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Don’t Give Your Power Away

I have been reading headlines about the increase of calls to crisis centers and all of the fear people have because Donald Trump got elected.  I myself was stunned and distressed when I woke up to that news last Wednesday.  I still find it quite dismaying.


The thought that helped me was, “You know, I’ll go to bed tonight, get up tomorrow, eat breakfast and get on with my day…”


Here is my poetic way to encourage anybody in the world who might find this helpful:


People get elected;
New policies made;
Whatever you do,
Don’t give your power away!


Promises and comments;
Plans that seem to fade;
Whatever you do,
Don’t give your power away!


Pressures and challenges;
Provocations stay;
Whatever you do,
Don’t give your power away!


Hear the truth I’m sharing;
You still have a say:
Whatever you do,
Don’t give your power away!


You go to bed each night;
Get up every day;
Whatever you do,
Don’t give your power away!


You’re still a whole person,
So don’t be afraid;
Whatever you do,
Don’t give your power away!



I will reach higher;
If I happen to fall,
I will get up,
Dust myself off
And try again.


I will look farther;
If I don’t see at all,
I will grow still,
Quietly wait,
Carefully attend.


I will hope stronger;
Obey the deeper call
Of my own heart;
The soft voice of
My inward friend.


I was thinking about all of the struggle and turmoil that gets reported to us each day.  I was reminded that each person gets to choose his or her identity and quality of life, even when others vie so hard to take control


This poem is dedicated to each of you, dear readers.  May you recognize your ownpower, rights and choices:



Things may happen
In the world around me;
But I decide
Who I’m going to be.


Tragedy tries
To steal joy away;
But that is mine
To choose every day.


Fear does its best
To destroy my peace;
But I hold fast;
With courage that won’t cease.


Unhappy news
Intrudes on swift wings;
But I refuse
To hear what it brings.


The power is mine
To live well and strong;
I am the one
Who sings my own song.



“Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.”
Christopher Reeve


“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
Dale Carnegie


“Success is not an accident. You have to do it on purpose.”
Carrie Green


You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.


Which will you choose today:

Courage and success;

The pool or the ocean?

Hiding in fear

Or action with devotion?


Will you take a risk

And find new treasure;

Will you choose to act

And know Success’ pleasure?




I remembered to send you flowers,
With colors bright and bold;
A touch of cheer and splendor,
To express feelings untold.


Whispers and sweet expressions of life
That call us deeper still,
Until we know the secrets
Hidden in heart, mind and will.


Such precious gifts of inspiration
To kindle fresh desire;
To awaken dreams and promise;
To intensify hope’s fire.


Red can be the color for passion;
Yellow for joyful days;
Pink and orange will cheer the heart;
Purple for courage always.


This afternoon, I’m pondering the matter of living proactively.  That means doing more than waiting for life to happen.
I think about plans and dreams I have; how to turn them into goals and get to work on them.
There is so much more to experience and enjoy:  Opportunities to create and lay hold of; people to know better…
The deal is, we have to go for the gold, since it is rarely handed to us while we sit on our tailbones.

Direction often begins with dreams or ideas, even when they’re just inklings or whispers.  You know, that little niggle within that gives you a notion that you would like to have or do something.  If you fan that flame, it turns into a fire.

What are your dreams?  Don’t worry about their practicality at first; that step comes later, when you try to see about setting goals.  True, you may have to alter or pare things down a bit, but that’s okay:  You’re a powerful person; you get to be in charge.

Steve Jobs said, “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
On the other side of the matter, there is this:
“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”
Theodore Roosevelt

I add:  Learn the truth about who you are; lay down lies and misconceptions that cripple or stop you; go for the highest goal; enjoy the journey!


Here’s to the peacemakers, who don’t just smooth things over or try to pretend that wrong things are okay.
Instead, they speak truth, call people to a higher place, negotiate compromise that works, often standing up for vulnerable ones.
They bring reconciliation among people who have not been able to resolve differences on their own.
They are healers.

Peacemakers can be found in homes, schools, workplaces, hospitals and any other location where there are people.
They are domestic and international; sometimes visible and well known; other times, anonymous.
Their tools are courage, wisdom, patience and gracious ways.
All blessing be upon them.