Never underestimate the power of rejection.
Rejection will initially hit you like a ton of bricks.
Crush your self-esteem and ego.
But only for a moment if you allow it, you can find that rejection can free you from what the universe may have been telling you all along was not the appropriate path for you. Sometimes, our hearts and minds lead us in directions haphazardly. It’s when we hit a stone wall that we become self-aware and can stand in our truth. To be honest with ourselves, we will have heartache over what we envisioned but reality will keep us grounded. Only allowing us to relish such unrealistic thoughts until we have overstepped the excitement of thinking to the actual doing. Sometimes, these fantastic thoughts can propel us in directions we never imagined. So, they definitely have their place in our lives, just not a permanent one. Once we stand back and view it for what it truly is…an educational mind-expanding experience….will we be able to approach the next challenge that eagerly awaits our arrival.
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die
Thomas Campbell “Hallowed Ground”
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a Good Reads First Reads giveaway book.
I wasn’t sure what to expect giving the title “Ten Poems to Say Goodbye”. I initially imagined a book filled with poems by the author. I was not familiar with Roger Housden’s work which includes other books of theme oriented poems. This book is a compilation of selected poems by several authors. Mr. Housden gives his interpretation of each literary piece providing background on the writer and offering his explanation of how the words can provide solace to those seeking it after a loss. As Roger Housden states so keenly, “We have to say goodbye to everything eventually, and life is punctuated with a thousand goodbyes, some greater, some smaller, all along the way. And yet all too often, we can’t find the words to say goodbye.”. He continues to explain that “good poetry is not merely a few thoughtful words to fill an awkward moment.” He effectively describes how poetry can “reach down into the depths of our humanity” to capture the “essence of our existence”. I found this book to be “user-friendly”, in that, you don’t need to be an English Professor to relate or understand the poems as they are followed by eloquent words expressing comfort to the person seeking deeper understanding to the meaning of loss.