Sunday, December 27, 2009

What Inspires You and How Do You Express It?

We all have unique God-given talents to express to the world, and when we’re creating those pent up, negative feelings are hidden inside us transform into a beautiful art form. We celebrate our human abilities when we connect with and appreciate what others have expressed. What inspires you and how do you express it?

How do I express those pent up feelings…you know the pushed aside emotions we all have? Well.. it all started in my teens with a love of words and a desire to create a rhythm with words - a poet in the making.

I recently realized I hadn't written any poems lately…and I need to reconnect with that passion. This particular way of expressing like other avenues of expression is only remarkable to me and may seem like crazy nonsense to some.

With that said, I hope you enjoy the poem I’m sharing with you. I wrote this poem in 1994 for a class assignment - “write a poem about poetry.”

Oh Bird in Flight

Thy beautiful omniscient bird once caged do bring
The soul’s signing from oceans, rivers, and seas
Of emotions that dwell in the placid lake of reality
Oh bird in flight now must need be for you to sing
Of meanings plain and far beyond the well which spring
An order made precise with only a command to please
A legacy to the world of prose as a language to tease
The boundaries and definition of an indefinable thing
To capture the sky in vivid paintings of colorful rhyme
While ever softly whispering sounds of a distant sight
Your nature comes from the dank depths of day and night
Like a mountain of dreams slowly one is forced to climb
Oh, the bird in flight must needs be I understand, I might.

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3rd Dog

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Self Improvement Junkie: Here's the Main Ingredient for Transformation!

A Self Improvement Junkie loves the warm bowl of chicken soup that makes him feel good inside but lacks the main ingredient needed for transformation.

By this, I mean… the “junkie” attends many motivational seminars… reads personal growth books and still, makes few changes. They just enjoy the positive energy, wise words, and connection with others. What’s missing in this soup is the main ingredient!

Don’t misunderstand where I’m coming from

I’ve gained great information, insights, motivation, etc. from seminars I’ve attended and books I’ve read on self-improvement. It’s accelerated my growth! There are thousands of people every day who change due to their participation. And I’ve also noticed during my experience many Self Improvement Junkies.

My inquisitive nature begged the question

Why, do some people get excited, contribute ideas, show enthusiasm, but don’t personally have a transformation? They’re motivated for a while and then go back to more seminars to regain their energy. Why wouldn’t everyone attending these workshops just explode with change and growth? You’ve heard the overwhelmingly convincing pitches. So why do some people go back to their old patterns of thinking and doing?

What’s even worse

…the Self Improvement Junkie may believe a false assumption about them – “of course I can’t change I’m not good enough!” “Maybe something will rub off on me if I hang out with active people.”

The secret recipe is to “know thy self” not just follow others hoping it will rub off or change you somehow. Knowing thyself is not an easy task because it requires above all things the main ingredient - honesty. You must be honest with yourself to assess your strengths, weaknesses, and growth!

Give yourself an amazing gift for the holidays and promise, to be honest!
-3rd Dog

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