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The Test

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I can wade grief,
Whole pools of it,
I’m used to that.
But the least push of joy
Breaks up my feet,
And I tip – drunken.
Let no pebble smile,
‘T was the new liquor,
That was all!

Power is only pain,
Stranded, through discipline,
Till weights will hang.
Give balm to giants,
And they’ll wilt, like men.
Give Himmaleh, –
They ‘ll carry him!

Emily Dickinson, Poems: Series 2, Poem 9, The Test

A fairly helpful discussion/analysis can be found here:
http://www.gradesaver.com/emily-dickinsons-collected-poems/study-guide/summary-i-can-wade-grief-

Posted in Great Quotes, Inspiration, Journal, Joy

The Freedom of Choice

Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity,  pain…

To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.

~ Kevyn Aucoin

Jump For Joy

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’T IS so much joy! ’T is so much joy!

By Emily Dickinson
Part One: Life IV

If I should fail, what poverty!
And yet, as poor as I
Have ventured all upon a throw;
Have gained! Yes! Hesitated so
This side the victory!

Life is but life, and death but death!
Bliss is but bliss, and breath but breath!
And if, indeed, I fail,
At least to know the worst is sweet.
Defeat means nothing but defeat,
No drearier can prevail!

And if I gain,—oh, gun at sea,
Oh, bells that in the steeples be,
At first repeat it slow!
For heaven is a different thing
Conjectured, and waked sudden in,
And might o’erwhelm me so!

http://www.bartleby.com/113/1004.html

Posted in Hope, Joy, Life, Love

You Are Worthy

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Life is full of pain and loss yet the one thing that proves life is worth living are the many and varied surprises along the way.

Like a rainbow after a dark and thunderous storm, or the simple smile of a young child, or new friends unexpectedly and serendipitously entering our lives. There are so many reasons to be thankful for this gift called life.

Still, it’s too easy to find we have somehow gotten off track. To become hyper-focused on the minutiae of our daily lives resulting in tunnel vision. Whether one’s child or sibling decides we’re just not good enough (And trust me I have experienced it and it does hurt.) there are friends and family as well as total strangers who prove daily through our interactions with them that we as well as they truly are worthy.

You are worthy.