The Best Advice I Have Ever Been Given About Life and Living

Find out what's Important-Then do it on purpose

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Life is only temporary


I don’t believe in happiness if you don’t know who you are

I don’t think it’s a happy ending if it can’t be shared with someone to hold

I don’t think that it’s really parenting unless you see your children for them selves

And I don’t think that anyone who gets ahead, should get ahead unless they help someone else.


The world is often lonely when you have no one to care

The first step in being beautiful has nothing to do with finding something to wear

You are only as good as the last thing you did

So if you wish to be great, be great with how you decide to live


Do not pass judgment you don’t know what its like

To walk in another’s shoes for a day or a night

If you want to steer someone on a different path in life

Live your life by example and stop picking stupid fights


When you borrow something

Give it back better than it came

And when you aim to help someone-make sure you are not the only person who gains


Never go to bed angry or bring up yesterdays fight

And when your kid wakes up screaming, come to his rescue at any hour of the night

Be who you are, not who someone wants you to be

If you stay true to yourself, everyone else will see


When a friend needs to cry, be there as they hang their head

And when they need you to fight for them-fight till the end

Never give up when you know what is right

And when someone wants more than you are willing to give, bid them a goodnight


If you are always singing your own praises

No one will ever sing for you.

There will be many times in this life when you won’t know what to do.


Forgive when someone says I am sorry

But don’t forget what they are sorry for

And when you are the one who messes up

Own up before you are shown the door


Know that you aren’t better than anyone else

And that you can’t base your worth on material wealth


Make the life of many-more beautiful for today

Give a little extra, and don’t do it for the pay

If we spend our lives focused on nothing but money

We can assure that names and our memories will soon be forgotten

If we live our life the right way our memory will live on.

Because it’s our children and our loved ones who will say our names when we are gone.


Life is only temporary, But as temporary as it may be.

It’s how you choose to live that shows others who have forgotten how to believe.

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Comments 86 comments

masmasika 6 years ago

Great share I believe life can only be happy if you look the positive way. Your lines are inspirational for people.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

masmasika

thanks so much for the kind comment. I appreciate you taking the time to read my hub- Live is how you view it, it can let you be happy or make you miserable


Laura Mazurek 6 years ago

These were are so very good and true, thanks for sharing!


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

H.C. these are all great lessons in life and many people have not learned them nor care or know how. A word of kindness, a good deed and hug someone you love every day.

Show people you care, it's been hard for me most of my life as I grew up as an abused child, it hardened me and it took me very long to appreciate people and let go of anger.

I really enjoyed this post and this line

"You are only as good as the last thing you did" there is so much truth in this. Thank for the share on FB it works I came here to read this hub...keep hubbing


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Hey Laura---Thanks for reading Ma'am...I am glad that you liked this one :)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Saddlerider,

Thanks for reading and commenting- I guess Facebook does work :) because you got here pretty fast :)

It took me awhile to let go of alot of the anger that I had stored deep within my soul, before I began to live my life and only then did I find happiness. I am glad you were able to arrive to the same place after your struggles.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Terrific hub, thank you.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

I absolutely loved this H.C. There were so much good advice here. Much of it I have tried to apply in my own life. Good advice is better than all the wealth in the world...taking such good advice in account and really applying it in our lives can make all the difference in the world.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Wonderful words filled with such wisdom. There is a right way and a wrong way to live your life, and in some instances--the differences should be easy to see. You see with true wisdom and clarity, and I hope the love and caring that you show your family comes back to you. Take care.

Mike


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

Hey girl, I do have to tell you this hub found me tonight, not the reverse

There are no coincidences

my gosh thank you

thinking about you my friend

xo


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Paradise7, Thanks for the comment- I am glad that you enjoyed this poem :)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Veronica, I like that "Good Advice is better than all the wealth in the world." Oh so true that is. I think that so many people screw so much up in their lives because they complicate situations with the decisions that they make. If we simplified and just followed our hearts---perhaps we would find ourselves on a better path. Yet money, pride and nonsense always seem to get in the way and cloud our judgment.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Mike, Thanks for your kind words. Unfortunatly I dont think that my family truly sees me, at least not for who I am and what I want for the ones I care about. I have never been the one to stand up in a crowd and speak up for what I believe to be true-when I do, I have often been taken back down to my place and ignored. Perhaps that is why my writing helps me so much, specially when people are able to see me through it. I write with my heart, and I write what I truly believe, feel and think because in the world-Im often not seen.

Thanks again Mike-I appreciate your feedback


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Kim,

Thanks for the comment- I hope the WOW meant that you needed to read some of this? Always thinking of you my friend-and I hope you are doing well today :) xo


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

There are elements of the "Golden Rule" in your hub. I appreciate your wise thoughts!


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raisingme 6 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

This is great, hands down great and two thumbs up great! Loved it, every word of it.


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epigramman 6 years ago

best advice from the hubs of H.C. Porter - "mean what you say - and say what you mean!!"


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

dallas, thanks for the comment- wise? I am not too sure how true that is-the reason for the wisdom is because I have learned from great people or trial and error :)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Raising Me, Thanks so much for the enthusiastic feedback) I am glad that you enjoyed this one


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

epigramman, that is great advice- I should have included it :) although I must argue, sometimes reading between the lines of a persons intentions gives you better insight than if they were to tell you flat out what they mean.... thanks for the comment :)


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oogiesmash 6 years ago from Fayetteville, AR

Thank you for the inspiration H.C. I am new here and it is nice to take a look around and find something new and hopeful to take in.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

you are welcome oogiesmash, I am happy that I was able to give you something to be inspired by :) Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on this hub...and Welcome to Hub Pages!


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orangehat 6 years ago from Dilli

Thumbs up, lovely hub :-)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Thanks so much orangehat, for the feedback on this hub and for taking the time to read :)


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Hey Holly, sounds like you been reading more and more of my hubs. LOL! Just kidding. Hopefully it made you smile anyways. :) This was an awesome, beautiful and very useful and have been marked as such, not to mention rated up twice. :) :D Thank you for sharing your wonderful wisdom. It's always great read your work. Keep up the awesome writing :)


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

The best advice I have ever been given is from the heart, mind and soul of a perfect and happy child untouched by the ideas of the world around them as to what they should think, say, do, be, just flat out the free spirit of a child. It's the best and most treasured gift any of us can experience. Great read!


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ahorseback 6 years ago

Nice hub, and to know this being so young , good for you.....


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Love these quotes, especially the one, be who you are, not who someone else wants you to be. Took me a long time to learn. I'm glad I finally did.

Namaste.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Cagsil, I always love your feedback-you are far too kind to me. Glad you enjoyed the hub!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

katiem- so glad that you enjoyed this hub. the world can never have enough good advice and positive thinking with all the horrible things that happen in the world. Thanks for reading and for the comment!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

ahorseback,

thanks for the encouragement! Ahhhh...young... :) I think I look a lot younger than I am-but I still love to hear that, especially when it refers to my understanding about what truly matters in life. Thanks again!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Deb- I think it takes many of us, a long time to learn that we are okay just the way we are-and happiness is only obtained when we truly understand that. Thanks for reading and for the comment :)


kellieshell 6 years ago

Great poem and so true. I hope this one gets around for everyone to see. Thanks!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

kellieshell,

thanks for the kind comment- I am so glad that you were able to read this poem and enjoyed the verses :)


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Me, Steve Walters 6 years ago from The Big

This is all really great words of advice on living well. Got'ta keep reminding myself all these to help incorporate a better attitude overall...on the start of another glorious week. Good way to start my Monday : )!? Thanks for these, H.C.!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Me Steve Walters, Thanks for the comment-and you're welcome. I think we all have to start some days repeating things like this to ourselves in order to make it through. I hope your day worked out well :)


Andrew Hack 6 years ago

wow, i really enjoyed this and it helped me out!! thank you!!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

andrew hack,

thanks-I am glad that you enjoyed it :) Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment :)


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

I've read your awesome profile and suddenly, I want to know how you live life by your rules. I can't say more. Best of Best!

I love this quote, "If we live our life the right way our memory will live on. Because it's our children and our loved ones who will say our names when we are gone". Love it!


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

Your profile is already something and reading it, suddenly, I want to know more about living life by your rules. Best of best!

I love this, "If we live our life the right way our memory will live on. Because it's our children and our loved ones who will say our names when we are gone". An inspirational quote I will live by. Thank you!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Lita,

Thanks so much for taking the time to see some of my work :) I am glad that my profile brought you to this hub :) I wrote that particular line because people spend so much time trying to obtain material possessions and ignore the ones they love-when it is the ones that they love that will be the ones who remember---money comes and goes-love is forever. Thanks again for reading :)


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Zac828 6 years ago from England

I find it odd that when I am feeling the low there is always something beautiful that gives me strength. Today, that is this hub. Thank you.


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Midtown Girl 6 years ago from Right where I want to be!

There’s always something to be happy about. Realizing that keeps us out of our heads. Such simple and inspirational advice to apply to our lives. Thank you!


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Midtown Girl 6 years ago from Right where I want to be!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Zac828,

The same thing happens to me all the time- when I need to see something or get inspiration from something on a bad day, I often stumble across it in a very un-expecting way. I am glad you were able to find that here, in this hub :) Thanks for reading and for deciding to leave a comment :)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

midtown girl,

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this hub. I am glad that you enjoyed it :) Knowing that life is constantly changing puts both bad and good days in perspective- thanks for your feedback :)


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Midtown Girl 6 years ago from Right where I want to be!

And perspective is what it's all about. :-)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

very much agreed, it is all how we choose to view the situations we experience that makes life wonderful or miserable :)


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Gerg 6 years ago from California

This is really wonderful, HC - thank you for sharing such profound wisdom...

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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

gerg,

thanks for reading and for commenting :)

I think the wisdom comes from experiencing life-both good and bad :) I am glad you liked this hub


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lilypjmom2122 6 years ago from Minnesota

Wonderfully written and good points for everyone everyone to reflect on. thanks for some daily inspiration :)


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Seakay 6 years ago from Florida

Yes, there is always something to be happy about. However, there are times you really have to dig to find it. Don't give up, though. It's there!


sophieparker10 6 years ago

It was nice to see that im not the only person who takes in feelings.. this was truly insprational and eye oopening


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degrassixscene 6 years ago

wow your amazing your exactly the kind of people i look up to. im glad you take time to do this so others will relizes whats important.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

lilypjmom-

you are very welcome- Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on this hub :)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

seakay- exactly...never give up, find something to believe in and to guide you through the rough times. Thanks for your feedback!!!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

sophieparker10- Thanks :)

I believe that there are many people who think this way- at least I hope so :)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

degrassixscene,

that was a great compliment :) Thanks so much :D


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Rossimobis 6 years ago from Biafra

Hey! i was trilled by this....I don’t think it’s a happy ending if it can’t be shared with someone to hold.

What a wonderful piece


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Rossimobis 6 years ago from Biafra

Hey! i was trilled by this....I don’t think it’s a happy ending if it can’t be shared with someone to hold.

What a wonderful piece


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quicksand 6 years ago

I wish I too could write like that.

Cheers!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

rossimobis,

thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment. I wrote that line because I see so many people focus on money and things that money can buy-rather than kinships and love. In the end---they may have a great deal of stuff to show for their life-but no one will say their name when they are gone, because they never took the time to focus on people who care for them.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

quicksand...Thanks for reading and for commenting- I am sure you write perfectly for what you intend to say-but thanks for the compliment :)


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ChassyCrunkCakes 6 years ago

this is great:)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

chassycrunkcakes,

thanks so much for leaving a comment. I am glad that you like what you read.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for publishing this beautiful Hub that is chock full of goodly advice. Well done!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

James, Thanks for taking the time to read this hub- I really appreciate your feedback and am glad that you enjoyed the advice :)


johnnynaakea 6 years ago

Great words of advice. Aloha from Hawaii.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

johnnynaakea

Thanks for stopping in and reading my work. Howdy from Texas :D


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Chuck RitenouR 6 years ago from Front Royal, Virginia

Life is temporary, death does not exist.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Chuck RitenouR-

If we live the right way we will never die---because we will be remembered. Thanks for the comment and for taking the time to read this hub


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joshuachlim 6 years ago from Penang, Malaysia

life is temporary but it's very important how we live this temporary life, for it's not by chance we are here.

our choices affect our destiny.

but life n death are in God's hands


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Majadez 6 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

Lovely. Thanks.


joshuachlim 6 years ago

sometimes it's best to keep silent or talk less,especially when our words are filled with anger;

they can only make things worse."Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,but only what is helpful for... building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who l...isten" (Ephesians 4:29)

building friendship with husband, wife, children, parents,friends, teachersneeds a strong foundation

,the Word of God being the corner stone

;because it requires a strong character,with honesty, faithfulness, perseverance,with sacrifices,

for what you sow is what you reap.

Why is honesty important?

With falsehood and dishonesty, we cannot develop friendship

.Why is faithfulness important?

Unfaithfulness is the cause of breakdown of many friendships.

Perseverance is needed to make honesty and faithfulness work.

We need to keep going, because obstacles will surely come.

We need the strength that comes from a close friendship with God.

Without commitment,

friendships cannot last;

marriages cannot be strong.

We’re to accept each person

as he or she is,

to build each other up,

to speak words that build up.

We are to be as Jesus is to us.

Getting along with someone involves

not only doing things to strengthen,

but also avoiding things that hurt.

“Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord;

keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3)

no matter how hushand n wife fights,a hug still has a lot of feelings

How many marriages and friendships

have been destroyed

because of criticism that get out of control?

because of gossip or a word

spoken thoughtlessly or in anger?

A harsh word can’t be taken back;

no apology can fully repair its damage.

“The tongue also is a fire,

a world of evil among the parts of the body.

It corrupts the whole person,

sets the whole course of his life on fire,

and is itself set on fire by hell.”

(James 3:6)


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lookatme2010 6 years ago

A VERY LOVELY POEM ABOUT LIFE!

THANKS FOR SHARING... IT WAS WELL WRITTEN AND COMES FROM THE HEART!

IT SAYS A LOT H.C. PORTER!

I JUST SO LOVE THE POEM!!!!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

joshuachlim, thanks for commenting and then re-commenting- you have given some much appreciative feedback to this hub-Thanks so much it was an great read and consideration to the hub.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Majadez -thank you for reading and commenting-so happy that you liked this hub


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

lookatme2010

that was very sweet of you to say and I am glad that you liked the poem so much-the best of what we have to offer the world usually comes from our hearts---its the best place to share from :)


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sujju 6 years ago from mangalore, india

thanks for all.... worthy


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

sujju- Thanks for the comment- I am glad that you liked the hub :)


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BourneElysium 5 years ago from India

lovely and so profound..voted up and beautiful.. :)


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

BourneElysium, Thank you for the comment and for taking the time to read my hub. I appreciate the feedback and am happy you enjoyed the read :) Sorry for the delay in responding to your comment...


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

It is 2:30 in the morning and I cannot sleep. Reading your poem is helping me breathe. It is so lovely, I cannot ignore! Your words man evrything. They have so much meaning, so straight from your core!

Thank you, thank you!


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

I am right there with you, I can not sleep tonight either... too much worry in my mind to even focus :) Hope you can get some sleep audra, and thanks for the comment and for reading :)


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shalini sharan 4 years ago from Delhi

this was a really useful hub , it actually made me feel optimistic too :)


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Shalini sharan- thank you for your comment. I am glad that you were able to feel a bit more optimistic from it. :)

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