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The Ebb and Flow of Life. Sunday January 17, 2016

LIFE never gives you warning of the directions it will flow;
Whether you will hit the rocks or sail on out to sea!
Life doesn't have an option to allow you to pick and choose!
Life's journey is one that can be either rough or smooth!

Will you miss the tide in life and never reach your 'Port of Call?'
Will your life be one of dreams or one that is a living hell?
Will you grow-up to be rich or poor or somewhere in between?
Your life could be a disaster, because you walked right into mine?

You could become a Rock Star, and end up doing drugs!
You could become a Movie Star, who lives life on the Silver Screen!
You could wake-up to find your life turned upside down!
Unknown to you, in life you've turned out to be a clown!

While you might give the appearance that you can walk on air,
Will you waltz through life, believing no one counts but you?
Will you claim without help, you climbed up the ladder of success,
When with every step you took, you stood on someone's head!

Will you lead the life of one, who never comes to know despair?
Or the one of many who wake up to find their loved ones gone?
Will you decide to standalone, or accept support from friends?
Will you find the strength in life, that will help you carry on?

Will you find that, someone; who will love you right on back?
Will your poor heart be broken and trampled underfoot?
Will you learn to trust and share, or will you be the one who takes?
Will you find a kindred soul, who will become your best friend?

Will you lead the way in life, or will you follow on from behind?
Will you reach out for the Stars and find you land on Mars!
Will you know the way to go, when faced with two or three?
Will you follow the path of God, or the foolishness of man?

Will you be the one with little and give to those with less?
Will you ask for nothing and expect something in return?
Will you seek the joys of life or spend a lifetime feeling blue?
Will you become a legend who is remembered throughout time?

Will you take a gamble on the cards that you are dealt face down?
Will you get through the moments; you have no influence on at all?
Will you find the answers, to the situations that you have to face?
Will you get to decide the outcome and go on to win the final race?

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Soulmansblue Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 1:56am

What about weak or strong!!!

Lex Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 8:25am

Great flow of choices here, Soulmansblue... every line suggests, "Hey, it's up to you!" And by that, I mean the "Will you..." though I understand the capricious randomness of life that your post also draws attention to. I enjoyed the process and flow - thank you! L'xx

Soulmansblue Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 10:47am

Hi Lex, Yes, 'Will You' or 'Won't You!' Life sometimes doesn't give you time to thik, you just have to take a leap of faith and pray for the best.

Leah Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 9:37am

Thanks for your thoughtful poem.

So much to think about.Will I find answers or ask more questions?

I hope you found writing this poem help you make sense of things that are puzzling you.

Well done.

Soulmansblue Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 10:45am

Hi Leah, Writing it drew attention to all the things that I could have put in and left out. It took me a week to put it all together and to be satisfied with it!

susan Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 10:47am

Hi Soulmansblue. Life throws up some pretty heavy challenges, indeed, and some of them seemingly random. And yet we do have the power to deal with them. "Will you find the answers to the situations that you have to face?" That's the constant striving... and that's what Moodscope helps us do. Thank you for this piece of writing. xx

Soulmansblue Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 10:48am

Hi Susan, A good positive attitude you have there.

susan Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 11:17am

Yes, today I'm positive. But yesterday.... It's the fluctuations that are so hard to deal with. Negative seems just so easy but it's deadly. Onwards and upwards. xx

Soulmansblue Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 1:05pm

Yes, Negative seems to be the default. take Care.

Terence Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 11:33am

‘Into each life some rain must fall’, some fell into mine this week, so to speak. Icy rain rattled in from one direction, then another and by Wednesday I buckled, hid and pulled the covers over my head. Four days of trying to take in all the positive stuff I could find will beating off the black thoughts with a stick. Thank goodness I’m up and about again today. I read through your words this morning and I got up. Thank you x

Soulmansblue Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 1:07pm

Great Terence, You did well, it is so easy to just crawl back under the covers and hide from the world. Sadly though it just sits there and waits. Keep on getting up!

Frankie Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 12:52pm

"Will you find the answers, to the situations that you have to face?" - I cannot see the answers at the moment, so I have to trust that, yes, I will find the answers and that they will be the best answers at that time ... Thank-you Soulmansblue for enabling me to articulate this today ... Frankie

Soulmansblue Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 1:09pm

Frankie, It's Sunday, such big words [articulate] made my brain shudder. Keep on going you can work it out!

Hopeful One Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 2:14pm

Hi SMB- a great piece of writing with so much in it to think through.!At every decision fork life presents us with we have a choice . We can follow the positive belief or interpretation we put on it or the negative. I have now trained myself enough so I am generally looking at the positive even though I may not 'feel ' it.

Take care my friend.

Soulmansblue Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 9:07pm

I have more of a tendency to see the negative side of life, so I'm told because I always say no. What others find hard to accept is that I have the ability to analyze and can see the conclusion to what has been presented to me without putting myself through it. Be of good cheer!

Hitchhiker Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 2:24pm

Hey Soulman! Yup, I will take the gamble. Yup, I will get through the moments. Find the answers or get to decide the outcome - not too often! But every once in awhile answers come and I feel like I have some control, or at least the ability to choose my response. So glad that you took the gamble and submitted your writing to the blog!! Well done. May all our lives journeys get smoother and smoother! Thanks for the thought provoking images and questions. Sail on!

Soulmansblue Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 9:13pm

My friend you always have control to some degree, except over the final outcome. I have always been one to gamble, when it comes to my life, but not with others. To submit my blog to Caroline was no gamble or even a calculated risk! If anything it was written and submitted to see what people's response to it would be! The biggest surprise that most responses have been limited and not quite as long or in depth as usual. Maybe I gave you all just too much to think about?

the room above the garage Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 4:40pm

Good to see you blog Soulmansblue. Lots for my mind to ponder over and again, it helps me feel less alone on the walk. "...get through the moments; you have no influence on at all?" this line is one that I will work with today. Thank you.

Soulmansblue Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 9:21pm

Hi Roomie, Yes, get through those moments and then enjoy the moments that you do have some influence over. Life is too short and you only get one chance at it. As one line I think of quite often taken from an Elvis song asks 'What's the good of reaching ninety if you waste eighty-nine?' 'So come on and live it, if you don't it's a crime!' Take Care and I hope you had a good weekend.

The Gardener Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 4:43pm

Life's been one long gamble - luckily, like my amazing Gran who liked a flutter my character copes with it - now I am not sure of anything. SMB your pseudonym initials are the same as my third son's real one, so I do a double take. Mr G has just spent the last 40 minutes putting miles of clothes on to sit in an already stuffy room and taking them off to go into the cold garden. If I won't look for things for him he gets petulant, sarcastic and huffy. Desperately trying to cope with finances to see where I am with the next house I flipped (no 'quiet' time, except for respite to do important things, and the list for those two days is already out of hand). I took two huge bets - buying a house which I could design round Mr G (hand-rails put on steps Friday, stair- lift due soon) I presumed on two things, the house we live in would sell quickly and the condition of Mr G would not worsen too soon. They've both gone sour on me. Not an ace in the pack. After the harassment I flipped with exhaustion and frustration whereupon Mr G said 'keep calm'. Will I find the answer? I've got to, or go under. But, I am legendary for resourcefulness and courage - having had first guests to lunch in my beautiful new kitchen they said 'Don't know where you find the courage at your age'. Nearly didn't, Mr G so awful in the morning I nearly cancelled. Then phoned long-suffering eldest son, and, in absolute hysterics said 'Do something about your father'. Bless him, he did, and so did eldest grand-son, who just happened to be 'passing through' (family lives conveniently near Heathrow) from South Africa to Scotland. Like Frankie, I can't find the answers at the moment - mutual encouragement needed to get on with the job.

Mary Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 6:20pm

Oh TG - My heart and prayers are with you. Please know that we love every word you share with us on this page. There is nothing useful ~I can add in words, apart from to let you know that you really are appreciated and loved on this page. Thank you - really, thank you - for sharing.

Soulmansblue Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 9:28pm

Hey TG, Hang in there, you're made of sterner stuff than the things life is throwing at you. You can make it through with the help that you are getting from your family. Blood is thicker than water and a family that sticks together is forever strong. take the moments of respite that you get and embrace them. Hold on fast, the rest may not belong but you can cope. Don't give up on yourself now, give yourself a pat on the back for how you have coped and that you are still moving forward though at times it might not seem that way. You're still on your feet and thinking and planning ahead, look at the house you've just bought and all the planning that you put into that. Keep fighting and you will eventually win through. I'm rooting for you. take Care TG.

The Gardener Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 6:11pm

Above 'legendary' for resourcefulness sounds big-headed - it's really a synonym for 'bloody-minded' or downright fool-hardy - hand put to plough with great confidence, then find the ground's too hard, but can't back-track.

Soulmansblue Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 9:29pm

It is no good building foundations on sinking sand, solid like a rock is best for good foundations. Keep going you are doing just great.

Mary Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 6:20pm

And SMB - this is an absolutely lovely post. Thank you.

Soulmansblue Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 9:30pm

It is? Did you get anything out of it? I hope so, it took me ages to write.

LillyPet Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 7:31pm

I'm not surprised that your poem took a while to pull together SMB. It really captures the diversity of paths we can find ourselves on, some just opportunities or hurdles, others through the choices we make.
An interesting way to reflect on alternatives to the way we live our lives. Thanks SMB! LP :)

Soulmansblue Sun, Jan 17th 2016 @ 9:33pm

The pleasures been all mine! I wonder whose blog is going up tomorrow and what that will conjure up on top of the magic we all create here.

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