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Good Times Follow Great People

We have all the support we ever need

Each day using our imagination

From the beginning to creation

Recording all the steps along the way

So other people can also dance

Like a dance marathon

Where you dance the night away

Don't let something new and different scare you

The more practice you get the more excited you can be

When you wake up in the morning of each day

Ideas are there for everyone to see

It takes patience and time

Your efforts never go unrecognized

Little successes pop up

Randomly like new plants in a garden

Prep the soil

You plant the seeds and water

Mother Nature takes over

With proper sun

Your garden will grow

You carefully spray for bugs and weed to eliminate any problems

Life has many obstacles and challenges

The rewards are so magnificient

Let's give it a try

If that doesn't work let's try different ways until

We finally get the joys we love so much

Living life and finding out most people all want the same thing

They just go about it differently

To make each day

A gift we can't wait to unwrap

Then once it's open

Were so glad we did







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Nellieanna 3 months ago from TEXAS

So lovely ~ inspiring ~ and so true, Michael!

Glad to see you're writing! Hugs ~

Nellieanna


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DREAM ON 3 months ago Author

Nellieanna Your thoughts and words are like a cool breeze in the air. Constantly refreshing and uplifting. Thank you for reading and sharing. Hope your day is outstanding and your night is even better.


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas

You know what I notice about you? You sure like those similes! Not that that is a bad thing. I like reading your words because they have a child-like quality to them. I mean that in a good way, just in case you wondered.


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DREAM ON 3 months ago Author

Shanmarie I take my bit of life like a dose of medicine if I had a bad day. I have to have it and I will feel better tomorrow because I did. If I have a good day it's more like a ride on the see saw. You go up and you go down. Each time I know what to expect and I can do it for hours. Never getting tired laughing all the way. I think I am stuck in child mode and love how children view the world. Always fun and exciting. Never hurtful or mean. At least that's the way it was when I was young. We could count on our parents to look out for us and each day we had to go to school to learn and one day we we would be prepared to handle any situation and carry on as adults raising our children with love, strength, intelligence and any other quality needed to live a good life. Thank you for reading and sharing.(shells)


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Nellieanna 3 months ago from TEXAS

Good morning, Michael! And it IS a lovely one here. At last our forecasts for this week are clear and balmy with no storms on the horizon till next weekend. It's so good to 'dry out' and revel in pleasant weather! We'll deal with the H-O-T summer days as they come.

Thank you for wishing me a good day. Lots to be done, which is what keeps it interesting. My night was restful, too. And may you and yours be enjoying yourselves, too.

I always enjoy coming here for both your hubs and your comments. Your philosophy is wise. You could teach and lecture about living in a positive, productive zone!


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas

I love the way children view the world. They see good in so much that adults overlook. They are forgiving and probably understand unconditional love better than most adults ever will. They have such pure hearts. And it's sad when all that innocence is spoiled.


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DREAM ON 3 months ago Author

Nellieanna I dream about what I want and then when I wake up I live with each breath of oxygen pumped through my lungs.That begins my day of miracles and they just keep going like an electric train. As soon as you are plugged in you can go non stop. Each view I have seen before but some how it's all different. Each sound I have heard before but once again I never get tired of hearing it. I know I built it with my own hands and carefully carved every person and tree. I added animals and birds. It's in a sunny spot next to a window where the wind can even blow. If it rains outside and I leave the window open it can even have a touch of real rain or snow. There are churches where people can go and lead out into big grassy fields where people can play and have cook outs. There are kites in the air and even a electronic dog scratching his back and wagging his tail. Every scene plays in my head like a movie. The funny part is I never had a train set and it's all in my head. I could tell you about shrrr sound of a waterfall after the bridge. Where a car broke down and a stranger offered to help. The police where on the other side of town assisting an elderly woman who had fallen. She will be o. k. she just lost her balance. Children everywhere playing . A great mix of good and bad everywhere you look. Each unhappy situation was being dealt with. So in the end we all can experience life. The littlest thing from a sky writer leaving the beautiful streaks in the sky. From the tiniest crickets doing their thing. I can enjoy and watch as a little boy chases a woman hat as it blows down the street. A dog shaking off water on an unsuspecting woman waking by the lake. Each scene is not just a picture it's a way of life. Good values and a sense of humor. From four girls that are playing tag. One girl fell and scraped her knee. That didn't stop her she was rubbing her leg and soon getting up this play again. A magician on the corner doing tricks. A father and son fishing off a peir.The mother with a fish dangling off her line. I don't know what's better the surprised look on her face I caught a big fish or the determined lookof the boy where going to catch one bigger wait and see. Maybe the sound of laughter from the father sharing all the love of his family. Not caring if he ever caught a fish. Looking from a birds eye view you can see a mother reading to her baby in the park. The baby all bundled up with a homemade blanket from her great grandmother passed down generation after generation. A newspaper boy and a mailman going to the same house. What's the chances of that at the same time. From a girl eating ice cream as fast as she can but it is still dripping all over her hand. Birds chirping and life just happening as it happens. No real plan. A painter scraping on the outside of a retail shop that needed a good paint job you can see where some of the old paint is still peeling. For a second there is silence and then it is broken by the amazing sound of a girls choir. Each situation is a deeper scene in a scene. So you have to look real close. An elderly man fixing his model airplane that had taken a tumble. I can even see when it gets dark and the night sets in. Tomorrow another day and even though an ambulance might have it's lights flashing and it's sound blaring. People and cars moving qickly out of the way. There will always be more good than bad at the end of the day. Thank you for reading and giving me so much happiness and pleasure. May todays tears of sorrow turn into tears of joy.


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DREAM ON 3 months ago Author

Shanmarie All is not lost if we can teach children to always stay kind and passionate about life. There will be good days and bad days like good people and bad people. We have to find what makes us happy and believe in that. In the end the result of living our life loving the good for all the right reasons we will always be happier and have a fuller life. Thank you for sharing and enriching my thoughts. It's a windy day here and may the wind take you on a wonderful ride whereever you want to go.


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas

I think I needed those words today. Overall, I have a positive outlook and see joy in little things. I even told someone.just yesterday that sometimes I still believe I can fly and so can she when she was remembering wishing to fly like the birds as a child. I always chuckle at the thought of the little boy trying to fly like Superman and breaking his arm, but making his daddy laugh out loud when he says he did it because the chicks dig it? You ever hear that Chris Cagle song?

Lately I just feel almost numb to anything and everything. Not that I can't laugh or that I am depressed. Not like that. It almost reminds me of a child losing innocence in some traumatic fashion, but little by little instead. Slamming doors everywhere I turn. Maybe one day I will find an open window to crawl through instead.

One of the hardest lessons I ever learned is what it feels like to be a poison to someone I love. And I would rather suffer alone when I struggle than ever feel that way again. I can and did go forward, but I don't think I am the same person. High price to pay just for trying not to lose myself in the first place.

Maybe it's just the idealistic view point that I lost. I hope my children stay kind and passionate about life. That much I can keep striving for.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Most inspirational. I delight each day in my greenhouse where all the tomatoes, cucumbers and onions have started to grow and I am dreaming about summer salads. Right now my best days are when I can delight in nature and I don't have to head for the city center and I don't have to spend any money 'cause as they say - nature is free.


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DREAM ON 3 months ago Author

Shanmarie Your children learn the best from their mother. They may never tell or show you but it happens no matter what. There are many things in my past I wish I could change but that can't happen. For me it was I wish I worked less and spent more time with family and friends. I thought I could retire when I was turned forty. That didn't happen now I am fifty two and still working. I did learn how to appreciate people and any free time I have. Maybe in some strange way working so much was a good thing. It kept me from getting in trouble because I was too busy working or sleeping. Try to look at all the good things that you never noticed because of the steps you have taken. Let the bad slip away as fast as sand through your fingers. Time to pat yourself on the back for being a good person and making it. If you didn't take the path you did we would never of met and I couldn't of shared my ups, downs and off the chart days. Thank you for being you. Sharing and caring.


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DREAM ON 3 months ago Author

Gypsy Rose Lee I just planted tomato plants and some celery plants for the first time. I love to get down and dirty. I tell my wife if we get one tomato I will be happy. Sometimes I get aggivated because our garden doesn't come out perfect. I love seeing the product of our efforts. I always walk away satisfied from inside. Thank you for reading. Please tell me all about your garden and your progress. I am happy for you. May your plants grow healthy and strong.


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas

Oh, there's plenty in life to regret, but regret is not so much my thing. And I don't stay down long, at least not feeling down. We all have up and down days and up and down periods of time. Life is a roller coaster that way, like the Martina McBride song, "Ride" that I used in a hub. Might as well enjoy the ride.

This feeling I was attempting to describe is different. It's the result of several things happening overa long period of time. Perhaps the worst of it was a couple of years ago nearly. And it's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's not necessarily good either.. . LOL. . .I know, I'm confusing. Basically, I am at a crossroad with a moat and no bridge.


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DREAM ON 3 months ago Author

Shanmarie You might see no way across but someone who can put a song to every situation can certainly see there are so many alternatives. Each maybe more rewarding than the other. Help with friends maybe everyone can build a bridge together. Maybe you don't have to cross at this moment in time. Watch and see someone else cross and see if it was the right choice. Find different things that are more important and crossing or not crossing really doesn't matter. I enjoy our conversations and our problems waiting to be solved. I see so many people with so many talents and they do nothing. I have many things I wish had a better outcome. I know I tried my best and did all I could. I take my new found knowledge and apply it to my actions now to bring about a new outcome. We are always growing inside and out. Spiritually, mentally,physically, emotionally each may be seen or unseen. These changes are very important and necessary to the growth of our spirit. Thank you for reading and sharing. Your comments mean a lot . I try to understand what your explaining feel free to tell me if I missed the point. I will try again and still offer to help in other ways. It is always good to see another view from someone not directly in any situation. Wishing you a happy Friday.


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas

Thanks. I appreciate you and people like you just for being you. I saw a sign earlier that said "love many but trust only a few." I think I am finding that to be tremors and more as the years go by. Not that most people are inherently bad or anything. It just takes a lot of trust to be completely vulnerable and bare in front of anyone. Most people only want to stick around if most of what they see is the good. For instance, you share the best of your outlook here on HP. And that reminds me of the way I used to be. Now, I just am who I am in a moment and I know people will see what they want regardless. I am more of an open book in many ways than I used to be, but also more reserved too.

But. . .none of that necessarily has anything to do with my borderless detour. I suppose all that I can do is keeping down the road and perhaps another day I will find a crossing.

P.S.

I can often find a song because life is a song. Songs record the ups and downs in life and whether or not we directly relate to the lyrics, someone else does. It doesn't mean someone will always feel whatever the song relates, but it records human emotional reaction nonetheless. Emotions are often irrational, but necessary to experience the good as well as the bad. I'm often misinterpreted, but not sorry for being human. As human as everyone else.


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DREAM ON 3 months ago Author

Shanmarie Many people put on an act and on certain people they act different than with others. I make the mistake and put everyone together and trust and believe we have the same intentions and desires in life. I want to live to a ripe old age by enjoying each day helping who I can along the way. There are selfish people who could careless what happens to others.I believe if you focus on the good and think the same way you will be surrounded by good and bad will levitate toward the bad. I don't have actual proof. Just my belief and I continue to live my life this way. I don't put myself in harms way. I have a small circle of friends and spend lots of time reading and writing. I may not live the most exciting life but it is wonderful in my dreams and in my writings. I believe we are all connected to each other in ways we don't and can't imagine. I am constantly experiencing different emotions and thoughts. Then I take the rest of my time looking at each one and learning every last detail. Thank you for reading and sharing.


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Nellieanna 3 months ago from TEXAS

Michael, in reply to your comments addressed to me on this thread several days ago, I love your descriptions of the way you literally LIVE things you may not be physically experiencing right then or may never have experienced in that way, - but - by truly looking into what they are or would be, and by vividly visualizing the details which make them what they are or would be, you are experiencing many things more 'really' than many people who are physically around such things but who are too oblivious to ever notice what they are, much less taking in the fine details about them! It’s difficult to understand how people can be near something pulsating with little miracles of life, but they are too wrapped up in their own involvements to take time or notice of other small but meaningful things all around them!

There are times, of course, when life demands one’s full attention on one’s duties and involvements, but it’s somewhat like suspending the beauties and the actual flow of life around one. There can be time for both. How sad if suspending that and focusing exclusively on the pressures becomes a way of life, as it too often seems to for a vast majority of folks.

Your ability to see the nearby details & also to imagine things beyond the immediate view illustrates something I fervently believe, which is that so-called 'reality' exists for people only when it stirs and comes to life when we are affected by it through our experiences of it as it registers inside us. It is a 'reality' which can certainly be what is taken in from externals but doesn't require that it is going on outside of us. It may come forth from within us rather than coming into us. It also means that we are able to substitute unrealistic things which are apart from and separate us from the living, breathing miracles of life, which can be crowded out of our experience of them.

Whatever things are when they're just passively ‘out there’, if they're not being taken in by our senses, awareness, & personal experience of them, then they are meaningless to us and are just neutral 'stuff' till they do become our own or someone's subjective awareness. So if we can simply experience things by observations, imagination and reading about them or seeing them on film, then they really are part of our experience & memory whether or not we’ve interacted with whatever of them was just there, passively waiting to be discovered and experienced.

Of course, things that are personally experienced by more than one person so they can be discussed between people, do take on an impression of existing independently as objective 'realities'. And they may be, but we will never know of them except through our subjective senses. It is the personal subjective experience of them by one or more persons which bring them into awareness and personal reality.

We have only our eyes, ears and other senses with which to take any of it into our consciousness, where it undergoes further subjective inner filters unique to each person which we possess to apply to all that we take in, which alters 'reality' individually for each of us. So one person may see and smell a rose as a lovely red flower with a divine aroma which brings wonderful sensations, while some other person may either not even notice it, or the subtle blends of its colors or the way the petals curl and open and it's majesty. Or they may associate its aroma with their Aunt Jane's funeral or a disappointing romance, so that they always feel slightly depressed by roses, if they allow themselves to notice them at all. Still others may be too distracted by their own current activities or problems to even notice roses and such. Other things that affect their reality are if they may have awakened with a headache that day so that a sweet smell nauseates them, or if someone ran into their car parked on the street out front or their minds could be focused on the current political stuff or their cousin's wedding or yesterday's problems.

What I'm saying is that one's own inner subjective conditions & openness do color and distort every single external impression which is received into ourselves and may even block out receiving most or some of the so-called 'realities' that are there for the taking in. Everyone's basic senses are not equally sensitive, besides. So a group of people at a rally who seem ‘of one mind’ are each experiencing it all in unique ways which do not necessary show to others and may seem identical, but which are not.

Subjectivity is much less a matter of choice than it is built-in to the nature of this life and living and the way humans are made.

To me it is the reason that it is essential to accept and welcome others being who they are, regardless of one’s own views. Of course, it doesn't mean that everyone is compatible with everyone else, but each of us must respect & accept the others' own uniqueness and right to follow their own paths in being and doing what they are and do, whether or not we even fully 'get it' or want it to be the way it is, - - at least right up to a point that someone is actually violating others' rights to be & do (as in cases of criminals of various kinds).

How wonderful when someone knows how to follow his own path and can create it to more fully use all his experiences to learn, to build and to live and let live joyfully. All the things you described in your comment are like that, Michael! You don't just stop at thinking in terms of a 'girl eating ice cream' which the average person might not even stop to notice if an actual girl with an ice cream strolled by; and if he did notice the girl, it's unlikely that he would also notice and value that she was eating it 'as fast as she can but it's dripping all over her hand.' What a thinking observation that is! It's noticing that the conditions are right for melting it faster than she can lick it, but that she's hurrying to out-run its melting and yet it's melting down too fast anyway! That fine-tuning of YOUR own knowledge & experience to apply to the description, whether there was an actual girl with an ice cream acting them out in your physical view or if they are all occurring only in your fertile imagination which gives them the vivacity, action, color, vividness and personal joy for you which you describe and which IS the full reality for you - and for your readers who pick up on it.

Every one of the examples you described contains the same kind of depth of experience and LIFE in the pictures you draw with the words! It just doesn't matter whether you were looking at the physical enactments of them right then or whether your mind was assembling them from past experiences of first-hand brushes with them going on, OR if, perhaps, you were getting them totally creatively, based on logic and sensitivity as to the details! It is a talent!

That is not only a recipe for being a happy person, but it is also the very foundation of being a wonderful story-teller-writer!


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DREAM ON 3 months ago Author

Nellieanna I am over joyed reading your comment. You explain so many thoughts in such detail I feel like I am a word on paper and many people read me and give me no notice. Other people skip my word that is important to me but not neccesarily to them. They could of read to fast and over looked me. They could of purposely bypassed me more concerned with other words. It is not my place to decide what other people do or don't do. What does make me feel good when you share what you see and hear. Because you care. There are so many things you could be doing with your time and you willingly, openly, honestly, take your precious energy, time and love to explain many things I am still discovering and many more I am not aware of. I just feel right in my heart and am trying to connect those dots in life to form a picture of beauty. Taking what I know and turning into a funny or a moment of wonder where others maybe can feel the way I do or at least be willing to discuss a different opinion. Either way I do it without harming or causing pain to anyone. There is already too much of that for my liking. I do know I often receive so much more from your comments than I can describe. I sleep on them. Digest them. Recycle them into another word or words so we don't have any waste and can a little frugal but also appreciating the source where they came. It boggles my mind how people can spend ninety percent of their time talking about things they dislike. The next eight percent lost in the shuffle. Leaving only two percent doing what can they love. If they could only see how much people can benefit from what they have to say. I know in my past I have tried to record my life like a historian and each attempt I have failed miserably. Some how story telling through poems gives me the closest satisfaction and pleasure. I continue to still lose writings, tape recordings, and pictures because lack of knowledge and experience. Life changes faster than I can react to it. When I do it's sometimes too late. Instead of being heart broken which I feel I have every right to be I take all those lost feelings of sadness and emotional turmoil and throw them into a poem. I feel relief and lucky for me my mind is so creative it keeps me busy on my next project of interest. I often feel the world of the unknown and the world that we frequent here on earth and try to see how they connect and balance naturally without help from mankind.I would love nothing better than to explain all I am trying to put my fingers on..Mother nature plays her part and keeps so many things slipping through my finger tips. Thank you. Shells .


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas

I have a hard time keeping up with HP the past week. I no longer have the internet at home to speak of, just a few more days left on a hotspot. And I am temporarily out of phone minutes, which was my main source of internet. So anything I was typing was coming from my phone and autocorrect goes crazy on me sometimes. I hardly notice until it's too late. so I was just rereading some of what I said and it doesn't make sense even to me!

So. . .anyway. . .thanks for attempting to understand. LOL.. Lately, I've been writing these articles I sell at home and then having to take my laptop to work so that I can submit them for editor approval while I"m at work on my lunch break. Or I do what I can from my phone when it has minutes. As you can see by the autocorrect issues, that's not the easiest of options. It's even hard to publish a hub from my phone sometimes. I just do what I can with what I have. Dogged determination, I suppose.

Here's the thing. I know myself fairly well. And I know that I never stay down too long. But there's still this feeling of. . .I don't even know what. . .it's not a lack of self-esteem. . .but something's missing. I've always been a bit headstrong and self-assured. And managed to keep an overall positive outlook, despite any other feelings that come along with life sometimes. And I'm still that way when I'm left to myself long enough. I know that happiness comes from within and I don't expect or rely on others to make me happy. But when you asked me the other day what my support system is like, it made me stop and think on that further. I just don't have much of one and frankly, that rather sucks. That's probably one of the reasons I like it so much here on HP. There is so much support and encouragement about writing and life in general. I've just spent so much time isolated from others in the ways that really matter, not by choice for the most part.. .I just sort of began feeling like that kind of support is almost a myth or exists for others outside my life experiences. Many of the people I've spent most of my time around, again not necessarily by choice, can quickly make others feel as if they are in the way or a burden. Others are not necessarily meaning to give off that message but do because they can't handle things even with good intentions. These are lifelong experiences, not just recent. So the fighter in me just keeps on going if only to prove to myself that there's more. To me. To life. To others. To everything. Even with friends, it's easy to feel alone. This honesty here. This would not happen face to face. This is writing. And yes, here for everyone else to see too. But it's not the same.

In person, we are expected to always be cheerful and friendly at work, for instance. It's an act even in the moments we don't feel like it. Or. ..even if we are content, we just don't feel talkative because we do it all day long. With friends, close ones know our many moods, but still, only the closest can ever accept us just as we are. How nice is it to really feel some comfortable with someone that we don't have to put up walls or hold anything back for fear of how another might react? That, to me, is the best kind of support. That validation of thoughts and feelings. It's like saying that this is just life and we're all in it together. Those are the people that can always bring us back around to where we need to be. And we do the same for them.

So, anyway, that's a huge part of what has been missing for me. And I've been trying to fix that without letting scars of the past interfere. Being more candid is one of the ways I do that. At some point, I just have to say to hell with it and let others like me or not, knowing I may get hurt if I get too close and that it does not matter what most people may think of me anyway.


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DREAM ON 3 months ago Author

Shanmarie Just another day to so many. Not me. Never me. I see an opportunity to change the world. To enjoy all the good and to share with everyone who cares. There is so much love and potential to cover the world ten times over. Why people don't see it ? How can we all be so blind ? I think people should and want to talk about this every day. Waking up with a new found enthusiasm and wealth. One that we all have. Taking the time each day not to dread work or go through the motions like a clock revealing the time all day long day after day. I think we are more like Grandfather clocks wonderfully carved, amazing pieces of time that chime on the hour perfect in so many ways. We do break down and need to be serviced but when we are running we are perfection in every different aspect of time. Past , present and future for all to see. We keep improving with new technology but we keep the quality and beauty of years ago. I think there should be a whole line of Grandmother clocks don't you think it's about time. For children and adults to admire from all over the world. Each contributing in our own special way. Making the world that has all different time zones a place we all want to travel and explore. The fact are time passes so quickly why not appreciate all we have now and let people know how valuable life is. Thank you for reading and sharing.


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas

See, that's what I like about interacting with others. If I'm not the one helping boost someone else's spirits, I am the one whose spirits are lifted by someone else. I was just in some kind of funk last night especially.

I do like your thoughts on grandfather clocks. I vaguely remember one from childhood. . .maybe my dad's mom or perhaps his dad. Hmmmmm. . .Maybe I'm imagining? LOL


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DREAM ON 3 months ago Author

Shanmarie I have never had a grandfather clock or seen one up close. Only in the movies. You need a lot of room. I just have fun creating. Thank you for reading and sharing.


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Nellieanna 3 months ago from TEXAS

Dear Michael, I'm still catching up with comments and replies!

Yes, yes! It is gratifying to be heard and understood clearly. I’m glad that you appreciate my thoughts and responses to your poem and that you feel that they fit what you were actually saying. It’s nice to know! You express what you intend so understandably! But others are not always keyed in to hear and respond, for many reasons which have only to do with them, and little to do with you. I truly admire your ability to take in the experiences of your life and see below the surface to the heart of things and then to translate it into meaningful words which are like your ballast and which form & express your growth.

Many people seem to be oblivious to what someone else has to say and share. It's not mean-spirited, but even their approving, positively stated responses obviously missed an essence or the point of what one meant. It’s always nice to have genuine responses of any kind, but clues are often in them as to whether they really understood and fit what it was one hoped to convey.

Others are mostly in their own zones when reading about ours, so even if ours could have applied to theirs and might have supplied some missing pieces, they may be too immersed in their perspectives to relate to or notice any others’. It’s simply their own cause and effect for themselves and has nothing to do with others around them.

That being how it is, I believe that, for one’s own benefit and peace of mind, it’s wise to express what we do say or write primarily to express ourselves as well as possible for its own sake & better self-understanding. Then we can consider it a bonus if someone else ‘gets’ it correctly; - and some may, which is so gratifying! But we’ll be happier with ourselves and with others if we weren’t saying it to make a point for others to get or for the purpose of being correctly understood by others, since that is almost 100% up to their own ability-to-respond and their states-of-mind right then, as well as to their openness and willingness to understand someone else correctly at that precise time. Others’ receptivity is always tempered by many variables in them which we are unaware of.

One of my wee poems says how I hope to be able to respond to others. When I can do it, it feels good to me, and, I hope, to them.

Try to not

Make your sense

Out of another's

Inspiration

And let him

Tell you

What it is.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

5-18-72


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Nellieanna 3 months ago from TEXAS

PS., The best, - probably the ONLY, - way to change the world is by being the best member of it one can be. One little light may or may not light up some other darkness, - but it can and does light up its own and is there for others to see if they are able to!


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DREAM ON 3 months ago Author

Nellieanna I am eating Almond Macaroons and reading your comment. They are delicious. A sweet treat that makes me crave more. I have always loved coconut and the combination just goes so good together. Each time I read your comments I am satisfied in a way I am only beginning to understand. When I write it feels pleasing to my mind like the Macaroons are for my taste buds. Then when I read your comments it is like I turned the quick snack to something so much more. A piece of celery with peanut butter and fresh blueberries with strawberries. When you think it can't get any better it does. I love to read your words after an exhausting day and I feel rejuvinated once again. Thank you for your continued support. May Friday be cool and gentle on your body. May your mind be relaxed and calm.


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DREAM ON 3 months ago Author

Nellieanna The best thing about your poems is when I read the date I chuckle inside. I love the fact that you wrote this in 1972. You not only were way ahead of your time but you managed to keep your writings safe for 44 years. I tried to keep things for thirty years and things have a way of disappearing. To keep things in perceptive You managed to keep your writings longer than all my years of school added together. That in itself is amazing. Now that you could share the same writings with me I am truely honored. Thank you for the wonderful p.s. In life.


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Nellieanna 3 months ago from TEXAS

How fun to be read along with your tasty snack, Michael! Coconut is delicious and now I’ve learned that plain coconut oil is very healthful! I use it as a spread on my whole-grain toast and in come cooking in place of olive oil. I’ve always paid attention to health and nutrition, but for the past 25 years or so, I’ve been super-health-aware. It’s something that contributes to my excellent health and longevity at this age - and going strong. haha

I’m so glad to hear that my writings and poems refresh you,Michael. It is so gratifying when what pours from one’s soul seems to speak to another’s soul! It’s not something I live for, but when it happens it’s life-enriching! Thank you.

I’ve told stories, written and composed poetry all my life. My best playmate friend & I wrote stories for our dolls to act out, which were extended for weeks. And I’ve always been a big letter-writer. My parents saved the letters I wrote home from when I went away to school in 1947 at 15 and then all through the years, written home wherever I was and whatever I was doing. I even have a letter they saved which I wrote to my grandma when I was about 6.

But then, many of my earlier poems , writings & memorabilia were deliberately destroyed by an evil person, but this one I wrote at age 12 survived because I remembered it, word for word:

Sometimes I feel so much untamed,

So free of doubt or fear,

I think I would have been well named,

Had I been called a deer.

____© Nellieanna H. Hay

(Written about 1944 – age 12)

Poetry I wrote during the late 1960s and early 1970s time were during the worsening of that bad 18-year relationship which ended badly. The poetry was my way of keeping my bearings under very oppressive circumstances. It was was my friend, my confidante, my comfort, my counsel, & my guide.

But, even being written under such duress, almost none of that poetry is in the least bit negative or about my sad predicament. I certainly didn’t need to focus on any of bad stuff which was what was going on and all too real!

What I needed then was to be able to allow my own positive, thinking spirit a way & a place to express itself, to nourish itself and to uplift my soul, - and simply to stay alive & intact. I didn’t TRY to write it that way, but it was just what was pouring forth which was starved for expression in ‘real life’.

I confess I don’t understand the value in self-pity writing & in preserving the tragic feelings & details! Too many music lyrics do that, too. It must poison others & encourage those kinds of feelings. It seems almost the main kind of music theme. No wonder things seem burdensome to many people.

Anyway, even though I had to take precautions to protect my poetry in those difficult times, most of it did survive and it is quite a LOT! I wrote many poems every day as I was doing my regular chores & keeping my many other creativities going. I’d just write poems on notebook paper, then put them in notebooks. There are 7 of those thick notebooks, plus many other collections since then. I’m working on transcribing them to computer.

So, you see, that is how it’s all stayed preserved all these years. There’s much more to it, of course. You can understand, being a creator yourself.

By the way, till I joined Hubpages over 6 years ago, I’d shared almost none of my poetry with anyone & had no intention of sharing it on HP, either! But then — as they say, — the rest is historyI And If I ever wondered if I am a poet or just someone who jots down words that come up from my depths & must be written down, I’m now comfortable about being a poet.


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DREAM ON 3 months ago Author

Nellieanna Ever since I remember I kept a journal of my daily activities. Trying to list friends and any ideas that I planned so later I could turn it into an invention. As the years passed I would lose interest and then sometimes I couldn't stop. I use to type, write, talk on audio tapes. This was before people had video cameras. Different stages of my life were lost do to other creative endevours that would pull my attention one way or another. Thank you for sharing.


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas

Nellieanna, forgive me, I wasn't really intending to even read your comments at all, but as the page scrolled directly tot he comments from a link I clicked on in my email, I happened to notice the sentence about not understanding why people preserve negative feelings in writing or song. I can't speak for everyone, but I do it sometimes because it is REAL. Besides being a way to purge those negative feelings, I've found from experience that others relate to it not because they too want to feel that way but because they too have felt that way or are feeling that way. In that sense, humans are all connected and no one is fully alone. Reading or writing a good book is the same way, and as a writer, that's another reason to write about such things. In order to immerse readers in a story, to make them feel a part of it, you want them to feel the emotions of the characters. Understanding emotions and at least being able to mimic some human behavior in writing is essential. Anyway, just my thoughts to consider or not.


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Nellieanna 3 months ago from TEXAS

Ah, Michael. Good for you - and I fully understand.

Well, perhaps during those times, you were less motivated than you've become now, as you're writing here consistently, learning a lot, expanding your horizons & improving your skills. Perhaps you might again keep the daily record of your activities and progress.

I also keep a daily journal, which doesn't even have space to record my creative ideas, but jots down events and activities of each day. It's not extensive, but the shorthand notes I keep there help me keep the events and when they happened available for any future reference needed. And I've found reasons to need that kind of information which did not occur to me as I was jotting them down!

My thoughts and creative daily items are kept in the actual poetry I write and in notes I either jot down on paper or on my cell phone or computer.

Actually, when I'm writing comments such as this one or posting things in Facebook, if they contain some of my thinking & imagination on various subjects or descriptions of some of my personal and/or family history, I just copy and file the in a folder on my computer named "Nellieanna's writings". I figure if I ever get around to writing my memoirs, those might help with some of the details & overall developments I've experienced, as well as preserving the people I've encountered (like you) who contributed to my growth & expansion of understanding.


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DREAM ON 3 months ago Author

Nellieanna Recently I have had a few emotional setbacks. When something doesn't work out I have say God had better plans. Thank you for reading and sharing.


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Nellieanna 3 months ago from TEXAS

I undersand. You're in my prayers, my friend. The better plans will reveal themselves. Give yourself time. Hugs and SHELLS.


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DREAM ON 2 months ago Author

Nellieanna I love life and all the beauty that exsists. I get troubled by and sad feelings why other intelligent people can't see it. To me a first grader knows right from wrong. When left with two choices why do people pick the wrong choice. One that not only harms them but innocent people who happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. I try not to watch to much news because it gives me great emotional pain to think have we really come to this . Why aren't people waking up. Helping others and once and for all end all the hate. I know I am creating my own uneasy emotional pain but some things in life can't be changed. I get that. This can. If only people wanted to change. They simply don't care. Thank you for reading and really caring.


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Nellieanna 2 months ago from TEXAS

I fully understand that. It’s true that it can be discouraging to be intensely aware of discouraging realities which - face it - exist and develop all around and seem to pick up speed. One could let it drive oneself nuts, which would help NO ONE and possibly could add to the turmoil. So?

What I’ve learned are a couple of things (and I”m still learning every day!)

One is that DISCOURAGEMENT really IS evil’s strongest secret weapon. Let me repeat that one: DISCOURAGEMENT really IS evil’s strongest secret weapon! How so? . . .

Well, if well-meaning people can be discouraged in any part of their enlightened awareness, either by external things they can’t change or by their own flickering of internal resolve and commitment to stay optimistic, while also being realistic enough to see and know what is going on — without losing courage . . . (the word dis-courage-ment describes that!) , then they’re ‘ripe’ for sliding backwards. or at least for becoming so cut-off from the ‘field of action - reality, that the evil stuff has a clearer field of action. So when discouragement sets in when reality is viewed (since reality will always impose itself into one’s awareness) - then the evil that stalks Earth has a ‘foot in the door’ against more enlightened ways, so to speak.

So then - what is the alternative, considering that reality is so ‘out of sync’ with better ways?

One must realize that Ignoring reality also serves evil, since it can become out of touch, and stagnant and the realities can accelerate and gain strength when being ignored. They don’t just cease or go away because one refuses to look at them.

KNOWLEDGE is power, whether it’s being used by the bad guys or the good guys. Of course, one need not stand right at the sources of reality’s knowledge in order to remain aware of what is going on. But closing it off from one’s notice and awareness provides it more power and dims some of one’s own power to be a candle in the dark.

So how can one stay optimistic in the face of so much that is disappointing and could become discouraging?

Well, first one has to recognize that, just as one has the right to be, think, speak and act according to one’s own inner guidance and principles, so do others, whatever that is and wherever they may be on their personal journey. Their inner guidance and principles may be seem quite wrong in one’s own view. After all, one cannot get inside others’ heads and sweep away their hangups and blockages. One certainly cannot force them to ‘see the light’ if their inner view is blocked by their unique view !

So — One must consider possibilities that:

1) They may be currently discouraged and may feel helpless against it, so they are giving in to it. One’s strong example may cut through their fog and help. But attempts to force enlightenment on them would be very unlikely to break through to where they are and reverse their paths. Many past experiences unknown to one may be like a stone wall at the time. And most certainly if one’s own light is flickering with any discouragement, so that one commiserates with them, it won’t hold out much hope for them and could only make oneself slip further into the gloom! But being able to understand and to communicate to them how it feels from one’s own past experience CAN offer a glimmer of hope to the other person that it’s possible to overcome discouragement. But there is no guarantee that it will.

2) They may be aware enough of their own predicaments to be struggling to find better ways of fixing what can be fixed and accepting what cannot be fixed, but they are still not able to make those leaps of faith and strength. In that case, one’s influence of actively being an example that one can stay optimistic and ‘on top’ even in difficult circumstances may speak clearly enough to them, so that they may gravitate toward that hope, of their own accord, so long as one doesn’t try to convince them verbally and so long as one’s own light doesn’t flicker or die, or one doesn’t allow oneself to give up and throw in the towel, only to become part of the problem.

3) They may really prefer the ways they are at that time and really don’t want to or intend to change, but choose to remain like an ‘immovable object’ down-on-life and looking for loopholes instead of lighting a candle. (That does not mean they can’t or won’t become enlightened and change before they die. But it probably means that one’s own influence would go over their heads at the present time, or just be rejected as being too “Pollyanna’ for them at that stage of their chosen downers. The ma even think of themselves as ‘The Winners’, by being tough. They may ignore the empty spots in their innards - or they may have virtually crushed their awareness of them.)

So, then - - - one’s own choice is to be aware of reality but not to allow it to discourage oneself and snuff out one’s own candle of light in the darkness, keeping it shining for others to see if they can, but not being discouraged if they don’t! They’re all part of the actual reality to be aware of, ountinuing to hold up one’s own bright candle of light.

No committee or group can do that by charging in as a group to fix’ things. But the individuals who are holding each of their own bright candles up can light the darkness and become the leading majority! The trick is to keep tending to one’s own inner guidance, to practice one’s own inner principles and always to shine as an example, whether or not others notice it or accept it. THAT part will always be UP TO THEM, just as tending to one’s own spirit is all up to one’s own self.

The entire ‘stage’ and action-ring really resides inside each person and one’s own being is one’s own exclusive responsibility and priority. Trying to be-all to everyone only dilutes that one area in oneself in which one is both master and slave responsible for keeping one’s own part up and working and granting others the same for their own priority selves, even when they’re oblivious to it.

Even Jesus needed to retreat to the wilderness occasionally to restore. But He always re-entered the reality in process then.

SO - when we run head-long into situations in which people are behaving badly by our standards, our first response needs to be not to be taken in by it or brought low by it, and to remind ourself to resist being discouraged but to also resist trying to ‘fix’ everyone else. and simply to shine out with our own best light into the situation. Then we may have to resist feeling sad if others ignore it or even make fun of it! That is true strength of character when one can do that. It deserves time for restoration - but then t must re-enter the reality.

Even loved ones can sometime attempt to discourage one, even right when one is trying to help them! That’s when one must take a deep breath, count to 10 to allow one’s own candle to burn brighter than ever. Being overcome with negative emotional reaction of lashing out, sulking or any degree of negative reaction of the moment will not help and probably could deepen a rift into a chasm. That is when one’s own principles are put to the test & will either gain strength or lose it, depending on how one reacts or responds.

That word react - (re-act) means to repeat some of whatever action is taking place. The word respond, though, means to consider and to take response-ability for one’s own participation in a situation.

The good news is that it’s not just about one or two ‘tests’. As long as one is alive, there are going to be ample opportunities to either be dimmed or to shine forth when challenges come along. Happily the challenges in the Present are the ‘final’s’ until another Present comes along and brings it’s own load of reality!!


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DREAM ON 2 months ago Author

Nellieanna After reading your comment and realizing how right you are. I am too late in life to go negative. I have always loved the simple things that makes life so incredible. From a cool breeze to the way a cold ice cube feels rolling around in your mouth. A baby's smile even if was only gas. Seeing a penny on the ground or finding a good walking stick. Sharing a moment of silence to scraping the last mouthful of ice cream out of my bowl. Each moment triggers another moment and there we have an endless amount of beautiful times that fill our mind and body with love. I think when we try too hard it just doesn't work. Taking a step back was a good idea. Today and yesterday my wife and I were both off and had fun doing errands, food shopping and watching a little t.v. We even had a slow leak in one of our tires and managed to make a quick repair getting it plugged. We both knew it could of been a lot worse. So fortunate we caught it in time. I had my yearly physical and I checked out with a good bill of health. I am so blessed. Coming home and reading your comment once again reaffirmed the special things I live for. Kindness has no boundaries. That's what I enjoy the most. Thank you for sharing and caring. (shells)


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DREAM ON 2 months ago Author

Shanmarie I noticed a comment I over looked. It came up different than all my comments. Approve or spam. I always approve your comments and your opinions. That's how we enjoy life fully by interacting with others with so many people giving there great input. I often read comments of others to better understand life. Thank you for reading. Have a happy night.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas

Not worried about it, but thanks for letting me know. It was not even something relating to anything the two of y are discussing. It's just something I have a passion for so I explained, that's all. I didn't even read it all so I may have taken it out of context, anyway. You can delete it if you want to.


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Nellieanna 2 months ago from TEXAS

Michael, I’m happy that your time-off with your wife brought many of the enjoyable moments which sweeten life! Fully being in those moments as they happen is part of keeping one’s own candle brightly shining and lighting the way. The joy of the little delights which are ‘out there’ for our benefit if we are open to them IS the real joy which enriches our life continuously, coming with each moment we are breathing and letting them in. Like you mention, even appreciating that the occasional problem could have been worse gives a boost to one’s outlook and a deep sense of peace and progress.

The current ranch stuff I’m still working out is like that for me. It could definitely be worse and there is still plenty of reason to expect it to work out. Meantime, there seem to be some 'land mines' to be noticed and side-stepped, but then a clearer view of it all and the logical next steps are revealed. It’s good. Meeting the challenges and taking the steps to work through them Is educational while it’s going on to and it makes it impossible to ‘get in a rut’. haha. That feels so good and so alive! Plus enjoying the humor in it and noticing little pleasant details along the way. Every moment has promise and treasures to find.

I’m constantly aware that my guardian angels are nearby protecting me and helping me stay focused and also helping me to stay open to all that is here for the asking, like feeling good and breathing deeply. Like sweet neighbors who bring my trash can back up after the trash people empty it, just because they are sweet people and want to help. Like washing dark clothes and overlooking a kleenex in a pocket and having to pick and brush off little white particles, - but getting it done and the clothes are drying. Like 'working around' an obstacle so it doesn't stop me. Like just that concept of ‘working around’, which was part of my George’s system of life. Like seeing a bird on the bush outside my kitchen window and he peeks at the window awhile before he flies off for other curiosities. There are so many things of all kinds to be glad about in each moment of each day!

I’m constantly thankful for the good things and thankful that the other stuff is manageable or turns out to be unnecessary or such that I can adjust to it. I’m glad for the ability to feel positive about life, no matter its bad stuff. And, as I was explaining in my last comment, I’m glad that I’m not in it alone and that each other person sharing this planet has his/her personal responsibility for their parts and that what they do can be for the better, not only for themselves but for all on here. I think this is the ’school’ God wants us to learn from and to graduate from.

And I'm happy for not only all that but that ‘sleeping on it’ does help! It's like actually 'letting go and letting God" help.


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DREAM ON 2 months ago Author

Shanmarie Your comments are important to me. They reflect your opinion about how you feel. I look forward to in depth conversations about life in the making.all my poems / stories I call stoems is my view of the world and how I learn to accept all my challenges and obstacles. There are many times nobody reads them. I still continue to write because it is who I am. Sometimes I don't know where my thoughts come from. It could my mind trying to wrap around a problem I can't solve or a simple knee ache that I can't shake. Other times it's the joys I experience when my feet hit the floor or the feeling I get when I get a haircut and I feel neat and sharp. Even though those feelings fade they empower me to do more and to think of creative ways to bring out the magic in life. Still being aware of so many other things happening at the same moment. Good and bad. Nellieanna I get excited about my feelings and how they constantly change. Mostly good to a different kind of good. Then there are times I have a big contrast in emotions from a sudden head congestion from seasonal allergies or a sad story on the news of seven thousand turkeys burning in a accidental fire. They all seem to affect my thinking of my day. I still go to work and do all the things I have to do to accomplish and make my day fun and exciting.. Forty three million people driving on the road this 4th of July weekend will affect my commute. I have to leave earlier to arrive to work on time. Family issues are tackled or at least viewed to bring about a positive effect. I woke up for an early start this morning and reading both comments boosted my energy in the right direction. Thank you both so much for reading and sharing.

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