Self Improvement Poetry posted August 19, 2015

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Humility and Excesses: My ongoing struggle.

A Gift To Self

by Unspoken94

Everybody knows
that winning is everything.
In recovery, one is asked,
"Do you want to really live and be free?

The Shakers sing,
"'Tis a gift to be simple,
'Tis a gift to be free."

Life is a gift
and it comes to us through grace
A life that has no anxiety about tomorrow
A life that turns the other cheek
A life that worships God and not possessions
A life committed to recovery
A life not easily achieved.

This is a life that learns
what the Shakers sing
"To bow and bend..."
Whether I am on the winning side
or on the losing side
of any "contest."

As I come to a change in my life
I see that many men and women
are turning to a simpler life
discovering that having more
does not achieve more
happiness and security.

They are
simplifying their "wanters"
rearranging their values and priorities
letting go of their differences and divisions
"Coming down where they ought to be."

People in recovery
remind me
that when we exalt ourselves
we break harmony with God's creation.

On this day of reflection
the gift I give myself is
to live more simply
to have the courage to trust
to believe that my life is good just as it is
to trust that God's grace is sufficient for me
to trust that life is buoyant
and there is something surrounding me
holding me up.

So that I can
"Go and come down in this world
Where I ought to be..."
Trusting grace
as a bird trusts the air.

in God's grace that way
may not make me feel safer
but I'll be freer
I will be on the way to wholeness...
to recovery.


I am convinced that we are all in recovery or in need of being in recovery. This poem is also the title of my new book now available on and advertised on the bottom of this screen.
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