There Are Periods of Time

There are periods of time
When things aren't going right ~
Times when all the plans you've made
Might appear out of reach…
But as I have come to know,
The darkest and most difficult moments
Actually signal the end of troubles
And forecast better days ahead.
From our saddest moments we are
Able to gain strength, confidence, and courage
And the knowledge that a
Brighter day is just over the horizon.

~E Lori Milton

After A While…

After a while
you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn love doesn't mean leaning and company doesn't always mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't always promises
and you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and and your eyes ahead with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much
So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers
And you learn that you really can endure, that you really are strong and you really do have worth and you learn and you learn
with every good-bye you learn.

~Veronica A. Shoffstall