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Do you reflect upon the years gone byas you prepare for yet one more,with promises and resolutionsthat you have made before?
Do memories of people and placesonce as sharp as any knifenow blend in bits and piecesin a kaleidoscope of life?
Do you squander precious minutesseeking reasons why you're here, contemplating your life's purposeyear after passing year?
Persuade yourself to understand,it matters not the reason.Your purpose is to seize the lifein every passing season!
Learn to see things differently.Let your thoughts and actions change.Allow your views of past and presentto slowly rearrange.
Let your spirit start anew;become focused and awareof the moments and the blessingsthat surround you everywhere!
Do not permit past memories:the where…the who…the howto become more importantthan the ones you’re making now.
Live life in person;inhabit every day.You may not like where you are now,but you’re there anyway!
A lifetime is a puzzle,every failure, each successadds another jagged pieceto fit together with the rest.
To finish the pictureand view the masterpiece whole,fill the time of your lifewith your heart and your soul.
Acquaint yourself with your feelingsand heighten your senses.Experience living.Put down your defenses.
You don't have to know whyyou are you, and I’m me.Believe it is what it isand it’s how it should be.
You did not choose your date of birth,nor do you know your last,so live this gift that is your present,before it becomes your past.
Linda Ellis, copyright 2011
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Forever GoneBy Linda Ellis Copyright 2013I gently tread upon this peaceful placeknowing you’re not really hereas my tears they fall upon the soil,then quickly disappear.I stare down at your place of restreading aloud words etched in stonefor the gesture makes me feel as thoughI’m not standing here alone.Memories surround me here:the crowd, the wind, the sky - -all the details of that mournful daywhen, so final felt goodbye.I believed I was a victim thenof a cruel and heartless theft,but I’ve a different mindset nowfrom the person that you left.They told me time would ease the painlike ripples vanish in a pond,but time is not a wishing wellor an enchanted magic wand.For a while there was no escape;my life and pain were interlaced.No matter how much a farewell may fade,it's never totally erased.Because no one is forever goneas long as memories keeps repeatinglike an everlasting heartbeatthat never stops its rhythmic beating.Though I often still have questionsand I'll never know the reason,a peaceful acceptance comforts mewith every passing season.Losing you brought an awakeningwhen skies changed from gray to blue.I never realized until you weren’t herehow much of me…was you.I thought you took that part of me - -in my heart…a gaping hole,but instead you left yourself with mealive inside my soul.Those tears I cried were full of fearthe day you went away,but they were a different kind of tearthan the ones I shed today.Today’s tears are full of hope and faith,not derived from merely pain.They connect us as they touch the earthwith a strong invisible chain.I feel your presence by my sideas I wake to great each dawnand I smile knowing that it meansyou'll never be forever gone.
Linda Elliswww.Linda-Ellis.comCoyright 2013
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