Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Fullness of opinion

People are full of opinions. As if their likes and dislikes mean anything in the final analysis. One must prove themselves before their words will have any weight.

It is better to keep our thoughts under wraps. Otherwise, they could get loose and wreak havoc. It is not what is said that matters, but instead what a person does.

Throughout the ages, we have vexed one another with what we think. So many have died in order to prove another's point. Yet, the world just keeps on turning.

Words have power, and many have used them to make others suffer. It is easy to afflict someone with your perspectives. It is hard to simply maintain one's silence.

When we have something to say, we should be heard. But egotistical gratification edifies none. Make the effort to speak so much less and listen so much more.

Thoughts take root and become inspirations. But if they spawn foolishness, then they must be cut down. Or else they will choke the life out of everything.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Bruised egos

People put way too much stock in their feelings. Such things come and go, rarely ever helping anyone. When they get hurt, you end up in a world of pain.

All too often our emotions are simply due to the interaction of chemicals within. Yet, they are treated as sacred. Woe unto any who would give the ego a bruise.

Doing good is important, but feeling good is not. Expressing oneself is a form of catharsis. Take it one step further and purge yourself of these miserable desires.

Moods can change without warning. You were happy and now you are sad. It is a sad state of affairs when human beings are the victims of their own narcissism.

We need to be capable of feeling, but wise in its application. Do what is best, not what puts a smile on your face. Come down from the cloud and live to the fullest.

How we feel does not dictate who we are. The best way to deal with insults is to brush them aside. There is too much to do to worry about what anyone thinks.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Strong foundation

Hearts, like buildings, need a strong foundation. The tallest tower will collapse without one. There are some who live to bring others down to their level.

Those who fail to recognize weaknesses are doomed to succumb to them. The hardest person to face is yourself. One cannot hide from the enemy within.

Some spirits are stronger than others. But even inner strength can grow. It just takes someone determined to stand against the weight of the world.

If you are still swinging, the fight is not over. Take care not to stumble over your own baggage. For the enemy will turn their efforts into keeping you down.

It is quite difficult to remain steadfast in the face of adversity. The ones who cannot will fall. Though bitter tears are shed, the stones will not come back together.

Who can overturn a mountain? Its foundation is deep and secure. The heart also can be unwavering, and when the tempest has passed it shall remain unmoved.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Heart and soul

The harder the work, the sweeter the victory. When you pour your heart and soul into something, good things happen. The strong become even stronger.

Sometimes, we must fight for what we want. The competition will be fierce and there is no guarantee of success. But staying safe assures a place in obscurity.

The struggle is real, and intentions only lead to a very hot place. There are those who speak and those who do. Words only have power if they lead to action.

Fear will relegate you to the sidelines. It is much more fun playing a game than watching one. Physical pain pales in comparison to that of a broken spirit.

The lazy are apt to get plenty of sleep. But they will have nothing to show for their lethargy. This world will continue to turn as if they were never even here.

Supreme effort can yield superior results. What you get out of life is determined by your contribution. Only the best performers can make it to the center stage.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Thought into action

Once your course has been determined, it is time to jump in. A moment's hesitation can lead to a lifetime of regret. The second guess is rarely the best one.

It is important to carefully consider what should be done. Then, you must turn thought into action. The quicker you do, the more likely you are to succeed.

Be wary of losing momentum. It is hard enough to put things in motion. In order to be successful, it is vital to keep everything moving in a positive direction.

There will be those who will do their very best to slow you down. Resist every attempt to do so. It is far too easy for everything to grind to a screeching halt.

The road to nowhere is paved with the best of intentions. If nothing comes of it, a dream is just a waste of time. Air between the ears accomplishes nothing.

Every step forward brings you that much closer. It does not matter how much energy you started with. The race is not over until you cross the finish line.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Closing the distance

It is important to be patient but it is never easy. The desire to do is strong, and the interest in waiting is weak. We must persevere for our wishes to come true.

Little of value can be accomplished overnight. It takes time and determination to see results. If anyone could do it, then it would not be worth doing.

Being forced to wait does not mean we should be idle. There is a great deal that can be done in the meantime. To be successful, one must put in the work.

When your efforts start to bear fruit, the real struggle begins. Now that you have something, it must be nurtured. Things grow or they wither on the vine.

Do not waste precious moments worrying about your chances. That which seemed impossible has been done before. It is up to you to make it happen.

Pursue your dreams, like a predator hunting its prey. Never let them get away. When they look over their shoulder, they will find you closing the distance.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Eyes to see

When you have an opportunity, run with it. The outcome could be just a slight improvement in your situation. Or it might be the means to turn things around.

Seeds are small and seem insignificant. Yet, from a mere acorn comes the mighty oak. It just takes eyes to see what could be and the determination to make it so.

We do not know what will happen, but it is evident what we must do. It is up to us to make this a better world. It starts by carving out for ourselves a better life.

If there are no opportunities, then create your own. Find a need, and be the one who fills it. Many success stories begin with this very simple phrase.

It might look like you are not making progress. Life twists and turns, and the changes appear aimless. That is because real life means working without a net.

There are forces which will bounce us around. Others just might work to our favor. But the only thing we can count on is our desire to make good things better.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Making things right

The best way to learn is by making mistakes. Then, you realize what is wrong and make it right. Those who do not err are not doing anything worthwhile.

People like to point out the failings of others. Perhaps this gives them a sense of superiority. Or maybe they are turning the attention away from themselves.

The ones who succeed do not indulge in excuses. They acknowledge their shortcomings and work to overcome them. People foolishly think they had it easy.

We all have problems that we struggle with. Finding the source of the trouble could mean looking within. A few minor adjustments just might do the trick.

It is not necessary to tear the house down to fix one loose board. Spiritual improvement can actually be quite simple. Do what is best and the answers will come.

We do not know everything, so errors are bound to be made. Still, it is shameful to know better and do the same. Take care lest your failings begin to take root.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mere confidence

Confidence comes from the inside and manifests itself in everything you do. Without it, morale is low. With it, even the impossible can be within reach.

When it is real, it needs no validation. Those who are confident do not feel the need to put others down. They are far too busy getting things done.

Those who can rely on themselves still benefit from help. The world is a cold place when one is alone. It is even colder when we make ourselves thus.

If you put others down, do not be surprised when they do not lift you up. One cannot rise on an inflated ego. Air between the ears is good only for storage.

The arrogant loudly tout their importance. They are not known for accomplishing anything. But they will expend effort to destroy what others have built.

Mere confidence is enough to blaze a path into the unknown. We need only the assurance that success is possible. It gives us the energy to make it happen.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Changing tactics

If what you are doing is not working, do something else. Nothing good comes from persisting with failed notions. Adaptation is key to survival.

When you cease to make progress, adjust your tactics. There are many ways to get from one point to another. Do what will get the desired results.

Sometimes, the solution is just to change one's outlook. Stop beating yourself up for making mistakes. Start learning to turn things to your advantage.

It is best to know how to abound and how to be abased. Life is full of ups and downs. Observe those above you, and you will not be down for long.

To change one's circumstances, it takes action. Pick a direction and start moving that way. Those who stand around complaining will not get anywhere.

There are no shortcuts to achieving success. That which is given still must be maintained. The best solution comes down to hard work and dedication.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dangerous habits

Do not try to take care of anyone if you cannot take care of yourself. All attempts will be met with dismal failure. And others will suffer, as a result.

Adults must be responsible for the things they do. Those who cannot be held accountable cannot be trusted. For the fault will never lie with them.

Mistakes are not the same as failures. Everyone makes the former, but the latter are personal. They come not from a lack of knowing, but a shortage of caring.

We cannot turn back the clock. There is no way to change what has transpired. Still, there is much to learn for those who are willing to take an honest look.

Errors repeated become dangerous habits. They have an effect on everything you do. It will be easy to identify the point where things started to unravel.

When a person can stand, then they can assist others. If these do not listen, it is not your concern. Keep moving ahead, and leave the stubborn behind.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Gaining an edge

When it comes to success, you do what is required. Nothing worthwhile has ever been easy. Some are just willing to work that much harder than others.

Those who gave up will be your worst critics. Since they could not do it, you should not even bother. Your triumph will only remind them of their despair.

Use all of the resources at your disposal. Focus on gaining an edge over the competition. They might not be your enemies, but they are your opponents.

Understand what you bring to the table. Be aware of your weaknesses and how you can turn them around. There are a great many ways to get results.

You get out of life what you put into it. Those who take shortcuts tend to wind up lost. The easier the path may seem, the harder the destination will be.

In the midst of it all, never lose sight of who you are. A gain can ultimately be a loss. Those who give up themselves learn how hollow a victory can be.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Wishing well

It is easy to confuse what you want for what you need. There are many things we can live without. It does not mean we should deprive ourselves of them.

Desire becomes a problem when it consumes you. If it turns to lust, then it must be abandoned. Otherwise, the thing will convince you of its necessity.

Simply wishing for better provides a goal. With hard work and perseverance it can be achieved. Be careful of your wishes, for they just might come true.

Merely subsisting would be a life of misery. Things can be enjoyed when not at another's expense. That which is earned is much better than what is given.

Those who take, will take everything for granted. What they have will be readily expended. And in the end, the nothing produced will be what is retained.

Be mindful of what you have, knowing it could be easily lost. These are resources to enrich your existence. Their use is a gauge for the life you have lived.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hard choices

Hard choices are a part of life. Sometimes there is no good answer to a given problem. When this happens, you must make a decision and stand by it.

Never rush blindly into anything. Learn as much as you can before deciding on a course of action. Failing to look before you leap can lead to a nasty fall.

If you make a mistake, take ownership of it. Those who blame others only compound their shame. By not taking responsibility, you only make things worse.

To survive, we must be able to take a few punches. Getting knocked down is no excuse for staying there. Stand back up and get yourself back into the fray.

There are many hardships on the way to success. Do not become discouraged if you hit a wall. Obstacles merely exist to be eventually overcome.

It is hard to proceed when you hit a solid object. There are many ways of getting past without going through. Or maybe you just need to hit the right spot.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Gift of the heart

Love starts with attraction. Relationships without chemistry tend to be of short duration. There must be something which brings two people together.

Feelings are merely a starting point. Easily they come, and just as readily they depart. For there to be love, you must proceed beyond such things.

It helps when you like to spend time together. The more communication, the closer the bond. If you cannot share words, how can you share other things?

Lovers will not agree on everything. Differences of opinion should not be a cause for strife. If so, then someone is making a play for control.

As with so many things, love takes time. Relationships are not born overnight. When they fall apart, it is because one or both are not doing their part.

Without love, this world would be a lonely place indeed. Cherish the ones who cherish you. The most precious thing you can give someone is your heart.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

More or less

It is the little things which drive you crazy. Seemingly minor matters have a major effect. They are the difference between good and a work of art.

Attention to detail is of vital importance. The one thing overlooked could be essential for success. It might even be a matter of life and death. 

Those who care will put in the effort required. They will scrutinize their work, searching for flaws. Love adds value and its lack does subtract.

No one wants to deal with their mistakes. It is much easier to just sweep them under the rug. But eventually, they will serve to trip you up.

We have only ourselves to blame should we fail to see. Everything is right there before our eyes. The fault is our own if we keep them closed.

What is put into life can be received in return. Do less and your existence will be worth less. Those who do more will find reward beyond measure.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Keeping time

Our time is not unlimited, but the possibilities are. The important thing about life is not to waste it. Do what you can while you can still do it.

The end is unknown, because the story is not finished. Our actions determine how things turn out. We will either get the credit or the blame.

No one can live for you, nor can any stay death's icy touch. Failure is a personal matter. Doing nothing is the means of becoming the same.

Those weary with days will grieve when they stop. That which you put aside just might go undone. Or it could be left in the hands of another.

Who knows when the beating in one's chest will cease? Let it be the metronome that keeps you in time. For there is music yet to be played.

Our lives are a song the heart sings. It cries out to be heard in the darkness of night. Give ear to what it has to say before we reach the final beat.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Road to success

Progress is not always a straight line. We must do different things to achieve our goals. What works is simply what produces the desired results.

There are no shortcuts on the road to success. The correct way might be out of your way. Be willing to take the time and put in the necessary effort.

Giving up is like abandoning your vehicle. One finds themselves stranded on the highway of life. You must either move forward or head back.

When there is momentum, keep moving. Do not let all the distractions keep you from your purpose. The worst thing in the world is to stop.

It is easy to become discouraged when things go wrong. Focus your efforts on making them right. Then, get back on the road once more.

Many are those who give up on their dreams. It is a tragedy to wind up unfulfilled. Especially when the destination could be just around the bend.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Blazing a trail

You can only force yourself to do something for so long. When the energy fades, a person just burns out. Once this happens, change becomes a necessity.

This is not caused by a lack of will, but a lack of interest. One feels as if their wheels are just spinning. No matter the effort employed, they are going nowhere.

It is not necessary to love what you do. Even if you are trudging along, the bills still get paid. But what happens when a person simply grinds to a halt?

Then, something else must be found. What can be done is limited only by what can be imagined. However, changing direction is not such a simple task.

Following a path is easier than blazing a new trail. We cannot face our fears by remaining where it is safe. Risks are inherent in any worthwhile venture.

The dream is to live doing what we love. It takes a great deal of work to realize what is desired. The burdens will be great, but the satisfaction greater.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A tangled web

What is seen cannot be believed, nor can we trust that which is heard. Deep inside, we know right from wrong. Yet, too much stock is placed in other things.

The truth is unpopular, because it tends to be unpleasant. No one wants to hear about their failures. Still, refusing to listen does not make them go away.

To make progress, you must be willing to see. Opening the eyes can be a frightening prospect. But hiding one's head in the sand leaves the neck unprotected.

The purveyors of lies feed on our desires. They know how to twist things to their own ends. Shine a light, and they will scatter like the vermin they are.

Their behavior is condoned, because it is wanted. People do not like to be found wanting. So, they slay those who dare to reveal what they hide.

It is easy to become entangled in a web of lies. Those sticky strands will hold you fast. The ones who refuse to be alert, will instead be devoured.

Love is

A poem for my beloved.

Love is


Love is not
having everything go your way,
but living every day
like it is the only one.

Love is not
always full of smiles,
but caring all the while
and sacrificing none.

Love is not
just a thing you do,
but something to hold onto
when life has come and gone.

Love is not
shedding tears of pain,
but dancing in the rain
from dark until the dawn.

Love is
there when all else fails,
the wind to fill your sails
to guide you straight and true.

Love is
patience in the storm
to keep you safe and warm,
the hope to see you through.

Love is
more than being loved.
It fits you like a glove,
and fills you deep inside.

Love is
better than the best,
surpasses all the rest,
and cannot be denied.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Beginnings and endings

One year ends and another begins. It is a cycle which has persisted as long as we have. However, it is our actions which give the world its meaning.

This is not just a chunk of rock floating in the ether, It is teeming with life, and full of potential. What we do determines the outcome of everything.

We can start by ending bad habits. If what is done does not make things better, it should be cast aside. Or else it will begin to drag us down.

The future is always out of reach. What has gone before is past. It is what we do here and now which will decide where all of this goes.

 A new year can be a cleaning of the slate. No matter how many times you stop, you can always start again. It is when one quits that it is over.

Each year begins, but it has an end. Another day will dawn, let it not be wasted. If the world is what we make it, then there is a lot of work to do.