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Driving - The Road Les(s) Travelled... Thursday September 17, 2015

There’s always new beginnings,
There’s always some ends,
It’s just how you navigate,
Around the bends…

There’s some dead ends,
There’s some circular loops,
You may even feel,
Like you’re a nincompoop!

Don’t be so hard,
So hard on yourself,
It’s just life,
But don’t sit on that shelf.

It’s not the routes you take,
That dictate your life.
It’s how you respond,
To add or subtract strife.

That road less travelled,
Is inside you.
You have to keep going,
To find the true you.

Most stop ‘travelling’,
Because it’s too hard!
There is nowhere worth going,
That hasn’t cut or jarred.

There is no short cut,
To where life opens.
To where you’ve found,
True life, not tokens.

Tokens of joy,
That never seem to stay.
Tokens of love,
That simply fade away.

You may even break down,
And need a tow rope.
And your life depends,
On how you can cope.

Cope with hurt,
Cope with pain,
Cope with the slips,
When you ‘drive’ in the rain.

It’s not the roads,
That lead you astray.
It's how you respond,
To their particular way.

It’s not the weather,
When you’re driving that counts.
But how you deal,
With those kerbs and dismounts.

The ‘drive’ outside,
Is to escape your present place.
The ‘drive’ inside,
Is the only way to find your base.

A base for life,
A base for growth,
A base away from strife,
One where you can take your oath.

To truly find you,
To truly ‘be’,
Not always driving,
And lost at sea.

It ain’t easy,
It takes courage.
There will be pain,
But you won’t be a hostage.

A hostage to your past,
A hostage to your parents,
A hostage to your thoughts,
You won’t live in fragments.

You’ll finally be whole,
You’ll finally be you,
You’ll love driving through life,
With hearts and hopes anew.

If you’re still ‘lost’ on your drive,
If you still seek a destination outside yourself,
If you still get frustrated at lights and crossings,
Time to inscape and find your true self.

A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Liane Thu, Sep 17th 2015 @ 6:34am

Hi Les,
The journey to discovery is hard. It hurts. Your poem clearly describes the importance of an internal journey of discovery for base knowledge. Why do we as adults behave as we do? In your poem you say that one will not be held "hostage" in life once things the base knowledge is determined. In our lives we must NOT use this knowledge as an excuse to live a fulfilling life. A large percentage of adults experience childhood events that could impact a healthy adult life. The challenge to each of us is to use courage and determination of the discovery of childhood evils and then to take another step to plan a happy, fulfilling life. Yes, Les, your describe extremely well the need for discovery. The importance of discovery is gaining the knowledge of why we act as we do in adulthood is an initial step. Taking that knowledge to the next level, beyond awareness, to application, and ultimately to personal refinement. One must live life to the fullest without being "held hostage" to ones past or permitting "love to fade away." Yes, take control of the internal journey of discovery and use that knowledge to build a life of satisfaction and joy! Thank you for sharing your creativity.

Hopeful One Thu, Sep 17th 2015 @ 8:30am

Hi Les- simply brilliant. I am tempted to name you as the Omar Khayyam of Moodscope( seems to have a ring about it). Anyway thanks for putting thing in perspective and the things one must do on that internal voygae of discovery and things one could avoid.

Richard Thu, Sep 17th 2015 @ 8:47am

Thanks Les, your poem really strikes a cord with me today.

Petal Thu, Sep 17th 2015 @ 8:51am

Hi Les, thank you. We so often talk about our journey, but your words have made me think, where to? For me it's a struggle to be, with people I don't choose to be with ( most are fine, many are lovely, but some....!) the struggle for me is as you say how to deal with them. Not by avoidance, staying true to myself, standing up for myself. It feels like a battle, so I have to find a more peaceful way of dealing with the stuff that's out there!

Julia Thu, Sep 17th 2015 @ 9:10am

We do have to look inside ourselves and experience life in our individual ways and not how we think others expect us to. Throughout my life I have always tried to blend into the situation I find myself in but it has never worked for me. However I didn't have the self confidence to be myself. At the slightest hint from another work colleague, friend etc that I had said or done something "wrong", I would believe them rather than look at their reproach in a different, more detached way. I would be silently angry and feel deep down that I was right but didn't have the tools to make things better for me. These days I do have these tools more or less and if I find I am surrounded by negative people (which is very rare), I know exactly what to do. I like what you write Les. It's about distancing ourselves from obstacles and tacking them in our own unique way. At least that's what I get from your poem today.

Silvia Thu, Sep 17th 2015 @ 9:14am

yes, a poem which really struck a chord with me this morning as i have come to some painful realisations about what i hoped for and what reality is. But i still have myself and am determined to become even more of myself and concentrate on my good points. i know this is very direct but i was not born in this country and express myself like this which i realize is part of the problem but maybe there is some sense in this which i have still to find.

Mary Thu, Sep 17th 2015 @ 11:16am

Thanks Les, I needed this today.

the room above the garage Thu, Sep 17th 2015 @ 12:04pm

Hello Les, thank you for this. I'll read it a few times today, it brings out different things each time I read it. I too needed this's restful and comforting as well as helping my brain turn to view my situation differently. All good! Mary, keep resting. Silvia, you express yourself well. Petal, you've stayed! I find being with people tiring especially when low. Hello everyone, love ratg x.

Frankie Thu, Sep 17th 2015 @ 12:19pm

Greetings Omar Khayyam of Moodscope! (I'm loving that Hopeful One!)
SO rich; SO good Les - thank-you.
And Julia, me too! I always assumed I was in the wrong ...
The irony is that just as I get the hang of this I am contemplating retirement ...
Sending everyone gentle smiles from blue Dorset skies

Rachel Thu, Sep 17th 2015 @ 12:39pm

Thank you for your blog today Les. I always find your poems encouraging and insightful. I wish us all courage and strength as we look to be our true selves in a world that can be hostile and critical. I feel lucky to be part of the moodscope community.

Anonymous Thu, Sep 17th 2015 @ 1:25pm

Hi Julia & Frankie, In the words of Roman Price - If you’re still looking for that one person who will change your life, take a look in the mirror.
Thanks Les for a very insightful poem, I'll continue to drive.

Julia Thu, Sep 17th 2015 @ 2:38pm

Hi Anonymous. I haven't heard of Roman Price. I shall look him up! A good quote. I am not looking to change my life actually, not now anyway. Did I give that impression? I was referring to my past and even then I didn't really expect anyone to change my life for me. I suppose I could substitute different words in Roman Price's quote. For instance..If you are still looking for that one person who will help you through life, take a look in the mirror. But thank you Anonymous for alerting me to a clever quote. Am off to google, Roman Price.

susan Thu, Sep 17th 2015 @ 3:12pm

Les, this is a truly wonderful poem. It is quite synchronistic for me, as many of your blogs are. We all cope and cope and cope in our own way through various means, supporting each other as we go with fresh inspiration and insight....and then at some point we may reach the point where we cannot cope any longer with coping. This is when the very strenuous driving starts. You are a very good driving instructor:) susan xx

Bearofliddlebrain Thu, Sep 17th 2015 @ 5:46pm

Dear Susan, what a good response to Les' meaningful poem. He is a good driving instructor!

Dear Les aka Omar K!!!!
Thanks again for a good pom...we can do often be a hostage to our upbringing, our fortune. It's what we see on the journey and what we should take more note of as we pass by, that we should carry with us...
I was told by the midwife, after I had just given birth to our daughter, that I would be given so much information from so many different people: some would be helpful hints, some would be of the 'do as I did with my babies' variety and some would be nonsense! She told me to use what I needed each day as each day would be so different with this brand new liddle baby....and she was right.

Frankie - surely too young to be contemplating retirement??

Petal - it is very hard to stand up to people who have strong opinions and they feel that you should always agree; you are don't have to! It's just difficult to find the right way of putting them back in their own space without appearing rude! I have found this difficult for years! Today, yes just now, I have had to gently say that I can't rearrange an event to fit one persons schedule as it stood two others joining in. I was so worried about having to say it - out loud - but I did, and do you know, it was ok. All got resolved! Phew...need a cupoa and a sit down now!

As Liane says, above, this journey is hard. But I'm glad Moodscopers are here helping on this road!
Bear x

Cathi Thu, Sep 17th 2015 @ 9:35pm

Les, thanks for this beautiful poem. Hadn't a good start in the day but after your message everything went better and better... thanks a lot... looking forward for the next one...

Frankie Thu, Sep 17th 2015 @ 9:54pm

Hello Bear
You are too kind!
Yes, your midwife was very wise; you learn very quickly to discern the advice which is right for you ... and well done you for sticking up for what is right for you (and others!)
Frankie x

Liane Fri, Sep 18th 2015 @ 7:44am

it wonderful to feel the support of this group! thanks.

Les Sat, Sep 19th 2015 @ 8:26am

Hi All

I have been travelling for the last 24hrs and have not had time to log on.

Thank you to everyone for taking time to read the blog and to comment.

I will - time allowing - read them again and comment as soon as I can....setting up an exhibition today.

"The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette" - Henry S. Haskins


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