Category Archives: Poems and Writings

Burdens of the past


 We all may live in the present, but we are influenced by the past. Decisions we made and people we knew both weighs heavy on our hearts. Mistakes we have learned from still leave scars in our souls and loves that have died still echo in our hearts. They all are there to remind us not to repeat the mistakes of our past. Sometimes it feels as if they remain only to punish us for our mistakes, that will fade as one learns to forgive themselves. 

 For me it is far easier to forgive others than to forgive myself. Eventually I do forgive myself for the mistakes I have made, if I didn’t I would not only be punishing myself but others around me for the mistakes I made and that isn’t fair. Not a easy task to forgive oneself but not impossible. Just remember you are not the only one who has made mistakes and that you are only human. 

Miracle of life


To look in the eyes of a expecting mother is to see the meaning of life. To look in the eyes of a child is to see the value of our youth.
To look in the eyes of a teenager is to see the folly of our hearts.
To look in the eyes of an adult is to see the paranoia of our minds.
To look into the eyes of a elder is to see the wisdom of mankind.
But to look in the eyes of a baby is to see the miracle of life.

To reap the positive


A positive discharge

Have you ever noticed that animals (our pets) seem to dislike change? Well it seems to be a built-in thing among all species of this planet. Humans are no exception to this fact, seems we are one of the most effected by our environment. Change can bring either excitement or fear in us and which we experience is not only up to the individual but also the situation. In most cases change seems to always be for the better except for the loss of loved ones in our life. Yet even though the death of a parent or sibling may be a very devastating blow to our lives it can also bring good changes along with it. It teaches us of our mortality and how we should cherish each day we are blessed to have.

It can also teach us inner strength and remind us of many things that the departed had taught us in our time with them. We can control most of how we react and how we are influenced by the changes in life. If we are both willing and fortunate enough we will always find what positive we can in each situation. Of course we  always have to deal with the negative aspects of tragic circumstances but we also can reap the positive that may be within them. I guess I would rather be an optimist and reap the positive than go around being the  pessimist and wallow in the negative. Grief must be a part of life, but it don’t have to be all that life is.

Just ramblings about the world today


 
 I am wandering through life aimlessly trying to find myself and where I am supposed to be. wondering what is to become of this world I live in. Watching the world go to war with its self as religions preach love and unfortunately create wars. Mad men running governments pointing fingers at other mad men running another country. Such a waste and such a shame after all these years mankind has really never got beyond his tribal instincts. Prejudice of all forms created by lack of understanding and the fear of the unknown fills human hearts.

 Watching those who walk in peace and with love being trampled down by hoards of selfish people who hide behind corporate logos and government titles. Rhetoric on the TV and radios yelling that the middle class is loosing the war when I already know that we have lost. Sending young men to kill in the name of national security in a foreign land while we leave most of our home unguarded and still not secured. Scandals in the senate and congress along with their usual mud slinging before mid term elections.

 Seems that the new millennium is turning out to be worse than we expected. Hope is still here but it is faint because most people are unwilling to stand up and be heard. We the People are now just we the complacent and we just cant seem to look beyond our back yard enough to see we can and must help change the world we live in. How we do it is one of the most common questions and there is many answers to them.

 It depends on the person, it can be as simple as being a better person towards everyone you meet. You would be surprised how much change you can make by doing things to help others. Of course writing your congressman about the issues you have with how things are in government may help. But it seems that even though sometimes that can create change it is very rare it does. Could always adopt some of the tactics of the hippies of the 60’s & 70’s and do sit ins and petitions and rally’s. Educating the people to the injustices seems to be an effective way also to help induce change.

 But you also must educate them in how we could change things so that we can have a better life. Ignorance may be bliss, but its a unrealistic bliss that eventually will come back and haunt us. What ever way you find to create a positive change to this world we live in and the children will inherit will be the one of many ways that others will follow.

 

Well enough of my rambling… Until next Time

Peace and Love to all

 Raymond Barbier

The Past


  The past serves as a tool for learning by the choices that we
   have made. It also can be a weight that holds us back if we can’t
   let go of either the mistakes we have made or the memories that
   we have. The most common thing that holds us back is a memory
   of a tragic circumstance or a failure that we feel responsible for.
  Remembering such things are not designed to hold us back,
  instead they are for the purpose of healing. Sometimes it takes 
  having forgiveness for the things we have done as much as for the
   actions of others.

    Some things are just circumstances that we could not control
   and we want to hold our selves at fault for them. We should
   remember that the past is the past and that we need to forgive
   and forget so we can live life instead of reliving  the past.

The Future


   The future is but a heartbeat away and ever illusive. It can be
  full of hope and dreams or it can be the worst nightmare. Most
  of what the future will be is decided by the choices we make
  here and now. We can almost predict what may come by our
  actions now, but other variables come into play. Such as the
  actions of others and unpredictable circumstances. My belief is 
  that we should try to do our best in making our actions a positive
  influence on the future.
   
    Common sense tells us that if we continue to ignore the facts and
  live in the disposable mentality we have that there will be a grim future
  left for the youth today and the children of tomorrow. Also we must
  start preparing for the rough weather ahead. Hurricanes are getting
  worse and more in number, Earthquakes are becoming more common
. The earths tempature is rising due to using fossil fuels and big business
  polluting. It is not too late if the world will join together to change the
  most likely future ahead.

The Present


     The present is like a jigsaw puzzle, we kind of have an idea 
  of what we want it to be but yet we got to constantly put 
  another piece in place. Sometimes we even have to try
  several pieces before one fits. One thing about the present
  is it is always here and never leaves us. It also goes on long
  after our time is up. And as someone once told me the present
  is called the present because it is the gift of life. We should enjoy
  every minute of the present and the gift that it is.

    To live in the present is to live life to the fullest, to live in the
  past is to let life pass you by. To live in the future is like
 driving while wearing binoculars.  Learn from the past,
 plan for the future and live for the moment.