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Our Rise of Our Phoenix

Updated on July 20, 2017

Life Is Never As Simple As It Should Be

The Good News is That Bad Days Do Come To an End.
The Good News is That Bad Days Do Come To an End. | Source

Mistakes Help Make Us Who We Are

Of course all who have two things in life must accept that past actions have gotten us to where we are today. The first is being loved. And the second is being joyful. How often do we catch ourselves saying “if I had only….”? Well then what? We would be richer? We would be healthier? We would be so in love?

But we run that old film to the end and we find that if we ‘had only’ we would not be this happy and joyous. Children are a personal favorite. Ok it is obvious we could also be happy and joyous in an alternate state. But once again I would not be as happy and joyous if my four wonderful children who ultimately were the result of some mistakes I made did not exist.

I am loved and happy and joyous. But it seems to me that the mistakes I have made have had more to getting me where I am today than my successes. Perhaps this poem which just is and is a mistake in form will make someone happy. Because;

The bummer in all of this is that sometimes our mistakes hurt others.

Little Things

Maybe the Wrong Road

Maybe The Right Road
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We Must Own Our Mistakes

Thank You

Perhaps it is me but I do not think so

Sometimes things don’t go how we think they should go

We fumble and stumble our way through some days

We hope that others will find their separate ways

A mistake here and there are to be expected

But the big ones that cause pain we have elected

Remorse and shame and self recrimination

All attack with vengeance at our ruination

A feeling that never again our head to be held high

A floundering so bad we covered with lie

The loved ones all have cause to stay away

It feels like the rest of life will be this way

Isolation seems the most logical choice to make

But then a call from one we hurt that we must take

And clouds part and the sun shines through

It seems we may be forgiven for the harm we do

Love has a way of pulling us from our pits of despair

And it will lift us up if in courage we dare

Finally a breath taken without bound up chest

Maybe tonight we can finally rest.

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      Eric Dierker 8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Gypsy. All to often I find myself not being brave. And so I am very blessed to have those who love me help me along.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 8 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

      This was wonderful music and all. I have always thought that we must be brave to get through all of the life's ups and downs to finally have true happiness.

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      Eric Dierker 8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dora, quite funny play on words there. I suppose we should add laughter to our cure.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      My favorite lines from your poem: "Love has a way of pulling us from our pits of despair And it will lift us up if in courage we dare." This is encouragement for all ages (pun intended on that last word).

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks John. I often reflect with a chuckle and some obvious truth that I have taught my children well by example of what not to do.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Linda, that is a great piece and it is nice of you to share it here. Getting past past mistakes and learning from them is very much akin to the forgiving and yet not forgetting. Searching for the proper balance.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ryan, you are so right. If we have faith and commitment toward trying to do His will, mistakes are just building blocks to a higher way of life.

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      John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Well, Eric. Good to see some more poetry from you, and it rhymed perfectly too. But even if it hadn't it wouldn't matter as the message shone through and that is what is most important. Good job. We all make what seem to be mistakes but often I think that's the way things are meant to go and there are often unexpectedly positive outcomes from what may at first appear to be a blunder. Good job with this as always.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Most assuredly my friend Linda you give me great cause to smile.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Whonu thank you for coming by. In general life does seem to get smoother.

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      Linda Lum 2 months ago from Washington State, USA

      A dear friend posted this on Facebook just a few moments ago:

      Hush.

      It's alright now.

      That was just the last echo

      from a past that was healed

      long ago. It can't touch you

      or hurt you anymore.

      The past brought you

      to where you are now.

      Be grateful for it.

      And let the last echo

      bounce harmlessly off the wall

      and fade to nothing.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Venkatachari,

      Sometimes I think that perhaps we must lose some in order to make room for some. But I am not certain it works that way.

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      Ryan Fuller 2 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Love me some Frank Sinatra. I do believe we do learn from mistakes. But if we continue to make the same mistakes then we haven't learned much. I believe everything happens for a reason and sometimes we have to make mistakes in order to see the path we need to get off, I know this all too well. I know God also won't give me more than I can handle and even in my mistakes, I have seen where He is teaching me.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Elijah, yes I had some thought go into the notion of a mistake as opposed to concepts like failure, unsuccessful and error. When looking at the larger picture their distinctions seem to be without a difference.

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      Linda Lum 2 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric is it a mistake if you learned? Whatever path we take in life has brought us to exactly the time and place we are in this moment. Who knows what result even the most subtle of changes would have resulted in.

      That's one of the stumbling blocks of those who talk about time travel--altering anything on our past (or our future) will inevitably change who and what and where we are now. So, don't think of the mis-steps you took along the way as mistakes; rather view them as the path to today and a guide for your tomorrow. And smile my friend.

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      whonunuwho 2 months ago from United States

      We learn by our mistakes and so that our lives will have a smoother road ahead. Thanks for this nice message.Blessings my friend. whonu

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      Venkatachari M 2 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice message. Life is full of mistakes with some good acts here and there. And those small good acts make us feel a bit relaxed at the end. That is what I am feeling now, even though I lost much.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 2 months ago from Washington DC

      Quite true, as Clive said, "(we) did not make a mistake" by our actions anyway, our "missing the mark" was the unwillingness to allow time to pass the judgment we passed concerning our action.

      Last evening I was talking with a brother who asked me about "how to find the balance in what is happening today" which I answered "everything is cyclic therefore we must see the entire cycle or we can not see the balance." I went on to explain how our judging the less than 360 degrees of everything, the moment is only a part of, prohibit our seeing the "big picture" which reveals the balance is always here and limiting our view prohibits our seeing it. So, when we see the reverse 180 degrees at the beginning of this civilization we can recognize what is balances out the cycle.

      In that light, when we perform an act we can call a mistake, if we give it time as you did Eric, we should practice questioning the purpose for it and allows time to reveal our answer.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My bride, the paver, sure earns her keep Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh my goodness, the road I traveled certainly had some potholes, and I was responsible for most of them. LOL Good thing I was able to find a road-paver so I could smooth things out. :)

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Clive. I do reckon mistakes and successes are all in our mind.

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      Clive Williams 2 months ago from Nibiru

      Guess what, you did not make a mistake. It was just destiny guiding you to your path. The road to happiness is not always straight and narrow.