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This is a story about life.

Updated on June 14, 2014


There is Life

and then there is your life.

If you surround yourself

with miserable people,

You will be miserable.

If you are always the one

doing for others,

Who does things for you?

If your family is demanding

Why keep doing?

If your friends are crazy

Why keep them?

Do you feel un-appreciated?

Then why do you keep doing?

Life is too short.

You only get one life to live.

So why I ask?

Do you keep doing and

get nothing in return.

Sometimes our own family

is our worst enemy.

Sometimes our business partners

and our friends

only dump their problems on us.

Who listens to your problems?

Misery loves company,

so why not detach yourself

from those who make you miserable.

Life goes by too fast.

Why let those around

destroy what you have left?


Who are the people in your life that bring you down emotionally?

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Why do you surround yourself with these people?

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    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      I thank you Sparklea for stopping by to read. It is sad to waste time with people who are miserable and want you to be miserable like them. Those individuals are people whom I try to avoid.

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      4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hi Lisa: Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting. What a terrific write, which I am sure most can relate to in one way or another. The summary would be: CHOICE. LOVE the beginning: there is life and then there is your life. It is so sad the hours and years wasted tolerating people who add nothing to the art of living.

      So thrilled I ran into this. I spotted your excellent comment on DDE's question about writing so stopping by. God bless, Sparklea :)

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      T Thank you flourish for stopping by to read. Yes we must take care of o ourselves, or who else will?

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      4 years ago from USA

      It's important to take care of oneself, especially in light of escalating and unreasonable demands from those around us.

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      This is true. Thank always for stopping by to read.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      So true, life tends to unravel at times, esp. when a family member is going through a difficult time. I like DDE's comment, and i agree.

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Jodah and DDE. I wrote this hub with a particular person in mind. I try to avoid those who are miserable and surround myself with positive people. However it is not always that easy. Thank you reading.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Life is a gift as I always say but not wrapped in a bow and should be treated with care and lots of love.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good poem Lisa, everything you say is spot on. You can't let others live your life for you and bring you down with their demands. Voted up.


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