[Hpn] two poems submitted by gin_ny@juno.com

Bill Tinker wtinker@fcgnetworks.net
Tue, 30 May 2000 07:01:18 -0400

 Our dreams shape who we are and who we will become. 
 Youth is a time for dreaming dreams and making plans for your life. 
 The dreams you choose to follow during school and college years 
 will influence forever the pattern of your life. 
 Choose carefully. 
 Listen to your heart as well as your head. 
 Choose a dream you care deeply about,
 not just an intellectual interest.
 Listen to the advice of others, 
 but weigh their words carefully.
If they resonate with your soul, 
 if they feed your dreams, 
 take the words to heart and cherish them.
If the advice challenges you to look deep within yourself 
 at your reasons for wanting to follow a particular path, 
 take the challenge, 
 consider thoughtfully 
 and discover more about yourself. 
 If their words tear you down 
 or cause you to deny who you are 
 or what you value, even in subtle ways, reject them. 
 Surround yourself with people who build you up 
 or challenge you. 
 Avoid discussing your dreams with those who would try to steal them. 
 you are the one who must walk the path you choose.
 Pursue your dreams with diligence and discipline. 
 Prepare yourself to achieve your goals. 
 Work hard. 
 Make sacrifices. 
 Use your passion for your dream and all the creativity you can muster 
 when facing obstacles and set-backs. 
 If this is a dream God planted in your heart, 
 of a place where your abilities meet a need in the world,
you will find a way. 
 Be patient if the way doesn't open immediately.
Hold fast to your dream even if its achievement
gets side-tracked for years. 
 Put those years to good use.
Continue to prepare yourself for the fulfillment of your dream. 
 Pray about it and trust God. 
 Be bold and brave. 
 Don't let fear or negativism keep you from trying. 
 If you try, the worst thing that can happen is failure. 
 Consider failure an opportunity to learn how to try again, 
 refining your plans into a success story for all to see. 
 If you don't try, you will have to live with your regrets,
doubts and fears, 
 perhaps for the rest of your life.
 My prayer for you is a dream big enough to capture your heart,
bright enough to illuminate your mind 
 and deep enough to satisfy your spirit. 
 May you find the strength to pursue it 
 and be enriched by it across the years. 
    -Poem by  Kelley Roberts 
 Tomorrow Is a New Day  
 Sometimes we do not feel
like we want to feel
Sometimes we do not achieve
what we want to achieve
Sometimes things that happen
do not make sense
Sometimes life leads us in directions
that are
beyond our control
It is at these times, most of all
that we need someone
who will quietly understand us
and be there to support us
I want you to know
that I am here for you
in every way
and remember that though
things may be difficult now
tomorrow is a new day

-Poem by Susan Polis Schutz