Grace, Not Perfection

Grace Not Perfection 2Perfection’s highly
overrated. Give me grace
to let myself live,
to be human, to learn from
both victory and failure

May 4, 2017 ~ Tanka
© 2017 Angela Umphers Rueger – All Rights Reserved
Photo taken in Virginia Beach, VA, 2017

This poem is based on the book by the same title that I am currently reading, written by Emily Ley. I’ve had a good many Wow! and Aha! moments while reading this book. I’ll go through it more slowly the second time (if that’s even possible), making notes and underlining/highlighting as I go along. I am brainwashing myself into believing that perfectionism is bad. It’s been my way of life for so long that it will take some effort to loosen its grasp on my mindset.

And just for the record, she is not paying me to promote her book, but I included a link above for you to buy it (her name) if you’re interested. I am happy to endorse it because it has changed my life by changing my mindset. Highly recommended!

Five-Minute Friday: TRY

This is my first time ever participating in the Five-Minute Friday challenge. I’ll have to say the hardest thing about it was not going back to revise. I’m a poet, so I wrote a poem. It has not been revised, and I’ll be the first to tell you it needs it! But that would defeat the purpose of this little exercise, now wouldn’t it? Not only does it need revision, but it went in the polar opposite direction from where I thought I was leading it. Like a great big dog being walked by a very little girl. You go where the dog wants to go when the dog is bigger than you. And evidently this poem is bigger than me. 🙂

So, introduction is done. Now it’s time to TRY.

GO.

Is it hard to understand?
Try a little harder.
Do you think you’ve given all?
Give a little more.
Have you run your very farthest?
Run a little farther.
Have you lost at every gateway?
Open one more door.
The next door, the next stretch,
The next half-an-ounce of effort
Might be just the thing you need
So to finish and succeed.
But you’ll never know until you try.

 

Tea Time

Cup of Tea blue 2 (1)Before I sit to cup of tea,
I look the choices over.
A dozen or so blends I see,
Of some I’ve tasted never.

Old Earl Grey is not for me,
“I Love Lemon” lies,
Chamomile tastes like a tree
With cinna-stick surprise.

Then I behold with gladsome glee
The one that I like best,
And I sit down to cup of tea
And calmly take my rest.

 

January 14, 2002 ~ posted, though not written, in response to the Daily Prompt: Tea
© 2017 Angela Umphers Rueger – All Rights Reserved
Photo taken in Milton, Florida, 2017, for Encore! Old Pianos with a New Song