Balance

Are your scales equally aligned

Are you indulgent

Are you abstaining

How are you using your time

How are you filling your day

Do you allow for rest

Do you let yourself heal

Have you felt the warmth of the sun

Have you felt the warmth of your bed

Do you spend time with your loved ones

Do you spend time alone

One can be focused on one entity

Losing sight of its equally important opposite

Don’t just balance your time

Balance your emotions and feelings

Don’t give all your love to others

Keep some for yourself

Be humbled

But don’t be passive

Be happy

But do not be naive

Have depth

But do not be depressed

Balance life

Balance time

Balance love

Find your balance to stay centered and upright

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Pain

I’ve given my all to those who didn’t deserve it

I’ve taken all from those who deserved so much more

I’ve felt pain like shards tearing fibers of my beating heart

Screamed at the top of my lungs as a river of tears glided down my cheeks

My shirt has been the cloth to dry tears

The point where my shoulder meets my chest

Has been the cavity where people choose to scream

I know pain and I know suffering

I know what it’s like to be shattered

Pieces of yourself scattered as you scramble to gather

To assemble yourself together only to find something missing

A loss of the naive

I believe at some point in our lives our world is shattered.

An expectation broken

A relationship ended

An abuse sustained

A life taken

Something will happen that will cause pain

A pain that will change us forever

We will learn from it, grow from it, and be humbled by it

At least that is the hope

I’ve learned so much from pain and appreciate each lesson it brings

I don’t know all pain

I don’t know the pain of starvation

The pain of homelessness

The pain of a life threatening disease

The pain of war and violence

I’ve been taught to “step into others’ shoes

To see what they go through”

As I attempt to tie the laces

I realize I will only feel a certain extent of that pain

So I will listen

I will let you express it in a healthy way

Support you and help you rebuild

Pick up as many pieces as we can

To rebuild, to gather

To become better

I’ve had help in my pain

So for you I will do the same

Are you ready? This is not political

Sometimes we forget about the delicacy of life

We are consumed by consumption

Enamored by lavishness

Distracted by technology

Always wanting more

We tend to lose sight of the beauty in the simplistic

Those who have lost the most

Are the most thankful for the least

They have learned to take nothing for granted

When death enters your life there are many different reactions

Grief on different magnitudes

Different ways of coping

Processing

But death can also be the corrective lens to see life

When knowledge of death’s imminence is brought to light

Time becomes focal

Interactions become vital

Breathing gains importance

As days come and go

As we age and grow

Remember nothing is infinite

Remember everything matters

Lose sleep for the sunrise

Chase after the sunset

Be awake and aware for beauty in its entirety

Tell someone you love them, mean it

Tell someone you care

Life’s too important for games

To delicate to take advantage of

Be genuine

Be kind

Live fully, freely, and happily

Life Gets Hard, Life Gets Tough

For Everyone:

Every day is not easy

There are trials and tribulations

Times when you are down and don’t know where to turn

I know of friends who are going through difficult things now

There may be people reading this who are struggling with things

You may not be going through it today or even tomorrow

But there will be days you will struggle

Just remember you will persevere

Keep your head up and stay positive

Turn to those friends or loved ones you know you can lean on

When they are having a tough time let them lean on you

At the end of the day

Know everything will be alright.

“Life gets hard, and life gets tough,

but sometimes you gotta find,

a little bit of truth amongst all the lies,

and know everything will be alright.

I know everything will be alright”

-Sequoyah Prep School

Journey

No matter the destination

Focus on the journey

The path you follow

Wherever it may lead

Be mindful of it

Embrace its complexity

Adore its beauty

Move past it’s hurdles

There may be bridges to cross

Bridges that fall

Bridges that burn

There may be people that pass

People to pass

Or people headed in a different direction

Don’t analyze your pace

Don’t let others sway you on your way

Own this journey

It is your own

Your own feet gliding across the ground

Your own legs pushing you further

Your own hips swinging back and forth

All of you moving in synchronization

Feel this movement and appreciate it

You are as unique as each step you take

You will never take the same one twice

So enjoy your way as you progress down this path

And don’t look too far to the horizon

Look up, look around you, look beneath you

Breath in the air as it grazes your face and runs through your hair

Feel the warmth of the sun as it hits your skin

You’re in this moment

In this place

Enjoy your journey

Judgement

A relational concept

That compares and contrasts

A habit which we develop at a young age

Through experiences of self

How our cognition processes events

Developed by years of learned correlations

Through consequences and rewards

Quick to judge

Is synonymous with close mindedness

However instant judgment is inescapable

Through conditioning we make a brief judgment

Have you learned to create space from that initial conception?

To allow for more information to become available

To learn more about a situation or person

Without biases

Your initial judgement may be correct

May be incorrect

But it’s how you determine that

And your willingness for that to be determined

That is important

You ultimately determine how you judge

You’re life has given you those experiences to make that determination

In relation to others

How judgmental are you?

Shall you judge yourself?

To Write

This is the piece of me that I hold dear

More so recently than ever before

It is how I translate the beautiful chaos that surrounds me

Its imperfection is a reflection of mine

There’s no set form

No set rhyme

The product does look similar throughout

With short lines and thoughts

Words that describe and paint a picture

Ideas and mindsets that follow a pattern

Not one piece is truly finished or encompassing

I process and type

I let my mind dictate the direction

I share these pieces to those who I feel connected with first

To those who know me

The positive reactions surpass the negative

I am thankful for that

I share these to social media with one word titles

Are “likes” nice?

Of course

One loves to feel appreciated

In reality my intention has always been to inspire

To initiate thinking

To share a different view

A different way of thinking

To seek out others with similar thoughts

To share positivity

To share love

To tell people they are not alone

To help people

To sympathize

To talk about life

This piece of mine compiled of pieces

Combinations of letters and spaces

Is my art

I will share this with you

I hope you enjoy