She Calls Him Softly

She calls him softly;
Touches his back,
Seeking reassurance
That he is still breathing;
Worried that he will leave her
In the middle of the night.

Seventeen years have passed
Since his little sojourn
In Coronary Care.
Yet still she wonders
If any of his peaceful breaths
Will be his last.

She doesn’t want to be alone.
So she worries
And tries her best
To keep him healthy
With all the right foods
And a minimum off stress.

She tries to shelter him
From worries and problems,
And tries to make sure
That he leads a calm, peaceful life.
She thinks he doesn’t know
How much she cares.

But he calls her softly;
Touches her back,
Seeking reassurance
That she is still breathing;
Worried that she will leave him
In the middle of the night.

Promise of Spring

Promise of Spring

When we are struggling to see the positive side of life, just think about the thorn bush. This blackberry bramble shows promise of new life to come. The buds look forward to spring.

Maybe there’s a lesson for us. Despite any thorny problems we may have, there is always something positive to find. We just have to look for it.

Better Days


Battling against storms,

Easy to think life is bad.

But we are still here.

So many people go through life complaining about how bad things are. Yet we have to remember that it can always be worse; and we could be the cause.

The danger is that we create a self-fulfilling prophecy. We say things are bad. Then we go looking for how bad they are; which means that we have a negative view.

Being positive doesn’t mean always being on top of the world. But it does mean looking at things through a different lens. We often complain about courting couples seeing things through rose-coloured glasses. But we don’t have to look at them through grey glasses, either. We don’t have to be miserable.

When I first met a young lad who was wheelchair-bound, I commented that he didn’t let his chair hold him down. Parts of his chair were held together with electrical tape! Why? Because he lives life to the full. He doesn’t sit there in a pity party, creating worries for himself.

So next time you think about how bad things are, or could be, spend a few minutes thinking about how much better they could be, too. Then, maybe, you can create a better self-fulfilling prophecy with a positive view.