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Life Answers Per Brenda Arledge

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Acrostic Poem About Living

Live as if it is your last day

If you ever get a chance

Kick down that hard door

Enjoy your great dance

Life Views

Brenda Arledge has given us a new prompt of, “Life”. This is a word that brought numerous images to my mind. I am enjoying Brenda’s prompts, and I love her poetry. She has sparked new ideas in so many of us, and I certainly appreciate her as a friend. As a fellow Ohio native we may have many of the same views.

Life is what distinguishes people and animals from inorganic matter. We have the opportunity to grow, to learn, to reproduce and to function each day in a manner of our choosing. Are we supposed to reach our potential? Does it matter?

The philosopher Iddo Landau believes that we each have everything we need for a meaningful existence. He also writes about the difference between being happy and living a meaningful life. I think it is possible to be happy but not live a meaningful life. An example of a happy person but one that does not have a meaningful life might be someone who has lofty goals that are just impossible to meet, yet they have loving family and friends. Philosophers’ overall seem to disagree about the definition of a meaningful life.

Spiritual Views

The Bible has many quotes about life, such as:

  • “He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.” - Psalm 62:6
  • "The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing." - Psalm 23:. 1

Many people find strength through the scriptures of their faith. I have seen people change in remarkable ways once they found their Lord. I have met people in church that have been alcoholic or they may have had another type of addiction, but they had changed.

Some people are God-centered, work-centered or self-centered. Some people love to help others, and they are kind and loving. I believe it is possible to have a meaningful life without being happy. For instance, you may have a career that makes a difference in this world, but the hours or the work itself may be very difficult, so you may not be happy. At the end of life it might be good to know you fulfilled an important purpose.

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My Story

I am a caretaker, but I did not initially make that conscious choice. I started taking care of my sister and brother when I was very young. I also married young and had 3 sons. I became an RN, and I loved nursing. I took care of my mother in my home for 14 years before she passed away. Obviously I am a caretaker.

That doesn’t mean I didn’t do anything else that was fulfilling. I made stained glass art for several years and sold quite a bit. I have done a great deal of research on my family tree. I have traveled, and I write on Hubpages. I enjoyed all of those things. I feel good about my life overall. My sons are doing well and my needs are met, despite the fact that I have a number of health problems. I think I have had a good life. I am a Christian. Yes, I had purpose, and it was meaningful.

Haiku

As our spirit seeks

We walk along alone to

Find our true purpose

How to Live a Meaningful Life

Life Meaning

Meaningful pursuits may bring us joy

Happiness is something we all desire,

Each day we work toward our goals

Hoping that we can simply inspire


Is life about a pocket full of money?

Putting your hope in silver and gold

Seeking to always pad your pockets

Will not hold you when you are old


Loved by our family and friends too

Looking for purpose we take each step,

Raising our children the best we can

It can be hard to continue the schlep


Joy we have when our babies smile

Happy we are with our first paycheck,

So many chores we do every day

Moving fast we try hard not to wreck


Our senior years when work is over

We can still enjoy life and have fun,

Satisfaction as we look back at life

Memories we have, our work is done

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That's Life

© 2021 Pamela Oglesby

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 23, 2021:

Hi MG,

It is a troubled world and I agree with you. It was nice to just come up with something positive to say.

I appreciate your comments.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 21, 2021:

Pamela, this is a nice article and sorely needed in this troubled world. Come to think the world is troubled since the beginning of civilisation and its good to learn about the positive side like this post by you.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 21, 2021:

Hi Devika,

The meaning of life and happiness go together and are a very interesting topic. Thank you so much fr your comments.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 21, 2021:

Pamela99 this is great writing and filled with a purpose. Happiness comes from within and if you do not have it would be harder to live a normal life. Such meaning to life.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 20, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

I am glad you enjoyed reading this article. I have made my share of mistakes, but overall I did describe life as I see it. I really did love nursing.

I appreciate your thoughtful comments. Stay safe and healthy.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 20, 2021:

Excellent response on the word prompt, Life.

I loved reading your observations about life, and the poems, of course.

You speak with experience and this should act as a guide for youngsters.

You have made some valuable contributions to the life of people, in your life, and I can imagine the satisfaction, you must be feeling.

Thank you for sharing another valuable article.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 20, 2021:

Hi Flourish,

At first I had no choice really, but it turned out to just be me. I did love nursing.

I appreciate your comments. Stay safe and healthy.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 19, 2021:

Your personal response to this was very meaningful to read. Thank you for sharing this about yourself. You certainly are a caretaker. I hope you have someone who takes good care of you.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

I was awaiting your remarks since you triggered this need in me to write poetry. I think the way you inspire others certainly gives your life a purpose, and that is only one aspect of your life.

I am so glad you liked each of my poems. Each had a message. We do walk alone, yet we touch many other people throughout our lives.

We should enjoy each day as we strive and make decisions that impact the rest of our lives.

If you were older you would have heard the Frank Sinatra song as I heard my mother play it. I am so happy that your you found my work inspirational.

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments.I appreciate them and I am grateful you have trigger so many of us to try new types of writing. Thank you, Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 19, 2021:

Pamela,

I finally found it in the news feed.

You did a wonderful job on this one. All 3 of your poems are excellent and the words in between touch upon the value of life.

We all struggle as we face each day finding our way in life.

Thank you for your kind words and I am delighted to know I am sparking new ideas.

I guess that gives my life meaning and a purpose.

As your words point out that what we do in life gives meaning to it.

I'd like to think we can have a meaningful life & be happy. But there I go again...I'm a dreamer, I want it all.

Your acrostic poem on Life tells us the importance of living each moment like it is our Last & Enjoy it.

Your Haiku is true. We walk alone in this journey as we find our purpose.

Your last poem is what we all strive for in life.

To come to that final day with memories that fill us with satisfaction knowing we lived a good life.

I love the videos too.

Thos one with Frank Sinatra is one I hadn't heard before today.

The other one shows us so much strength. To live through such an ordeal and come out with perspective & write books.

Truly amazing & inspirational.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2021:

Hi Urwa,

I am glad you loved the article. Thank you for your thoughtful words.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2021:

Hi Linda,

I am happy that you found this article to be a good response to Brenda's prompt. I appreciate your comments. Have a good week!

Iqra from East County on April 19, 2021:

Definitely, happiness is something we all, I loved this article. Pamela thanks for sharing the meaning of life and happiness.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 19, 2021:

You’ve given your readers some important thing to think about, Pamela. This is a valuable response to Brenda’s prompt.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2021:

Hi Fran,

Being a caretaker can be hard, but when it is someone you love be do what it takes.

Thank you so much for your comments, as always.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2021:

Hi Vidya,

I sure agree that "leading a meaningful life is more fulfilling than just going after our own happiness." My life is hardly perfect, but I always believed in working hard and taking care of those we love.

I really like the Dalai Lama quote also. I thought it was good for this article. i appreciate your very thoughtful comments. Have a wonderful week!

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on April 19, 2021:

Pamela, wonderful article from you. I agree we all meet obstacles along our paths and in the end good memories of choices we made sustain us. Sounds like you had a full and interesting life. I too was a caregiver for ten years with my husband who deserved the best I had. Thanks for your input.

VIDYA D SAGAR on April 19, 2021:

Beautiful poetry Pamela. Rightly said, leading a meaningful life is more fulfilling than just going after our own happiness. Helping others not only gives meaning to our life but makes us happy and worthwhile too. Your life story is very inspiring Pamela. You have led a good life taking care of the people you love.as a caretaker, a good mother and a great daughter. I liked the Dalai Lama quote.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

Thank you very much for your thoughtful comments. I liked Brenda's prompt as it is such a broad topic.

I pray you are blessed and happy as well.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on April 19, 2021:

Pamela, this is a beautiful response to Brenda’s prompt. I enjoyed it all. I am glad you feel good about your life overall. Stay Blessed and Happy always. Thanks for sharing

Peace and Blessings

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2021:

Hi Dora,

The memories do outlast the money. Of course, we all have struggles and my life was far from perfect. At this point though I am content.

Thank you so much for your comment, Dora. I am not surprised that our thoughts are much alike.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2021:

Hi Bill,

I love that quote also. I am glad you liked the observations and the poetry.

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2021:

Hi Liz,

That is a wonderful Bible quote that really says it all. I think that was a wise choice for Boris Johnson.

I am glad you enjoyed reading the article with the poetry and I very much appreciate you comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2021:

Hi Peggy,

I probably revealed more about my life than I ever have on Hubpages. My life has hardly been perfect, but I do have much to be grateful for.

I appreciate your nice comments. Have a good week, Peggy.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2021:

Hi Linda,

I am enjoying the poetry, and it is a bit of a surprise. I never thought I would write poetry again. I appreciate your comments, Linda. Take care.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 19, 2021:

Pamela, your poem echoes my thoughts exactly. At this part of our journey, the memories easily outlast the money. Memories of our struggles, raising our children, doing our best--they make us smile. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on April 19, 2021:

Great observations, Pam, on life, happiness and purpose. I love the Dalai Lama quote, so true. Your poems are wonderful.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 19, 2021:

I really enjoyed reading your musings and poetry about Life. A quote that sprang to my mind was Jesus' saying "I am the way, the truth and the life" in John14 v 6. I was especially encouraged to hear the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson quote this in his Easter message recently.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 19, 2021:

What a beautiful life you have led! As a caretaker, parent, Christian, traveler, stained glass maker, and more, you deserve much happiness. I loved your poetry and life story.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on April 19, 2021:

The wonderful poetry and that has the article about this life. Your good poetry is work for you!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2021:

Hi Lorna,

I am sure in your line of work that you will have some memories of those you have helped as well. I am glad you like the poem.

I appreciate your comments. I hope you have a great week.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2021:

Hi Ravi,

Life is such an interesting prompt. I think everyone is different, and we each have to pick out our path. Thank you for your very nice comments. Have a good week!

Lorna Lamon on April 19, 2021:

A wonderful outlook on life Pamela and everything it means to you. I loved your poem which read like a timeline, and I also believe that making happy memories along the way shows a life well spent.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2021:

Hi Ann,

There are so many aspects to life that I kept having more ideas when I was writing. As a teacher and a loving family member you have no doubt made a difference in many lives.

I am glad you found this article interesting, and I very much appreciat your thoughtful comments, Ann. Take care.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on April 19, 2021:

You have portrayed some wonderful shades of life here that are not only thought provoking but also elegant in execution. The verses give a lot of food for thought and introspection. Thanks Pamela for sharing your work.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 19, 2021:

Lovely hub about so many aspects of life, Pamela. It's certainly a great subject!

I agree that to live life to the full we need to help others or make a difference in some way. I hope I have, at the very least to my family. I know I've helped dyslexics by teaching them to cope with their literacy difficulties, and it was very rewarding. It's such a great feeling to do something like that, as you have done with your nursing.

This is thought provoking as well as interesting and entertaining.

Ann

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2021:

Hi John,

You sure are quick as I just posted this a minute ago. Thank you so much for your very nice comments as they are much appreciated. have a good week, John.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on April 19, 2021:

What wonderful poetry and observations about life. Great work Pamela.

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