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 I have become an introvert
But I’m trying to change my ways
Started to externalize more
Over the last several days…

 Been spending far less time
Lingering, inside of my head
Taking more time to appreciate
The outside world instead

 Instead of just walking past
In the usual workplace huff
I look up and acknowledge people
It’s really brilliant stuff

It’s amazing to see the effect
Of  a ‘thank you’ or a simple ‘hello’
These basic acts of kindness
Should not be need to know.

I will strive to be a kinder man
Take the positive wherever I go
Tell people that I appreciate them
Whenever they should know…

 When I witness a kind act
I will make a point of telling
When someone exacts a hefty price
I won’t buy what they’re selling

Easier to shrug off the predictable
Laugh, at what seems strange
I will accept it for what it is
Smile, in the name of change

 Catch the humour of situations
When life throws me curves
Think that maybe it’s just me
When people get on my nerves.

 If I am too busy to bother
I will get out of my own way
Leaving room for more positive
To join me every day…

 Stop driving myself crazy
Stop using excuses as a shield
Taking myself to a better place
Less stop signs, more yield

I will hold the door for people
Compliment them whenever I can
Put others before myself
Be a strong and proud man

Invite meaningful discussion
Let other opinions go ahead
Be firm in my belief
That conversation is not dead.

I had been missing too much
In the dark with mostly me
Lost sight of who I am
Was blind, but now I see…

I will live more fully in the now
With less rewind, and more play
Less of my time internalizing
Less worrying, and more say

If I like it, I’ll let you know
If I don’t, too bad for me
The best of me is easy going
That’s how all of me needs to be

Will spend less time in my head
Less dwelling on what was
Stop taking myself so seriously
When no one else does.

Sky for SURE

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Friends

           
          

           Friends                      


Friendships shape a life

Make it worth living
Memories from the gift
Memories in the giving.
Strength in the numberMarley and Pete
The enduring power of two
Doing whatever it takes
Knowing what to do


Staying right beside you

Throughout the unplanned
Still managing to know
When they don’t understand

Hearing the hidden meaning
Of the thoughts left unsaid
The silence between the words
The struggles inside your head

Protecting necessary solitude
When reality takes its toll
Sharing pleasure, dividing pain
Two friends, one soul

Exchanging of vulnerability
No question and no doubt
Always worth suffering for
Walks in, when others walk out

Accepting of what life deals you
Top of the pile or bottom shelf
Does not matter what you are
Total freedom to be yourself     Pizza and worms

Acting your age is optional
Speaking your mind expected
The more absurd the better
Most language is accepted

Criticizing when it’s required
Subtle reminders of pretense
Calmly putting you in your place
You knowing it makes sense

Trusting that it stays here
The bond as strong as the word
The vault is always left open
What is said, is never heard

Connecting you to two lives
A defining link to your past  
A certain part of your future
Friends first, and friends last

Remaining close in spirit
No matter how far
It’s not just what you do
A friend is who you are.

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