Reflections: An Old Man Revisits His Life. A Poetic Odyssey
“The journey into self-love and self-acceptance must begin with self-examination… until you take the journey of self-reflection, it is almost impossible to grow or learn in life.” – Iyanla Vanzant
The old man sits alone, lost in his own reflection of weakness, sealed by sorrow for the lost years he longs for. Has he lost the right to claim the moral high ground? In spite of misguided choices that still ravish his consciousness he still carries hope.
You and I can never go back. We can't correct or change the past - or can we? Can we alter our past? Einstein thought so. But, even so, what's important is how we grow and learn from the choices we make.
If the truth be known, each of us will identify with the old man in one way or the other. As you unravel each line of the old man's reflections, you may discover a bit of yourself hidden between the lines.
An Old Man Reflects on His Life
He walks alone his time is short
He basks in memories of the past
Innocence, naivety, choices, mistakes
Serve a fools fairy tale
Reflections of another time
Weave lost cobwebs in the mind
Have I served my purpose here
Doubting clouds run rampant
Seeds of greatness are within
All have entered without sin
Seeking virtue conducted by nature's voice
Mentoring mankind walking blind
Transparent life its ups and downs
Lay before me patterns bold
Have I passed the endless tests
Will my soul be laid to rest
Have I Served My Purpose Here?
Examine memories days are ending
Begging for another chance
Repentance struggling to forgive
Others and himself
Tears longing for his loved ones
Pierce his wrinkled, leathery cheeks
Friends and family went before him
Reflections of another time, lived long ago
Search for the young boy living deep within
Ignited memories pierce old eyes
Inviting youth to join once more
Relive, re-dream, a new King Arthur
Wrapping up mind's endless chatter
Evolves the capacity for understanding
Viewing the past through maturities lessons
Stepping stones to self-actualization and fulfillment
'Tis not the end but the beginning
Lifes scars turn into stars
Reflecting bonds with gratitude, all is well, all is well
The message is clear, love transcends all
I am ready.
Life's Message: To Love And Learn
Take Time to Reflect
As we reflect on how we have lived, thus far, let us turn our attention to how we have loved others. Think back to the endless times you have shown unending patience as this is one of the most powerful ways to demonstrate love. And let's remember to love ourselves as well. It is difficult, if not impossible, to love others when we ignore self-love.
Reflecting on our lives is a healthy way to assess where we've been and where we want to go. Taking a few moments to do this regularly helps us discover a greater connection to ourselves.
How Often Do You Reflect On Your Life?
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One of my Favorite Quotes About Reflection
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
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