Tuesday, May 28, 2013

If I Wrote A Letter



                                                     If I wrote a letter to myself
                                                     I'd say be friendly and kind
                                                     When you're the only one left
                                                     Life ain't worth a dime

                                                     Be more considerate of others
                                                     Smile every now and then
                                                     They're all your sisters and brothers
                                                     If you can't smile than grin

                                                     The man you passed on the street
                                                     Needs a few pennies in hand
                                                     If he buys wine the gesture was sweet
                                                     Remember to do all you can

                                                     Don't straddle the fence to long
                                                     You're either this way or that
                                                     Go for your dreams and move on
                                                     Life can be gone in a second flat

                                                     Don't fret over how you look
                                                     God's plan was to be only you
                                                     Not someone on the cover of a book
                                                     Someone that's not honest or true

                                                     Self conscious is your biggest flaw
                                                     Get rid of those hang ups galore
                                                     Wrinkles are not against the law
                                                     You're not a young chicken anymore

                                                     And don't lose confidence in yourself
                                                     That's the worst thing you can do
                                                     After a while there's nothing left
                                                     Worthless as an old, worn out shoe

                                                     Stop worrying so much and live
                                                     A bit of happiness is never small
                                                     Focus more on what you can give
                                                     God said he'd take care of it all

                                                     Live like there's no tomorrow
                                                     You never know what lies ahead
                                                     The world is full of so much sorrow
                                                     Be thankful you got out of bed

                                                     And please always remember
                                                     Give the flowers while you can
                                                     Christmas is not only in December
                                                     A token of love is so grand

                                                     Never forget where you came
                                                     Your mom and dad were the best
                                                     What they taught is still the same
                                                     Now they expect you to do the rest

                                                     Those poems you love to write
                                                     There's memories in every rhyme
                                                     When you're gone they're still in sight
                                                     It's your way of leaving them behind

                                                     Just like those quilts you've made
                                                     They're keepsakes for many a home
                                                     On each bed so cherished and laid
                                                     Maybe someone will carry on

                                                    And that precious family you love
                                                    Spend as much time as you can
                                                    A treasured gift from heaven above
                                                    All part of God's master plan

                                                    Take time each day to pray
                                                    Blessings are more than you know
                                                    Talk to the one who'll stay
                                                    Close beside you wherever you go

                                                    But before you go let me say
                                                    Stop talking to yourself all the time
                                                    I heard you answer back one day
                                                    And that's a bad sign

                                                    Sometimes you get long and windy
                                                    With these pep talks in mind
                                                    Listen and don't talk constantly
                                                    This letter has gotta end sometime

                                                    Susie Swanson, 2013

22 comments:

  1. So much wisdom in this letter to self...love the humor you ended it with!

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    1. Thank you Susie. Didn't know how else to end it..lol.

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  2. Susie,
    What a charming poem this is, and a great reminder to live each day being happy. It was a bit humorous too.

    Have a nice week, dear.

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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    1. Thank you Sheri. Hope you have a nice week as well.. xo

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  3. A great poem, Susie! I think I should write a letter to myself, now that you brought it to mind.

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  4. Susie,
    This is a wonderful poem and has great meaning. Yes, I agree with you on everything. I worry too much. I don't do all the things I should do, and yes, life is so short. Thank you for reminding me of the important things in life. My doctor told me that stress kills people. That is so true. Thanks for the awesome poem.

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    1. Thank you Brenda. Stress is bad on us, now if I would just take my own advice..

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  5. Oh my Susie, what a LOT of good advice! I think we are all too hard on ourselves.

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    1. Thank you. I know I am and then there's times I'm not hard enough on myself..

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  6. When I get up in the middle of the night gasping for air because of my asthma I realize how short life can be. You said beautifully what I could not.

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    1. Awe, thank you Munir.. I'll be praying for you and I'm so sorry.

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  7. Susie, this is such a cute poem! Great advice all the way through. Loved this one. :D

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  8. Hi Susie! I just loved this poem! Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could write a letter to our younger self and tell them all we learned and that life was going to be just fine no matter what happens? :) Your poem really reached out and touched my heart. I especially loved the thought of not holding back kindness and not straddling fences. Also the part about praying and giving thanks for your blessings. Some people sadly go through their whole life never feeling they have any blessings, but when we open our eyes to them with a gracious heart, it like see the world in color for the first time. I hope you are having a good weekend my friend and that you are feeling good and enjoying the sunshine. We might get a little rain down our way today. It doesn't say so in the reports but I am feeling it in my bones, which lately has become more accurate than weather radar! :) Until next time...With Love, Delisa :)

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    1. Thank you so much Delisa. I agree with you about the letter writing. I'm wishing I would have wrote one to myself when I was young so I could pull it out every now and then as a reminder.. I hope you didn't get the storms to bad. We had some last night and today but nothing like Ok. Thye need our prayers so much. Have a nice week.xo

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  9. Susie, I liked your poem so much. Maybe we should write letters to ourselves. I guess that's journaling. Hope you have abeautiful month of June..It's my favorite . xoxo,Susie

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    1. Thank you Susie. Yes that is journaling and it would be so nice.. Wishing you a beautiful June as well. xoxoxo

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