Playing The Game

Poet: Julie Hebert, 2012

Some love and some hurt,
And others play their games.
They pretend to be your friend,
While behind your back are lighting flames.

These people are all around,
Some we know and some we don't.
But eventually they are seen,
And are dismantled off their throne.

The only thing I can manage to say,
About people just like this,
Is they are very unhappy people,
And hurting others to them is bliss.

When it is that they are found,
You have a choice or two.
Remove them from your life,
Or play the game they play with you.

Playing the game with them,
Can bring you down to their level.
You'll often feel fake and sometimes feel played,
But we sometimes have to entertain the devil.

If turning away is an option,
And sometimes this isn't so.
Choose to live you life around people,
Who want you to be happy and grow.

Sometimes we can't choose the people,
That fill our lives everyday.
But we will always have the option,
Of how often certain people can stay.

So decide on which people make you happy,
And choose people that want to see you grow.
Being around positive, strong people,
Will make you feel happier so.


A Smile
Poet Unknown

Let others cheer the winning man,
There's one I hold worth while;
'Tis he who does the best he can,
Then loses with a smile.

Beaten he is, but not to stay
Down with the rank and file;
That man will win some other day,
Who loses with a smile.


Sad As Happy
Poet: Joe Brown

If you look at something as being scary,
It is scary,
If you look at someone as pretty,
They are pretty,
The trick is to look at sad,
as happy.


Promise Yourself
Poet: Julie Hebert, 2012

Of all the things you can do,
Promise yourself you will try.
If doesn't even matter if you win,
As long as you apply.

No one can ask of anything,
Of you, except yourself.
If you don't want to make a move,
It's you who'll be left out.

So don't allow yourself to miss,
Out on important things.
You may not feel that they are worthy,
Yet turn out to be your wings.

Experiences make us whole,
And make life feel fulfilled.
And when it's time to look back,
Don't let yourself feel unskilled.

So don't allow yourself to stop,
For no apparent reason.
Promise yourself you will try,
And take on any season.


Always Finish
Poet Unknown

If a task is once begun
Never leave it till it's done.
Be the labor great or small,
Do it well or not at all.



Time to Breathe
By Dane Smidt

If you only knew the reason,
For the sudden change in season.
For the trouble that was caused,
And the life you put on pause.

Halting this life in such a way,
Made it hard to see a new day.
Burning this day in my skull,
Made it hard to reach even for a pull.

Almost losing all of my grasp,
Not much to grab on to nothing to clasp.
And in the end the message is clear,
With much to lose but nothing to fear.

Even though at times with nothing to see,
Strong perseverance will set you free.


My Wage
by Jessie B. Rittenhouse

I bargained with life for a penny,
And life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store;

For life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial's hire,
Only to learn dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of life,
Life would have paid.


Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"Beginnings are scary. Endings are usually sad, but it's the middle that counts the most." Author Unknown

"The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails." T.H. White

"If you set your goals, you are setting expectations for yourself. Improving, learning, and encouraging your own self. Rather than staying where you are, your goals are the encouragement, the motivation, and the sense of purpose that will propel you to success! Catherine Pulsifer

"How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success?" Elbert Hubbard

"Sadness is but a wall between two gardens." Kahlil Gibran

"Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours." Orison Swett Marden

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