The Uniqueness of You

uniqueness

Try to answer these questions to yourself:

* What is my talent or skill?

* What is my hobby?

* What am I good at?

If the questions above seem daunting. Perhaps you can ask yourself this:

What skill do I want to learn?

The point is, there is a uniqueness in you or a potential waiting to be unleashed.

And it’s for the world to benefit from.

You may have a talent or skill, but think it very small or insignificant. That doesn’t matter because it can always grow if you let it. If it can make a difference in another’s life, no matter how small you may think it to be, it can make a difference in many lives.

Our individual uniqueness is there to be shared. If we are not willing to share it, the least chance there is for us to grow.

Just yesterday I was drawn for some reason to read about Joyce Kilmer’s poem, “Trees.” Many criticized the poem as being sophomoric. Yet, it has been one of the most recited poems in the English-speaking world. I don’t know if it was translated to other languages, but I’m not discounting the possibility.

Who cares about the critics? Perhaps they even inadvertently contributed to the poem’s popularity.

You will not be able to please everyone, but don’t let this stop you from discovering and sharing to the world your uniqueness. 

And don’t do it because it might earn you some money. If it does, that will be great. But do it because the world needs a touch of beauty here and there.

You are beautiful! Believe it, grow in it, and share it!

Oh, by the way, you can read about Joyce Kilmer in Wikipedia here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyce_Kilmer

Giddyap!

giddyap

Giddyap, giddyap, giddyap!,
the rider told the horse
Giddyap, giddyap, giddyap!
the horse didn’t move a bit

Giddyap, giddyap, giddyap!,
the rider shouted to the horse
Giddyap, giddyap, giddyap!
the horse was motionless still

Giddyap, giddyap, giddyap!,
the rider spurred the horse
Giddyap, giddyap, giddyap!,
the horse would not budge

Giddyap, giddyap, giddyap!,
the rider had errands to do
Giddyap, giddyap, giddyap!,
the horse would just not go

I give up, I give up, I give up!,
the rider dismounted and ran
Listen up, listen up, listen up:
the horse was made of wood

The Abyss

abyss

I walk in darkness now
cloaked by memories
of past mistakes and sins,
unshakeable cold from the thought
of having hurt you
prodding me, pushing me
to the edge of the abyss

I trip on stones and crevices
hurting my feet
yet I complain not
the pain is due me
even lacking more cuts and bruises
the journey is arduous
I welcome the abyss

I’m unforgiven
this much is true
I can’t reach out
to touch you, to hug you
to make again tiny voices
that made you laugh with glee
I sense instead the abyss

how soon you’ve forgotten
the lullabyes and silly songs
the hamburger trips
with french fries and coke
the loss of a woman
we knew as Menmen
I’m close to the abyss

I deserve the loneliness
to be avoided at all cost
the kindness I’ve shown
erased by a single fault
leave me in the darkness
I walk alone
I am the abyss

Message from a Friend

message from a friend

Dear Friend,

I will not pretend to understand what you’re going through, the extreme sadness that you’re feeling. Because I may not know the right words to say.

But know this. I will always be here for you. No matter how long it takes.

I will listen to you. Lend my shoulder for you to lean or cry on. Buy you ice cream. Open my heart to you.

I do not profess to be stronger than you. Or wiser. On the contrary, I may just be as weak or weaker. But I know, that together, we can pull this one through.

And, if dusk begins to set, you will not be alone. I will continue to be beside you. But, if perchance you would want to be alone, know that my heart will stay with you as well as my loving thoughts and prayers.

So, take courage, my friend. The sadness cannot hold you forever. A new day is coming. And I will be here to await your awakening. Then we can walk together.

Into the sunshine.

Your friend,
Manriq

P.S. The coffee’s brewing for you and me…

Life Alone

life alone

I live life alone. I’m also an introvert. But this doesn’t mean I’m not sociable. I meet friends now and then, but these are close friends, and I usually meet with them 2 or 3 at a time.

There are a few benefits to living alone.

1. I cook my own food or, most of the time, I prepare salads as my meals. This means I’m able to prepare the right amount of food just for my consumption. I’m also able to prepare the food that’s right for my palate. Thus, no wastage.

2. I can do what I want —read a book, surf the Internet, take a nap, take a walk, work on my laptop— anytime I want, without asking anyone’s permission or being a burden to anyone.

3. I can use my money any way I choose. I can save it, spend it, or even give it away without worrying if anyone is going to starve without it.

4. I can live a simple life. I don’t need to live lavishly. I don’t need to impress anyone. I can experience simple joys (like brewed coffee when I want it).

The only disadvantage of life alone is the loneliness. It comes and goes. When it comes I dwell on it for a while and then dismiss by taking a nap or keeping myself busy.

You’ll probably ask, “why not get a girlfriend?” It’s not that easy. You see, I’m also a person with a disability (PWD). I contracted polio at a very young age. So I now wear a long-leg brace on my right leg, which gives me a pronounced limp. Although I can say I have a heart of gold, that isn’t readily seen by the opposite sex.

I did get married some years ago, but my wife passed away after 20 years of a happy marriage. She saw my heart of gold.

So, I’m not hunting for a new relationship. If it comes, great! If it doesn’t, it won’t keep me from living.

Life is good whether one is alone or not. It’s really how one lives it.

Life alone is perhaps not my choice. But my choice is living it to the fullest way possible.

The coffee’s brewing…