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Friday Fun: Inspiration

The theme of today’s post is this: Be your own inspiration.

At the beginning of February, I made this the background on my phone:

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February was a month of ups and downs. Some really great things happened. Some really terrible things happened, too. I don’t want to lie to you.

At the beginning of February, I was going through the pictures on my phone and randomly came across this photo, which I’d taken in a store in Phoenicia back on New Year’s Eve. I decided to Instagram it and make it the background on my phone because, well, who doesn’t need a positive reminder every once in a while?

So, you know, things haven’t been perfect. But every time I look at my phone (which is a little too often, if I’m being honest), it’s been nice to have this little mantra at my service.

In what ways do you create your own inspiration?

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Poetry: After A While

Okay, so… this is TOTALLY off-topic.

The thing is, I am well aware that I’ve been sort of lacking on the blog lately. I’m really sorry. I ended my time at one job, went on vacation, and then started a new job. Life has been crazy and I’m just trying to keep my head above water.

So, while I do that, I want you to know that I appreciate those of you who have kept reading and who continue to keep reading. You have my solemn promise that I’ll be more focused soon.

In the meantime, my sister reminded me recently of one of my favorite poems — one we learned from our summer camp, which is a truly important aspect and forming part of each of our lives… and it’s so beautiful and relevant to my life on so many levels right now that I decided to share it.

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After A While

by Veronica Shoffstall

After a while you learn the subtle difference

    Between holding a hand and sharing a life

    And you learn that love doesn’t mean possession

    And company doesn’t mean security

    And loneliness is universal.

    And you learn that kisses aren’t contracts

    And presents aren’t promises

    And you begin to accept your defeats

    With your head up and your eyes open

    With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.

    And you learn to build your hope on today

    As the future has a way of falling apart in mid-flight

    Because tomorrow’s ground can be too uncertain for plans

    Yet, each step taken in a new direction creates a path

    Toward the promise of a brighter dawn.

    And you learn that even sunshine burns

    If you get too much

    So you plant your own garden and nourish your own soul

    Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

    And you learn that love,

    True love,

    Always has joys and sorrows

    Seems ever present, yet is never quite the same

    Becoming more than love and less than love

    So difficult to define.

    And you learn that through it all

    You really can endure

    That you really are strong

    That you do have value

    And you learn and grow

    With every goodbye

    You learn.

 

What are some of your favorite poems/ quotes that have made a difference to you? I’d love to hear them!

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