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Best Laid Plans (A Sonnet)

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“The best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry.”
-Robert Burns

(Do) what you can with what you’ve got
Even if it’s not a lot
Be resourceful, innovative
No excuses, get creative!

Plans disrupted suddenly?
(They never play out perfectly)
Don’t waste time wishing for what’s lost
Pay a needless opportunity cost

I know how life can be a jerk (so)
Cut your loss, then get to work!
It’s not the end, the show’s not done
I promise there’s more good to come

Past failure is a tool for the wise
The resilient one will win the prize

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Fight The Grudging Heart (A Poem)

“Comparison is the thief of joy”
    -Theodore Roosevelt
“Inspired by, not jealous of”
Is how I aim to be
(though I’ll admit it doesn’t always
Come so naturally)
 ..
So many people I admire:
their beauty, words, and acts
But watch your step, if you’re not careful
Envy may attack
  ..
Their money, family, job, their talents
Hobbies or physique
Could make me feel inferior but it
Doesn’t lessen me
   ..
Celebrate what IS and don’t just
Wish for what could be
There’s no contentment, happiness
In living covetously
 ..
And still I take some influence from
What I choose to see
How can it lift instead of augment
insecurities?
 ,,
I’ll take the good, then leave the rest
And fight the grudging heart
Be happy with where I am NOW
and still add to my art
 ,,
🙂

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Global Vs. Local (A Poem)

Global vs. Local
What are you concerns? (Do you)
Focus on your own life? (or)
Watch the world burn?

Ignorance is futile
We must be in society
Even though it’s heavy (cannot)
Shun the harsh realities

So don’t ignore the news!
Or put your head in sand
We need more informed citizens who’ll
Dare to take a stand

And yet if we neglect the “local”
Joy is hard to find
Nurture your relationships (don’t)
Just read crap online

It should be obvious, but since
Common sense is ending:
Your career/ church/ family need attention
MORE than what is trending

Can miss out on what’s REAL
Right in front of your own eyes (don’t)
Get distracted, blinded by the
Media’s thick lies

The danger lies in self-involvement
(We’ve heard “beware of pride”)
Obsessing over your life means you
Fail to look outside

There’re needs and problems in this world
Theres so much more than you (to)
Work our sphere of influence
Is the best that we can do

Global vs Local
Both matter, where’s the line?
It’s case by case for sure, so let the
Lord help you decide

 

PS: That’s my baby girl Holly

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Assertiveness (A Poem)

“Use boldness, but not overbearance.”
-Alma 38:12

If there’s a problem, address it!
Don’t be so passive-aggressive
When experiencing inner resentment
Express your discontentment

Incidents of frustration
Can require some conversation(s)
(I know it can be uncomfortable
To let yourself be vulnerable)

If you’re wanting to be heard
Be cautious with your words
No insults or being sarcastic
(Contempt can be so caustic)

Still, don’t sugarcoat your view
Seek to speak the truth
Be firm, but also gentle
(Plus, timing is essential)

Some things you just let go
But if it matters, then no
When there are truly problems
These are some ways to solve them
🙂

PS: Many of these ideas were inspired by a book called “The Assertiveness Guide For Women” by Dr. Julie Hanks. I helped her research for and write the book 🙂

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If I Had A Windfall (a poem)

If I had a windfall
I’d spend it on debt
Been working those payments
Still not quite there yet

It’s steady but slow
We’ve had some delays
Job losses and changes
Two babes on the way 👶🏻👶🏻

But still, there’ve been vict’ries
And blessings galore
When you do good with small things
The Lord gives you more

Proud of our progress
The headway we’ve made
Now, back to my work
So I can get PAID!
😊

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Own Your Insecurities (a poem)

“There rises…a longing to inquire about the mystery of this heart.”
-Matthew Arnold ‘The Buried Life’

Own your insecurities
State them and be clear (don’t)
Smother your emotions
Identify your fear

Be open and be honest
Tell yourself the truth
Own your insecurities
So that they don’t own you

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Not My Load To Carry (a poem)

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“[Ye] cannot bear all things now…”
-Doctrine & Covenants 50:40

Not my load to carry (it’s not)
My burden to bear
Sorry if it’s heartless, (don’t have)
Energy to care

My heart soaks up emotions
I get myself involved
Need better boundary maint’nance (there are)
Problems I can’t solve

Mourn with those who mourn
But not if it’s just me
Help me to be wise and to
Discern my energies

Sometimes we’re the answer
To someone else’s pleading (some)
Times we simply can’t provide
What someone else is needing

Can actually do more good
Can be a better steward (when I)
Realize limitations
And leave them to the Lord
😀

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