A creative writer at heart, Janis was first published at age 11. Most of her poems express core issues of love, loss, trauma, and healing.
Know Thyself: Understand Your Personality
Our Character Traits and Qualities
Personality traits are those qualities making us uniquely who we are as individuals. These traits are revealed by the ways in which we interact with our environment, particularly in our relationships with others.
Some traits stand out more than others, depending on the situation within which we find ourselves. But for the most part, there are only a few personality traits that primarily define one person. Those traits usually remain stable over the lifespan, barring mental illness, dementia, or exposure to severe trauma.
If we are introspective, we are aware of our personality traits, as displayed by how we move through our daily lives. When we are honest with ourselves, we are cognizant of how one personality trait may dominate, while another may retract.
In order to maintain well-rounded personalities, we strive to maintain balance in all aspects of our personalities, as we carry out the tasks of life with focus and purpose. The following poem, written in acrostic form, depicts the labor and resolve of this struggle.
Using Poetry to Express Who We Are
A Poem About Balance With Purpose
"Balance and Purpose"
Can the calmness of my spirit
Amend the scatter that
Lives in my head, as I
Move through busy schedules of life?
Driving me from task to task
Running like a headless chicken
In several directions at once, priorities
Vying for my attention, I
End up exhausted but
None the less blessed with opportunity
Giving back, in the midst of stress
I find ways to stay focused on the
Very things that tire me most
I feel complete in the end, with
No regrets, as I do all things to the
Glory of God
How Do I Find Balance in Myself?
Helpful Tips for a Balanced Personality
Defining the Form
An acrostic poem is a uniquely formed piece of creative writing that uses a word or words as the theme of the piece, with one letter in each line spelling out the theme words.
The letters are most commonly the first letter of each line. It could also be a middle letter or last letter of each line.
The piece can rhyme or not. It can be an easy or difficult form of poetry to write, depending on the courage and reach of the writer.
Acrostic Poetry Form
© 2013 Janis Leslie Evans