Challenging Times

We live in challenging times but I've learned to not take it personally. We owe it to ourselves to cut us a break once in a while. We may not always live up to our ideals and we might not be where we want to be in life but that's no reason to feel bad about oneself. We live in challenging times and we should allow ourselves to struggle without letting guilt or shame take the wheel. I can make mistakes and not be defined by them. I can have shortcomings but not let them drown out my strengths. I think a lot of us are looking around and feeling scared and confused and that's okay. With all that is happening in the world perhaps that is how we should feel. I just think that we have to make a real effort to feel some of those good things too. 

I used to have a fear that I would grow up to be old and bitter. I felt this way because I wasn't successful at a lot of things and worried that I would be loser. But that guy you know who's bitter he has people who loves him. He may not always be able to express it but there is love and acceptance in his life. I'm thankful to have a family that would still love me no matter how bitter or resentful I may or may not become. A family that supports me and cares for me.

And I've made mistakes. I've made enough mistakes to be that bitter resentful guy. But I choose not to because I could've made more mistakes. It could've gone worse for me certainly. I have to take stock of what I do have and appreciate it. I have to let myself appreciate all the good that is right there in my life already.

The outside world is harsh and only getting harder. But please, do all you can to let your mind be a nice place to be. No pressure if it's not right now there's time. You deserve to have some inner peace and clarity. You deserve to know that your worth it.


*Just Disappear*



 Trisha Barrek Hopkins


I wish you would just disappear

From my life

And never come back never reappear

I dont care how you go 

Use a pill or even a knife


Give me my freedom

Let me learn wrong from right 

Give me a chance

To make my own mistakes 

I really don't want to fight

Be real stop being fake

How dare you kick me out 

With just a shirt and pants

With all your yelling

There's no need to shout 


I hate your attitude

I hate the way you treat me 

I hate when you change your mood

Why can't you see

Your always rude

Just let me free


You look stupid the way you stand 

All tough and Mr. big shot

You think your the boss the man

But your ugly

Your head steamin your attitude hot 


Let me do what I want to do 

To go where I want to go 

To get away from you 

To see people you don't know 


Do me a favor

Just disappear

I don't care go away

With a stupid razor

It's your face I don't want to see

And your voice I never again want to hear

Just let me free

Don't give me that stupid stare


Let me be me 

You made my life rough

The world let me explore 

Why can't you see

I had enough

I don't want your attitude anymore 




Author's Notes/Comments: 

I was mad when I wrote this. Alot was going on. I don't feel this way any more.

Killing with Kindness

The world we live in can be cold and bitter 

Nice guys finish last, let's just say I'm never a winner

People associate kindness with a weakness

Theyll take advantage of yours whenever it seems fit

And the one time you try to take a stand for you

They ask "why are you in A bad mood?"

But you can't let the world change your mind

Let your mind change the world one person at a time

And I realize you will inevidently end up in a bind

But it's all a matter of how respond, inside you'll find

That not all people are bad, everyone has their circumstances 

You have to break down some walls and start granting some chances

And even when people judge after first glances

Dont sweat the smalls so what matters enhances 


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my ode entitled attitude of grattitude


Attitude of Gratitude


I look around at western society
And the existence of quality
We are tricked into thinking
By on purpose disconnecting
From the real spirit inside
When connected, feels so alive


Check the kids out on the cover
(picture of poor kids in Laos)
So happy and so is his brother
Even though they have no toys
Or shoes, live life with joy
Have every reason to complain
On face value loads of suffering


But when you look closely at
Their lives, examine the facts
They have it better than us
In so very many directions
Deep down they know it too
Cos their soul is smiling on you


They live in amazing country
With all mother natures beauty
No pollution hits their lungs
Their life only just begun
No toxins in their food too
They lead a cleaner life than you


They got no toys, no bike too
But I’m betting fitter than you
They don't have chairs as well
Squatting for hours, not hell
And walking for an hour to school
Fitter than your kids too


That’s not hard, welded to a pc
Or a computer game probably
Sat on a comfy seat for hours
With no fresh air in their lungs
These kids dont have electricity
Don’t need it either; or a TV


Our DNA only regenerates when
It’s in a state of bliss: Heaven
When your vibrating at high frequency
This insulates you definitely
But about your DNA: No way
Regenerates unless bliss in your day


The kids in Laos life is simple
And to them, western life so mental
Though some in the east look west
Our quality of life to behest
If they realised they had it so good
They wouldn't look to our hood


And people in the west may think
Such a simple life does stink
Where’s your wide screen TV?
Everything else run on electricity
Everything designed to steal your energy
Much healthier life in the country


Thank your god for small mercies
That you have all that you need
Be grateful for what you got
And if your miserable please stop
The kids in the picture, every reason
To me miserable in all seasons


But the smiles say it all, free too
Wonder what one will look like on you
go on, try a smile right now
And to sadness please don’t cow tow
Be grateful, and also get humble
And about your life please don’t grumble


If you do I have no sympathy
Unless its cancer or ill terminally
Or your kin’s died for no reason
Then to be sad, it’s the season
Be happy quick they do not die
Waiting to see you in the next life

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What’s the word challenge all about?
Challenge can make your abilities sprout,

We fear to take up something new,
We want our systems same with changes few…

We want to stay in a life that has no risk involved,
We don’t want to move from our comfort zone at all,

A challenge that has to be taken,
Becomes unsuccessful as no motivation has been awakened!

Why not face a challenge in a situation?
The situation can be taken over by a determination,

We feel challenges block the flow of our livelihood,
But challenges check our abilities of what we can & what we could………

So take every challenge as a great opportunity you have got,
To turn it in your favor with a new radiance that life has taught!!!

Make every adversity an opportunity today,
Challenges will make you a renowned personality someday!!!

Author's Notes/Comments: 

Define Challenge??

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"Coolness Calm"

by Jeph Johnson


my Dad taught me stuff
I still don't know
I learned it back
when I was a kid
many years ago
things he did
and ways he'd be
amaze me to this day
I still can't find the cool within
to ask him to explain
we've the same serene
blue-eyed stare
but not that "coolness calm"
that's quite unlike
the nervousness
I must have got from Mom
I woo the cool
and confidence
he presents to the world
but struggle nightly
at the bar
to convince a single girl
that perhaps I've
deep inside the pride
inherited from him
anxious to get out
then meditation
turns to whim
while flirtation turns to folly
my would-be-charm implodes
and all I get's a ribald chortle
and elbow to my nose

Author's Notes/Comments: 

for my father Garred Johnson, 2002 

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