Fear builds wall
deflects possibility;
I pray for purpose
block revelation

afraid truth,
unkind, will
shatter equilibrium

Once faith-filled
meaning flowed
like blissful
divine guidance

but life changes,
challenges –
virus suppressing

I set my walls
it seems

need to adjust
these filters.

(For Reena’s Exploration challenge: meaning and truth, and Ragtag Community’s: flow; and Fandango’s: firewall.)



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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

21 thoughts on “Firewall”

  1. You are bang on about the filters. Filters give us the strength to survive — Your tagline ‘passion for writing gives momentum to the soul’ speaks so much. It is true for you, me and many others.

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  2. Acceptance of anything can be difficult but once I stopped fighting illness and began accepting what was it became easier. I dropped the why me and changed my thinking to why not me. This was not giving up it was purely acceptance.

    Although I’m not a religious person I am spiritual and I believe that we have lesson to learn, these are not punishments but a way of making us grow. When I got the news on the 31 October last year that my mum had stage four cancer I was therefor her both mentally and physically for the remaining seven weeks until she lefts us on Christmas Eve. This made me stronger and probably more able to deal with the news that I had a heart tumour. I could have said “ Why me,” but all I could think was “ Why not me” Mum and I used to say “ There will always be people better and worse off than we are, we just have to accept it and carry on” ❤️🌹❤️

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      1. Just like your poetry because they come from within. I’ve come to the conclusion that sometimes we have to lose something to gain something, if that makes sense. I had never painted much at all until a few years ago when my health started going downhill which made me slow down and then the gift of being able to paint came forward. It’s not what happens to us it’s how we react to it. I hope you don’t think I’m preaching Val, I’m just saying how I deal with things. ❤️


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