They ask, Why do so many feel alone, Why do so many suffer in silence, Why do so many trade life for death, I sigh, There aren’t many who will listen, There aren’t many shoulders to lean on, Not many who’ll dry our weeping eyes, Too many times, people are just curious, Not genuinely concerned:(
Staying home alone at night. Here are a few things that you can do to help keep yourself safe. These tips that I’m about to share with you are some that I’ve used myself. They can be used whether or not you have surveillance at home.
1. Keep your cell phone on and ensure that the battery is full.
Never turn off your cell phone when you’re home alone at night and don’t ever let your battery be too low. In case of an emergency, you want to ensure that you’re able to call someone for help.
2. Double-check all your doors and windows to ensure that they are locked.
Don’t let your guard down. It doesn’t hurt to check your doors and windows a couple times to ensure that they are locked. Keep all your safety locks on.
3. Keep on the lights outside.
You don’t know who could be lurking around your house. Keep the lights turned on. Maybe, not you but your neighbors could see something suspicious and raise an alarm.
4. Never play anything loud.
Keep your volume at a minimum. Make sure that you’re able to hear any strange noises in and around your house.
5. Let someone know how you’re doing.
If you aren’t feeling well, even the slightest headache. Let someone know what’s happening. In case something goes wrong and they aren’t hearing from you, they can raise an alarm.
6. Never venture outside alone.
If you hear strange noises outside, don’t venture out to see what it is. It’s a dangerous thing to do. Call the police immediately.
7. Always have your emergency numbers on speed dial.
The last thing you want to do in an emergency; is to go scurrying through a directory. Ensure that all emergency contacts are stored within your phonebook.
8. Don’t be too quick to open up your doors at night.
Before you open up your doors at night. Make sure that you know who’s calling and what would have caused them to be at your house at that particular time. It could be a trap.
9. Don’t make it too obvious that you’re home alone.
If someone is calling for another member of your household who isn’t there. Don’t be too quick to answer that the person isn’t there. Never make it obvious that you’re home alone. It’s best to remain silent. Let whoever it is that is calling assume that the person isn’t there.
If it’s sucking the hell out of you. You’re at the wrong place. That isn’t work, it’s torture. Enjoy what you do. Transform your passion into work. Annette Kinglock-Murray
“I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.” ― Jerome K. Jerome
“All happiness depends on courage and work.” ― Honoré de Balzac
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” ― Barack Obama
“Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.” ― Gustave Flaubert
“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.” ― Leo Tolstoy
“We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work” ― Thomas A. Edison
“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it” ― Buddha
“A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.” ― Victor Hugo,
“If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.” ― Plato,
Greet every day with thanksgiving. It’s a blessing to be alive. Even Mondays! Annette Kinglock-Murray
“Your Monday morning thoughts set the tone for your whole week. See yourself getting stronger, and living a fulfilling, happier & healthier life.” ― Germany Kent
“Unclench your fists. Lower your shoulders. Step away. Then come back with a clear head, redouble your efforts. I believe in you.” ― Lin-Manuel Miranda
“Monday is the yardstick against which all that is unpleasant is measured.” ― Lou Brutus
“People who discipline themselves to get up and do things they don’t necessarily love or like doing, but do it regardless to succeed are people who will get the results and the success they are looking for.” ― Jeanette Coron
“There are many opportunities in every single day, and Monday is the perfect day to seize them all.” ― Isabella Koldras
“Your life goal should be to make Monday the best day of the week.” ― Trevor Carss
“Monday is for people with a mission. Those who favor vacations, not weekends.” ― Cristina Imre
Often I hear other people say, love all and trust a few. I believe that there’s still good in people, and there are people so genuine, people so rear, in this world and they’re worthy of being called best friends. Annette Kinglock-Murray
“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead Walk beside me… just be my friend” ― Albert Camus
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” ― Elbert Hubbard
“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” ― Bob Marley
“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” ― Jane Austen
“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.” ― Alfred Tennyson
“Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.” ― Sarah Dessen
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.” ― Rumi
“What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” ― Aristotle
”The world will never value you more than you value yourself.” Bill Masur, Who are you? Do you know who you are? When you look in the mirror, who is it that you see? Who do you call that person? You are more than just an average human being with a heart beating in your chest and blood running through your veins. What is it that makes you different from the rest of us? What is it that makes you so rare? What is your name? Until you can answer these questions about yourself.
Until you know who you are? You’ll accept whatever identity society attaches to you. No one was born a thief, rapist, or murderer. They were called that based on their actions! Sometimes when we would have paid for our mistakes. Society will still attach derogatory names to us from our past actions. If you don’t know your name; you’ll answer to whatever name society refers to you by.
A fable is told about an eagle that thought he was a chicken. When the eagle was very small, he fell from the safety of his nest. A chicken farmer found the eagle, brought him to the farm, and raised him in a chicken coop among his many chickens. The eagle grew up doing what chickens do, living like a chicken, and believing he was a chicken.
A naturalist came to the chicken farm to see if what he had heard about an eagle acting like a chicken was true. He knew that an eagle is the king of the sky. He was surprised to see the eagle strutting around the chicken coop, pecking at the ground, and acting very much like a chicken.
The farmer explained to the naturalist that this bird was no longer an eagle. He was now a chicken because he had been trained to be a chicken and he believed that he was a chicken. The naturalist knew there was more to this great bird than his actions showed as he “pretended” to be a chicken. He was born an eagle and had the heart of an eagle, and nothing could change that.
The man lifted the eagle onto the fence surrounding the chicken coop and said, “Eagle, thou art an eagle. Stretch forth thy wings and fly.” The eagle moved slightly, only to look at the man; then he glanced down at his home among the chickens in the chicken coop where he was comfortable. He jumped off the fence and continued doing what chickens do.
The farmer was satisfied. “I told you it was a chicken,” he said. The naturalist returned the next day and tried again to convince the farmer and the eagle that the eagle was born for something greater. He took the eagle to the top of the farmhouse and spoke to him: “Eagle, thou art an eagle. Thou dost belong to the sky and not to the earth. Stretch forth thy wings and fly.” The large bird looked at the man, then again down into the chicken coop.
He jumped from the man’s arm onto the roof of the farmhouse. Knowing what eagles are about, the naturalist asked the farmer to let him try one more time. He would return the next day and prove that this bird was an eagle. The farmer convinced otherwise, said, “It is a chicken.” The naturalist returned the next morning to the chicken farm and took the eagle and the farmer some distance away to the foot of a high mountain. They could not see the farm nor the chicken coop from this new setting.
The man held the eagle on his arm and pointed high into the sky where the bright sun was beckoning above. He spoke: “Eagle, thou art an eagle! Thou dost belong to the sky and not to the earth. Stretch forth thy wings and fly.” This time the eagle stared skyward into the bright sun, straightened his large body, and stretched his massive wings.
His wings moved, slowly at first, then surely and powerfully. With the mighty screech of an eagle, he flew. source http://www.greatexpectations.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/exp4/FableoftheEagleandtheChicken.pdf. The eagle had lived all its life believing that it was a chicken because neither the eagle nor the farmer knew what it was. Like the eagle, if you don’t know who you are you’ll live all your life in an identity that isn’t yours. ”Your sense of self-worth comes from you alone – never the opinion of others.” Robert Greene
I remember my husband wanted to lose some weight. He bought a popular herbal tea which is quite expensive. After seeing before and after pictures in the adverts he thought it would work for him. He bought a few sachets and he drank them as recommended. We saw no visible results in the time frame outlined by the adverts. Eventually, he stopped drinking the tea and started working out at the gym. As time went on he began to see a few noticeable results in his weight loss.
Life is like this! We all need solutions for the problems that we face in life. 🙄🙄 Sometimes we feel so empowered after listening to a few motivational speeches💪💪💪. Only to be left frustrated when life takes a U-turn. 😬😬😬
The truth is there is no one size fits all for our problems. What works for you may not work for me and vice versa. 🤕🤕🤕Don’t try to be a copycat in life. Whatever is working for you, stick with it. The results will materialize in time. Slow progress is better than nothing at all. Stop allowing other people to pressure you with their deadlines.
You may be sucking at your job, relationship, work, school, etc. You may feel like the worst person in the world because you’re not performing at the average established by society. Yes, there’s always room for improvement but everything takes time. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
It may have taken you three or four times to get it right, while it took someone else only one. That doesn’t mean that you’re stupid or you didn’t have the potential. What matters most is that you finally got it right.
Own who you are and revel in it. Don’t try to keep up with everyone else. Don’t try to do what everyone else is doing. Do what works for you. Enjoy your progress, keep going!
Some things are much easier said than done. It is so easy to tell someone to not give up, but only God truly knows what a person may be going through. Sometimes we can’t see the heartache behind their smile. 💔💔💔Or the effort it took for them to pull themselves together and show up.👱 Even the strongest amongst us feel weak at times. 😭😭😭😭😭
It’s okay to not be strong all the time. It’s okay to let your tears flow. It’s okay to not be on your A-game. We all have our low points in life. 😓😓You can’t be strong all the time. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Always remember that you are human first. At some point in life, we all felt like we wanted to give up on something or someone.😣😣😣
Some things are worth letting go of, but others are worth fighting for. Whatever demons you are wrestling with.👹👹👹 Whatever battleground you are standing on today. I want you to know that God is right there with you. 😇😇😇😇 I can’t feel your pain and I don’t know all that you are going through but I do know that with God at your battlefront you have all the help you need. 💪💪You are not alone my dear! Fight your way through, you’re are a warrior🥇🥇
I see life beyond here,
These circumstances are not enough to define me,
I will not allow my short comings to derail my ambitions.
I am not the girl you once knew,
And the world will see the changes in me.
I am releasing the baggage of my past,
Dismantling negativity in all its form.
I have found my resilience, and I'm embracing it!
I see life beyond here,
Yes, I have faltered, and there are many things that I want to undo.
I've certainly had my fair share of disappointments,
I've been mistreated by the persons I trusted most.
I've loved and I've Lied,
I've laughed and I've cried,
The hurt and pain,
Feeling alone and afraid.
Neglected and rejected
I've had to battle my weaknesses to unleash my inner strength.
I see life beyond here,
I will not allow myself to drown in self pity.
No, I am not feeling sorry for myself.
I am learning to suck it up!
I have shredded my old skin,
I'm ready to soar like an eagle,
There are new heights for me to gain.
With a fiery zeal, I am chasing my purpose.
I am leaving the realms of this comfort zone.
I am reaching,
I am going to grasp, what is rightfully mine.
I see life beyond here,
In all its grandeur awaiting me,
This is the woman molded by God's own hands.
This is the brand new me!
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We have often heard the cliché, “no man is an island, and no man stands alone”.
In whatever way that speaks to us, it is true that we were not created to be alone.
It is also said, that we should keep our friends close and our enemies closer.
Many of us can relate to the above, we all have different encounters with people.
It is natural for humans to feel a sense of belonging, and when that is absent, they feel lonely.
It is through our modes of communication; directly and indirectly, that we form bonds with others.
Often, we search for similarities in others that will create cohesion.
Eventually, these bonds develop into friendships.
Friends are the individuals: we expect to be with us through thick and thin.
We want them to share in all those special moments of our lives. Whether it be our wedding, birthday party, child’s birth, baby christening, graduation, job promotion, vacation, business deal, buying a new car or home and the list continues.
We want them to be our first responders; to crises, we encounter in life:
It is more a blessing to give than to receive. We shouldn’t give because we are compelled, boastful, rich in excess, expecting God to multiply us, but from a sincere heart of love. Freely from the abundance of our hearts, without grudge, murmuring, complaining, the expectation of return favors, or ulterior motives. I mirrored on Jesus’ approach toward charity because His approach really interests me. In the bible we read about Jesus, healing the sick, restoring life to the dead, feeding the multitude, teaching the multitude, casting evil spirits out of people, forgiving sins. All in the spirit of humility, love, and compassion.
God knows the heart of every man, and it is He who rewards the giver. What interests me most about Jesus was that He was human like any of us. He had emotions; he had needs, he hungered, He felt athirst; He felt tired. Yet, in all His humanness, at no point do we find Him ignoring the needs of anyone who came to Him for help. He didn’t discriminate against any color, class, or creed. Neither did He condemn anyone.
Jesus had a keen interest in the welfare of others, He turned no one away. At no point do we find him saying, I’m tired, I can’t deal with you now. I’m busy, so come back later. I have my own issues to deal with, so I can’t bother with yours now. There is no evidence of Jesus saying any of these things. Yet, He was human like us. Jesus’ method was to give freely, to bless, to heal, to restore, to build, to teach people about God and satisfy them holistically. Even those whom he knew wouldn’t appreciate what He did for them.
Remember, the ten lepers were healed and only one came back to express gratitude. And maybe, some of those whom He helped said, give us Barabbas and crucify Him, or maybe some of those whom He helped mocked Him, while He laid on the cross in agony. It shows how much He is sincere in well-doing. There is no partiality in anything that He does. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. As it is with Jesus, we must understand the human nature of people. Not everyone will appreciate the good we do for them, and we shouldn’t hold anything against them.
That’s why our motives towards giving and helping others must be sincere. Not for self-glorification, status, fame, recognition, or a good name. It is also not for us to be choosy about who we should help. Once the Lord has given us the ability to do so. We should do it willingly and what better example to follow than Jesus’. At no point do you find Him saying, you do not qualify, or you must join the waiting list until I have space for you. Or, you are not a believer, so I cannot help you. No, He made accommodation for everyone. People from all walks of life came to Him for help, and He helped them.
He not only ministered to their physical needs but also their spiritual needs. At no point, He requests a surcharge or contribution from anyone. Jesus’ method was to give freely, and this should be ours too. Jesus had laid the foundation for us to follow in our giving to others. Like Him we must be:
Willing to serve freely,
Willing to give our best and our all,
By following Jesus’ example and His alone, we will do a great work in the lives of others. Not just physically, but spiritually and emotionally. People don’t always need money, food, and clothes. Sometimes they just need a moment of our time, for us to sit and listen. Materialism will never solve all the deficiencies in our lives. That’s why we need God to guide us. A person’s greatest need is not always obvious. You might be shocked to know that sometimes all someone need is a kind word. To make them smile and brighten their day.
It is not for us just to take almsgiving as an initiative to help better the lives of people. But we must be submissive to the will of God. So, we can meet people exactly where they need us most. A million dollars may not solve a poor man’s problem. People need reassurance, love, hope, peace, joy, and happiness. Jesus gave all these things throughout His ministry, and finally, He gave His life freely so we could live eternally. Charity is great to work; it is also a great ministry for soul-winning and leading others to Jesus. As you do great work, do it with love, do it with pride, give it your best, do it freely, follow Jesus’ example, do it unto God and not the applause of men. God bless you.
Don’t you dare worry about who will follow you on your journeys in life. Be more concerned about who and what you don’t need! You don’t need any form of negativity. You don’t need anyone who can’t see your vision and you don’t need anyone who’s going to complain every step of the way. Many times the persons that you are willing to take were never needed because they will derail you from your course and they will crash your vision. If they aren’t willing to support you, don’t force them. If they refuse to help you, don’t be mad at them. If they don’t believe in you, believe in yourself and get on your way. What matters most is that you have a clear vision of where you are going and the way to get there.
You must have the courage to stand alone and trust God. I remember my early days of writing. Many of the persons who I thought would have supported my work, didn’t. But I’m ever grateful to all those who did because they didn’t have to do it. Never forget those who made the effort to support you on your journey, no matter how small it is! I’ve had to face up to the harsh reality that it isn’t always about who you’ve known your entire life, but who will stand right by your side. It’s about who will encourage you to press on! It’s about who will dust you off when you fall down seven times and help you to get back up at eight. When you start your journey you have to bear in mind that whatever comes your way, God will give you the strength to be your biggest fan. Because there will be times when you’ll have no one in your corner but you! You must learn to push yourself to go above and beyond. With or without the support of those you expect to be by your side.
If you give with expectations then you’ll only face disappointments. Many will never return the favors you’ve granted them and some will choose to forget. Don’t expect too much from anyone! Don’t walk around feeling as if people are obligated to you! Don’t go about thinking that people owe you their support because you’ve lent them a helping hand! In this life, there are many journeys that you’ll have to take alone. Not for the lack of people, but the lack of genuine support! Many who should have been your biggest support will either back down at the last minute or show no interest at all. But take courage, don’t be disheartened! Not everyone will understand the direction in which you are going. Not everyone can perceive your vision. Not everyone will have the wisdom to discern your true calling. Not everyone is willing to go with you to the full extent and sadly, not everyone will want to see you become better than them in life. So, they’ll use every opportunity to ensure that it doesn’t happen.
Whatever energy you send off to the universe that’s the same energy that it will give back to you. Don’t expect to see good things happening in your life if you’re always emitting negative energy. You can never live a positive life with a negative mindset. I’m going to tell you a secret. If you desire blessings in your life. Start by doing these few things. Be genuinely happy for others. Express gratitude. Try to see the good in everything. Cease complaining. Be forgiving. Wish others well and mean it. Treat others well. Love people for real. Don’t go about judging other people. When you start to practice these things you’ll realize that you can sleep better at night because your conscience is free. You’ll start to realize that you are happier because your spirit is not easily provoked. You’ll see great things happening in your life because you’re feeding the universe with good energy. That’s the kind of spirit that attracts the good things in your life. That’s the kind of character God wants us to develop.
Blessings don’t always mean that you’re going to be rich and famous. Having peace of mind is a blessing. A roof over your head is a blessing. A loving home is a blessing. Good health is a blessing. To see your children becoming good citizens is a blessing. To have a job that takes care of your needs is a blessing. To breathe is a blessing. Having good people in your life is a blessing. Waking up each morning is a blessing. They come in all shapes and forms.
Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. Willie Nelson
They’ve turned their ears from hearing from my truth,
They’ve hated me instead,
I’m the perpetrator, they’re the victim,
Just a dose of my truth is too loud for their ears,
It’s too bitter for them to digest,
It’s not welcomed in their space,
Yet, all these years I’ve kept it bottled within me,
All the pain, guilt, and shame!
Night and day, I’ve wrestled with this beast,
But I’ve never found the strength that,
Could set me free,
From the fear that they wouldn’t believe me,
Yet still, I thought, that with their help,
We could slay this beast,
I’ve heard the truth makes you free,
But they showed me no mercy,
For my truth is too provocative for their consciences,
Too candid for their ears,
They’d rather I had remained silent, dead with the beast!
But it isn’t the beast that hurts anymore,
It’s the betrayal of those who are offended,
Whenever I speak my truth,
For it doesn’t soothe their ego,
And they say, I’m the cause of my pain,
The beast is dead it’s their betrayal,
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I wrote this poem after following a news headline, where a minor was molested by a prominent figure of society. A statement was made to the police and the perpetrator was taken in for questioning. Not long after the child wanted to retract her statement, she told the officers that it was all a lie. Upon further investigation, it was revealed that the perpetrator, his wife, and the child’s mother had forced the child to withdraw her statement. There are so many of us who can relate to similar stories of this cruel nature. Victim blaming and shaming are everywhere. It’s an ultimate act of betrayal. How is it that a mother would rather protect the reputation of the perpetrator over her own daughter?
Like this child, we all have truths that are too candid for the masses. Too bitter for them to digest. Too provocative for their consciences. It’s easy for them to say, I believe nothing that you’re saying. It’s easy for them to make you the perpetrator. It’s easy for them to say, that it was all your fault. It’s easy for them to call your truth a lie because they would rather you had remained silent to caress their egos, and those they have high regard for. But what about you? What about your feelings? What about your tears? What about your pain? What about everything that you’ve lost? What about your broken pieces, that are just too broken to make you whole again? I too have my truths that aren’t pleasing to hear. It isn’t easy to live in fear of, no one will ever believe me if I dare speak this truth.
I call it a beast for it’s a monster that you wrestle with every day. It’s a battle between your truth and their disbelief. It’s one of those fights that require every ounce of strength that’s within you. But the truth is, sometimes it isn’t the pain of what had happened that hurts so much. It’s the fact that those who should have pleaded your cause would want your truth to remain unspoken. They will stare right in your eyes and say that you’re lying. They’ll tell you to shut the hell up and never repeat those words again! For someone else’s reputation is of more worth than the pain they’ve inflicted on you. Knowing that those who should have protected you couldn’t care less about your pain is the ultimate betrayal.
There must have been times when you felt as though the nights were never-ending and your pain was just too much to bear. There must have been times when it felt as though you’ll never stop crying yourself to sleep. There must have been times when all you wanted was for the peaceful morning to come and put your woeful nights at ease. I’ve had my restless nights. I’ve had my cold and stormy nights but I’ve also had beautiful nights. Sometimes life can take us to some dark places, where it seems as if there’s no way out.
This poem, Go beckon the morning, echoes the cry of someone who’s just longing for peace. Someone who’s just needing a breakthrough! Someone who’s just searching for an answer! Someone who’s just longing for their night to end. Not the literal night, but the dark struggles of life. It’s never easy to conquer the pressures of life. It’s never easy to stand alone on the mental battlefield. To be focused! To be strong! To conquer! It’s never easy to gain victory over the hardships that you have to face every day, but God will make a way. I do hope that whatever you may be going through at this moment, your dawn will break and usher in the glorious morning. May God give you all the strength that you need to hold on a bit longer.
For not believing that all this time greatness existed in Me.
Annette Kinglock- Murray (Poet)
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This poem is a reflection of a person who is struggling with self-doubt. It’s one of those hard conversations that you sometimes have with yourself. Am I good enough? Can I do this? It’s some of those long pauses in between breaths. It’s that mental battle that you must win in order to muster up the courage to finally say, I got this. I really got this! I can do this! I do hope that when you feel as though your thoughts are waging a mental war, you’ll somehow search deep within you to find the courage to say, I got this!
I’ve heard that the unlovable,
Should be loved,
But no one taught me how,
I did the best that I could,
Only to become the unloved,
And those who should have,
Been my peace, my solace,
Shredded my heart to pieces,
Whatever is left of it,
For my sanity must remain,
I’ll give not my brokenness to be loved,
I’ll go home to my maker,
Let God place us in a cocoon,
Maybe one day my love will morph,
Into something beautiful,
And whoever shall taste of my love,
Will never feel unloved!
Annette Kinglock-Murray, Poet
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From my Poetry book Flickering Flames
I keep them laughing,
They all think that I'm doing okay,
So many wished for the life of me,
For the face behind my profile picture isn't what they see,
Smiley emojis that hide my frown,
But when I'm off social media my world comes tumbling down,
You see, having many followers doesn't mean I'm not alone,
In the real world, I have struggles of my own.
Likes, comments, thousands of shares,
I wish I knew someone that truly cares,
Social media is just a highlight reel,
These happy moments are only a cover-up of what I try to conceal,
Of all the persons I make happy, I'm the one who is sad,
There isn't one to make me glad,
Yes, Influencers have their insecurities too and,
They're real people like the rest of you!
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I wrote this poem after learning about a popular influencer who committed suicide. Depression is real and it looks right in your face. It's at your church! It's at your school! It's at work! It could be at your house! It's everywhere. A pleasant smile doesn't always mean that all is well. This influencer was fighting her own battles, but her hundreds of fans didn't know. She was always happy online, laughing and dancing in her videos. She was a beautiful spirit that touched the hearts of thousands. The lesson in this poem is that social media doesn't always tell a person's reality. It's sometimes a highlight reel. Don't ever believe all that you see online. There are many broken people behind filters and profile pictures. An active online presence doesn't mean that all is well. Before you assume that someone is okay. Take the time to reach out and see if they are doing okay.
Betrayal pricked my heart,
And left an arrow there,
Although I could breathe,
I'd prefer my heart stone-dead,
To those who hurt me,
To those I fear would,
To those, I might take avenge,
But this did me no justice,
For my last state,
Became worse than the first,
So, I gave my wounded heart wings,
Whither shall we go my love,
Till seventy times seven.
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times? "Jesus answered, “I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy-seven times! Matthew 18:22.
This poem about forgiveness is from my book, Spilled Ink. Available on Amazon in digital and Paperback format. All rights reserved.
“grief is a house where the chairs have forgotten how to hold us the mirrors how to reflect us the walls how to contain us
grief is a house that disappears each time someone knocks at the door or rings the bell a house that blows into the air at the slightest gust that buries itself deep in the ground while everyone is sleeping
grief is a house where no one can protect you where the younger sister will grow older than the older one where the doors no longer let you in or out” ― Jandy Nelson
When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after safety.
When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear.
When great souls die, the air around us becomes light, rare, sterile. We breathe, briefly. Our eyes, briefly, see with a hurtful clarity. Our memory, suddenly sharpened, examines, gnaws on kind words unsaid, promised walks never taken.
Great souls die and our reality, bound to them, takes leave of us. Our souls, dependent upon their nurture, now shrink, wizened. Our minds, formed and informed by their radiance, fall away. We are not so much maddened as reduced to the unutterable ignorance of dark, cold caves.
And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.” ― Maya Angelou
“Extinguish my eyes, I’ll go on seeing you. Seal my ears, I’ll go on hearing you. And without feet I can make my way to you, without a mouth I can swear your name.
Break off my arms, I’ll take hold of you with my heart as with a hand. Stop my heart, and my brain will start to beat. And if you consume my brain with fire, I’ll feel you burn in every drop of my blood.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke
“Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.
This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature. Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose…
…Describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty – describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember. If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator, there is no poverty and no poor, indifferent place. And even if you found yourself in some prison, whose walls let in none of the world’s sounds – wouldn’t you still have your childhood, that jewel beyond all price, that treasure house of memories? Turn your attention to it. Try to raise up the sunken feelings of this enormous past; your personality will grow stronger, your solitude will expand and become a place where you can live in the twilight, where the noise of other people passes by, far in the distance. – And if out of this turning-within, out of this immersion in your own world, poems come, then you will not think of asking anyone whether they are good or not. Nor will you try to interest magazines in these works: for you will see them as your dear natural possession, a piece of your life, a voice from it. A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke
One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice — though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. “Mend my life!” each voice cried. But you didn’t stop. You knew what you had to do, though the wind pried with its stiff fingers at the very foundations, though their melancholy was terrible. It was already late enough, and a wild night, and the road full of fallen branches and stones. But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only thing you could do — determined to save the only life you could save.” ― Mary Oliver
Said the little boy, “Sometimes I drop my spoon.” Said the old man, “I do that too.” The little boy whispered, “I wet my pants.” I do that too,” laughed the little old man. Said the little boy, “I often cry.” The old man nodded, “So do I.” But worst of all,” said the boy, “it seems Grown-ups don’t pay attention to me.” And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand. I know what you mean,” said the little old man.” ― Shel Silverstein
“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more” ― Lord Byron
“Still round the corner, there may wait A new road or a secret gate And though I oft have passed them by A day will come at last when I Shall take the hidden paths that run West of the Moon, East of the Sun.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile, the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.” ― Mary Oliver
“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)I am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling) I fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)I want no world (for beautiful you are my world,my true) and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)” ― E.E. Cummings
“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” ― Pablo Neruda
“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.” ― Pablo Neruda
“A part of us always remains when we leave somewhere. It is a part we can never reclaim even if we revisit the place for it was never ours to begin with. There is so little of ourselves that belongs to us. This body is the earth’s. This heart is yours, and his and theirs. The only thing that is our own is our freedom of will— our freedom to choose our attitudes in life. All else is borrowed. All else is everyone else’s.” ― Kamand Kojouri
Do not go to my grave. Mary knows, I am not there. Look for me in between pages and on people’s lips. Do not go to my old school. Do not go to my old house — I am not in any of those places. Look for me in your hearts and greet me there.” ― Kamand Kojouri
“A positive attitude creates a passion that wakes a leader up. To the leader, attitude is more powerful than an alarm clock. Positive attitude in true leadership is what makes an alarm clock unnecessary!” ― Israelmore ayivor
“I’ve read somewhere in a book when something happens that is unbearable to you, sometimes, time stops. Like your inner clock just stops working, even if the world keeps spinning you will stand still for the rest of your life.” ― Katja Michael
“The finished clock is resplendent. At first glance it is simply a clock, a rather large black clock with a white face and a silver pendulum. Well crafted, obviously, with intricately carved woodwork edges and a perfectly painted face, but just a clock. But that is before it is wound. Before it begins to tick, the pendulum swinging steadily and evenly. Then, then it becomes something else. The changes are slow. First, the color changes in the face, shifts from white to grey, and then there are clouds that float across it, disappearing when they reach the opposite side. Meanwhile, bits of the body of the clock expand and contract, like pieces of a puzzle. As though the clock is falling apart, slowly and gracefully. All of this takes hours. The face of the clock becomes a darker grey, and then black, with twinkling stars where numbers had been previously. The body of the clock, which has been methodically turning itself inside out and expanding, is now entirely subtle shades of white and grey. And it is not just pieces, it is figures and objects, perfectly carved flowers and planets and tiny books with actual paper pages that turn. There is a silver dragon that curls around part of the now visible clockwork, a tiny princess in a carved tower who paces in distress, awaiting an absent prince. Teapots that pour into teacups and minuscule curls of steam that rise from them as the seconds tick. Wrapped presents open. Small cats chase small dogs. An entire game of chess is played. At the center, where a cuckoo bird would live in a more traditional timepiece, is the juggler. Dress in harlequin style with a grey mask, he juggles shiny silver balls that correspond to each hour. As the clock chimes, another ball joins the rest until at midnight he juggles twelve balls in a complex pattern. After midnight, the clock begins once more to fold in upon itself. The face lightens and the cloud returns. The number of juggled balls decreases until the juggler himself vanishes. By noon it is a clock again, and no longer a dream.” ― Erin Morgenstern
“Your clock cannot buy you more time, your bed cannot get you more sleep, your titles cannot acquire you more influence, your fame cannot gain you more honor, and your money cannot earn you more happiness.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo
“Some are condemned to remain mere “clock and smart phone watchers”, inasmuch as they are not able to read and interpret the lines of their life or don’t even treasure the enchantment of daily captivating moments. If we are not prepared to give some personal time to social time, we walk like blind men through the gloomy alleys of our existence. ― Erik Pevernagie
“In the silence of the ticking of the clock’s minute hand, I found you. In the echoes of the reverberations of time, I found you. In the tender silence of the long summer night, I found you. In the fragrance of the rose petals, I found you. In the orange of the sunset, I found you. In the blue of the morning sky, I found you. In the echoes of the mountains, I found you. In the green of the valleys, I found you. In the chaos of this world, I found you. In the turbulence of the oceans, I found you. In the shrill cries of the grasshopper at night, I found you. In the gossamer sublimity of the silken cobweb, I found you.” ― Avijeet Das
“When I do count the clock that tells the time, And see the brave day sunk in hideous night; When I behold the violet past prime, And sable curls all silver’d o’er with white; When lofty trees I see barren of leaves Which erst from heat did canopy the herd, And summer’s green all girded up in sheaves Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard, Then of thy beauty do I question make, That thou among the wastes of time must go, Since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake And die as fast as they see others grow; And nothing ‘gainst Time’s scythe can make defence Save breed, to brave him when he takes thee hence.” ― William Shakespeare
“As we are whiling away days of idleness, time may flow rashly through the screen of our thoughts and veil the relevance of individual fragments in our story. The clock of reality can arrest us, though, and compel us to confront the demands of the truth. ― Erik Pevernagie
“If we learn to listen to the others and try to capture the soul of their language, and can scent the fragrance of the words we hear, we can be transported to a nirvana of deep understanding, without being overwhelmed by the reality of the clock. Erik Pevernagie
Life is short they always say,Time moves fast be it night or day,But rarely we see this come to play,Until a loved one has passed away.We have always thought they’ll stay,Be with us in our every day,We thought that life can make a way,But to the grave we gave them away.The sudden pain of losing,And […]
My life is movingLike the wind on the shoreMy days are growingGrowing with more hope The night is laughingLike the sea and the starsThe sunrise is waitingPainting forgotten lands The bridge of life drawingA future no smallWith chances I am walkingTo lands that lie afar My tomorrow is waitingThe present moving fastFor months I am […]
Blue velvet nightBlue velvet night A sapphire moonOn a lustrous viridescent seaSail away with me. Under a bowl of skyUnder a bowl of sky That has turned upside down A cerise wind cries Spilling white stars Defying gravity In ether’s immortality.Tasting autumn I ate a persimmon It tasted of autumn Tangerine’s last bloom Auburn russet […]
A gentle sanityoften finds me while I’m writing. And to the leaves that wave hello,I see you. Along with my half-open windowand my typing sounds; the pauses anddaydreaming covers me nicely. -M. Taggart
Originally posted on Gobblers / Masticadores // Editores: Manuela Timofte / j re crivello: Well, after you write enough and try to publish for long enough you just notice it There is no such thing as good or bad poetry. There’s just poetry to which people can relate and poetry to which people can’t relate. And that makes…
No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.
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“Even if you cannot change all the people around you, you can change the people you choose to be around. Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you. Spend your life with people who make you smile, laugh, and feel loved.” ― Roy T. Bennett
Don’t just learn, experience. Don’t just read, absorb. Don’t just change, transform. Don’t just relate, advocate. Don’t just promise, prove. Don’t just criticize, encourage. Don’t just think, ponder. Don’t just take, give. Don’t just see, feel. Don’t just dream, do. Don’t just hear, listen. Don’t just talk, act. Don’t just tell, show. Don’t just exist, live.” ― Roy T. Bennett
“There are so many people whose minds do not belong to them. There are so many people whose thoughts have been purchased by people. There are so many people who have made people kings and queens of their thought. There are so many people who cannot sleep because of people. There are so many people whose lives are a small percentage of their own self and a greater percentage of others. When the offenses of people occupy your mind, your mind becomes the offenses of people instead of your own mind. To have your own mind and to be your own self, free your mind!” ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
Who wants to be grouped collectively all the time? Don’t we all want to feel valued? Every one of us should feel as though we belong and are valued. Sometimes we are treated far less than we deserve. Many of us can relate to numerous occasions where our efforts were either overlooked, undervalued, or unappreciated at home, work, church, school, etc.
In as much as we’d want others to make us feel valuable, we should always treat ourselves as though we deserve only the best. Many times we’re too hard on ourselves. We too are guilty of only treating ourselves well, occasionally. When was the last time you took yourself for a treat, other than your birthday, anniversary, etc?
When was the last time you complimented your amazing self? When was the last time you pampered yourself? When was the last time you gave yourself a rosy smile and a big hug? When was the last time you took a break from everything else to spend quality time with yourself? You can’t always depend on others to make you feel valuable. If you don’t know what you’re truly worth, you’ll always be treated less than you deserve.
I read an interesting post on Facebook recently. It was about the price of a bottle of water at different locations. It was the same brand of water, nothing changed except for the price and the location where it was. If you bought the water at a local supermarket it costs about $0.50. If you bought it at a gas station it costs about $3.00. If you bought it at an airport it costs about $5.00.
Depending on where you are, you’d either pay more or less for the same brand of water. Like the water, some people will seek to estimate your worth. Some will treat you like nothing. Never allow anyone to determine what you’re truly worth. Know when you’re being valued less than you deserve. Be among those who appreciate your worth, not those who diminish it.
“Your worth is not what you have, but who you are.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo
“Convince yourself every day that you are worthy of a good life. Let go of stress, breathe. Stay positive, all is well.” ― Germany Kent
“You are only as valuable as the value you add to others.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo
“If you have found a path worth walking, never complain about walking!” ― Mehmet Murat Ildan
“In a relationship, the word ‘sorry’ is worth more than gold. However, the more it’s mentioned the lesser your love and affection becomes.” ― Mwanandeke Kindembo
“Your true worth is determined by what you carry in your soul, not in your hands.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo
“Your worth defines you, not your critics.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo
“It’s Never Too Late…to Celebrate Yourself.
Everything you’ve done deserves your favorable awareness. Be it your relationships, your successes, and your triumphant failures. They all led you here. Today, pause to recognize and celebrate the big things and little things. You accomplished them. Turn your attention inward and cheer for the things you have yet to bring forth. Accept them as done. Celebrate all that you are made of and who you are becoming. You are worth it.” ― Emmanuella Raphaelle
“Measure a person’s worth by their character, not their possessions.” ― Frank Sonnenberg
“Having faith in others shows your worth and having faith in you shows your self-worth” ― P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar
“Most of us are not raised to actively encounter our destiny. We may not know that we have one. As children, we are seldom told we have a place in life that is uniquely ours alone. Instead, we are encouraged to believe that our life should somehow fulfill the expectations of others, that we will (or should) find our satisfactions as they have found theirs. Rather than being taught to ask ourselves who we are, we are schooled to ask others. We are, in effect, trained to listen to others’ versions of ourselves. We are brought up in our life as told to us by someone else! When we survey our lives, seeking to fulfill our creativity, we often see we had a dream that went glimmering because we believed, and those around us believed, that the dream was beyond our reach. Many of us would have been, or at least might have been, done, tried something, if… If we had known who we really were.” ― Julia Cameron
“Don’t let others tell you what you can’t do. Don’t let the limitations of others limit your vision. If you can remove your self-doubt and believe in yourself, you can achieve what you never thought possible.” ― Roy T. Bennett
“The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.” ― Chuck Palahniuk
“Try giving up all the thoughts that make you feel bad, or even just some of them, and see how doing that changes your life. You don’t need negative thoughts. All they have ever given you was a false self that suffers. They are all lies.” ― Gina Lake,
“Depression weighs you down like a rock in a river. You don’t stand a chance. You can fight and pray and hope you have the strength to swim, but sometimes, you have to let yourself sink. Because you’ll never know true happiness until someone or something pulls you back out of that river–and you’ll never believe it until you realize it was you, yourself who saved you.” ― Alysha Speer
“Never surrender your hopes and dreams to the fateful limitations others have placed on their own lives. The vision of your true destiny does not reside within the blinkered outlook of the naysayers and the doom prophets. Judge not by their words, but accept advice based on the evidence of actual results. Do not be surprised should you find a complete absence of anything mystical or miraculous in the manifested reality of those who are so eager to advise you. Friends and family who suffer the lack of abundance, joy, love, fulfillment and prosperity in their own lives really have no business imposing their self-limiting beliefs on your reality experience.” ― Anthon St. Maarten
“Today is a new day and it brings with it a new set of opportunities for me to act on. I am attentive to the opportunities and I seize them as they arise. I have full confidence in myself and my abilities. I can do all things that I commit myself to. No obstacle is too big or too difficult for me to handle because what lies inside me is greater than what lies ahead of me. I am committed to improving myself and I am getting better daily. I am not held back by regret or mistakes from the past. I am moving forward daily. Absolutely nothing is impossible for me.” ― Idowu Koyenikan
“The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ would take the slums out of people, and then they would take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.” ― Ezra Taft Benson
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” ― Dr. Seuss