Locked In A Thought

Updated on August 23, 2019

Is A Real Thing

When our brain focuses

It is not always in our control

It can go from the past to the present in a split second

Riding the highs to the real down lows

It can mean trouble

Think of all the thoughts we have encountered

Each leaving us with a different feeling

These feelings come and go

They can drive us to success

At the same time crush us

So small like dust

We may see it happening

We may even understand each feeling

Then feel powerless in that very moment

I have always tried to guide my feelings

To a more positive place

I have experienced a very shocking and unbelievable

Roller coaster ride

It is always up to us to decide

How much is too much

How to turn this sinking ship around

If we ride it out to the end

We may crash and lose everything

This is life

We hear all about what makes someone succeed

They hang on

Even after everyone else is long gone

Hold on snoopy, hold on

I keep trying to review each situation

Let the bad in my life fuel my inspiration

There is a fine line

That is so easy to cross

It can bring us from goodness to lost

In a blink of an eye

There is no one guide

To help us navigate through dangerous waters

There are many constants in our life

That keep us grounded

For me they are eating, working, sleeping , making love, friendships and comedy

These are a few of the main central themes

Then there are some thoughts that are on the fence

Hobbies that we enjoy

Writing and reading

Work so well for me

Sports or other activities that we recieve great satisfaction

Running years ago now just walking

Some thoughts criss-cross and fall in multifple catagories at one time

It is always our choice

To completely stop

Even after we worked so darn hard

Long after the sun has dropped from the sky

Burning the late night hours

We can constantly second guess our every move

Then again we can pat ourselves on the back

Do what we can

To close the gap

To make enough things make sense

To carry the rest over

Like a number in your head

When doing complex and difficult long hand addition problems

Calming the voices in your head

Streamlining your way

To a better day

it might be what you always wanted

Now you have it in the palm of your hand


You have just done

What most of the world will never do

Reaching far into your strongest gut feelings

Let them surface

Like the white blue caps

Of the beautiful ocean tide


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    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      11 months ago

      Devika Primic Your comment couldn't have come at a better time. The last days and even the past two weeks have been hectic. My routine is thrown out the window and I am once again in dangerous waters. Hoping I don't get eaten alive. With more things than I like out of my control, I have to stay calm and ride out the rough waters. I can easily tip and fall into the shark-infested waters. When I am stressed I make mistakes and the worst choices. Some people act their best under pressure, I know enough to keep my head down and stay focused. It doesn't come without mistakes. A few wrong decisions I have recently made. I lost my cell phone because I was tired and not careful with my cell phone. Nobody to blame but me. I finished cutting our lawn and had run out of time and had to go to work. I left it uncovered to let the gas engine cool off. Sure enough we had rain all night while I was at work and there was nothing I could do. So the next few days it was sunny and I was hoping it would dry out again. Off to work and guess what it rained again. When the mower gets wet it can stop working and then I have to get it fixed or buy a new one. Unfortunate timing and bad time management. Each one of these things may not seem like a game-changer but when they happen they throw me into a frenzy. I sat here writing and our cat Charlotte was also showing signs of stress. Meowing for no reason and looking for constant attention. Even though I just spent the past half hour patting and loving her. I think she wanted the kitchen slider open and loves the breeze from outside. I was so focused on writing that I didn't understand her needs. When we are home she loves laying in front of the slider and listening to sounds and looking for the birds, chipmunks, and squirrels. We have a bug flying around the house that has managed to outsmart me every time. I hung up a flycatcher and the bug just laughs at me. You think I am that stupid. really. My wife noticed a few small ants in our kitchen cabinet and they must have of smelled my honey. I once again must have caused more trouble. I noticed I spilled some honey on the side of the jar and didn't wipe it off. Thank you for reading and sharing. I apologize for the long wait for a response. I do enjoy every comment and every thought. Have a wonderful night and a great day tomorrow.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      11 months ago

      Denise McGill I just love your idea. When things work you don't have to do anything except enjoy the satisfaction of the wonderful thoughts you think. I have my own version. I constantly repeat good thoughts in my head and in written form. Then if I do a have a series of unpleasant thoughts they have to go through an army of good thoughts before they get to me. By the time they even see me they are so tired and worn out they simply find an easier pray somewhere else. Now if one bad thought happens it can easily be diffused because there are too many wonderful thoughts to side with. It has a choice to be part of the whole package or it is easily outnumbered and it is very uncomfortable to stick around.There is more I want to say but I wanted to get this comment back to you. Works been busy. Thank you having fun with the poem and sharing so many new thoughts and ideas. Have a beautiful day.

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      Devika Primić 

      11 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      DREAM ON Positive and there's no other way about life in thoughts. A meaningful and perfect way of saying what you feel in writing of it as you have here.

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      Denise McGill 

      11 months ago from Fresno CA

      Well, my friend since you asked: I treat my mind like a castle filled with rooms or a high rise hotel if you prefer (I a visual person so I like to make pictures in my head... it helps). When the negative thoughts come I assign them rooms that are locked so they can't come out. Sure I still hear them yelling in the hall but it's more muted and I can ignore it better in favor of the positive thoughts that have open rooms inviting me in. Notice I didn't say the negative thoughts aren't allowed in... because they come whether they have a reservation or not. What can I do but put them in a room? Still, I don't have to let them out of the room. They have a window and can leave if they want. I know that all sounds pretty simplistic but it works for me. I have all the keys. I don't have to listen to negative thoughts or even entertain them unless I want to. I would much prefer to dine with the positive ones and ask them to stay awhile.



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      DREAM ON 

      11 months ago

      Gypsy Rose Lee I agree time goes by so fast we never see it happening. We get so busy and envolved what we love we never notice the time. All things take time. Not in our time but Gods time. Keep trying and understand we can only do so much and then it is out of our hands. I find when things seem to go faster than I like I focus on something I absolutely love and then my troubles seem so small. The summers are hot and I prefer cool weather. Then again I love watermelon and I could eat it all day. So without summers, there would be no watermelon. I have learned to accept what I don't like because there is a reason for it. I may never know why? If I enjoy all the good things about summer I little by little forget the bad. Thank you so much for reading and enjoying. I have seen nothing yet compared to your weather in Florida. Have a beautiful Friday.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      11 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Lately, with September coming up and with things not quite progressing as I want them to there are not real thoughts,. It is all like one big blank. I am like an artist sitting in front of a blank canvas and I have to think of a way to complete it so that I know what my goals are going to be in September, Besides how did we get to September anyway?

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      11 months ago

      Lorna Lamon Well you jumped right in there and seen the good thoughts having a ball. It was so nice of you. Then when other people saw you they followed. Life is funny that way. I keep thinking there are ways to keep the bad thoughts from coming. So I got to thinking if I overstuff my brain with so many good thoughts there won't be any room for any bad to come. Like a Christmas stocking, the rest will just fall out. I have been trying for years and it holds them at bay. When a bad thought comes my way it brings tears to my eyes. So I have a backup plan. I mix the bad thought with some sand and water. It weighs it down so it can't go any farther. Then I add more good sand to cover it completely. It will become part of something great. The bad sand might just take the hint and try to be good after all. If not it is not going anywhere for a long, long time. No worries. I have plenty more ideas where that came from. Have a swell weekend. May a few good thoughts rise with the sun and many more ride off into the sunset. Only to return tomorrow with many more friends. Thank you so much.

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      DREAM ON 

      11 months ago

      Denise McGill Thank you so much for reading and enjoying my view on thoughts. if you have any secrets to keep the good thoughts coming and put the bad thoughts on hold I am open to suggestions? I know that when I have one good thought another soon follows. It is also true when I have a bad thought another one is trying to stick it's nasty nose in. I try to take walks and stretch and make my body feel good. Then my mind will follow. Have a wonderful Saturday. I am trying to round up those good thoughts because I know there are so many more where they came from. May good thoughts always light up your life.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      11 months ago

      Brenda Arledge Those constant never-ending series of thoughts. We would ever believe that there could be so many. For me, it is a lot like candy in a candy store. I don't want to have just one but I know more than three are too many. So I sample a little here and a little here. Hopefully, coming back soon to have a little more. Even though I secretly crave them all. Are they good for you? Not really. They do make each day a little more enjoyable though. Thank you so much for reading and sharing. I am glad I am not the only one with a trillion thoughts bouncing in my head. If you are running low I have many that I am willing to share. Have a great weekend.

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      11 months ago from Washington Court House

      Thoughts seem to be ever turning in my brain. I don't think I can shut them off.

      So many choices, so many times wondering if I can keep going down a certain path.

      But yes, if only for a moment I get one figured out...I can relax for just a bit.

      Good write.

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      Denise McGill 

      11 months ago from Fresno CA

      It is so hard sometimes, to stem the tide of negative thoughts and feelings of past in favor of focusing on the now and the positive. I really appreciated this poem.



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      Lorna Lamon 

      11 months ago

      Thoughts can be powerful things so it's always best to keep them positive. Loved the different nuances in this poem.


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