~”The Way”~ I want to share with everyone what this book has done and continues to do for me. It made me cry, it made me laugh and it made me think. I purposely didn’t laboriously detail the story lines because the power is in the emotion. My style of writing poetry is thru storytelling. I decided to set the stories in the feelings of the characters. The healing words I use are meant to ‘crowd out’ the negative feelings. The 4th subtitle “Peace of Me” harnesses a mixture of sadness, joy, passion & compassion. It is written in a way that thru reading, hopefully you will find the ‘Peace of You’. After you read it please let me know your experience.~
Sincerely, T. Michelle Jacobs
A poem from “The Way” :
For so long I carried a burden, It was such a heavy load
It weighed upon my shoulders, as I struggled on the road
I strapped it on my back and carried it to and fro
No matter how hard it weighed on me, I would not let it go
I climbed the highest mountain, I swam the oceans deep
I never let my burden go, no matter how long or steep
I passed some other travelers, along my journey’s path
I faced some storms and windy trails, even winter’s wrath
Someone who passed wold ask me, “May I help you carry it?”
At least Stop here and put it down, take time to rest a bit
But I shook my head and told them, I must continue on
And carry this all by myself, my trip is far and long
I can not let you help me, my mind is set in stone
I’ve decided for my self that I must take this trip alone
My heart has no room for a companion to embrace
There’s so much pain inside of me, I do not have the space
There is no way you can help me, of that there is no doubt
If I let you carry it, you may not know the route
I asked my God to help me, I prayed so many times
I felt he had abandoned me and all the fault was mine
Eventually I buckled under the pressure of it all
I felt so low it seemed that I was only two feet tall
I dropped down to my knees and prayed to be set free
of all the pain inside my heart and the anguish drowning me
I cried to God, “I need you, to take this heavy load!
he said, “I tried to take it but you would not let it go.
I’m always here to help you. I never leave your side.
I want so much to help you and to make the ache subside
But you would not accept it, the comfort that I give.
I want you to be happy and enjoy the life you live.
I sent you my direction, a map to guide your way.
I sent you friends and helpers to get you thru each day
And even when you felt alone, someone was always there,
For there are many in your life that treasure you and care.
Accept the help that is given to you. It will only make you strong.
If someone joins you on the way, your trip won’t seem so long.
Your journey has a purpose; there is so much life to live.
If you travel properly, forever I will give.
Of course you’ll have some baggage as every traveler will
but all must balance out the load and help each other ’til
I take away all the burdens and end the road that leads
to paradise, eternal life and fulfill all travelers’ needs.
There will be no need for baggage because all you need is there.
Until then carry what you need and know I am always there.”
By T. Michelle Jacobs
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As the year settles in you may be thinking about what you want to accomplish. Accomplishments are wonderful. Goals are phenomenal. The one thing that I refuse to do is have regrets. It is very easy to get depressed over things not accomplished and goals not reached. However dwelling on that aspect of your life is not productive or beneficial to your well-being. This is what I am determined to do:
1. Realize that where I am is where I need to be. Meaning what? Where I am in my life is where I have been mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally and financially capable of being. If I was mentally capable of being somewhere different, I would be. If I was physically capable of doing everything that I want to do I would be doing it….spiritually, I am doing everything I can and I am CONFIDENT that my Creator knows that. Everything that he has for me, I have or He is helping me work toward having. Emotionally I am capable of feeling only the way that I feel. Financially I have what I have. If I could have more or needed more, I would have it or learn to do without it. Is this a copout? No. Why?
2. Be a work in progress. As long as I am moving forward, I am progressing. I can motivate myself and I can be motivated but I can only take one step at a time. It is how hard I work that determines how much I gain altho I do not determine that by what I have but how I feel. Learning never ceases. I know more this year than I knew last year. I am better today than I was yesterday. I haven’t accomplished everything that I wanted to but I have accomplished things that I had not accomplished before. My work continues.
3. Help others to heal thru my books and other endeavors. One of my accomplishments was writing and having my first book published. My belief is that positive words heal and I am determined to be a part of my healing process as well as anyone that can be soothed with my words.
4. I will LOVE. The heart that loves has no room for hostility. Negative and harmful emotions damage the mind and the figurative heart. Covering all with love doesn’t mean that I will never have bad feelings toward anyone or anything but it does mean that I will allow my love to force it out. There is poem in my book called “I Have Learned” and the premise is this: Life will carry on, regardless if another stops but the experiences we face give us the knowledge, wisdom and strength we need.
5. Never give up.
~PLEASE STAY WITH ME ON THIS JOURNEY OF SELF RESTORATION, EXPLORATION AND DETERMINATION AND BUILD YOUR OWN JOURNEY AS WELL~MY HOPE IS THAT MY HEALING WILL HELP YOUR HEALING~
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The year has gone by, it went out singing
The pain of the year is passed but still stinging
The joy of the days are yet counting the ways
My love for you will be bringing
Light to your heart, understanding to your troubles
Healing to your a ache, water to your drought
Walk to your place, count the steps and your grace
You will no longer go without
Be not discouraged, hold on to your faith
Fear nothing,be brave
Your brethren’s slave
Love and be loved, undo harm, right wrongs
Kiss and be kissed, give graciously
Work hard for your worth, rejoice in every birth
Carry out every duty tenaciously
Call on the sick, give to the needy
Do not be selfish, vengeful or greedy
Forgive, be forgiven. Remember, be remembered
Cherish and be cherished. Be embraced and embrace
Fulfill the unfulfilled. Hold on and be held
Stand up to your challenges and obstacles face
Appreciate who you are and desire to become
Strive to be the best version of you
Grasp the past year for what it has given and taken
Then let go……. and welcome the new
By T. Michelle Jacobs