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A Poem of Life - And How to Live It

Updated on October 26, 2016
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

A Poem of Life

Yesterday is in the past,

Today is here and now,

Tomorrow's promise still to come,

We need to dream somehow.


We cannot change the things we've done,

But learn from our mistakes.

Then put in practice lessons learnt,

Our future is at stake.


Sometimes troubles come our way

And fill our hearts with dread,

But if we're strong and persevere

We'll always get ahead.


We've loved and travelled, laughed and cried,

Grieved when loved ones died.

So celebrate the present time,

Face destiny with pride.

Optimism is the word

That needs to fill our mind.

Do not dwell on yesterday,

Just leave the past behind.


Love your family and your friends,

Show everyone respect.

Do not judge on race or sex,

And prayers do not neglect.


We must set goals that challenge us,

To strive and yearn for more.

Then tick each one off as they're done,

And in success we roar!


Our future is not preordained,

Though fate it plays a part,

And anything is possible

With an honest loving heart.


© 2015 John Hansen

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading this Peg. Yes, I believe we should always look on the bright side of life.

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      Peg Cole 12 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      I love the philosophy behind your prose as well as your capture of the words of an optimistic life full of gratitude, optimism and prayer.

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      Shubhro Sen 21 months ago from Howrah, West Bengal , India

      Thanks

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      John Hansen 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Certainly Hari.

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      Hari Prasad S 21 months ago from Bangalore

      May i ask your permission jodah to allow me to say 'Awesome' to subroto 'subjugator'.

      - hari

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      John Hansen 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi The Subjugator, thank you for sharing your wonderful poem, it adds to the value of this hub and conveys a similar message to my own. I appreciate your kind comment. Cheers.

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      Shubhro Sen 21 months ago from Howrah, West Bengal , India

      Magnificent poetry. It reminds me of a poem I had written almost 6 years ago.

      In case you forgot how to smile;

      Even then, for a tender while,

      Leave behind your personal score

      And live the moment – today once more.

      If your eyes, for years, have remained dry

      And yet your heart, like a gray sky,

      Wants to burst into a heavy downpour;

      Let it rain – today once more.

      If you slept at nights without the gleam

      Of starlit wonders or moonbeam;

      Today, in the twilight, before the Sunset,

      Allow yourself to have one more dream.

      If what was to be said, has remained untold;

      Before the arrival of winter’s cold,

      Let your heart have its say

      Before the silence – once more today.

      None can presume what the future holds

      Or how the enigma called tomorrow unfolds;

      “Right now”, is all we have, to explore

      Our oblivious selves – today once more.

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      John Hansen 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Diana, good to see you. I am glad you found this inspiring particularly that stanza.

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      Dianna Mendez 22 months ago

      Your words are inspiring. I especially love your thoughts "Optimism is the word

      That needs to fill our mind.

      Do not dwell on yesterday,

      Just leave the past behind."

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      John Hansen 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Lawrence, glad this was a pleasant start to the day. Enjoy the rest of it.

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      Lawrence Hebb 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Awesome thoughts to start any day! Thank you

      Lawrence

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Deb, your kind comment is greatly appreciated.

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      Deb Hirt 23 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Indeed, everything is possible. This was so perfectly said.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Shauna, yes I think it is the best way to approach life. Thanks for reading and your kind comment. Cheers.

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      Shauna L Bowling 23 months ago from Central Florida

      What a beautiful poem, John! Live for today, learn from yesterday, and welcome whatever tomorrow brings. Wonderful message, my friend!

      Love your choice of music. The perfect punctuation!

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Devika, always great to get your comments. Glad you enjoyed reading this hub.

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      Devika Primić 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You greatly presented this hub and I enjoyed reading. Thank you for this wonderful thought.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Rasma. This means a lot coming from a fine poet like yourself.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 23 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Delightful and wonderful poetry with just the right music. Really enjoyed the rhythm and flow of your outstanding poem.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Well drbj, there must be some form of telepathy going on between us. I applaud you on living your life this way. There is no way better tat is for sure. Cheers.

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      drbj and sherry 23 months ago from south Florida

      You absolutely, positively read my mind, Jodah. I believe your every word since you described the way I have always tried to live my life. It's the only way!

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Genna, it doesn't sound sappy at all. In fact I was worried my poem may be construed that way, but instead it has been received very well. The words do seem to have struck a chord with many readers which I did hope for. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Genna East 23 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "Our future is not preordained,

      Though fate it plays a part,

      And anything is possible

      With an honest loving heart."

      I'm sorry if this sounds a bit sappy, but this last stanza brought tears. There is so much power in these simple words; all one needs to know and feel fulfilled of life. Beautifully done John.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Theresa, good to see you. Thank you for reading and glad you found this inspirational. Hope you have a wonderfully relaxing weekend.

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      Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, how beautifully inspirational, John!

      What a lovely poem packed full of truths for living in the present, for not one of us is guaranteed a tomorrow.

      Peace and blessings always

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Larry, your comment is greatly appreciated.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Beth, you are most welcome to sing it. Any attempt by me would not be beneficial. Cheers.

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      Larry Rankin 23 months ago from Oklahoma

      Beautifully done!

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      Beth Perry 23 months ago from Tennesee

      Jodah, what an uplifting poem. It'd make fantastic lyrics for a song!

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Mike, maybe I need to change my name to Dalai Jodah...the again I guess Jodah is a bit like Buddha :)

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Devika, glad you enjoyed this. Thank you for reading and tweeting.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for that inspiring Manatita. I am sure that was a wonderful performance at the poetry cafe. Peace out you also.

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      manatita44 23 months ago from london

      This one is filled with beauty and charm, Jodah. Some real soul-searching here as well.

      On Tuesday night a poet did a 'running on the spot' performance at Poetry Cafe. It was all about what Sri Chinmoy calls Living in The Eternal Now. I believed the poet called it the Present Moment. It was an interesting performance, to say the least.

      Wonderful poem and inspirational too. Peace Bro.

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      mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello John - Your poetry is packed with the wisdom of the ages. I see your fans agree with me. (or perhaps you)

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      Devika Primić 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A wonderful write from you. Words with great meaning. Tweeted!

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Al, for the positive comment. Much appreciated. Bless you.

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      Word 23 months ago from Chicago

      Hey Jodah, cool flow for a positive poem with rhythm and drive. Excellent job!

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Michael. It is a simple message but important one I think. Blessings to you.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Glenn, thank you for taking the time to read this and for your kind comment.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What a beautiful comment Dana. Thank you for your constant support and for sharing this poem. Blessings.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Ashly, thank you for reading this poem.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much Essie, glad you find this inspiring. Cheers.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi The Subjugator, thank you for reading and for your generous comment.

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      Michael-Milec 23 months ago

      Poem of mere wisdom making earthly living in good spirit and true faith , thus safely reaching the eternal destination. Thank you Joda.

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      Glenn Stok 23 months ago from Long Island, NY

      This is a wonderful poem John, with a message explaining how to live life to the fullest.

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      Dana Tate 23 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Oh Jodah, I can't put into words how much I loved this poetry so I won't even try. I'll just say, another masterpiece my friend. And, I'm most definitely sharing.

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      Ashly Christen 23 months ago from Illinois

      a beautiful read!!

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      Essie 23 months ago from Southern California

      Ah, so inspiring!! Essie

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      Shubhro Sen 23 months ago from Howrah, West Bengal , India

      Very practical approach towards life. Very neatly penned.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ruby, we all need encouragement and optimism reminders now and then thank you for reading. Blessings.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Flourish, you have to stay positive.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Awesome John. Your word's so very true and filled with hope.

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      FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA

      I like the optimism in this.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I appreciate that wonderful comment Venkat. So glad you enjoyed this poem and the amazing video. Thank you for sharing also. Blessings.

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Wow! What a beautiful poem and what a wonderful video!!! It's really an amazing and wonderful world that we may never be able to completely perceive.

      Sharing on G+ and many many thanks for this nice poem.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Phyllis. I really appreciate you sharing this on your Pinterest board. It did come from deed inside :)

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 23 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Ps: I put the link to this poem on my Pinterest HubPages board.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 23 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Jodah, what a wonderful poem with a powerful message. I can tell it came form deep inside, from your soul and through your heart. Beautiful.

      Sharing.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Nellieanna, It's always a blessing to receive a comment from you, and thank you for such wonderful support and encouragement. I have alway loved Louis Armstrong's version of "what a Wonderful World" and thought the video accompanying it was stunning. Thank you again.

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      Nellieanna Hay 23 months ago from TEXAS

      I love this so much, John. You've expressed some basic truths with such clarity and respect. And "What a Wonderful World" is so dear to my heart, especially the Louis Armstrong version. The video's gorgeous illustrations of our Earth's beauty is warming and heartening.

      The opening visual with John Lennon's quote is marvelous too, as are the other lovely pictures.

      You've outdone yourself with this wonderful hub!

      Thank you!

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Audrey, I am so glad that I was directed to write this just when the message was needed by someone such as yourself. It is beyond my comprehension how this happens but it seems to occur quite often. People tell me the message in something I have just written is relevant to them at that moment. I never planned this. I wanted to write a short fiction story but was inspired to write this simple poem instead. Thank you for those kind words. Blessings.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Audrey, I am so glad that I was directed to write this just when the message was needed by someone such as yourself. It is beyond my comprehension how this happens but it seems to occur quite often. People tell me the message in something I have just written is relevant to them at that moment. I never planned this. I wanted to write a short fiction story but was inspired to write this simple poem instead. Thank you for those kind words. Blessings.

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      Audrey Hunt 23 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Your poetry always seems to send me the very message I need...just when I need it the most. I thank you for this John. You have an incredible gift and to share this gift with others is a blessing to us all.

      My best to you.

      Audrey

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Audrey, I am glad you can relate to this poem and that it reflects your own feelings. We can't forget a difficult past but we can't change it so can stop it from affecting our present enjoyment and move on. Thanks for pinning. Blessings.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you MsDora, I am glad you enjoyed this poem. Blessings.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good to see you still around Surabhi :) I am glad you found this poem sweet and inspiring and I look forward to reading that poem before you go. Hopefully when you return I will have written a new piece of fiction. Just searcing for the right inspiration/prompt at the moment. I think I need someone to issue a specific challenge. Om Shanti.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Paula, glad I give you those emotional tingles :) Your visits are always welcome. Cheers.

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      Audrey Selig 23 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Jodah - Love this poem about living for today. I believe in being in the moment and try to teach it to my immediate family. No one can change unless he so desires, so I just do my own thing. Sometimes I have difficulty forgetting yesterday if it was a dreadful day, but I try really hard. Thanks for this poem that reflects my feelings. Blessings, Audrey Pinning

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 23 months ago from The Caribbean

      Positive and relevant. Thanks for another classic, Jodah. Excellent as usual!

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      Surabhi Kaura 23 months ago

      What a positive way to inspire, yea! Jodah, your optimistic poem has captivated (he he). God Bless.

      I feel the need to write one more poem before I take a break. Oh - and keep this spirit up and I'll wait for your delightsome fictions.

      Loved this poetry! Thanks a lot for writing this sweet and inspiring poem. Om Shanti.

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      Paula 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      When I feel like a little inspiration, emotional tingles and visions to move me....I obviously know where to go! Always enjoyable, Jodah.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Frank, I often find clear and simple is the most effective way of conveying a message. Even in poetry.

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      Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

      Only a gifted modern day poet can convey a message so clear with so few words.. love your poetry my friend :)

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Bob, that is a great piece of scripture to use as a life guide and I am glad my poem reflects that. We all say and do stupid things from time to time and wish we hadn't in hind sight, but what's done is done and we have to go forward learning from them. Thank you for your great comment.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      So true Eric, just imagine how such a simple thing could change the world. Thank you for your kind comment.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, thanks for smelling the roses. I always appreciate your comments.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Amanda, you echoed my thoughts exactly. Glad you enjoyed this poem. Thank you for reading. Take care.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Bill. If we all have an honest, loving heart, what a wonderful world it will be.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Ann, thank you for comparing this poem to a Christmas present. I agree we should be spreading peace and love, not just now, but all year round. All is good in this part of the world, hope it is in yours as well.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I agree Hari. We don't need to look for the complicated in every situation. Sometimes the simple things are the most powerful. Thanks for reading.

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      Robert E Smith 23 months ago from Rochester, New York

      "Forgetting the past, we press on to the mark of the high calling of God." Your poem reminded me of this Scripture. I often in contemplating the day reflect on stupid things I've said or done... what I would give to take those words back but you can't unsay them.... what I would give to take those decisions and actions back but you can't take back anything. They stand in the memory as stains on a white carpet (bad memories amongst good memories). So I usually quote to myself this Scripture and it seems to ease the pain of stupid things I've done. Loved the poem. Thank you Jodah. Bob.

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 23 months ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Great work here Jodah, if we all acted with honesty and heart, the wonders that could be.

      EWF

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Awesome blossom!

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      Meredyth Lynne 23 months ago from Los Angeles

      Well, I definitely loved that. We need to take more time enjoying what is here right now and work on ourselves to make our futures better. I always believe we should remember the past to lear from it so we don't keep making the same mistakes. We should never dwell on the past, but look forward to the future. Excellent work, Jodah!

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Especially loved the last line...with an honest, loving heart. Amen to that, my friend. Amen to that!

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      Ann Carr 23 months ago from SW England

      Beautiful, John. You've wrapped it all up here, like a lovely Christmas present, befitting this time of year when peace and love should abound even more than ever.

      Hope all's well with you and yours, John.

      Ann

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      Hari Prasad S 23 months ago from Bangalore

      love it jodah.

      someone said 'it is simple to be happy, but difficult to be simple'.

      your poem is simple and great..

      - hari

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I am so glad I have got to know you on here Missy. You are such a kind and encouraging person. Whatever I give you you repay generously. Thank you for your kind comment and for sharing. Your idol, really? I am humbled, and so glad these words meant something special to you today. Love and blessings back to you and your kids.

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      Missy Smith 23 months ago from Florida

      OH, and I'm sharing!!

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      Missy Smith 23 months ago from Florida

      I f***king love this Jodah! I so agree on the message here. You are my idol! :) Love and Blessings to you and yours! I loved reading these words today.

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      Patricia Scott 23 months ago from sunny Florida

      Awesome...in just a few words, Jodah, you bring it home...do and be and feel and be optimistic....

      Shared

      Angels are on the way to you...ps