Charles Stanley Quote

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Through our trials, God works powerfully within us to do more than we can perceive or imagine.

From Ephesians 3:20-21:  “Now to Him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.  Amen.”

Monday Memories: Moving Forward

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Facing disappointment for many months and more

Feeling frustration and despair starting to soar

 

Realizing that this journey needs a mid-course correction

Pointing an unsteady compass in a totally new direction

 

Tiring from how many others have treated thee in the past

Looking forward to a future that brings happiness at last

 

Beating up thyself for any past, painful mistakes

Needing renewed courage for a new life to make

 

Knowing that this life needs a helping hand

Wanting to scan for a nurturing place to land

 

Reaching out comes the helping hand of thy God

Sending forth His grace to be thy staff and rod

 

Shielding eyes from brightest sun at a new dawn

Walking forward with energy that’s never gone

 

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Republishing this poem from February, 2019, brings out a theme many of us have experienced in our past.  Take a moment today and look back at your life’s progress going forward from past challenges.

Day Ahead (Haiku Series #141)

Mindset

Ever shifting sands

Challenge life’s steady journey—

Changing paradigms

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Aim

New day, new focus

Meeting today’s challenges—

Feeling satisfied

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Intrigue

Mystery waiting

Hidden in darkest corner—

Flashlight discovers

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Charles Bukowski Quotes

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What matters most is how well you walk through fire.

If you’re going to try, go all the way.  Otherwise, don’t even start.

Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) is a German-American poet, novelist, and short story writer.  His prolific writing produced over 45 books of poetry and prose, and much of his writing spoke to the despairing urban conditions of the downtrodden.

Witnessing the Underdogs

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Life stories fill with the forgotten

Overlooked by the small world at large

Overcoming, life’s spirit takes charge

 

Victims of ridicule and slander

Entering life’s game as underdogs

Trailblazing amazing monologues

 

Asking, “Do you believe in miracles?”

 

Orchestrating man’s quest for a cause

Representing smallest underdogs

Breathing life into new dialogues

 

Dealing with dark, social injustice

Led by a resolute man, named King

Peacemakers marching, civil rights rings

 

Daily life recalls profound upsets

“David versus Goliath” contests

Lessons taught from these demanding tests

 

Smallish Texas Western steps forward

Meeting great Kentucky on the court

Historic win transcends college sports

 

Never dismiss the ugly duckling

Therein lies a most beautiful swan

Beauty, from deep inside, to act on

 

Crippled at birth, yet strong in spirit

“Forest Gump” defies the odds on his way

Encouraging us on life’s highway

 

Holding underdogs close to our hearts

Feeling lost, little to celebrate

Beating back the odds, changing life’s fate

 

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Three different events are highlighted in this poem, with each one claiming a distinct place in America’s cultural perspective of life.  The civil rights movement is greatly influenced the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  One of the greatest college sports upsets takes place in 1966 when Texas Western upsets Kentucky.  While civil rights continues to move forward, the racial landscape of college basketball is forever transformed as Texas Western’s all-black line-up outplays Kentucky’s all-white line-up.  The film “Forest Gump” touches countless hearts with its inspiring story.

Day by Day

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Looming, life’s challenges come from left field

Invading life, pushing through safety shields

 

Sheltering-in-place brings many changes

Experiencing new rules, with broad ranges

 

Occupied at home, juggling novel ways

Overcoming change, yet lost in life’s maze

 

Closing businesses, routines now shuttered

Feeling suddenly strange, life seems cluttered

 

Playing underfoot, young children amaze

Showing adults, innocence shows new ways

 

Living with this new normal, upside down

Sensing loss, emotions creating frowns

 

Praying for those needing support and care

Tapping our faith, God leads with His bright flare

 

Remaking daily habits, life’s new pace

Shelving normal, left high on a bookcase

 

Growing each day, uncertainty prevails

Ticking clocks, second hands moving like snails

 

Hunkering down, persistent virus sprawls

Waiting day by day, patience makes its call

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Monday Memories: Walking the Trail

 

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Walking along an unknown, isolated trail

Hoping that this journey goes without fail

 

Watching skyward for some warm fun

Hiding behind clouds, escapes the sun

 

Hurrying along the narrow path against the windy cold

Seeking to not find too much adventure—yet be bold!

 

Traveling quickly, the brisk pace advances along

Thinking this morning hike, nothing can go wrong

 

Turning a corner, approaching a different place

Seeing a fork coming up and slowing the pace

 

Searching the mysterious routes of twin solitary trails

Feeling confidence slipping, suspense tips the scales

 

Deciding to journey down the unfamiliar path on the right

Adjusting the trip’s rhythm, accepting challenges in sight

 

Moving along another route, sometimes part of life

Aligning conflicting thoughts, without further strife

 

Finishing this satisfying walk, never feeling ready to fail

Realizing life’s unique treks, resemble being on this trail

 

Walking the Trail

 

 

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Walking along an unknown, isolated trail

Hoping that this journey goes without fail

 

Watching skyward for some warm fun

Hiding behind clouds, escapes the sun

 

Hurrying along the narrow path against the windy cold

Seeking to not find too much adventure—yet be bold!

 

Traveling quickly, the brisk pace advances along

Thinking this morning hike, nothing can go wrong

 

Turning a corner, approaching a different place

Seeing a fork coming up and slowing the pace

 

Searching the mysterious routes of twin solitary trails

Feeling confidence slipping, suspense tips the scales

 

Deciding to journey down the unfamiliar path on the right

Adjusting the trip’s rhythm, accepting challenges in sight

 

Moving along another route, sometimes part of life

Aligning conflicting thoughts, without further strife

 

Finishing this satisfying walk, never feeling ready to fail

Realizing life’s unique treks, resemble being on this trail