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Poem-Precious Lesson Learned from Life- Response to Word Prompt of Week 26

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Life Lessons

Life Lessons

Word Prompt Help Creativity-Week 26

Brenda, our dear friend and a great poet gave us the word prompt ‘Lesson’ this week. After some thought, I remembered the list I had compiled many days back on the lessons that I had learned from life. I wanted to pass this on to my children and was contemplating on writing to them. I hoped that the simple life lesson that I learned along the journey of my life would help them in their own lives in future. But Brenda’s word prompt this week gave me a chance to convert these thoughts into a poem which I could share with my children and all my friends.

And I believe that there’s a lesson in almost everything that you do and every experience, and getting the lesson is how you move forward. It’s how you enrich your spirit. And, trust me, I know that inner wisdom is more precious than wealth. The more you spend it, the more you gain.

— Oprah Winfrey

My Life Lessons

I had learnt important life lessons early on from my parents. They were good role models. We imbibed the lessons of good values, discipline, respect for others by seeing them rather than from any advice given by them. We learnt from them that hard work and dedication and focus are important for achieving anything in life. We learnt when very young that there is no short cut to success. Some of the lessons we learned were from the stories that our grand mother used to tell us. It was mostly stories from the epics of our culture, 'The Ramayana' and 'The Mahabharata'. We used to be fascinated by the wonderful stories from the epics and never got tired of repetitions of the stories.

But mostly it is our experiences in life that teach us invaluable lessons. We wish sometimes that someone had told us about these when we were younger. As we grow older, we realize that to cope with the challenges that life throws at us is the biggest lesson that we can ever learn in life. I also learnt some important life lessons from ‘The Bhagavad Gita’, the holy Hindu scripture. The important principles contained in the Bhagavad Gita related to work, life, religion, philosophy, and spirituality are relevant in our practical life even today. Reciting the verses of the Gita along with my daughter who is an ardent devotee and follower of the scripture, had a profound influence on my life.

Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.

— Roy T. Bennett

The Poem

I learned from Life a precious Lesson

That life is short and Life is a blessing

And caring for the people you love

Is the work most fulfilling.


I learned from Life the lesson

that all lives are precious

And to value inclusiveness

Of all life forms in their essence.

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I learned from life the lesson

That time is a great healer

What seems massive today

May turn out to be trivial tomorrow.


I have learned the lesson from life

Never to be saddened by failures

They are but stepping stones to progress

And help you to grow to sublimes

Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.

— Roy T. Bennett

I have learned from Life the lesson

To live life on my own terms

To invest in my own vision

To be the best person I can envision.


Life has taught me the lesson

That change is vital to growth

Accepting challenges along the way

To turn obstacles into opportunities

And problems into possibilities.

Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.

— Roy T. Bennett

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Life has taught me the lesson

That faith and discipline

Make everything effortless

While anxiety makes things worsen.


Life has taught me the lesson

To start each day with one thought positive

And a heart full of gratitude

To distance myself from all things negative

To choose kindness, happiness and peace

Over anger hatred and attitude.

Life has taught me the Lesson

That a goal is what keeps one going

The key to a life of purpose

Is choosing the right path knowing

That it is not one that many traverse.

I have learned the lesson from Life

That nature and art can be rejuvenating

Listening to music enriching

And gazing at the blue sea and sky uplifting.


Life has taught me the lesson

To not pay attention to naysayers

To listen to my inner voice

And reconnect with myself

To be balanced and to rejoice.

© 2021 VIDYA D SAGAR

Comments

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 23, 2021:

Thanks Peggy. I appreciate your visit and uplifting comments. I agree, having parents as role models from whom we can imbibe good values is a blessing. We tried to do the same with our children too. But it turns out our children are smarter and we probably could learn a thing or two from them. Like me trying to recite the verses from the Bhagavad Gita from my daughter, who is quite an expert in it. But I still hope that my life lessons will guide them in trying situations in life. Have a great week ahead dear friend, stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 23, 2021:

Thanks Bill. I feel honored by your visit and kind comments. Means a lot to me I am so glad you liked my response. Brenda's word prompt gave me the chance to convert some thoughts I had previously written down, into a poem. Have a wonderful week ahead dear friend, take care, stay blessed.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 23, 2021:

You did an outstanding job putting into poetic form what you want to share with your children and friends. It serves as a terrific guidepost as to what is most important as we live our lives. We were both lucky to have great role models as parents.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 23, 2021:

An outstanding lesson of life, my friend, one I have learned as well. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. I hope your week is filled with happiness and love.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 23, 2021:

Sure Shahg. Welcome, have a great writing experience at this wonderful platform.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 23, 2021:

Thanks Rozlin. I appreciate your visit and comments. I am glad you liked my response. Take care and have a great day.

Rozlin from UAE on August 23, 2021:

Hi, Vidya. Beautiful response to Brenda's prompt. I enjoyed reading your hub. Thanks for sharing lessons you learnt from your life. It was a pleasure to read. I liked your poem too. Have a nice day.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 23, 2021:

Thanks Ravi. I appreciate your visit and comments. I am glad you liked the poem. When faced with tough situations, youngsters can find it difficult to make the right choice. At such times taking the advise of experienced people will be helpful to them. Have a great day, stay blessed.

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VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 23, 2021:

Thanks Lora for the uplifting comments. I am glad you liked my response. Yes I agree with you. It's best to follow our hearts. We must listen to advise that benefits us. Making the most of opportunities that life offers us is the key to a successful and happy life. Have a great week ahead, stay blessed.

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Lora Hollings on August 22, 2021:

Vidya, I loved your thoughts about life and your poem was certainly a lesson in how we can make the most of our lives. We must do what makes us happy and although we can listen to others as they may have wisdom to impart that can benefit us, we must ultimately find our own path. I loved your quotes too. You did a great job with this prompt.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 22, 2021:

Pamela, thanks for the lovely comments. I am glad you liked my response. You are my inspiration. From medical articles to sonnets, you have done an amazing job on Hubpages. I try to follow your example and improvise with each word prompt. Have a great week ahead, my friend and stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 22, 2021:

Thanks John. I am so honored with your encouraging words. You are such a wonderful poet. Your poems from the porch are my favorite. I am amazed at your ability to write poems almost about everything under the sun. Poem on watermelon is proof of that. I still have a long way to go to become like you. Have a great day, stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 22, 2021:

Thanks Umesh for the nice words. Much appreciated. I am glad you liked it. Take care, have a nice day.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 22, 2021:

Thanks Brenda for the uplifting comments and for giving this word prompt. Passing on lessons and thoughts about life to our family and friends in the form of a poem is so much nicer and easier. It can be conveyed so much more effectively, whereas a prose article might not hold their interest for long. Given that there are various channels that grab their attention like the social media, all the time, it is difficult to engage the youngsters with life advise nowadays. No doubt they are smart and can handle situations on their own. But sometimes advise from experienced people comes in handy too. I wish we had got such advice when we were younger. Except for a few words of wisdom, we mostly learned things by watching them. At other times we learnt from our own experiences in life. Thanks for posting the link in your article. Take care and have a great week ahead.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 22, 2021:

Thanks Nithya for the encouraging comments. I am glad you liked my response. I am honored that you will be sharing it with your family and friends.Many times we feel we should have received some such advise when we were younger, so we could have made better choices in certain situations. So I thought of sharing these with my children. I hope it will be of use to them and other youngsters. Have a great day, and stay blessed.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on August 22, 2021:

Great poem Vidya. Your lessons are valuable and can be helpful to everybody(especially the youth) who wants to grow and be a little better in life. Thanks for sharing.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 22, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada. Nice to see your encouraging comments this morning. I am so happy that you liked my article. I hope it helps the youngsters to make wise decisions in life. We had good guidance from our parents and grandparents, but today the young generation is quote independence and prone to take the wrong path. Have a great day, stay blessed

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 22, 2021:

Thanks Rosina for the nice comments. Much appreciated. I am so glad you liked my response. We all learn valuable life lessons in our journey of life. Have a great day, stay blessed.

Rosina S Khan on August 22, 2021:

Thanks for sharing this gorgeous article in which you mention the lessons you learned from life. They are all very worthy and valuable. I loved the quotes. All in all, I enjoyed both the prose and poetry, Vidya.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 22, 2021:

Hello Vidya ji!

Great response to the word prompt. You have listed some ultimate life lessons, and important reminders for everyone, at any age, through your observations and poem.

Thank you for sharing this thoughtful and wonderful article.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 22, 2021:

A wonderful response to the word prompt “Lessons “. Your poem is filled with pearls of wisdom on how to approach and live life. Your children will cherish this poem forever. Thank you for sharing and I will pass this on to my family and friends.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 22, 2021:

Vidya

I'm glad this word prompt has given you the opportunity to write these words down so you can pass them along to your children, family, & friends.

You tell us how you learned good values, discipline, and respect for others by watching your parents who were great role models.

You were also told many stories by your grandmother about your culture.

The best lessons are the one's we learn through life experience and those from the holy scripture.

In "The Poem" you say caring for those you love is fulfilling and all lives are precious.

That things that seem important today, may seem trivial tomorrow.

You tell us failure is a stepping stone to make us a better person as we strive to do our best.

That our problems can be turned into opportunities.

We need faith to live life effortlessly. We cannot let anxiety take over.

To start each day with a positive outlook and choose to be happy.

To choose a goal & work towards it remembering to lift our soul up by observing nature & listening to music.

Then you tell us to only listen to ourselves as we connect with our inner soul.

Don't let negativity from others change our course.

This is a great piece on Lesson.

We should all start our day with a positive outlook & be thankful for what we have.

Learning lessons as we go along life's journey. Taking time to connect with our inner soul & working to achieve our goals.

To distance ourselves from negative things & be the best person we can be.

I posted a link in the word prompt article.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 22, 2021:

A very nice response to the word challenge. You have threaded it so beautifully.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 22, 2021:

Vidya, what a wonderful response to the word “Lessons.” Your life lessons are full of wisdom and everyone needs to read this. All the quotes you included are perfect as well. Great job.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 22, 2021:

hi Vidya,

It sounds like you had wonderful parents and the 'Bhagavad Gita’ was also a great inspiration. We do learn many life's lessons from our mistakes.

I really think your poem is wonderful, and I particularly liked this;

"Life has taught me the lesson

To start each day with a thought so positive

And a heart full of gratitude

To distance myself from all things negative"

That is highly important to me. Your quotes were also well chosen, Vidya. This is a good response to Brenda's prompt. This is a wonderful article.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 22, 2021:

Thanks Flourish. I appreciate your comments and am glad you liked my response. Have a great day my friend, stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 22, 2021:

Thanks Misbah for the nice comments. Much appreciated. I am so glad you liked it.Oprah Winfrey's quotes are very inspiring. They are my favorite too. Take care my friend stay blessed.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 22, 2021:

Your poem has a calm, serene quality and speaks of life's wisdom.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 22, 2021:

Thanks Brenda.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 22, 2021:

Thanks Manatita. I am honored that you are sharing it with your mom and daughter. I admire your style like the mystics though. Have a great day, stay blessed.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 22, 2021:

I will post a link & read after bit.

manatita44 from london on August 22, 2021:

True, Vidya, but it can help many! I'm so glad that Misbah has read it. I will send it to my daughter and mom.

I like saying things like the mystics, but you have simplified this so well!! An invaluable read. Bless you and a trillion blessings for the Gita ... plus. Gratitude

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 22, 2021:

Vidya, This is so beautiful and wonderful response to Brenda's Prompt Challenge. I really loved the lessons you told you have learned from your life. These lessons are truly worth sharing. Thanks for sharing them with us. I loved the quotes as well. Oprah Winfrey's quote is one of my favourite ones. God Bless you. Stay safe and happy!

Blessings and Love to you, dear friend

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 22, 2021:

My response to Lesson

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