Sunday, July 31, 2011


After a while, you learn the subtle difference between
 holding a hand and changing a soul.
You begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
and presents aren’t promises.
 And you start to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes open.
You learn to build all your roads
on today because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain.
 After a while, you learn that even
sunshine burns if you get too much.
 So plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
You learn that you really can endure,
that you really are strong,
 and you really do have worth.
You learn that with every goodbye,
there’s a hello.
Take chances. Tell the truth.
Date someone totally wrong for you. Say no.
Spend all your cash.
Fall in love. Be random.
 Say I love you. Cry. Apologize.
Tell someone how much they mean to you.
Drink until the bottle’s empty.
Sing out loud.
Tell an idiot how you feel.
 Let someone know what they’re missing.
Laugh until your stomach hurts.
 Live Life.

~Veronica A. Shoffstall
breathing in the moments
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful photo.
I love this poem. This would be one to frame.

lisa said...

Beautiful photographs and wonderful words Robin.
Happy Sunday to you!

Genie said...

Your flower and the still life are so very pretty. Love the processing you used with them. The coffee cup beside the stone/sculpture is just beautiful. I love the blue tomes to that shot. Genie

Ms. Becky said...

thanks for this Robin. I needed it. happy day.

forgetmenot said...

What a terrific "guideline" for living a full and meaningful life--love this poem. Mickie :)