Mental Health • Life Is About The Lives You’re Saving

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“You didn’t make your mistakes in pen.”

Don’t end your life short, or you’ll deprive the world of everything you have to offer.

You won’t be there to hold the door open for the fragile lady – overwhelmed with groceries. You won’t be there to smile across the subway to someone suffering Monday morning blues. You won’t tell your co-worker a joke you heard on the radio or send a contagious laugh through the coffee shop line.

Cause them tears from a punch line.
Not from their loss.

Give them smiles for your future.
Not from your memories.

Give them a hug to hold onto.
Not to remember.

Every time you feel misplaced and lost in a world where you don’t belong, remember that sometimes life is about the lives you’re saving when you don’t even think you can save your own.


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RealTalk Poetry • “You Love Me Too, Right?”

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What is a drug?

A drug is the arms that hold you closely at night.
The soft voice that asks, “and you love me too, right?”

A drug is the ashes you flick from your smoke.
Deep inhales and exhales.
Rough stings from your toke.

A drug is that something you can’t live without.
It’s dangerous.
It’s toxic.
It keeps your love bound to doubts.

But – what is a drug?

Really.

What does it mean?

What makes one labelled “addict,”
while one’s labelled “clean”.

What is a drug and why do SOME come with shame?
Why is one ‘happy’ true, while the other’s man-made?

And so we are told,
of stories and tales,
to keep us from leaving the ‘supposed’ paved trail.

These tales made us think, “steer clear and you’ll live”.
but how’s it possible to live when we have our past to forgive?

Even love itself is a misused vice.
Simply seeking the words, “hey, I think you look nice”.

But they never told us love could ache.
And someone’s words could make us break.

Love and drugs will both bring hurt.
But forever
– the idea –
is an idea in which we flirt.


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RealTalk Poetry • The Only Constant

20It’s never the call you were expecting,
or the text you wanted.

The job you would rather,
or the meal you’d prefer.

It’s never the compliment you hoped for,
the results you waited for,
or the reaction you prepared for.

It’s never the day you got ready to challenge,
the goodbye you got ready to hear,
or the future your past once promised.

It’s never the love you thought was real,
the life you imaged living,
or the reflection you wanted to see –
every glance into the mirror.

But –

you’ll only find a piece of mind when you realize,
the only constant is that nothing is.

The only thing we can ever expect,
is a different play center stage.

Different than what’s written in our script.


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Understanding Life • Pretty Isn’t A Look. It’s An Outlook.

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“Don’t let the things that make you, waste away like a number on the scale.”

Don’t skip dinner with friends, or pass on a tall glass of wine.

Don’t stand in front of the candles on your Birthday cake, wishing them gone like the trail of treats left out of love – early Easter morning. Don’t countdown the minutes on the treadmill like you countdown the bites until you’re full; and don’t let your lunch slip from your fingers to the trash, after you’ve convinced yourself, “that’s enough.”

In a world full of critical voices, it can be hard to stand up for yourself, but both your mind and your body make you who you are. They validate your place in the world.

Don’t let this madness change your sacred place.

Don’t let the things that make life and the things that make you, waste away like a number on the scale – for one day you’ll look back and this will all make sense.

One day you’ll learn that pretty isn’t a look. It’s an outlook.


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Understanding Life • Our Life Jacket While On Shore

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“You cannot fear the uncertainty.”

We cling to the things we think are security.

Things that are our life jacket while on shore. Our ladder when we’re on the ground; or our umbrella beneath a clear sky. We always want what we don’t have. We always want what we don’t need.

It’s the power of being scared. Being scared of uncertainty.

Being scared of the endless possibilities that life has prepared for us.

We know it’s unnecessary; for the pointless things we carry are the things that weigh us down. That’s why life is a battle of figuring out that more often than not – we ourselves is enough.

You cannot live in fear. You cannot fear the uncertainty.

A house isn’t a home without the people beneath the roof. A vacation isn’t worth the trip without the culture you embrace. A friendship isn’t more than company until you learn to let them in. A relationship is only lust until you find someone to love. A job is simply work until you’re doing something worthwhile, and your life is simply existence until you truly start to live.


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