One Year

One Year

One year

That’s all it took

For me to come full circle

One year

To realize

I didn’t fully grasp the concept of black and white.

I also didn’t realize how refreshing that splash of color can be

And how it makes my life pop

One year

Recovering from years of living softly on this earth

Memories of physical pain

I am accepting my body as it is, whole now

And it won't break if I use it again.

Learning to dream

Recovering my faith, hope

Believing in myself

Remembering that I am strong

One year

Crawling out of the mess

Leaving the darkness behind

Running toward the light

Learning not to lean on anyone

Accepting my own challenges

Aligning my own spirit

Creating my own environment

One year later

The door is wide open

And I’m ready for anything to happen

I can rise or I can fall

I can leap and dance gracefully or I can rest and plan for tomorrow

With the waves crashing in my ears, and singing me to sleep each night

There is always time enough, always love enough, always peace enough.

It’s amazing how the world looks so different, in just one year.

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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean

Congratulations on your embrace of a new experience!

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b. Malin 5 years ago

And onto the New Year, experience in hand, a Happier, a Wiser You...Ready to take it on!

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

What a difference a year makes! You go girl....

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

MsDora, Thank you -- I just needed a point at which to say, I'm starting anew. :) Its not a year to the day of anything...but why not! :)

Barb, I hope I'm wiser and I'm praying for happier! Thanks so much my friend! I feel like I'm going with all of you...

Ruby, you can say that again girlfriend! Let's go!

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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Very nicely written Erin. I'm glad to hear things are different than one year ago. I would almost go as far as to say I am proud of you? But, wouldn't want it to sound inappropriate or condescending, because it wouldn't be. So, I'm happy to hear things are getting better. :) Thank you for sharing. :)

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Thanks Cagsil, it really was the writing...and it was more hopeful and a motivational thing than to say - here look what I've accomplished....because its not all that much, just a very different place than I was. Every year I take this little look back though and think - wow, I never would have thought then that I would be here now. And actually, today, its all changed again. Is everyone's life so volatile or is it just mine? I'm not really doing anything. thanks for stopping by my friend.

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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

You're welcome Erin. It was my pleasure. And, to answer your question? Yes, everyone's life is volatile, but knowledge and wisdom, and experience, always have a way to bring about a new clarity, which allows more control over one's life. :) Not everyone is the same on the clarity, because of something they are lacking(don't know) or understand. You seem to be in more control I would think and that is always a good thing. :)

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Thanks again Cagsil, I agree with you on the clarity, I feel unable to control any of these events though. I know life is mostly about how you deal with things - in the beginning of a change, I feel completely upended, but a few hours later or the next day...I'm okay, I can roll with it, I've made a plan. I just wish I could be more proactive instead of feeling like I'm always reacting...its been a reactive phase. Waiting for that wheel to turn!

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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

One year ago on hubs I met you, and I wasn't sure of what I'd find. One year ago I was struggling, but the hubs gave me a better time. One year has given me a chance to get to know you and I was glad to find that in One year you have found serenity and peace of mind. I'm glad to know you, Erin.

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

And Christina, in that One Year, YOU have blossomed so much too! There is hardly a week that goes by that I don't see several posts from you that are positive and upbeat faithful hubs! In this past year I think we have both found our niche! And I'm glad to know you, my friend!

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babasanju 5 years ago from India

Saw notification in mail that a new hub ONE YEAR is published by my sweet friend and result is I AM HERE WRITING THIS TEXT.

Thanks @Erin I am glad! I got a chance to share our thoughts and feelings.. so true.. hey you know what I too was a part of your ONE YEAR..And i am happy to know about all the positive changes you developed in ONE YEAR.. May Almighty bless you with the best year of your life on every year.

Little Sanjay

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author


Yes! Of course you are a part of that one year! you are quite the teacher and storyteller! I'm learning so much about your life and culture from your hubs and email. Thanks so much for stopping by and the brightest of blessings to you!

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Congratulations and thank you for sharing your gems with us on here over the last year !!

Here's to very many more to share and I vote this one up and up.

Take care


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Congratulations to one year Erin, and you have done so many great hubs during that time! I love your poem, it says it all! The first confusing time and all the work we put into writing that eventually makes the world look different. I think one year at hubpages do change us all.

I look forward to more hubs and more years!


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Thank you Eiddwen for reading and sharing with me too! Thanks so much for your votes and encouragement. Blessings friend!

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Tina, thanks so much, this past year has been such a year of changes. Actually my two year anniversary is fast approaching and since the, I've made so many friends and you've all become such a big part of my life and writing - and such a great inspiration with all of your writing, I wouldn't know where to start to encompass all of that influence! I consider myself so blessed.

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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Wow this poem says it all, brilliant. It's incredible how life can change over a year. Here's to a healthy, happy and successful next 12 months!

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Thank you acaetnna, and brightest blessings my friend!

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