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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Quietly

Dignity - a proud and upright bearing, 
character speaking quiet volumes 
of inner strength and wisdom 
no matter a regal nature or an impoverished bank account. 

Dignity learned from .... where.... from whom? 
There is much talk of dying with dignity,
when there is little dignity in death, 
but great dignity in living into death. 
All too morbid for my mind right now, 
too distant for my living right now. 

Dignity in living sometimes not achieved 
in situations spinning out of control 
drenched in loneliness and fear. 
We, as the other, step up and share our own dignity 
to help those who suffer so much more than we imagine.

Dignity is not arrogant, but filled with kindness
Kindness, humility and strength.

“Nothing is so essential as dignity…
Time will reveal who has it and who has it not.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, The Signature of All Things

Friday, August 4, 2017

Just Because

Nice.
Niceness.
Nice guys finish last?
People seem to like ‘nice’ people
yet ‘nice’ is often minimized
pale, retiring and too soft
easily swayed with the least breeze
of need and want for
an open door,
sharing a meal
offer of some aid
even letting someone fall so they will learn how to get up
little kindnesses with intent that only take moments
and lift many weights 
just because.

“It is nice to touch, it is nice to be touched, 
but it is so much nicer to touch someone’s heart.”
~ Dixie Waters, author

Thursday, August 3, 2017

An Inside Job

Intuition speaks softly
without hesitation

Listening to intuition
is full of hesitation

Intuition speaks deep inside
A heart felt gut feeling

Listening to intuition
jostles mind matters

Intuition speaks with assurance
with kindness and inner wisdom.

“You must train your intuition - you must trust the small voice
 inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.”
Ingrid Bergman

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Silver and Gold

Knowledge is a big word 
heavily loaded with books and data and research findings
until, 
like the pile of books brought home
from high school with homework 
for work at home it becomes too heavy to carry.
But knowledge does not just come from books 
but from what our eyes see and 
our ears hear, 
our senses sense 
as truth or dare
from grandma’s kitchen or grandfather’s knee
from dad’s workbench, or mom’s sewing room
until we know, we just know, 
what is right without looking it up 
on Google or 
in a dictionary or 
in a history book 
to make certain our knowledge is correct.
Knowledge has a silver lining of kindness and understanding
and within it’s centre a soft golden nugget of truth.

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
~ Albert Einstein


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Kindness Defined




Knowledge
Intuition
Niceness
Dignity
Nobility
Ethical
Service
Sensitivity







“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
~ Mark Twain

Monday, July 31, 2017

Each and Every Day

There’s more
than just a pill or two for this life with epilepsy
it is quality sleep, managing stress and knowing all my limits
for me these are the things I cherish
in each and every day

But it’s balance
that is the key to this
but not a second to a minute to an hour 
but flowing through ups and downs of life 
in each and every day

The rewards
have been in great abundance 
in health, happiness, career and independence
with exercise, rest and a drama free life
in each and every day

There are more rewards
as abundance grows and grows
for family, friends and colleagues abound.
I am fulfilled and challenged in seconds, minutes and hours
of each and every day.

“Live as big as you can, with what you’ve got.”
~ Jill Shalvis, Instant Attraction

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Every Day

Every day I comb my hair, I wash my face, I take my pills…..
Dilantin - little white capsules with an orange band
Once upon a time taking pills every day was an annoyance 
~ that was after I had finally decided to make it part of my life
After the annoyance passed taking my pills was just like 
combing my hair or washing my face
I pushed aside an abundance memories of 
the flatness before a seizure
the confusion after a seizure
the shame of having a seizure because
of forgetting to take little white capsules with the orange band.
of forgetting that triggers for a seizure are all around me
of believing that seizures won’t happen again
today those memories are as distant as my annoyance at taking
the little white capsules with the orange band every single day
Epilepsy is a part of me.

“Self-care is how you take your power back.”
~ Lalah, Delia