Today’s Reflection ~ Courage

It’s better to have tried and failed than to live life wondering what would’ve happened if I had tried. Alfred Lord Tennyson


Today’s Reflection ~ Courage

The darkest moments of our lives are not to be buried and forgotten, rather they are a memory to be called upon for inspiration to remind us of the unrelenting human spirit and our capacity to overcome the intolerable. Vince Lombardi

Today’s Reflection ~ Effort

 “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
– Michael Jordan, Former American basketball player

Laugh a Little Bit ~ by Edmund Vance Cooke

Here’s a motto, just your fit—
  Laugh a little bit.
  When you think you’re trouble hit,
  Laugh a little bit.
  Look misfortune in the face.
  Brave the beldam’s rude grimace;
  Ten to one ’twill yield its place,
  If you have the wit and grit
  Just to laugh a little bit.

  Keep your face with sunshine lit,
  Laugh a little bit.
  All the shadows off will flit,
  If you have the grit and wit
  Just to laugh a little bit.

  Cherish this as sacred writ—
  Laugh a little bit.
  Keep it with you, sample it,
  Laugh a little bit.
  Little ills will sure betide you,
  Fortune may not sit beside you,
  Men may mock and fame deride you,
  But you’ll mind them not a whit
  If you laugh a little bit.

Edmund Vance Cooke.

Unsubduded ~ Poem by S. E. Kizer

I have hoped, I have planned, I have striven,
    To the will I have added the deed;
  The best that was in me I’ve given,
    I have prayed, but the gods would not heed.

  I have dared and reached only disaster,
    I have battled and broken my lance;
  I am bruised by a pitiless master
    That the weak and the timid call Chance.

  I am old, I am bent, I am cheated
    Of all that Youth urged me to win;
  But name me not with the defeated,
    To-morrow again, I begin.

S.E. Kiser

Excerpt From
It Can Be Done / Poems of Inspiration

Something to Think About

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

Friedrich Nietzsche


When my wife and soul mate died from glioblastoma my heart shattered into 1000’s of pieces.  I have five daughters, all who live out of state. The girls would do anything for me.

In my lowest moments, I decided to be an example to the girls. I wanted to show them it was possible to survive and thrive. This became my WHY. This became my motivation to get up and get going each day and not give in to depression and despair. Slowly, the sun began to shine, the birds began to sing, and I began to smile.

What is your why?

In your darkest moments, what “why” carried you through until your sun once again shined on you?