Ten Years…

I logged in to share two poems that have come BACK on my radar as I work through various relationship things or try to find a way to give another a window to look into of me –

I’m informed, by WP, that I’ve been blogging here for 10 years – it’s actually been 12 or more since I first discovered blogging, but when I started, it was writing blog articles for other folks – and once I wasn’t working for their site, well….what a boon to discover in 2010 that I could have me very own blog – to say what I wanted too – not what others needed for their goals, advertisers, etc…

Now that anniversary has been acknowledged, AND I took that ‘side trip’ down memory lane….

Here’s the two poems that have been in my mind/heart for the past week, for many and varied reasons –

The Man in the Mirror

When you get all you want and you struggle for self,
and the world makes you king for a day,
then go to the mirror and look at yourself
and see what that man has to say.

For it isn't your mother, your father or wife
whose judgment upon you must pass,
but the man, whose verdict counts most in your life
is the one staring back from the glass.

He's the fellow to please,
never mind all the rest.
For he's with you right to the end,
and you've passed your most difficult test
if the man in the glass is your friend.

You may be like Jack Horner and "chisel" a plum,
And think you're a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you're only a bum
If you can't look him straight in the eye.

You can fool the whole world,
down the highway of years,
and take pats on the back as you pass.

But your final reward will be heartache and tears
if you've cheated the man in the glass.

By Dale Wimbrow

If –

If you can keep your head when all about you   

    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

    But make allowance for their doubting too;   

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:



If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   

    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

    And treat those two impostors just the same;   

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:



If you can make one heap of all your winnings

    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

    And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’



If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   

    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

    If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   

    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

By Rudyard Kipling

That’s it – my check in – in form of poetry shares – – I’m assessing so many things on so many levels just now – Life is just one big transition – over and over – and for now – I’m just in the process of ‘updating my stories’ but I am starting to see the path ahead – so that’s good news!

Hope this finds you and yours well.

Tamrah Jo

16 thoughts on “Ten Years…”

  1. Both worthy poems.. and yes, only ourselves to be accountable to… And no man with a big stick at heavens door, but the mirror of self.. 🙂
    Congratulations Tamrah Jo… Ten years a great milestone… ❤

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    1. Thanks Sue! And – um – TAG! You’re IT cuz I sent an email pen pal missive and just telling ya so, for when you have time to check in on that front….LOL – – But really, here or there, we each write when we can – but I couldn’t help but say, “Tag! You’re It!!” – cuz it’s fun and reminds me of when life was easier – nothing to do but run, laugh, scream in joy, and take our turn at being whatever our turn to be was….I miss that part of childhood, even though, I learned long ago, I never really learned how to ‘play’ well guess what?!? I’m learning how to PLAY! For the pure JOY of it – not because it needs be done or should be done, or it won’t get done unless I do it – not because I should to meet expectations here and there …. I’m playing (writing, coloring, letting household cleaning going so I can dream…look at the clouds…walk with a friend…etc.) and so – I’ve thought of you so often the past few weeks, when I ‘confessed’ to yet another person, over many years, and many times of confession, my secret ‘sin’ “Um…I don’t know how to play – I never have learned how to do something just because I wanted to – it always has to be for biz, work, earning my keep, doing for friends/family – nothing I do is allowed to be done, just for me/my soul” – – that’s why I’ve written my blog for 10 years – it’s something I love to do – sometimes do well, sometimes fail grandiosely at , but ….along the way, here and there, I’ve written something that helped someone else, or they felt heard/understood and for so long, I could say, “I’m writing cuz I want to” – but only recently have I been writing just for the pure joy of it no matter how it turns out and a lot of it, doesn’t go into for ‘someday publish’ folder or ‘well, post at WordPress, maybe someone else will benefit” – on many levels, in my own way, I’m learning to play – I’m humbled by this and also sad it took me this long to figure it out – really, what so many have tried to tell me over the years – – LOL

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    1. Thank you Tom!!! I do believe you are on my list to visit/go through blog, etc., thanks for your ‘connection here’ and seriously, I’ll work my way through the ‘read and learn’ list as soon as I can – but appreciate your time/effort spent in reading/visiting here! 🙂 Hope this finds you and yours well!

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        1. In the words of my ‘inherited family lingo’ – “thank you and bless your lil pea picking heart!” – I still don’t know where that saying originated or why, but, well, aren’t you just nice and yes, I agree! Online communication is to me, like writing a letter from pioneer America and it gets there when it gets there and the letter back makes it’s way to me when it does – I don’t expect insta answers on stuff – and stresses me out when others do – or those who sweat daily/hourly stats – – LOL – who has the energy to keep track of such things???!? LOL

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        2. They’re fun to look at but not worth getting bogged down in! All time is precious… only stats time can be very minimum or used elsewhere!

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  2. Ah, the “path ahead”. I try not to project much these days, but just stay steady on the course. It’s already better because of what I have experienced and reached understanding about. And if, in all of that, we can find compassion and love… and be at peace, then I’d say the journey has been a good one.

    That second poem sure gives one a lot to ponder. 🙂

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    1. Why, yes, Lori – there is ‘to thine own self be true’ and then there’s that little ‘projection thingee’ – alas, sadly, for me, I guess in the past few years, those who have been most likely to not look at the man in the mirror, OR to even give credence to possible outcomes if one follow “If” were the very folks who, to me, seemed to ‘project’ all the time, but their first hue and cry to anyone who disagreed with them on any point, no matter how small, was, “you’re projecting” – and, I’m sure “you’ll get” my first internal thought when I listened to them charge me with ‘projecting’ and took it home with me to ‘ponder within my heart, mind, soul, to see where the lesson/learn more’ lay in their words – but seriously, instantly and often, even after pondering long and hard, I still came to the conclusion, “well, after all, that’s just the pot calling the kettle black’ – which, I realize, in today’s climate, might seem to carry connotations that wasn’t intended in the way I learned that saying – for me, it simply meant, “Oh-Hoa! That’s FUNNY! You are saying that about me?!? Why don’t you look in the mirror, for a moment…will ya? Still don’t see it? Does ‘folks who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones’ ring a bell? How about ‘what you sow shall ye reap?’ no? how about, “Travel as if you were a stranger in a strange land’ from the I Ching? does that work for ya? okey dokey then – I’ve got nothing left to try to bridge this gap – have fun with that – your work, I’ve done mine, now it’s your turn, on this front – and I’ll just wait to hear back from you on your front….” – – LOL

      Yes, makes me one arrogant sumbiatch, I guess, overall, but seriously, I’m not here to save the entire world – I know this, because I’m not named Jesus, Mother Teresa, Dr., King, Mahatmi Ghandi, etc., etc., etc….LOL –

      but yes, learning/pondering/improving is an every day exercise for me except for the days when I think, “ENOUGH! I’m worn out and today, for one day, I’m just sinking into my Good, Bad and Ugly just the way it was yesterday – I can’t walk one more step to better myself of yesterday, today – not today….” –
      🙂
      But I’m having to learn really well, that when I talk about my own journey, when I talk about who I wish to be, aspire to be, where I see myself falling short, etc., there are so many well trained by marketing and other things to see it another light that I’m seeing it – I never understood why folks asked ‘why do you strive for perfection? (Snort – like such a thing exists….) and “Quit cutting yourself down” – I’m not cutting myself down, I’m just rather realistic about my blind spots – even the ones I don’t realize I have yet – – cuz heaven’s above know, blind spots I had less than 24 hours ago Or held onto for 24 years, all I have to do is show up for the conversation, here and there, and ….oops! All becomes crystal clear and durn, didn’t I miss that ‘message’ the first 100 times it was presented to me as a possibility…… LOL – – I call all of the above the…um…. ‘human condition’ – – – LOL

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      1. It’s good when we get to the place where we’re open and we see the big picture, or at least the connectivity of things and people. What I see going on in the country reminds me of how I grew up. If I say something that is perceived as “wrong”, it’s not likely anyone will kindly explain how it could be viewed as offensive – it’s just BAM, they’re in my face with blame and punishment. I wish people would talk peaceably and listen. But it’s every man for himself, no one’s opinion matters but MINE, and a blame game. I imagine it will be as it has been for generations – people won’t “get it” until they’re older and have had many experiences of their own. MAYBE… maybe then they can look in the mirror and see they were guilty of the same things they ranted about, or hurt people just like they hurt. It’s big to recognize it. It’s big to own our own faults and find freedom in that. We cannot do a thing for anyone whose eyes are not open. It happens… or it doesn’t.

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