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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A Different Start (a poem)

“No pain that we suffer, no trial we experience is ever wasted.” -Orson Whitney

Every time that you’ve been burned
Take it as a lesson learned
Accept the setback, feel defeat
Anytime that you’ve been beat

Sound sappy? Over-optimistic?
(Why can’t you be realistic?!)
Grieve, shed tears, and even wallow
Know that there’s a new tomorrow

It comes down to it, YOU decide (if)
You’ll stay down or take it in stride
Even if/when you’ve been wronged
Will you be weaker or be strong?

And if need, then admit things suck
But even then, you ARE NOT STUCK!
Not a pawn of circumstance
Always have another chance

So after pain has thrown your heart
Wake up to a different start
Look up to your heavenly source
And *happiness* can soon be yours
😊

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Proactivity (Mini Poem)

“[Wo]men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause,
and do many things of their own free will.”
-Doctrine & Covenants 58:27

See a need and meet it
(Don’t wait to be asked)
Look at what is lacking
Do the undone task!

“[S]he that is compelled in all things,
the same is a slothful…servant”
-Doctrine & Covenants 58:26

🙂

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Bedrest (A Poem About Unexpected Changes)

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“[L]ean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
-Proverbs 3:5-6

I’ve hustled for a good wage
Was pleased with my high pay
Had my plan all figured out (but then things)
Turned a different way

I loved what I was teaching
My students were engaged
Then problems unexpected forced a
Quick turn of the page

It’s not easy letting go
Of how I thought it’d be
Still inside I know you’ve got a
Better plan for me

It’s hard to take a pay cut
(I know it’s for the best)
When baby girls are coming
Their mama’s gotta rest!

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‘Earn It, Then Spend It’ is No Way to Live (a poem)

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“[D]o not spend money for that which is of no worth,

nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy.”
-2nd Nephi 9:21

‘Earn it, then spend it’ is no way to live
(You’ll never save up any money to give)
When income comes in, then goes out like the tide
You’re Maslow’s first level, just there to survive

Not easy, I know, I still have to learn (there’s a)
Much better way than to blow all you earn
Make plans for the paycheck, and thing long-term
Some wants must wait, you have to be firm

Don’t have to be stingy to reach money goals
You still can enjoy a freedom *controlled*
Think years down the road, for the sake of posterity
Have a reason to reach financial prosperity

Above all else START!, but start young if you can
Exercise wisdom, and carry out plans (if you)
*Budget* to spend, and if you’re a wise steward
In due time, I promise you’ll reap the reward

“A good man leaveth an inheritance
to his children’s children”
-Proverbs 13:11

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Not A Day Goes By… (A Poem)

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Not a day goes by that I love you‘s not spoken
Never been a time when my heart you have broken
We’re beyond blessed to share the bond that we do
I owe (almost!) all of my joy, love, to you

We’re still young and still green, no denying that truth
And soon enough, we will abandon our youth
But you’ll always be with me through turning of tides
I’m grateful you’ll be forever by my side

“Great marriages are built brick by brick,
day after day, over a lifetime.”
-Dieter Uchtdorf

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