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Understanding Yourself

This is what I want from now on:

a slower pace~

a more centered existence~

and the feelings of perfect happiness to be found

in the moments I come home to myself.”

Linda Weltner

 

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Acceptance

Finish each day and be  done with it.  You have done what you could.  Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well & serenely
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Any Man’s Death…

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”


John Donne,
No Man Is An Island

 

Sometimes it feels that the world gets smaller each time a person’s life is lost.  I appreciate that it’s human to feel a twinge of sadness even if you didn’t know the person.  Even if you knew someone that knew the person, it should render us at least sympathetic.

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Then sometimes we go for a while and the memory gets less.  Maybe we should pledge to never let the memory become so vague it walks out of our thoughts.

 

 

 

 

 

HOPE IS LIKE A PATH

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Hope can neither be affirmed nor denied. 

Hope is like a path in the countryside. 

Originally there was no path–yet,

as people are walking all the time in the same spot,

a way appears.

Lu Xun

It’s About a Journey

A new day begins
And the work continues
Don’t be discouraged
that it’s a life-long job
YOU ARE WORTH IT!

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© Van Hess and New Journeys on Old Roads, 2013-14

 

Closed Doors

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When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

Abraham Lincoln

 

 

Reflection or Refraction

 

People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle & shine when the sun’s out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there’s light within.

Elizabeth Kübler Ross
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How Do You View Life?

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A pessimist sees only the dark side of the cloud

and mopes

A philosopher sees both sides

and shrugs

An optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all

he’s walking on them

Leonard Louis Levinson

 

Joy Springs Forth

Joy Springs Forth

JOY SPRINGS FORTH

For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Where Imagination Takes Me

There are no rules for architecture for a castle in the clouds

G. K. Chesterton

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Dear Reader, I am here to give you a little taste of poetry with some water on the side. When you come on my blog that's all that you will taste is Poetry. Not the type of poetry where it doesn't have a meaning. The type of poetry where you will be inspired, uplifted and you will have a different mindset once you leave this site. You might even come to get a taste of this poetry again. Don't be afraid to let your kids read this blog. My poetry is for and to help the youth. Bring them along with you. You both are scrolling down your phone or on the computer anyway. Let's have fun and get a taste of some poetry. I promise this type of poetry tastes delicious. Grab a plate and a fork and I'll feed you. ENJOY!!!!

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