Blanche Taylor Dickinson
Four great walls have hemmed me in.
Four strong, high walls:
Right and wrong,
Shall and shan’t.
The mighty pillars tremble when
My conscience palls
And sings its song—
I can, I can’t.
If for a moment Samson’s strength
Were given me I’d shove
Them away from where I stand;
Free, I know I’d love
To ramble soul and all,
And never dread to strike a wall.
Again, I wonder would that be
Such a happy state for me . . .
The going, being, doing, sham—
And never knowing where I am.
I might not love freedom at all;
My tired wings might crave a wall—
Four walls to rise and pen me in
This conscious world with guarded men.
Live in your hopes and not in your fears.
Information rushes at us at incredible speed. I get my news and information from Internet sources. When I review my online news sources my first filter is the headline. If the headlines has the words “could happen” or “might happen” I skip them. They’re not real, so why get worked up. I read a headline this morning that told me, “you should be worried too.” My first thought, ‘yah, right! I’m going to worry over something over which I have no control.” Many news sources write headlines that elicit an extreme emotion such as anger or fear. Don’t let them trick you. Ignore them. You’ll fell a heck of lot better.
Where the Mind is Without Fear
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
“To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your path, and don’t worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest. Always do what you are afraid to do.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
You were born to shine. What’s holding you back? Let go of fears. Let go of the restraints others have tied to you. The world is waiting for you. You have a special gift that no one else in the world has to offer. It’s your time. Shine, shine, shine!!
“Do not fear mistakes. There are none.” Miles Davis
Fear No More
At the end of the sorrowful night
Truth appears and smilingly says,
“Beloved, fear no more.”
Piercing the veil of smile
Tear appears and says,
“Forget not. I am eternally unconquerable.”
It’s tough to find a quiet space with so many distractions vying for our attention. When i go to gym or for a walk most people I see have EarPods in their ears. They’re listening to music, podcasts, or speaking on their smartphone. Our brains don’t have a chance to empty and calm down. It may be that we feel uncomfortable with the silence. After all, in the silence we meet ourselves. We discover our thoughts, fears, and hopes. There is someone waiting to meet you. That person will only meet you in the silence. Try silence, I think you’ll discover the wonderful person you are.
“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
~ Nelson Mandela