This poem is from Joan Ellen Gage’s book, Water Running Downhill. Below the text, you will see a link with the author reading the poem. Gage created this image using a photo animation program. The Website Water Running Downhill no longer exists. Joan’s other website is listed below.
OTHER WEBSITE: https://joans-zone.com/
FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/yourpersonalcheerleaderJoanEllenGage/
EMBRACING YOUR INNER CHEERLEADER: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Your-Inner-Cheerleader-ebook/dp/B0086WW7AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&
STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140
WATER RUNNING DOWNHILL, ROSE EDITION: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Running-Downhill-Words-Empowerment/dp/0692571965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447021563&sr=1-1&keywords=water+running+downhill%2C+words+of+empowerment%2C+rose+edition
A Redhead Looks at 60: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/189-7867874-1973650?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+redhead+looks+at+60
©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.
|Joan about to run off the road!|
Patch, Patch, Patch!
Why is it?
Just when you think things are going to be
Life sideswipes you, and throws you in the
I seem to spend
Half of my life patching things back
The other half I spend worrying
Whether the patch will hold!
Don’t tell me!
Is that another leak
From Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader, by Joan Ellen Gage
Hi, I hope everyone is having a good day, no flat tires! May your blessings be bountiful and your cares be few.
|Can you see the real me?|
It’s the hardest thing a woman can do
To accept herself as she is, faults and all
And rise above Western civilizations’ criticism
Our society has created a model
That few can touch—
Ultra thin, flawless, plus giant breasts
Based on the “Barbie” doll figure
Women come in all shapes and sizes
Each perfect in their own way
Women must find their own exquisiteness
And embrace and love themselves
Their unique and wonderful selves!
From the book, A Redhead Looks at 60,
by Joan Ellen Gage
A Woman for All Ages
Here is a shock for you
Not all of us are moms who do it all
Or are executives, who crashed the glass ceiling,
Left, and found their “true calling”
Some of us have just been trying to make a living
Worker bees, who buried creative or other needs,
Like self-expression, under a load of work and life
It happens and time passes
I swallowed the work ethic myth hook, line and sinker
I was the “perfect” employee—hard working
Taking a personal interest in my job
My Mary Poppins’ era; but, it left nothing for me
50 opened up my eyes
I still work hard, but now I work for me
First and foremost, I take care of myself
And my responsibilities to family
As time passes, we need to deal with
And understand what lessons each decade teaches us
Hopefully we learn and embrace the wisdom
From our experiences, and in turn,
These life lessons flesh out
Who we are becoming and who we grow to be
We are unfinished works of art
The book not yet completed
The half-carved sculpture
To be unveiled by the universe
And not at a time of our choosing
So let the journey unfold, and may your story be told!
From the book, A Redhead Looks at 60, by Joan Ellen Gage
Joan’s tips for being present:
As usual, I struggle with staying in the now. My go to is to get outside with my dog. Watching her keeps me present and I realize how blessed I am to have this wonderful creature as my friend. If you don’t have a pet, maybe you can “borrow” one!
The second thing I do to stay present is to watch the sunset or sunrise. If you can’t watch a real one, watch one on the net. There are a lot of youtube videos, like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbaJ1SPjLnc
What’s not to love!
Rock the beat, and give your heart some tender loving care! Here is a link for a 5 minute meditation to open your heart from Louise Hay:
Have a wonderful Valentine’s “week!” Take a little time daily to love and treat yourself, you deserve it!