ATTITUDE

"The longer we live, the more I realise the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.  It will make or break a company...a church...a HOME.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you...we are in charge of our Attitudes"
Words taken from the "Alternative Secrets"

LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS (A true story)


Deep in the forest and high on the mountain slope
Darkness fast approaching, I was close to giving up hope
Didn´t know where I was going, couldn´t figure out where I’d been
Just trying to remember some of the things that I had seen
Physically I was broken, but my spirit carried me on
As darkness fell around me, I could hear the wild boar´s call
Then suddenly I was off the edge, I could feel myself starting to fall!
Sliding down the ridge and into the gulley, I could feel every bush that I struck
In the bottom of the gulley, I found myself in water, felt like I´d been hit by a truck
Painfully, I sat on a rock feeling cold and alone, trying to figure out my next move
Collecting some rocks to protect me from wild boar, I prepared for a long cold night
But slowly as my eyes got used to the dark, I attempted to focus my sight
I thought I caught a glimpse of a thin grey line, high up on the opposite ridge
Could it be a path that would lead me out of there? My heart began to race!
Pulling myself together I decided to put it to the test, climb the ridge and hope for the best
It took me a while but at last I reached the ledge and someone had answered my prayer!
There was a path, it was rocky and rough, but the path was going somewhere!
An hour or so later, I was back on a main road, bloody and bruised but with spirits raised.
Adventure over and still in one piece, but I learned a few lessons which will stay in my head!
Not my best day in the mountains, it will be nice to get home to my bed!!
Mikey © November 2012

Mountain Man

    With all the travelling I have done sometimes the beauty of the world makes me sad,
    and sometimes my heart has felt great joy
    I´ve seen squirrels climbing trees, and ladybirds on a blade of grass
    I´ve seen little rabbits in a field so vulnerable in the late sun,
    I´ve been on brown rocky hills where shadows drift by,
    and once, someone called me a mountain man, because I went to quiet hills where mountain men go.  
    Mikey © November 2012

The bridge of love


    It takes me back to brighter years,
    and happy Spanish sunlit days
    to precious moments
    that will be with me always.
    And to fond recollections
    that are treasured in my heart
    that keeps me always close to those
    from whom I´ve had to part.
    There is a bridge of memories
    from earth, and all the way to Heaven above...
    which keeps our loved ones near us
    It's the bridge that I call love.
    Mikey – 2012

Search for a greener planet

(Levante is a Spanish word, meaning East or North East wind)

Let´s look for a place where the pavement ends
and just before the main street begins,
here we´ll find grass growing soft and green,
where the sun is shining with a yellow sheen,
And where exotic birds are resting from there flight
To cool in the “Levante” wind.
Let´s leave this place where the smoke is black
and the dark streets wind and bend
past rubbish dumps where poison weeds grow
Lets walk with a walk that is measured and slow
and watch where the chalk-white arrows go
to the place where the pavement ends.
Mikey 2012 (c)
 

To all my friends

    So many times I´ve heard these words!
    Go back my son! Don´t take the chance!
    You’re entering a risky dance!
    But, on I go I´ll not turn back!
    I have to follow the entire track!
    Someday I know it has to end!
    Eventually, we all reach the final bend!
    Until then I´ve work to do!
    But every now and then......I´ll stop and think of you!!
    Mikey © 2012

WHAT IS TRUE FRIENDSHIP?

    Over a lifetime we will make almost 400 friends, but we will keep in touch with fewer than 10% of them. Almost 60% of us claim that our friendships are more important to us than career, money or family.
    Often, we don't know where we fit into friends' lives. We may like them enormously, but not know whether they'd like us to get any closer. Are we in the first dozen, or the remotest 90 in their circle? If they ask us to dinner once a year, is that an honour because they only entertain twice, or a sign of our unimportance, because they hold dinners every week?
    Many of us are childish in our expectations of friendship. Even though we may only present our most sparkling, desirable selves to our friends, and even though there may be nothing more to the relationship than five years of occasional lively evenings together, we still nurture the illusion that the friends who enjoy our wine or our wit are somehow very attached to the real us, the vulnerable or anxious person they may never have seen. Maybe this is why we are so astonished when friends disappear at times of trouble.
    Personally I look upon friendships very differently now. I'm much more cynical. I don't think most people are really prepared to make an effort for anyone else. They're prepared to enjoy your company, and that's all.
    I have also noticed that the people who are least disappointed with their friendships are either those who have never had to test them, or those with the clearest understanding of what they are about, usually because the friendships have their roots in the realities of their lives.
    Mikey…………..July 2011

WHAT IS TRUE FRIENDSHIP?

    Many people will walk in and out of our lives, but only true friends will leave footprints in our souls!
    A very good friend (Sheyla Bonnick) said recently………..Yes! Just wait until you get back on your feet everyone will come running! Well! Who knows?
    I believe that friendship has a special status in our society, in contrast to our other relationships over which we have so little control; the families we can't change, the neighbours who irritate us, the colleagues we have to put up with. Friends are thought of as the enjoyable freely chosen part of our lives. If someone asks how we´re spending the weekend and we say staying in, or visiting family or colleagues, it may be considered boring! However, if we say we're seeing friends there's an assumption that we are popular and connected.
    On one level, friendships are very simple. They are the bonds between people who enjoy one another's company. But probe deeper and it's evident that there is no consensus about what it means. Start talking to people about friendship and it becomes clear that while people value it and seek it, there is also much confusion, hesitancy and disappointment about friends in many people's lives. Friendship is one of those areas full of hidden assumptions and unspoken rules. We only discover that our friendship doesn't mean what we think it does when something goes wrong!
    There is no agreement about what friendship involves, or what to do if it goes sour. No one would dream of suggesting to a friend that they start seeing a friends' guidance counselor to talk about the dynamics of their failing relationship. When things go wrong, we very rarely challenge our friends. That's because friendship is often a delicate affair and we don't want to tax it with too many demands. It's more common to absorb the hurt, and retreat. After all, there is no contract. The terms are unwritten, and nobody ever makes them explicit.
    If we ask people about friendship, we get a wide range of views; some think it demands total loyalty; while others think it carries no obligations at all. Some people say they would “die” for their friends, while others consider their friendships are only designed to make their present day lives´ easier!
    Most of us feel a certain pride about our friends, pleased that they have chosen us, and that we have chosen them. We tend to believe that they reflect some important truths about who we are. Yet making friends isn't an exercise in free choice, any more than buying a house is. We buy houses according to what we can afford, what happens to be on the market when we're looking, and whether an owner decides to accept our offer. Friendship is rather similar. We can only choose our friends from among the people we meet, in circumstances where making a friendly overture would be appropriate, and who show a reciprocal interest in knowing us.
    Mikey…………..July 2011

Andy´s fishing trip

    The fishing is over; your fearful trip is done.
    The ship has weathered all the storms, and you caught the fish my son!
    The port is near, you can hear the bells, the crew are all excited,
    the ship is anchored safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
    from fearful trip, the victorious ship, comes in with object won;
    and below the decks the fishes lie,
    filleted, cold and dead.
    One Icelandic cod more, one swordfish less,
    we’ve half impaired their nameless grace
    through all the waves in the ocean´s stress
    that softly highlights the smile on our face,
    our thoughts are serene and sweetly express
    how pure & how dear was their dwelling-place.
    Mikey 10/11/20

When all the lights went out!

    Just before the lights went
    on what was there before us
    we were standing on the edge of space
    looking over to the other side
    Masked in the mist of our minds speculation
    we were busy with our preparation
    Building vehicles to carry us across
    quickly! Before all the lights go out
    leaving us in the eternal night
    and wondering what might have been?
    Mikey - Christmas 2012 ©

Feelings!

    If you are stuck between your feelings and what other people think is right?
    Always go with whatever makes you happy!
    Unless you want everyone else to be happy, except you!
    Because, if they are not there during your upward struggle
    they should not expect to be there during your success!!!

A poem for Sheyla

    Life is made of memories  some are good and some are bad It's never too late to add some good ones  someday they'll make us glad
    Bad memories need a firm hand  throw them away and lose the key Good memories put a song in our hearts for everyone including you and me
    Take comfort in those special times we built with one another they keep us warm and keep us close like a baby held by its mother
    Good memories we should cherish and recall, how they came about because they’ll stay with us forever  of that, there is no doubt
    Doing good deeds make us feel good give us something to remember Visit a show; write down our thoughts make a snowman in December
    This is how we build our memories and feel we're in the pink  we’ll benefit with happiness it's easier than you think
    Things we remember through the years are memories that we have made they make life happy for others too and for us they never fade
    MAY WE ALL MAKE HAPPY MEMORIES 
    Mikey – Summer 2011 

ATTITUDE

    "The longer we live, the more I realise the impact of attitude on life.
    Attitude, to me is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.
    It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.  It will make or break a company...a church...a HOME.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you...we are in charge of our Attitudes"
    Words taken from the "Alternative Secrets"

LAW OF ATTRACTION

    You are a magnetic field of mental influence.  What you think
    about constantly you automatically draw or attract to you.  What you attract depends on that upon which you dwell.
    You attract into your mind, body, affairs and relationships that which you secretly harbor - what you love and what you fear or hate. 
    You do not so much attract what you want as what you are, according to your secret thoughts.
    You attract the things to which you give a great deal of thought.  If you concentrate your thoughts on injustice, you attract injustice, to you.  If you give a great deal of thought to lack and failure, you attract lack and failure, and you attract to you people who think the same thoughts as you do.
    Words by Frances Silwa