The Change

The daunting gauntlet that was my life
Was full of stress and strain and strife
Felt only pain and misery
Hope seemed a distant memory
It was even hard to lift my head
Or get myself out of bed
Trouble seemed all around
Chains of fear kept me bound
Trapped deep within my lonely room
Imprisoned in a cramped cocoon
Darkness was both foe and friend
Wondered when my ordeal would end
Sadness seemed to be my fate
Thought all I could do was sit and wait
But waiting proved a waste of time
It didn’t change this life of mine
It took some action on my part
A major change inside my heart
Began to fix my attitude
View life through a lens of gratitude
Showed kindness to those in need
Found that even included me
Often stopped to smell the flowers
Put much more joy into each hour
Learned to appreciate all I had
Found lots of reasons to be glad
Followed my passion more each day
What was work now was play
Was amazed at just how fast
My life began to improve at last
Now my life is full of song
My heart held the answers all along

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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10 Responses to The Change

  1. That is very beautiful….Diane

  2. Inspiring! Sometimes we make things to complicated I think, when the answer is there all along.

  3. Rad change says:

    It helps when we do our part. An attitude of gratitude!

  4. lisakunk says:

    applause applause

  5. JanBeek says:

    Yes, your heart had the answers
    And you were smart enough to listen
    To stop and ask and wait and change
    So what was dull could finally glisten.

    God Bless You!
    We all are the benefactors of that
    It was in your heart all along!

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