Balances of a Torrid Life

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The Balances of a Torrid Life

By Tony DeLorger © 2014


Discontent flows like a torrent,

collecting hearts in a frenzy of pounding life,

and those swept away are lost to its overwhelming passage,

and gasp for air amid thoughts of challenge and contention.


Yet this fervent flow is blinkered in a narrow course,

twisting and turning within a world of solid ground,

where serene thoughts and a heart stilled just to be,

calm a doubtful mind and soothe a furrowed brow.


Life is a mirror, reflecting all that is and what can be,

and in a balance of being that is our natural state,

we often see only what we need or want,

not what we already have.


Immersed in our feelings of inadequacy and emptiness,

rather than a life filled with gifts and potential to realise dreams,

we see only the unrealised and fall to dissatisfaction,

swimming in our own misery and hunger.


Yet this is but perception,

and the clear passage of one state to another, the journey,

how we view this movement is a decision,

to accept and appreciate what we have, allowing growth,

or living in discontent in a narrow perspective and therefore life.


The torrents in life are like tides,

and they always recede, in the constancy and calm of cycles,

giving breath to the distraught and time to reassess,

and gain a different perspective.


Wanted change can only come from acceptance,

making peace and letting go of the past

and moving forward with a kind and appreciative heart,

torrents then appear simply ripples in the course of life.


Everything we learn and discover is based on perspective. A limited perspective allows you to see only half the truth. Understanding balance is everything.

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Tony DeLorger 2 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

My pleasure Lisa; thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment.


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lisavanvorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

Life truly is a mystery and wondering in what path we go makes it all the more challenging. I really enjoyed reading this and the pictures were beautiful. Thank you.


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Tony DeLorger 2 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks Jane, very much appreciated. So glad you related to it.


Jane Arden 2 years ago

Beautifully put Tony. We tend to see what we don't have, rather than the blessings we do have. We've all been guilty of that, I'm sure. I love your way with words. Had to re-share.

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