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Feeling Less Than Inspiring Today

ItΒ has been a rough day. I had said I would respond to the Very Inspiring Blogger nomination today but I am just having a hard time feeling inspirational at the moment. We all go through this, have these moments. What do you do when it’s your turn? I turn to music or silence, and poetry. So, I’d like to share something I read tonight that touched me, and reminded me of how we are all one and will never be alone as long as we realize that. I am dedicating this to 1000 Voices for Compassion. You see, self-compassion is just as important as compassion for others and, sometimes, it is the hardest to give. Tonight, I am going to give myself a break, and allow myself time to be weak and vulnerable.Β I’ll see you tomorrow, strong once again and ready to continue down my path.

All my love, dear Lunatics,

Jesi

 

You Tell Mejewel

by Jewel Kilcher

( from her book A Night Without Armor: Poems)

It cannot be so

Β  Β  Β  you say

simple hands

cannot change

the fate of humanity.

Β  Β  Β  I say

Humanity is

a boundless,

absorbing heart

transcending

death & generations

and centuries

absorbing bullets

and stitches

and tear gas

enduring humiliation

and illegal abortions

and thankless jobs

Β  Β  Β  I say to you

the heart of Humanity

has not

and will not

be broken

And let us raise ourselves

like lanterns

with the millions of others-

with the mad

and the forgotten

and the strong of heart

to shine

(Join us February 20, 2015 to Speak for Compassion-for more info click here or here)

Jesi Scott is an aspiring writer of novels, a poet, and blogger. She has guest-blogged over at The Well-Tempered Bards, and has a post featured at For Love Of…. Jesi has two poems published in Memories of Mist, a literary anthology, and one published story in a newsletter. She is currently working on releasing her first poetry collection as well as writing her first novel. When not writing, Jesi can be found getting lost in bookstores, singing and dancing around the house, experiencing culture with friends, and generally having fun with her four sons when they aren’t driving her weeping into her closet, which she calls her Padded Cell. She loves to rescue stray bookmarks, as well as books, and has opened her heart to any and all stories needing a home. Archery is her current favorite thing ever but you might want to stand back a little as she still has a tendency to drop the bow occasionally.

13 Comments

  • Gene'O

    A word if advice, if I may be so bold.

    The responding to the award nominations is not a big deal. Mostly people write those because they need a quick post or because the are so flattered they cannot turn them down. No one who nominates you for an award is worried about when you pass it on.

    I hope your night off does you good πŸ™‚ I found you through the Thousand Voices group, just so you know.

    • Jessica

      Thanks Lizzie. I’m still battling a little left-over blueness, but the sun is out for the first time in weeks and there are blue skies overhead, that makes it a little better. I am going to try and get a run in today since exercise helps with low feelings. Plus, I have to begin getting ready for my runs. πŸ™‚
      I loved the last verse in that poem and thought it was very fitting to our cause. And it reminded me of this book I read by Thomas Kinkade and Robert Goodwin titled Points of Light based on President George Bush’s phrase “a thousand points of light”. He was speaking about volunteering, but that phrase seems to apply to more than just that. It’s like when you and I were talking on Twitter about being shiny gold stars. We are, all of us, and we are all points of light that shine in the dark. Some lights go out, and some shine so bright, but all of us together make the dark less frightening. We all have the ability to help each other if we can only remember that we must move past the self to know what real love is. And that is compassion, too. Thank you so much for including me. I feel a part of something big and am proud to hold my head up and know that, even if all I am doing is writing about it, it is still a big thing we are doing. One light to a thousand lights. We Shine.

      • lrconsiderer

        You are an important (shiny gold) part of this. We need your voice and your thoughts and your compassion. You matter πŸ™‚

        Meantime I’m a *little* mad at you for reminding me that exercise helps combat low feelings when all I want to do is go to bed and not get up for a very long time…

        • Jessica

          You can be mad at me all you want. I’m pretty good at taking responsibility for everything. LOL.
          Besides, I just took a walk around my neighborhood in the sunshine. The sky is clear and fresh (ish) if somewhat nippy (for Texas). So, at least it’s a beautiful day and I am extremely happy about that!

        • Jessica

          Also, I slept in way past what I should have…so I completely understand about that. And now I have to run around like mad and get things done before my library meeting tonight. πŸ˜‰

            • Jessica

              No. I got the kitchen floor mopped and some laundry in to wash and dishes in the dishwasher. LOL.
              Hope you feel better. The walk did me some good though it took a bit before the sun went to work and the endorphins kicked in. Still have a headache but that won’t go away for a few days (Mother Nature’s phone call to let me know she’ll be visiting soon. πŸ˜‰ )

              • lrconsiderer

                Well done you. I did nothing. I didn’t box. I didn’t plank. I haven’t written or done anything productive. I’ve been a bitch to Husby and a grouch to people who’ve tried to be nice. I feel sick of myself and pointless.

                This has snuck up on me and I just feel swamped by it…and stupid for BEING swamped by it.

  • Yvonne

    I totally agree with you that self-compassion is as important as compassion for others – and that it can be hard to do. Great that you gave yourself some, and hope today goes well for you.
    Thank you for joining and promoting 1000 Voices For Compassion.

    Those are lovely sentiments in the poem, and beautifully done too.

    • Jessica

      Thank you, Yvonne, for beginning this snowball. I love being a part of it and seeing it from the beginning vanguard is an awesome experience. You are the shiniest gold star of us all! πŸ™‚

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