Boy oh Boy

And so the next time I-passed-by
I gave her more distance.
And she stayed where she was.

The first time, i ran her off,
And I saw that she was uncomfortable;
That I’d encroached on her space.

Did she see me as just passing by,
On a well worn path,
That I walk every day?

Did she feel threatened?
Did she blame me for it?
Or, did she simply react
Without judgment?

I’m not sure that others are so thoughtful and considerate;
Like I find myself in other people’s world; a nuisance and someone to point the finger at, as if I’m always walking on eggshells and the one taking the high road; like others are entitled to behave like children; like growing up has meant something entirely different to me.

Change Your Behavior

Unreal
How-far-apart
We-seem-to-be
In-our-minds.

Layers
And context
And stories
Of all kinds.

Perspectives
And focus;
Attention,
Here and there.

It’s when we focus
On others
That that we show
That we care.

So, try dropping your thinking,
And learn just to be.
With attention on others.
And just see what you see.

Observing’s the practice.
Non reaction’s the game.
If you try this, I promise,
You won’t be the same.

You’ll be growing awareness
Of what life reallly is;
A blessing to live.
You’re a child of His.

Sticking to it

Lesser men
Would have called it a day,
And headed back home,
But that’s not my way.

They’d have turned around
And stuck to the trail;
The one the came in on
After deciding to bail.

But, I stayed the course,
And I battled my mind.
I could have easily quit,
But I decided to grind.

Toughness and grit,
When things got tough.
I can do it, I said.
And that was enough.

The will to go on.
That’s all that you need.
You choose to turn back,
Or you decide you’ll succeed.

Selling 101

You must face the facts
And play the game.
Make them think you’re impressed
And say their name.

It’s their favorite word.
And, let them talk about “I”.
They’ll then find the like you
And won’t even know why.

This is sales 101,
And how to win a friend.
It’s not manipulation,
But a means to an end.

Most try to convince others
That they know what’s right,
Which is saying, “you’re wrong”,
Which leads to a fight.

In other words,
If you want in their door,
Allow them to believe
That they know more.

And, you know where they hurt,
But don’t point it out.
Allow them to reveal it,
A Must! Have no doubt!

Family. Love.

I’m passing along
What was passed to me.
But, I get a say.
That’s the gift. You see?

This clicked as I shared
What I know, with my child.
It suddenly struck me.
So simple yet wild!

From my brain to hers.
I was proud that she got it.
And, I realized right then.
She learned, and I taught it.

And, from my Mom and Dad,
I learned the same way.
So, they’re teaching through me.
And, through her one day.

May she then realize
Her strength and her voice;
That we’re coming through her,
But that she has the choice.

Head Space

Here’s what it is.
I’m gunna make somethin great happen.
Textbook.
Fluid.
Stayin down and through it.

The best I can today.
Right now.

I don’t always have my best stuff
But I’m damn sure gunna do the best with what I got.

And, I’m gunna shake off the shit that I got; that I can. Right now.

You see.
The space I’ve got here, is mine.
My mind. My body. Mine.
We know how to get it done.

It’s been a matter of giving myself permission.
A matter of allowing myself to do what I can.

The Feeling is

The Feeling Is amazing,
But you’re saying it’s not.
I hear you complaining.
Like, our house is too hot!

But, things are perfect;
Just as they should be.
If you’re not happy
You should change how you see.

The world won’t change
But You can change You;
The way you think
And what you do.

So get a grip
And get with what’s real.
The place to start
Is with the way that you feel.

Then, notice your thinking;
How you react to your feeling.
This is awareness
You may find your ceiling.

Limitations are learned
And they’re also self taught.
Seeking comfort is key
And where most folks are caught.

See, you’ve always a choice
To change your mind.
Try, This is just right, more,
And see what you find.