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.

Surrounded by Predators


Trapped like prey, surrounded by predators
No way out, nowhere to run.
Such are the words of the lonely poet.

Stuttering with rage
And terror, and panic,
Speech comes haltingly
As the fight continues.

Yet as the end draws nigh,
When all appears lost,
His eyes he raises skyward
In desperation and hope;

And sees the shafts of light
Pouring from behind the clouds
Over distant landscapes,
Enlightening weary souls.

Inspiration from on high
Opens wide the troubled heart
That it may find salvation
In sharing words of comfort.

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