New Year ~ New Beginning

YESTERDAY’S DOOR 

I’ve shut the door on Yesterday,

It’s sorrows and mistakes.

I’ve locked within its gloomy walls

Past failures and heartaches.

And now I throw the key away,

To seek another room,

And furnish it with hope and smiles

And every springtime bloom.

No thought shall enter this Abode

That has a hint of pain;

And envy, malice and distrust

Shall never entrance gain.

I’ve shut the door on Yesterday

And thrown the key away -

Tomorrow holds no fear for me

Since I have found Today.

~Anonymous

New Year ~ New Beginning

Another Chance

How often we wish for another chance
to make a fresh beginning.
A chance to blot out our mistakes
And change failure into winning.

It does not take a new day
To make a brand new start,
It only takes a deep desire
To try with all our heart.

To live a little better
And to always be forgiving
And to add a little sunshine
To the world in which we’re living.

So never give up in despair
And think that you are through,
For there’s always a tomorrow
And the hope of starting new.

~Helen Steiner Rice, Poet (1900-1981)

New Year ~  New Beginnings

Letting Go

September 1st, 2016 | Posted by Velda in POETRY FOR WOMEN | RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Letting Go

To let go does not mean to stop caring,
It means I can’t do it for someone else.
To let go is not to cut myself off,
It’s the realization I can’t control another.
To let go is not to enable,
But to allow learning from natural consequences.
To let go is to admit powerlessness, which means
The outcome is not in my hands.

Letting Go

To let go is not to try to change or blame another,
It’s to make the most of myself.
To let go is not to care for,
But to care about.
To let go is not to fix,
But to be supportive.
To let go is not to judge,
But to allow another to be a human being.

Letting Go

To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes,
But to allow others to affect their destinies.
To let go is not to be protective,
It’s to permit another to face reality.
To let go is not to deny,
But to accept.
To let go is not to nag, scold or argue,
But instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.

Letting Go

To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires,
But to take each day as it comes and cherish myself in it.
To let go is not to criticize or regulate anybody,
But to try to become what I dream I can be.
To let go is not to regret the past,
But to grow and live for the future.
To let go is to fear less and love more…
Remember: The time to love is short.

~author anonymous

Letting Go

We can truly accept and love ourselves and others without judging, when we LET GO!

She Walks in Beauty

 She Walks in Beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She Walks in Beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TODAY WALK IN BEAUTY!

She Walks In Beauty

Lady of Liberty

Lady Of LobertyLady of Liberty

Lady of Liberty and Mother of Freedom and Justice to All,

who offers her welcome to whomever may call,
be them rich, poor or oppressed,

she stands watch in her robes, so dressed,
a gift of friendship from France to the U.S.

dedicated in 1886 and designated a National Monument in 1924,
an historic landmark to its very core.

she passed her torch from Bedloe’s to the renamed Liberty Island,
never frowned, but kept on smiling.

she raised her torch of eternal light and freedom upwards toward the heavenly clouds,
evoking cries and tears of emotion from the visiting crowds.

so, thanks to the great genius of Bartholdi and Eiffel, our symbol
of freedom still stands by the bay,

to signal all passing through, that liberty, justice and the
pursuit of happiness and opportunity in America is here to stay,
in the good ole U.S.A.

  ~Joseph P. Martino, Poet, Writer, World Traveler

Lady of Liberty

Earth Teach Me

Earth Teach Me

Earth Teach Me

Earth Teach Me

Earth Teach Me

Earth Teach Me

Author's Inspiring Quote

Author's Inspiring Quote

Author's Inspiring Quote

 

 

 

To All My Relations -THANK YOU!

Women, please join me during the month of February to read and use the following Lakota Sioux Prayer as a mantra of spreading, peace, love, and gratitude.

MITAKUYE OYASIN: A LAKOTA SIOUX PRAYER

Aho Mitakuye Oyasin….All my relations. I honor you in this circle of life with me today. I am grateful for this opportunity to acknowledge you in this prayer.

To All My Relations-Thank You!To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.

To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.

To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.

To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.

To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.

To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the Ages, I thank you.

To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.

You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One, not more important than the other. One nation evolving from the other and yet each dependent upon the one above and the one below. All of us a part of the Great Mystery.

Thank you for this Life.

To All My Relations - THANK YOU!

Thank you!

 

 

New Beginnings

January 1st, 2016 | Posted by Velda in POETRY FOR WOMEN | RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

New Beginnings

~ Gertrude B. McClain

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

New BeginningsHappy New Year

Healing Power of Poetry

Healing Power of PoetryI can’t.  I just can’t.  I can’t do it all.

I can’t be all things to all people At all times and under all circumstances.

I can’t be the one to always change my plans to suit another’s.

I can’t be the one to pick up after others all the time.

I can’t work all day and stop at the grocery and cook dinner And have it ready by 6:30.

I can’t carry the weight of the world on my shoulders.

I need some support, too, and a rest.

I can’t; can’t, can’t cantaloupe, can’t canticle, can’t cantilever,

Cantina, cantata, cantankerous, cannon,

 

Canape, canard, candelabra, can… can…,
Healing Power of Poetry

Can I? Can I just do it? Can I do it all?

Can I ration my time to allow for my priorities?

Can I ask others to share the burdens?

Can I refuse this role of superwoman?

Can I just ‘say no?’ I can. I can just say no.

I can just say, “I’m out of the business of doing it all.”

I can take time for myself to breathe

And dream or just sit quietly.

And I will!

 

Healing Power of Poetry

Who Am I

November 1st, 2015 | Posted by Velda in POETRY FOR WOMEN | RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Who Am I

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I am a woman that is black and beautiful inside and out, filled with joy and pride.

I am a woman as graceful as a butterfly; a woman that can be seen and  heard.

I am a woman that is cunning, a woman of skill and knowledge.

Who Am I

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I am a woman with strength, to knock down any boundaries keeping me from my journeys of life.

I am a woman that dreams to have a life of an angel with never ending love and happiness.

I am a woman that’s your lover and friend, and keeps you feeling loved and secure.

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I am a woman of respect and admiration; respecting and admiring mind, body and soul.

I am a woman with a passionate kiss and lips as soft as fresh rose petals.

I am a woman, leaving  you wanting and wishing for more.

Who Am I

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I am a woman with a charm that’s as radiant as the sunshine.

I am a woman full of laughter, giggles and grins, which is the medicine of the soul.

I am a woman with my own identity, look into my eyes and you’ll see who I am.

~Created from Shayla Parks’ Poem

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