Recently, a fellow blogger spoke about growing older and remembering things past. It reminded me of a poem I posted in 2014 along the same lines. Here is “The Me I Used to Be”. Thank you, Butch, for the reminder that we can live in both worlds…young and old. Actually, scriptures speaks of this also…”Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”( 2 Corinthians 4:16)
THE ME I USED TO BE
I miss the me I used to be,
the things I used to do,
I miss the energy and verve,
the vim and vigor too.
I miss the way my feet could dance,
the way my body bent,
contorted to the Limbo
(under the pole I went).
I miss the feel of garden soil
where once my hands would dig
while scrunching down to plant the seeds
before my joints got big.
Yes, I miss the me I used to be
and all the things I did,
but even though the body’s old,
inside I’m still a kid.
In order to be in a different place in life, whether physically, mentally, emotionally, or whatever, here are three helpful hints to expedite the passage:
First … Have yearning, longing, and intense burning desire. With all your heart you must want to be different from what you are.
Second…Cultivate physical immobility, total relaxation…like being in a stupor or a form of meditation. This causes the accumulation of mental force and increases your power of concentration; as in “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
Third…Imagine you possess a quality of something you desire which has not been yours, and surrender completely to the feeling. The passage from your present state of consciousness to your wish fulfilled is continuous.
Reach out, trust your touch and enter fully into the spirit of what you are doing or how you would like to be.
I have just copied this from one of my notebooks but, unfortunately, have no idea who wrote it or when it was written
In any case, it obviously impressed me enough to keep it for future reference. It was the first sentence that grabbed my attention…”Have yearning, longing, and intense burning desire…with all your heart you must want to be different from what you are.”
Here is what I learned from Dr. Charles Stanley, In Touch Ministries, on February 19th. He said, “You’re young and useful at any age if you’re still planning for tomorrow.”
Some of the ways to plan for tomorrow begin with a capital L.
Learning…learn something new every day; I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; Psalm 32:8
Loving…love is the best feeling in the world; 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 says it all.
Laughing…laughter is having an internal massage; A cheerful heart is good medicine…Proverbs 17:22
Leaving…your past behind. Don’t live with your junk. (Dr. Stanley)
Longing…long to know your purpose in life and then fulfill it. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)
Looking…your best. You feel your best and do your best when you look your best. (Dr. Stanley)
Labouring…working…You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Psalm 128:2 NIV
Leaning…on the Lord…Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5
Listening…to God…Whoever has ears, let them hear. Matthew 11:15 (NIV)
These are just a few of the ways we can live with a capital L. It’s what I learned on February 19th.
I haven’t posted a poem in a long while, and while reading other bloggers’ poetry, am sensing a struggle with love. Let me share one of my love poems:
SHADOWS IN THE WIND
Perfect love is fulfillment
in perpetual motion,
seeing with the heart’s eye
that which the mind cannot grasp,
acknowledging the human need
for closeness under all conditions,
realizing that aloofness is a
suit of armor worn by those
who fear perfect love
is beyond their realm,
understanding the merest
reaching out of a heart’s desire,
passion and compassion hand in hand,
longing and belonging heart to heart.
Will it ever be reality
or are we pursuing shadows in the wind?
This was originally posted on July 25/14. Sometimes a second helping can be a good thing.