can keep the lessons learned from them, but we can’t continue to focus on them. We have to set our sights on where we are and where we are going. If the Apostle Paul had wallowed in all the evil things he had done, he never would have gone out to the Gentiles and done all the mission work he did. If Peter had wallowed on all the mistakes he made he never could have been a leader in the early church. There is a time for sorrow and sadness, but we can choose joy in the midst of those emotions. That, to me, is the harder and better road because it makes a real difference in my life.

To a sad friend

January 7, 2013

Happy Monday! I’m not really ready for another week but its here anyway. Today I’ve gone through my archives and found a poem I wrote for a friend of mine who was really down about life and her options and future. It worked to make her smile a bit and cheer her up, so if you’re feeling down, like the world can’t be beaten, then maybe this will give you a little pick-me-up too.

Dawn is a new beginning
Another chance at life.
Dusk is there for an ending
And seeing if what you did was worth the strife.

On an early fall morning
Everything is clean,
So why should you be mourning
For spending yesterday unseen?

You have no reason to cry
For you’re still only a teen,
With a life ahead of you where you can fly
And reach heights to you yet unseen.

But for now, just live for today,
From sunrise until it goes down,
And as long as with me you stay
I’ll do my best to make you smile, not frown

I hope everyone has a good week. Be safe and take care.

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