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Nature Speaks


Nature speaks peace

look at the view around you

For sure a daisy smiles

Photo by Melba Christie
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A Poem a Day _ #1


Carl Sandburg is one of my favorite poets. In honor of National Poetry Month I would like to share one of his poems. The title is what we all seek in life.

HAPPINESS

I asked my professors who teach the meaning of life to tell

me what happiness is.

And I went to famous executives who boss the work of

thousands of men.

They all shook their heads and gave me a smile as though

I was trying to fool with them.

And then one Sunday afternoon I wandered out along

the Des Plaines River.

And I saw a crowd of Hungarians under the trees with

their women and children and a keg of beer and

an accordion.

Carl Sandburg

 

Carl August Sandburg was an American poet, writer, and editor. He won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. Wikipedia

What is happiness to you? This is what it is to me. Write a Poem. 

My mother taught me about happiness one day.

She did not know I was watching her.

She spoke to the Daisies in her garden

and praised them. They began to dance.

Mom was never one to smile a lot

but that day she smiled the day away.

I too delight at the sight of daisies.

They put a smile on my face because

I will never forget

what happiness looks like.

Melba Christie

 

Great Essentials of Life


I now have lived long enough to know the real essentials in life. The reminders flow into my life constantly. All I need to do is look at a photograph of my grandsons or look deeply into the eyes of my husband or children and everything is put into perspective. I find myself researching my roots and trying to remember memorable events about my childhood. I don’t think it’s a baby boomer mentality. A friend told me that baby boomers go through a similar experience.

My journeys continue. My goals remain stronger than ever. My bucket list grows longer by the day. I suppose that is a good strategy to keep yourself in check. I still hope for world peace. I believe in the wonder of Santa Claus. I believe in God above all things. I even believe in myself lately. I ask myself about destiny. I wonder about if there is another side. Although I still ask the why questions about things, I think I figured out some of the  mysteries about my soul.

Joseph Addison, an English essayist, once said, “The great essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.”

I think I have most of these covered. However, I believe there is a continuum. You have to shift the focus every so often. You also have to be grateful for everything in your life. Some experiences will be magical, inspirational, and others will bring you done like a roller coaster out of control. But that is what makes up this thing called life. It is what makes us alive. To live is to learn. Your heart will tell you what do each time you are in doubt. Just listen. Don’t let doubts creep up on you and fill you with fears. Be still and you will find the answers you are looking for.

The essentials to happiness are clear to me now. I listen to my feelings and take notes. I try to hug the people I love a few more counts of Mississippi. I take deep breaths to avoid getting upset over nothing. I take longer breaks for me to be me. I pray more. I send out blessings into the universe for anyone who may need them. I visualize only as far as I can see. I locked my ego outside of my heart. I forgive and forget.

The essentials of happiness begin with every new day. This is what I have learned and will live by. I imagine a field of Daisies waving hello and greeting me. That always puts a smile on my face.

 

 

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