Posts Tagged ‘struggle’

Struggles Are Growth For Forevah: Revolutionary ImproVerse Free Verse

July 1, 2019

Each of my children
struggles
with what they should do
in their lives
and
with their lives.

They ask what purpose they have,
what greater good
they can serve.

It seems as though
they feel as though
there should be some
final
answer.

There’s not.

While I’m glad
(as their Dad)
they’re trying to figure out
how best to serve
and what purpose they have
in the world,
and while I’m glad
they’re searching for purpose,
how can I explain to them
that I have not yet,
(at over a half of century of age,)
found that answer?

And that I may never find it.

What do
I want to do
when I grow up?

I may never know.

How can I explain to them
that the world is changing,
and its needs,
and the people of the earth’s needs
are changing as well.

How can I let them know that,
while those needs are changing,
our own,
personal,
ability to help
to serve
to uplift
and to strengthen
is also changing,
morphing,
growing.

I’m a much different man
than
I was at 25,
at 35,
at 43,
at 50, (12 years ago),
at 60.

My skills are different.
My talents have changed and grown.
I now have wisdom
that I didn’t even think
I could possess
when I was 36 years old.

So while I encourage
my kids,
(now grown)
to keep trying
to figure out
how best to serve,
I also hope that they have learned
from me
that service
and life’s journey
is not a final destination.

Life is simply
a journey,
an opportunity
to find out
how best to help,
and then to do that
in the moment,
until such time comes
as you find another need
that the world has
an another talent
that you have
that helps fill that need.

And on
and on
and on.

Because only those
who don’t stop serving,
who don’t stop helping,
who don’t stop caring,
keep living.

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I’ll Come When The Time Is Right: Romantic ImproVerse Haiku

May 3, 2014

I’ve struggled with how/
to approach her. I’ll only/
come as my best self.

When The Time Is Right: Romantic ImproVerse Haiku

May 3, 2014

I’ve struggled with how/
to approach her. I’ll only/
come as my best self.

Helping A Chick Hatch: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

December 1, 2013

Like a baby chick/
hatching, God will not help me/
Without my struggle.
or
without my effort.

Expectations? Romantic ImproVerse Haiku

September 20, 2013

That she let me share/
in her struggles was all I/
ever expected.

Hearing Grandma: Revolutionary Haiku

January 17, 2013

If I think about/
it, in my weakness*, I can/
hear her: “Oh, David!”
OR

*as I struggle,

Withdrawing From Friends: Romantic ImproVerse Haiku

November 5, 2012

I don’t understand/
friendships where you withdraw or/
hide when you’re strug’gling.

Getting To The Mountaintop Together: Revolutionary ConTexting Limerick

October 9, 2012

Can someone who/
did not struggle with you/
to gain the mountaintop even understand
the triumph so grand?
Should they share the view?

Or

Should someone who
didn’t struggle with you
to the mountaintop
share the view?
Or should they stop?

Hearing A Friend Talk: Revolutionary Haiku

May 27, 2012

Old friends have struggles/
I don’t know of; pains not seen./
I’m too self-centered.

Dealing With Struggles: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

July 24, 2011

In our own struggles,/
we often forget others’/
sufferings as well.

OR

Dealing with our own/
struggles, we often forget
other’s sufferings, too.