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My Old Tired Eyes

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To See What They Have Seen

I am no different than anybody else

I walk with one foot in front of the other

There is a time

You wonder how much sadness is enough

When it is too painful

So I try to squint

Every day when you hear one horrible story replaced by another

When I go to bed at night

I say one prayer

Please, God. Make things right in the world

I see little changes that one day may lead to amazing things

My heart sinks

When I hear one more person has been hurt

I wear my sadness

Like a heavy suit of armor I can't take off

Life has so many wonderful possibilities

Let people find the right ways

Do the right things

The word help is another banned four letter word

If we can take action

Then we will also see the benefits of all the good we have created

Plant it in our thoughts

All the amazing things that we are capable of

My eyes all blurry from the tears that flow

I will be forever grateful to those who give

There will be a day

That there are more givers in the world than takers

Mark your calendars

For that day will be celebrated

Because it is the turning point in all our lives


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DREAM ON (author) on April 07, 2019:

Peggy Woods I thought about it long and hard. It bothered me so much that some people are just takers. They don't care about anyone else but themselves. They will never change. No matter how hard you try to convince them. Then I remembered something my father told me over forty years ago. Don't worry about other people. The only person you have to worry about is you. That is the only person you can change. So be the best you and be happy with that. Well, I argued with my dad and swore I could make people change their minds. My dad has been gone since 1991 and I still haven't been able to live up to my promise.I guess he was right. What a sad truth to accept. Well maybe if I start small it could work. One person at a time. Find people who are givers and expand from there, So dad you were right you can't change people. Then again you were wrong. The world can change for the better. If you share the same goal with people who see the world as beautiful then as those people join together we have more givers gathered together in one place than ever before. That is amazing. The list keeps growing by the minute. Now I can be happier knowing I didn't get what I wanted. I did come a lot closer and who knows how these lives affect other people who are sitting on the fence. Be careful don't fall. If you want to hang around that is o.k. If you decide to take a leap we will always be here. If undecided or think differently that o.k. too. When you are ready we will accept you with open arms. Thank you for triggering old bittersweet memories and for bringing back my father voice. I haven't heard it in such a long time. I am not sure but I think he would be smiling at me right now. Have a special and an amazing Sunday.

DREAM ON (author) on April 07, 2019:

Jamie Lee Hamann I live my life being happy. If something doesn't feel right I try to change it. It does not come easy for me. I have been told I think too much. Imagine that. Why not just take away our brains and give us tasks to do like a robot. No emotion. No feeling. No excitement. No love. No life. No thanks, I rather dream the wildest and craziest dreams where we all get along. Even if that day never comes maybe dreaming of it and practicing to have one brings us a little closer. I felt it. Did you. There it is again. Then another. One second everyone in the world was really truly happy all at once. Shame on those people who said it couldn't happen. How wrong were they? Egg on their face now. All we have to do is extend that one second to two. Then who knows how far it can go. I love being an optimist. I am proud to meet other optimists. At the same time I know it is also important to have many types of people in the world. Realists ground us. Being too much one way or another isn't good either. Some old habits are hard to break. Each day the world is out to crack my spirit and enthusiasm. I give it right back. To those people who think otherwise. Let's see who will crack first. Thank you for being you. Don't ever change. Unless you want to. Then do it for a second. See how it feels. Nope, I don't like it. Optimist, I am and an optimist I will always be. Have one super Sunday. I love your comments. Don't feel I have forgotten you. I sometimes have to read my comments over and over till I think of what I want to say. I know once I hit comment your comment becomes permanent. I like it untouched and raw for a while. Living dangerously on the edge. Left out in the open air to generate some power. Then when it builds up just the right amount of momentum and positivity I capture it. Enjoy it thoroughly.

DREAM ON (author) on April 07, 2019:

Gypsy Rose Lee Now knowing we have seen some pretty bad times. The rough spots that don't want to go away. I like to think of it as a stain on my clothes that I just can't get out. It use to be my favorite shirt and I look at it and it is ruined. No matter how hard I try to make it better it just doesn't work. What do I do now? I have thought of everything. Nothing makes it any better only worse. Then I realize I am looking at it all wrong. I loved this shirt because it made me feel special. It looked nice on me. It fit me perfectly in all the right places. The colors were just fantastic. Life changes us and with that we have to change. There are other shirts not quite like this one. This one was unique. Instead of dwelling on what I can't do I decide to take action on what I can do. I can no longer wear this shirt out to dinner or to a special occasion. Those days are gone. I will have those memories and I even have pictures to prove it. Now I turned it into a yard shirt. Every time I put it on I love the feel of it. Now I not only have one stain on it but many. I no longer get mad at one spot and have found a way to bring new joy to my day. So how many people wear a fancy shirt to rake leaves and cut grass. I can tell you of one person that smiles from ear to ear. Thank you for all your lovely comments that bring a series of smiles to my face. Each smile is different. A little more happiness we all need in our day. You help me see and feel that every day. i hope you may also find a favorite shirt that gets ruined and don't throw it out but put it to more use than it has ever been. Wearing it while painting a room or dusting the house.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 06, 2019:

Wonderful thoughts and wishes. When saying my morning prayer I always say to the Lord that this new could be with less violence than the last one was. Hope you are seeing all the lovely signs of spring and having a wonderful weekend.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 05, 2019:

I find myself with that same prayer on my lips every morning. I am an optimist and have faith. Jamie

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 05, 2019:

I love your dream of there being more givers in the world than takers. What a beautiful place we would all experience were that the case.

DREAM ON (author) on April 05, 2019:

Bill Holland I woke up the other day and I felt sore all over. I felt if I was beaten up during my sleep. More likely I tossed and turned and got all twisted in our blanket. What I sometimes can't solve in the real world I try to work out in my sleep. There I take on the world as a superhero only to wake up exhausted. Even though I felt as if I did some good. One day at a time. I have friends who go every year to your lovely state and they see the most lovely Cherry Blossoms bloom. They left yesterday morning. Nothing but Spectacular!!! I have never been and wondered if you have you seen it for yourself? Thinking of one more great and beautiful things in life. Thank you for reading and sharing. Happy Friday.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 05, 2019:

For sure, that would be a day of celebration for the human race! Beautiful wish, my friend.