Life is short and life is precious. I will never, ever understand why some people choose to live a life filled with anger and hatred.
We’ve all known these people, the ones who go to great lengths to foist their anger and hatred on others, while claiming when you might call them on it, that you are the angry person. Anger breeds anger, by its very energy emitted by others; it is a contagious, toxic thought form that permeates people and relationships, replacing loving thought with angry thought, filling up light filled spaces with darkness.
My experience with angry people is that that they carry baggage from the past that they can’t seem to let go of, even when they claim they have.
Forgiveness is the antidote to anger. Love is the antidote to fear. Be kind to one another… It is the root of compassion and the foundation of love for all beings.
It is never too late… I remind myself often of these words, by Louise Hay:
“My life is just beginning, and I love it. So many wonderful opportunities are on the horizon.”
– Louise L. Hay
Age is irrelevant… Every day we are faced with changes and opportunities. Every day is a new beginning. Every day is a change to evolve, to grow, to learn and to make a difference in the world.
Be the light you want to see…
A simple affirmation for today… For every day:
May my work be filled with integrity and be a source of good for others.
In this mindset… There is grace.
As a lover of poetry and a graduate student in the English – Writing program at Salem State University, I have not only found Poems in the Manner Of, to be fun and interesting to read; I have also found it useful for my class.
I am currently working on my M.A. in English – Writing at Salem State University, and I am revisiting my own connection to reading and writing poetry after many years away from the genre. That said, I really enjoyed reading some of the poets whose work David Lehman emulates and pays homage to in his book.
A Lehman’s book offers poetry writers a great opportunity to explore different styles and be inspired by the works of others, to sometimes create a piece based on another poet’s topics, ideas and styles and make it all our own.
Given this, Lehman provides plenty of inspiration as well as insight to the poets, which is invaluable to the student of poetry.
Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Shakespeare, W.B. Yeats, Rilke, William Carlos Williams, Wordsworth, Neruda, Virginia Woolf, W.H. Auden, and Charles Bukowski are among the poets who are featured in Lehman’s Poems in the Manner Of.
This is a great volume for poetry lovers, poetry students and people just starting to appreciate the vast world of poetry.
I am reminded this morning of this quote from Louise Hay:
“This year is like no other year I have ever lived before.” – Louise L. Hay
There feels as if a great darkness has descended upon us and we are trapped there, penned in, with little route for escape. The darkness will hold us captive unless we find our way out into the light through whatever openings we can find throughout our daily lives.
We are the master’s of our own lives. We make the choices of our own destiny. Let us find the light where we can and rise out of the darkness not giving power to the forces that wish to hold us down. The darkness must not win. Find your empowerment where you can, and let that guide you.
This beautiful quote speaks to the trials and tribulations of life and how we emerge as stronger and better human beings…
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross