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Poetry

I remember
When life was longer
When days were righter
When wrong was wronger
& I remember
in September
or was it March
perhaps December
when life seemed cleaner
grass was greener
people nicer
now mean is meaner
& I remember
before rendition
un-extraordinary
thought suppression
before they kidnapped
in orange jumpers
flew to Cuba
and hired humpers
for unillateral mind controlling
militarial sell your souling
Before the Catholics
raped little boys
before school shootings
made such noise
before big pharma killed the stars
before the psychs had passed up cars
in greatest deaths
in the land of the free
before America
lost her liberty

And I remember
one November
when I was younger, meek and tender,
when I gave my money to every bum I’d see,
When I lost my car, when I’d lose my keys,
when I’d settle for no,
when I’d always say please
when I’d fall down hard
when I bloodied my knees
when I’d tolerate abuse
when I used to get teased,

But now like the world,
I’m a different man
I stand up tall
I do the best that I can
I look at the bright side
I learn more each day
I master my mind
I think before I say
the words in my head
and the fire in my soul
I follow my bliss
without leaving a hole
I learn from my mistakes
and preferably theirs’
I made peace with myself,
I recited some prayers.

I finally learned
what life was for
to leave this place
better than before
it was when I
was without form
to make it better
because I was born
and because I lived
some others live too
ending their pain
and stopping the abuse

By Bruce Edwin

2014

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The Art of Success

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By Bruce Edwin

This life we have been given is truly amazing. We create what we want. If you want to fly across the world, you can make some money, buy a plane ticket, and do it. You can even make a whole lot of money, and buy your own plane if you really want to.   If you want to write a book, make a song, dance, or paint a picture, you can do that.


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If you want to fall in love, you can be loving, meet someone, and fall in love. You can make money, buy a house, and live your dream. The only thing stopping you is you. If you feel stopped, look at what you tell yourself and what others tell you. Validate your self work, and do not tolerate others who do not tolerate you or your dreams. Dream bigger every day.

The Art of Success–is truly then, the manner of correct thinking. All success begins with action, and all action starts with thought. If your thinking is off, your action will be either non-existent, or worse–incorrect action. The first key to success therefore, is knowledge. A very simplistic outline of success could look as follows;

  1. Determine what you do NOT want. Knowing what you want, entails knowing what you do not want. Be sure to know what you do not want, so you can avoid the unwanted from happening.
  2.  Determine what you DO want. Determine your Top Most Goals and Dreams. Write them down.
  3. Write down the steps necessary to reach each goal, including your top goal.  Find out what is required to make each step happen.  Prioritize your goals in terms of long term, mid term, and short term. Looks at your goals regularly; when you wake up, during the day, and before you go to sleep, if not more.
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  5. Educate yourself. Read and study what you need to learn and know to make each step happen. If for example, you want to be a top actor, read about the top actors and how they made it to the top. Find and locate the best acting coach, and study acting.
  6.  After your education and training is great, then take action. Do the steps necessary to achieve your goals.
  7. Realize that education, study, and learning should be a life long goal, and that you should never stop studying, training, and learning, to become and stay the best you can be.
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  9. Be certain that your environment is free from distractions, including people who may invalidate your goals and plans.
  10. Get a mentor to help guide and coach you. Remember that the top Olympic athletes have coaches, and even the President of the United States has advisors to give him advice on what to do in different areas of their specialized knowledge. The wise seek the counsel of others, not try to do everything themselves. Leverage others.  And never be afraid to ask questions to get more information if you do not know something.
  11. After you have achieved your goals, find a way to help others along the way. Mentor someone else in turn for example, or donate some time to a charity or other worthy cause.
  12. Always focus on what you do want, not on what you do not want. Be optimistic. Not unrealistic–but optimistic. Negative attitudes and pessimism kills. Surround yourself with those who are more successful than you. We tend to gravitate to the level of those around us.
  13. Be of service to others, and give back.
  14. Be thankful. Show thanks have gratitude for all you have. We are blessed.

I wish you great success! Questions or comments may be addressed to me through the contact form on this site.

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POETRY

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THE INFINITE JOURNEY OF TIME

Time; this infinite journey we ride, can be beguiling,
can cause the lips to quiver, the soul to slide,
yet we ride on, no choice but go forth bravely
head held high, as chariots of death march madly
by our side, we shake off all our enemies,
regain our pride, and push forth life with faithful
hearts inside, and raise forth fists beneath nights
star swept sky, remembering that eternals’ do not die,
reclaiming our own victory with our breath,
and shouting from the mountaintops at old death,
we fear no foe nor ugly beast of legion,
for time is ours lo’ even for a season,
on wings of grace we circle lifetimes’ reason
and spread the truth albeit nations treason,
for God is ours and always on our side,
As sunsets gleam beyond this time we ride.

– Bruce Edwin, December 23rd, 2014
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all world rights reserved.