Strive for better


Sure there are some things that are beyond our control, but so much of life, what we can achieve, where we are, our problems, our issues, our ability to improve ourselves and the world around us, comes down to personal choice and personal decisions.

To stay miserable, to remain struggling, etc. because that’s the “easy” way is tragic.  Making changes for improvement may be hard work, but I’ve never heard of anyone who regretted doing it.

I have made plenty of mistakes and more than enough stupid decisions, but I am willing to take complete personal responsibility for those mistakes and try to learn and grow from the experience.  No one is perfect and I’ve made the same dumb mistakes a couple of times before learning….but the important part IS to learn something from it, own it and not blame others or circumstances for who we are and where we are in life.  If you own it, you can change it and that’s personal power!


Throw Back Thursday – Poetry Edition

It was January 1998 and I was a just-over-18 college freshman.  I was taking an amazing Beatnik poetry class that included reading & writing poetry, along with espresso and coffee with the class.  These may not be award-winning caliber and are filled with teen angst, but it was fun and I learned a lot.  So, enjoy!

Afternoon Walk
I walk through a world
in endless struggle
Where searching is
disliked, frowned upon, rejected
Where different is
judged by look and not action
Where friends are friends
and friends are enemies
Everyone has one face
probably two or three
Alone is where I find myself
and where I choose to be

By Our Own Design
We occur and then vanish
without a second look
The chains that surround us
are by our own design
We built the empire
that closes in around us
Our creation is now so strong
it cannot be destroyed
Our actions developed evil
these demons we must now accept
The structures that withhold us
are merely what’s inside


Think Happy


We also seem to forget that happiness has nothing to do with “things” at all.

Happiness is a way of thinking and is all about attitude, outlook and a conscious decision (possibly several conscious decisions daily) to think a certain way, behave a certain way and to decide what affects us and how.

I have not mastered this way of thinking yet, but I’m working on it and hope to get there someday soon!