The day began with birds singing

A wakeup melody of praise.

I joined them in spirit

With words of my own

Then proceeded on with my day.


I made coffee

And fed my body

As my soul had been,

And smiled still.

There is turmoil all around me

And though I try

I cannot change it all

But I do not have to let it change me.

Sing  . . .

Smile . . .

Praise . .  .

I choose joy.

By Martha L Shaw – © 9-17-2013

6 Responses to IT’S YOUR CHOICE

  1. I am working on not letting the turmoil change me. It seems almost magnetic, this constant barrage of hate, and it seems to suck us in. I have to remember not to hate the haters. Beautiful poem.

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  2. AMEN! You are so right! Could be that they’ve received no earthly love and need it badly. Very difficult.


  3. 🙂 I love the positive message, Martha!

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  4. Sparkyjen says:

    I choose joy as well. It’s not that I’m oblivious to what’s happening in the world. It’s difficult to blot it all out, especially when it lands on your screen, sometimes in stereo. But, equipped with the power to choose how I react to it, and how I allow it to affect me is mine all mine to determine.

    I will typically hear myself saying: “Peace Be Still,” several times a day, then moving on to more positive sights, sounds, and feelings.

    Martha, thanks for sharing your beautiful poem, and the pretty wild flowers. I must admit noticing them right off!

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