The Plea of a Gnarled Tree – Poem

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. I’ve been thinking about you a lot

You capture attention – mine surely got caught

So, here’s my reaction to your heartfelt plea

The plea of a gnarled and exhausted tree

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This detail won’t stroke your ego

It won’t make too many mentions,

but the road to hell is paved with details,

or is it ‘with good intentions’?

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Never mind…

I know you mean well,

Still, one cannot ‘good-deed’

Their way out of hell…

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Even so…

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In doing good we must leave no stone unturned

Yet, Grace is a Gift which cannot be earned…

This gift is not carved into tablets of stone

We cannot reach peace on our own…

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Bread can be hardened, and yet

You can never turn stone into bread…

The truth’s independent of one’s belief

If you bite into stone, you will break your teeth

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Some say truths are many, but how many are there?

And how can those ‘truths’ contradict one another?

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There is only One… for the old and the youth

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“What makes me think that I’ve met the Truth?”

I am Free Finally – I take that as a proof

There is mercy and grace for those who repent

Even to the gnarled trees that are twisted and bent.

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Just Say “Yes” Already.

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Image from clipartkid.com

This post is about the importance of knowing how to receive. It’s about forfeiting that bad pride which makes you go without, all the time.

Is it needful to write about that? You might ask. Well, I think so. I don’t know about you, but I’m quite independent and often forget that I do need others. I’m used to doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done, all by myself. Though not always without a fuss. 😉

I was travelling, by air, when this very educational scene played out in front of my very eyes. A Spanish speaking flight attendant offered to carry an older man’s luggage. The man had two small bags and a laptop with him, but refused to accept the help. He confidently stepped out of the plane carrying his load, all by himself, down a very steep stairway. The attendant had not even finished expressing how orgulloso (proud) the man was when a huge commotion started all around us… You guessed it. The proud man (and his luggage) tumbled down the stairs. This was a fall with a bang, which looked very dangerous – especially for someone his age. Everyone rushed to make sure he’s okay, and thankfully he was. Phew! Yet, the whole situation could have been avoided easily…

Soon after the fall, a fellow traveller offered to help me with my bag, so I could focus on keeping my small kids safe. They were travelling with me, by the way. I was just about to say ‘I’m good, thanks…’ when reminiscing the other man’s fall, I heard myself saying ‘Yes’ happily. I graciously handed my bag over to the friendly stranger. We all went down the stairs and lived happily ever after… You know what I mean.

Why is this story so important though? Well…

If you don’t know how to receive you’ll miss out on opportunities.

Don’t be too proud, or too ‘orgulloso’ if you’re Spanish-speaking! Learn how to receive good things from good people, and from God. There are good things waiting to be given… to You! Yes, You. Heck no, I am not talking about being a freebee hunter. Just don’t miss out on genuine help when it’s due. Ask for it and accept it when it’s offered. Doing so graciously doesn’t mean you’re weak, and it might even save your life, one day…

Give HELP and know how to take IT.

Know how to Receive from Your Nearest & Dearest. Know how to Receive from Friendly Strangers too… Share Your Life & Your Load with others.

Just Say ‘Yes’ Already. You know you want to. 🙂

‘DEALING WITH DEPRESSION’

Dear all,

I hope you are well,

It has been a while since I was able to share with you. Today is a new day though. Please feel invited to read and to be inspired by the article “Dealing with Depression”.

Author of ‘Against All Odds’ Zoe Onah kindly allowed me an opportunity to share my story on her blog DEFYINGMENTALILLNESS.COM . Many years ago, I struggled with depression – it was at a time when I was still very young and in theory should have been spending my time enjoying life… That was not the case then, but the good news is that today depression does not frighten me anymore… Why? Find out by clicking on this link 4 ‘DEALING WITH DEPRESSION’ ARTICLE (CLICK HERE)

Be inspired, and equally check out the blog and the books by Zoe and her husband E. Onah. The most recent title ‘Meditations & Confessions” is written for those who need help to fight fear, anxiety and worry. I have come across their titles on amazon, amongst other places. I had previously read “Against All Odds” and found it to be a book, which indeed shows how to defeat the giant of mental illness, but equally it is a beautiful, well-written romance between a man, a woman and their God.

Be blessed,

Monika 🙂