Rhyme for a Change

Happy New Year!

It’s been quite a year – 2017,
I think just about everyone knows what I mean!

I guess I’ll deal with the elephant in the room right away –
Could it be possible that The Donald is here to stay?

My opinion for what it’s worth is an absolute “NO!”
He has done his part, and now he must go.

He woke up everyone who thought racism was “then” –
And he was unwittingly (of course) instrumental in the outing of MEN.

But, deciding climate change is something to deny…
And a President who so easily continues to tell lie after lie…

The whole U.S. situation inspires anger, frustration and fear,
But, my attention to it, actually made something really clear!

I finally realized that enough was enough –
I had to balance out the crazy with a lot more positive stuff!

So thank you, Mr. President for reminding me every day,
To seek and appreciate love and joy in every possible way!

This year I really made more time to take care of me –
So relaxing and recharging would come more naturally.

There is so much to access – to learn and enjoy galore,
With TED Talks and YouTube, and so much more!

It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day,
And all those old limiting patterns sometimes get in the way.

But, as I pause and reflect – stop doing, and just BE…
I know I am nourishing the best version of me.

If a way of knowing or feeling isn’t working for me,
I get that it is my job to set myself free.

The wonderful poet, Rumi says it all –
“Be like a tree and let your dead leaves fall.”

Of course, this is not always so easy to do –
Luckily there are many tools available that are tried and true!

Time in nature, gratitude, meditation, Tapping, Yoga, Qigong… to name a few,
Can all contribute to creating a better life for you!

My intention moving forward is to let those dead leaves fall away,
Allowing new buds to open to the light every day.

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Rhyme. For a Change.

Wabi Sabi: The Perfection of Imperfection

 

Is perfection something you strive to obtain?

And, by chance, does this ever cause you some pain?

 

What is this standard that we are trying to achieve?

Why is the need to be “perfect” what so many of us believe?

 

Although I know that perfection doesn’t really exist –

I find that feeling I should be achieving it still seems to persist!

 

When stuff is important to me, I love to excel –

And, I’m not saying it’s a problem to want to do well!

 

But, needing to be the best can really get in the way

Of accepting and loving ourselves – come what may.

 

If, in order to be convinced that I am worthy enough –

I have to be sure that I’ve got the ‘right stuff’…

 

If judging ourselves by how much we ‘do’ is the norm –

Then we damn always have to be able to perform!

 

I have come to see that there is a much healthier way,

To live our lives to the fullest each and every day!

 

What would happen if we gave ourselves more time to just ‘be’

By deciding to love ourselves – unconditionally?

 

My intention daily is to know deep inside,

That I don’t have to prove my worth every minute – to enjoy the ride!

 

This kind of self-acceptance gives us the resilience we need –

To play full out in the arena …and sometimes succeed!

 

Knowing we are perfectly imperfect is really the key,

To being able to live our lives more wholeheartedly!

 

Understanding the value of imperfection, helps us to resolve –

The fear of failure – so we can evolve!

 

So much energy can get wasted day and night –

Worrying about whether we’re getting it wrong or right.

 

There is something else I propose as a way better plan –

Check out the Wabi Sabi philosophy of art from ancient Japan.

 

They found beauty and honor in imperfection, you see –

Celebrating the wealth and depth of life experience quite naturally!

 

Cracks in pottery for example, were filled with gold –

And they are really quite something to behold.

 

The cracks meant that the vase had had a life,

And they believed there was beauty inherent in strife.

 

Is that how we acknowledge our ‘flaws’ today…

Or would we be more inclined to throw the vase away?

 

Instead of looking at our lives with such a critical eye –

How much fun would it be to give Wabi Sabi a try?

 

Maybe we can look beyond each action and word that is said –

And find the beauty in the imperfection of everyone instead!

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Rhyme. For a Change.

Man’s Search for Meaning

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms -to chose one’s own attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

Victor Frankl

 

Man’s Search for Meaning is a powerful read,

Regardless of your position, race, religion, or creed!

 

Victor Frankl survived the Holocaust with such humanity –

And his ability to avoid despair really spoke to me!

 

In the midst of profound suffering, he was able to find a way

To focus on sharing and helping others to get through each day.

 

Although he was a prisoner and had no freedom to leave,

The Nazis could not stifle his will to achieve.

 

I can’t even imagine what it was like to be there –

But, he didn’t seem to dwell on life not being fair.

 

Instead he found a vital reason to BE –

He would devote his life to helping others less fortunate than he.

 

That’s how he managed to get through those years,

Doing his best, however limited – not being frozen by fears.

 

He couldn’t alter Hitler’s course – of course this is true –

But, he sure rocked the world of those he knew!

 

And Man’s Search for Meaning has had an impact so great –

On the many thousands worldwide who have read it to date!

 

Whenever I look at my situation, and get the urge to complain –

Conjuring up Victor Frankl causes me to think again!

 

Like him, many came out of the concentration camps barely alive,

But their souls were intact, and they were ready to thrive.

 

These amazing people were able to find a way

To find meaning in their lives – day after daunting day!

 

Survivors of serious trauma and illness as well –

Often have similar stories they are likely to tell…

 

The misfortune they suffered, they often say –

Is what makes them able to have the best lives today!

 

“Rock bottom” sometimes seems to be the building foundation we need –

But, is that a belief we should continue to feed?

 

How low do we need to go before we get to decide –

That we are the ones in charge of this ride?

 

Instead, I challenge every one of us to start right now –

Choose to find positive meaning daily – and just start focusing on HOW!

 

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