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Find your Inner Strength and Place in the World: Poetic Reflections

Updated on March 29, 2013

Of the infinite possibilities, you are one of the lucky 6.5 billion or so current compositions of stardust who lives, breathes, and walks on planet Earth. The very miracle of your existence (nothing less) should be the starting point from where you begin to consider your value to the world and the legitimacy of your place in it. We come in many different forms. The list is endless: Warriors, Guardians, Healers, Lovers, Dreamers, Makers, Explorers, Hunters, Gatherers... Most of us are a wonderful combination of several of these noble titles. One of the most important aspects of living is figuring out who and what we are in order to live to our fullest potential:

The mind says the most

when it is quiet.

A whisper on the wind can tell

volumes more than a storm.

Where you stand is for you

to decide

to discover

to discuss.

To choose and explore

is the right

of every human being.

Look at life and love

it for what it is;

know it -

know thyself...


Time is an illusion ingrained in us thanks to our traditional emphasis on linearity. We are not living in a straight line that starts with a beginning and concludes with an end, rather we live in the constant presence and governance of cycles. The "biological" clock does not tick to some definite goal, rather ticks through cycles; no two of which are the same. Be aware of your current phase in life in order to gain as much strength from it from possible. Don't buy into the fear of death. Like I said, life does not simply begin and end, it exists in a constant state of cycle, recycle, and renewal:

There's no measure of time

precise enough

to track the eternally

minute changes

we undergo

or the very eternity

of our existence.

Body, mind, and spirit transcend


the tides

the temporal.

Live where you are

and remember the future

is already with you because you

know it.

What's to come is already here

and shapes us just as the past


Past, present, and future.

Mind, body, and spirit.

Different aspects of an organic


Make a wish and then ask yourself if it has already come true.

Maybe you wish for strength, but all you need is to remember that sensitivity does not mean weakness.

Maybe you wish for courage, but all you need is to remember that caution does not mean cowardess.

Maybe you wish for happiness, but all you need is to remember that sadness does not mean the clouds won't clear-- unless you refuse to let them

We're all wandering through plains and oceans, trying to find our place in the world. Eventually we learn that the journey was and is the destination. Be wherever you are right now as fully and happily as possible, because that is where you belong. Revel in your aspirations but don't let them dampen the now. Remember that time is an illusion. The present is just a theoretical principle. The future is always with you as long as you continue to dream. The past is always with you as long as you continue to remember. Don't dwell on regrets of the past or the limitations of the future. Mistakes and suffering in the past teach you how to better live in the now and dream your future into reality. Past, present, and future are the now and are shaped by the mind, body and spirit:

Step toward the future

informed by the past

and don't let the present

overwhelm the mind.

Never forget that your body

is the home of a wandering spirit.


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    • Spongy0llama profile imageAUTHOR

      Jake Brannen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you. I hope to do a lot more of this when spring and summer really start to take shape. Inspiring others with poetry and photography, as well as venting my pent-up thoughts on life really help to pull me out of the winter blues.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Truly an inspiration. Great poetry and pics.

    • Spongy0llama profile imageAUTHOR

      Jake Brannen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you. These are just some of my thoughts. I won't argue that this is the only way to think, I just want to offer as much perspective as I can with my thoughts and poetry.

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      Joanne M Olivieri 

      5 years ago

      So inspiring and truly a lesson in being in tune with your spirit. Very well done. Voted up


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