Saturday, March 31, 2012

Roadway of Love?



The Roadway of Love
By: Annette Thomas

Whether you’re going
Your own way
Or traveling in
The same direction
As the others,
You need not
Feel alone.

Many have traveled
This same roadway
Both day and
Night, through happiness
And sadness, during
Sunshine and rain.

Although some have
Gotten where they
Wanted, some have
Gotten lost, and
Others have just
Ended up where
They started; You
May even do
The same.

But just remember
That as the
Wheels are turning,
So is time.
Make the best
Of it. Turn
Up the music,
Take in the
Sights or enjoy
The silence. Just
Know that you
Are not alone.

Many have traveled
This same roadway
Both day and
Night, through happiness
And sadness, during
Sunshine and rain.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Self Reflection?




Your Shadow Follows Your Lead
By: Annette Thomas

Is your shadow doing the things
You want others to see?
Being the shadow you want it to be?
Going where you want it to go?
Sowing the seeds you want it to sow?
Saying the things you want it to say?
What is it that your shadow displays?

Do you just watch your shadow
In the daytime when the sun is out;
And when it’s dark, turn around
To make sure that it’s gone about?
What kind of shadow do you have –
One that fades with the light
Or one that’s always in your sight?

Keep a watch on your shadow
For it is a reflection of you –
Doing the things that you do,
Saying the things that you say,
Playing the games that you play.
Your shadow lives as you live
And follows your lead!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Evening Song?

Have you ever tried to capture a photo of the moon or the night sky?  I have, and as an amateur photographer with the camera I have, it is nearly impossible.  So, I simply hold the spectacular memory in the depth of my soul. I do have one photo, however, that I’d like to share and these words:

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dreams come true?



Today, I read the above quote and it got me to thinking about my dreams. What a simplistic and true approach to making your dreams a reality. It all starts with an image or vision of some type.

What's on your bucketlist?
What do you see yourself doing in 5 or 10 years from now?  
What do you dream about doing but are afraid of doing or don't know where to begin?

Let that inspire you. Let that passion flame your desire. Let it move you to action.  For it is through action that those dreams become a reality.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Battling with You?

I'd like to share with you something very dear to my heart that you may, or may not, know. There have been a number of tragic deaths in my family. To name a few, both my mother and grandmother died of cancer, and shortly before my mother's death, I lost my uncle to suicide. My foster sister also was killed by a drunk driver. My mother was only 49 years old when she died, and her mother was only 56 years old. It is my hope that you know regardless of what "inner turmoil" and/or "external battle" you may be fighting, there are people that care and will go to "battle" beside you:

Battling with You: I am Here
By: Annette Thomas

Victory in an actual battle
Is achieved when one of the
Opposing sides forces the
Other to abandon its mission,
Surrender its forces, or retreat.

I am not here to force some
Strategical plot or mission
Planning on you. I am
Simply here to say…

Although the warfare of
Health can sometimes
Be exhausting, know
That I am here.

Know that you need not
Fight against the inner turmoil
And external battle alone.
I am here.

Be the struggle long or short,
I shall live, love, laugh and
Learn with you.  You need
Not ask for I am here.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hidden Treasures?

For the first time ever, I read one of my poems in public before a crowd of over 35 people. I was one of 25 people scheduled to read.  The names were to be randomly chosen from a basket to determine the order and guess whose name got drawn first - Annette Thomas. I was shaking as I read my poem, but was comfortably reminded that I had friends in the audience cheering me on. It was 2 hours of bliss.  Thanks to all for making this event amazing.  I am continually reminded of the many treasures that a day can bring. And so I write...

Hidden Treasures
By: Annette Thomas

Finding hidden treasures
you knew were
always there.

Finding hidden treasures
you knew were
really rare.

Finding hidden treasures
that showed you
someone cared.

Love, beauty, and joy
Smiles, laughter, and play
Forgiveness, silence, and tears

Finding hidden treasures…

What a day!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Happy Tears?

Today, I write about tears...happy tears.  Why? Because as Gerard Way says, “Tears are words the heart can't express.”
Happy Tears
By: Annette Thomas

To feel emotions
Build up in an

Intimate moment,
Where words have

No expression –
Happy tears fell.

Something is different
Something is dear

That moment we
Kissed everything

Became clear and
Happy tears fell.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Mental shift?

Personal growth is something that many people seek to accomplish. Often times, the revelation of growth can be seen in the day-to-day choices made. Other times, it is seen as a slow progression that last a lifetime. Whether one’s growth is like that of a green blade of grass or that of a lightning bolt, it is growth and should be seen as such.  Growth need not be some divine revelation or spiritual awakening. It can be recognized in one small act where a thought process gradual shifted, such as with the act of forgiveness.

The Path to Peace 
By: Annette Thomas

Maybe
Today I will
Forgive you
For what you did

…Maybe

Maybe
Today I will
Let your tears
Touch the very
Depth of my soul

…Maybe

Maybe
Just maybe
I will show you
The tender mercy
Shown to me
By God

…Maybe.

Yes,
Today I will
For this is the
Path to peace.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Depressed?

Held Captive Though Alive
By: Annette Thomas

A prisoner to depressing loneliness    
And crippling isolation.
Held captive to incapacitating helplessness
And feeling debilitating powerlessness.

A victim of paralyzing hopelessness
And emotionally-shattering despair.
Plunged into an overwhelming darkness
Suicidal…
           
Attempted
Saved
Alive
Reprise

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dare to love?

I love this quote by Robert Staughton Lynd: "I sometimes suspect that half our difficulties are imaginary and that if we kept quiet about them they would disappear." –  Risk it and a take chance. Be courageous. Love all out!

Dare to Love
By: Annette Thomas
Dare to love?
To pull off
the suit of armor?
To expose yourself
and risk injury
to your very soul?
Dare to love?
To stand emotionally
naked before someone?
Stripped of your
heart’s protection, thus
revealing your vulnerability?
Dare to love?
To allow another
to examine and
question all that
you were, are
and may become?
Dare to love?
I ask.
Dare to love
Is to be FREE.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

There’s hope?

The other day I went to the library and looked up “self-acceptance” in the online library search database.  To my surprise there were only a handful of books listed.  Maybe it’s just me, but I thought there would be more books on the subject. Perhaps there are more books on the subject; I just didn’t have the “right” key word(s). Regardless, I think that it is an important subject.  For those of you that have ever been put down or cast aside by another or even yourself, this is for you:
There is Hope
By: Annette Thomas
Dysfunctional.
Depressed.
Discouraged.
Defeated.
Degraded.
Disabled.
Often times heard
In a soft whisper.
Damaged beyond repair?
Never.
There is hope.


Imperfect.
Inadequate.
Incomplete.
Insufficient.
Inferior.
Invalid.


Many times heard
In a loud cry.


Injured beyond healing?
Never.
There is Hope.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Your inner genius?

Today, I read a very thought-provoking question and I wanted to share it with you.  It comes from Alan Cohen’s book “A Daily Dose of Sanity” and reads, “Consider a question you are wondering about.  If you knew the answer, what would it be?” Many times when having to make a decision, I already know what I want to happen.  I have something inside me that guides me to the correct course.  Some may call it intuition, gut reaction, Spirit, consciousness, etc. Alan Cohen calls it our “inner genius.” I like that. It is empowering to know that I, myself, have the answer within and just need to access it. I once heard that if you really don’t know the answer, flip a coin. The answer will come as the coin is in the air, you will suddenly know which one you do or don’t want. I often think about that.  Clearly there is an “inner genius” inside each of us.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

How are you?

In passing, I am often greeted with “Hi. How are you?” and I respond with “Fine.”  I answer this way many times as this question is, more often than not, simply a casual social exchange and nothing more. However, right now I would answer, “I am blessed.” I hope that you too can answer this way, particularly after reading the poem below entitled "The Guest House" By Rumi. 
The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Thank you?

Has the phrase “thank you” become just a repetitive expression to you? If so, you could be among countless others who just mumble it too. For so many people, it is just said as a courtesy or acknowledgement that something has been given such as a gift, favor or service. I, myself, like to think that it is more than an expression expected of you. I like to think that it is said as an expression of pure gratitude for a grand gesture of love on someone’s part. Today, I challenge you to not just mumble the words or to just acknowledge something has been done for you.  I’d like you to show genuine appreciation and gratitude for that which has been done when saying “thank you.” Will you do it or just repeat the words as you always do?

Friday, March 16, 2012

Lift your spirit?

Have you ever just watched a child play? They have such a joyous spirit.  They can make the simplest things fun. They often don’t even need the toys that have been given to or bought for them. Playing tag or hide and seek with a friend, even playing with a box or the pots and pans from the cabinets can make even the smallest child beam. What is it that brings you joy? Think about something that lifts your spirit. Perhaps it is reading a book, talking with a friend, family member or spiritual leader, walking in nature, praying or meditating, journaling, working on a craft/hobby, watching a funny movie, listening to music or taking a road trip somewhere. Do something today that lifts your spirit and brings you joy. Smile like a child. Laugh like a child. Play like a child with a joyous spirit.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Someone who hugs your soul?

Today, I read a very touching poem by Hafiz called “A Tree You Can Wind Around.” It spoke of an intimate relationship that most people long for. One in which is “always near.” One in which someone says “One day, my angel, you will realize you accomplish everything just by appearing amongst us…There is really nothing more you can do for us than you having…ever been.”  Do you have someone in your life that is always near, loves you and believes in you to the depths of their soul unconditionally? Many of us feel that love in the embrace of a child, a grandparent, friend, or higher power.  So how about giving them a call, sending them a letter or email – hug them the way they hug you! And...

"If life doesn't offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one." -- Anthony J. D'Angelo

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fearless?

Have you ever felt like stepping out there and taking a risk on something?  I have. In fact, writing this blog is one of them. "Is what I have to say really that important that people would care to read it?" And other questions have crossed my mind, fearing the unknown. Well, here's what I've concluded: It's worth the risk and I am brave.  What is something that you have always wanted to do if you were fearless? Think about it and read on...

If I Were
By: Annette Thomas

If I were fearless,

I’d tell you what
My lips have longed
To speak.

I’d take the risk.

I’d express the words
That are caught in
My throat.

If only I were brave.

I’d take the risk.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Words of Wisdom?

Today, I found the below picture and it got me to thinking (as things usually do) about happiness. I recall spending numerous hours, smiling from ear to ear, reading the book, “14,000 things to be happy about” by Barbara Kipfer.
So, what is it that makes me happy? Several years ago I started a gratitude journal (and I highly recommend it if you have never done so) of all the things that I was grateful for and made me happy. When I started the list, I listed actual PEOPLE – like my family, friends, etc . PLACES - like book stores, coffee shops, etc. and THINGS - like computers, journals, etc. I also mentioned various EXPERIENCES that I enjoyed – like building snowmen, receiving unexpected letters/packages in the mail, etc.
Today, I still jot down those things, but today - today I am grateful for life, love, laughter and learning, those every day opportunities that some find difficult to grasp. These…these are my "rules" or guidelines to being happy. What are yours?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Personal Mission Statement

Today I was asked, "What is your mission?" I quickly began to talk about my motto to "live, love, laugh and learn." However, I got to thinking about missions and mission statements. Then, my inquisitive side stepped in, "If I were to have a personal mission statement, what would that look like?" So what did I do? I set out to create one. Searching the internet, I found examples after examples and even templates for building your own. Then, I found a needle in the haystack - an online mission statement builder at: 


And after a few edits...here's what I came up with to be my personal mission statement for this year:

I will express my willingness to grow, spiritual and poetic sides by learning about and changing that which I can, by being connected to that which is around me, and by putting pen to paper and relating my personal experiences. I will do this by writing in my blog daily, leaving an inspirational note in a library book, and reading one of my poems in public by 12/31/2012.
What is your personal mission statement? What do you want to accomplish over the next year?

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Who am I?

As I was preparing to write today's blog entry, I started thinking about who I am as a person.  Until recently I identified myself by my job title "I am a trainer," but realistically I am so much more. I have, also, filled out many online profiles designed to identify me by my interests, favorites, desires, etc. but, again, I am so much more. So, I decided to go back to my very FIRST online profile (created back in 1999) and see how I "defined" myself 13 years ago. Oddly enough, I am still passionate about the same things and at the core of my being have not changed.  So who am I? I am me...and I am honest, loving, caring, generous, compassionate, intelligent, inquisitive, goal-oriented and poetic. Who are you? What inspires you? What are you passionate about?

My Bucketlist

So a couple of days ago, I began writing up my bucketlist. To see the things that I have done and the things on my list visit:
http://bucketlist.org/list/gadgetgal7/
If you'd like to share yours, just comment below.

Those that love Poetry

...and for those that just don't get it, I write:

The Layers of Poetry
By: Annette Thomas

Peeling back the
layers of meaning
within poetry can
bring tears to
your eyes,
entertain,
or inspire.

Regardless of
the flavor,
size or type.

A line.
A phrase.
The rhythm
or rhyme.

There's so
much to
poetry.

I hope you
feel
inspired.

To LEARN...

Learning is something that I believe is constantly happening regardless of whether we are conscious of it or not. Some lessons are harder than others, but they all are worth learning in my opinion:

Silent Reflection
By: Annette Thomas

As she studied her reflection
Deep thoughts sat in…

She stared into those eyes as
If she’d never seen them before.
It was not a physical image
That she was trying to grasp -

Rather an observation of
Where she’d been and
Where she was going.
- A quiet meditation of sorts.

To LAUGH...

It all boils down to this:

To LOVE...

There are many types of love, but this I believe to be true of each love...

Haiku: Advice on Love
By: Annette Thomas

Love of self breeds love
Heart is free if I feed me
Healthy love now see

To LIVE...

To truly live one must take each moment and live it to the fullest. So this I write...

Should I Die Today
By: Annette Thomas

Should I die today,
I will want but these things:

To say I love you - to those dearest to me.
I'm sorry - to those I've hurt.
Thank you - to those deserving.
You made a difference - to those that truly did.

Laugh - with those I could.
Cry - with those I should.
And say I'm scared - to those I trust.
All the while taking each moment of that day
To look for the good in all humanity.

Doing it all in nature's beauty,
Letting the sunrise take my breath away,
Appreciating the morning's call of birds
     on a wooden porch swing,
Enjoying poetry under a tree,
Cherishing time in the mountains
     by a flowing river.

Growing in understanding,
Flourishing in love,
Relishing in the day,
And celebrating all that is
While singing life’s songs.

Then watching the sun set on the day,
Exploring, listening and admiring the silence
Of the night's sky by a blazing fire,
Closing with meditation by moonlight and
Sharing lots of hugs with those I love.