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Old 10-06-03, 09:22 PM
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Glory Days

As I approach my 36th birthday I have been looking
back a lot on the past.
My high school years were almost half a lifetime ago.
Many different memories commingle in my mind,
some bring smiles and some bring back pain.
The overarching desire in high school was wanting to belong.

The first half of high school was marked with the desperate
need to fit in and have more friends than I did.
Many days were spent wandering around campus between
acquaintances that I barely knew.
Lunch could be so long on some days,
just longing to be with people,
dying to be known.

The last 2 years of high years were filled with friends and fun.
I had my wild fun days with work friends from Togos.
We work and then experiment with drinking that kept
us busy most weekends.
Senior I had more friends at school because
of Young Life, fun events, being known on campus—
being looked up to by my younger sister’s friends.

As I look back on my graduation from High School
I think of the Grad Night after graduation.
I had one more Last Hurrah spending all night at my school.
I wandered from event to event , person to person,
trying to soak up those last moments of that time in my life.
As the night came to close, I remember lingering,
not really wanting to go home,
not wanting high school to end.

What waited for me after High School?
I didn’t know. I know every kid,
and every adult for that matter,
wants to belong. The Cheers theme
plays in my mind looking back:
“You want to go where everybody knows your name
And they're always glad you came.”

I thought back then that I would always have those friends.
Today I keep in touch with less than 5 of them.
Then I had the general feeling that those were the Glory Days
like Bruce Springsteen sings of.
That is not true.

There have been the bounties of friendship
and the valleys of loneliness along the way
God has brought new friends into my life as others left,
and brought me my wife, my life’s best friend.
There have been greater joys and sadder sorrows;
there have been greater heights and deeper pains and trials.
Through it all God has been guiding my steps, and bringing
me to the next place in my journey.
God has given me my greatest sense of belonging
through it all.

The next half a lifetime from now I will look
back and see that God met me each step of the way.
He will bring me many more “Glory Days” to come,
and give me hope in my future

Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD , "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

October 6, 2003
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"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."
~Calvin Coolidge

“Never, never, never, never give up. “~Winston Churchill
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Old 10-06-03, 09:28 PM
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Very nice poem....As a Bruce Springsteen fan myself, I saw the title of your poem and thought, "oh cool".....

Anyway, was this a poem you wrote to yourself to celebrate your birthday??? or perhaps to celebrate your life.....past, present and future....
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Old 10-06-03, 10:53 PM
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Yes, the poem is to myself. I haven't really been looking forward to my 36th birthday, but am coming to terms with the fact that 36 is not that old and I should have a lot of life left.
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Oh God please James.....nooooo 36 is not old.....Chances are you are not even through with 50% of your life yet.....

Keep writing poetry....it will keep you young.....
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Old 10-07-03, 01:26 AM
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Thanks Joan. I guess I was looking ahead feeling like I am closer to 40. Also recently I had a long conversation with my mother about time and how fast it goes by as you get older. She was telling me that on Halloween, 20 years ago, she went on her first date with my step dad. She said that they both were 41 and now it seems like that time went by so quickly. I guess my apprehension in turning 36 is not so much that I am old but more that I am conscious that my time keeps moving on and I don't want to look back in 20 to 25 years and have a lot of regrets, and what-ifs. I guess I want to live a full life, like that other poem I wrote a couple weeks back, "Daring Adventure" I guess I want to live well in the sense that I want to Seize the Day, Carpe Diem, etc.

On another note, Joan, I was reading your journal and I sorry that you are having a hard time but I do admire how you are handling it all. You are showing up each day, looking for and pursuing the job leads, and hanging in there. Keep pressing on through all of this, it seems like you are doing really great. Congrats on your interview recently, I hope you get that job!
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James: I don't just agree with your mom....the truth is -- SHE'S RIGHT....about time going so much faster as one gets older.....

Every day I wake up I think to myself -- oh my God -- another day has passed and another one is starting...Where DOES the time go???

My guess is you won't look back with regrets and what-ifs....BECAUSE....look at all the great stuff -- and gratitude -- you talk about in THIS poem on this thread....

Glory Days...and they weren't "back then"....they are the recent past and now....and heck you've got a lot and are doing a lot.....

The question to ask is:

Are you doing the best you can each day with what you've got to work with???

And if the answer is "yes"...then I would say there probably will be no regrets....BECAUSE....you will be able to say "I did the best I could".....

Thanks for the kind words....Yes my life is not boring.....and I do appreciate all of your words of encouragement and inspiration....I truly believe I am on a path and supposed to be learning a HECK OF A LOT right now....for whatever reason....
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Old 10-07-03, 12:31 PM
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You have a great attitude Joan and are an encouragement to a great number of people on this site and I am sure at your meetings and general life.

I found a couple quote for you:

"Eighty percent of success is showing up."
~Woody Allen

You are showing up!

"Success is that old ABC--ability, breaks, and courage."
~Charles Luckman

You are living your life Courageously inspite of difficult circumstances Joan.

"Life is easier to take than you'd think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable and bear the intolerable."
~Kathleen Norris
"Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion."
~G.W.F. Hegel

While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.
~Benjamin Franklin
Like with your jerk of a roomate.

"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
You have been this kind of person of person and friend to me and many on this board.

Thanks Joan.
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Wow....Thanks James......I must save this post

And fabulous quotes....I like the one "accept the impossible, do without the indispensable and bear the intolerable....."

And now I find myself in the mood for some Bruce Springsteen....
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Your welcome Joan. I hope you get a job soon. I said a prayer for you to this morning.
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