By sharing my writing (Poetry in particular), a life long dream, I hope to inspire others to go after their dreams and goals.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Focus on Love

Recent events have really pushed people's emotions.

Sadness because of horrific shootings, terrorist acts such as the one that took place in my hometown of New York, and many other things happening in the world today.

Anger is also dominating, within politics, the entertainment industry, the sports industry and more.

Both of the abovementioned emotions have led to feelings of being scared. This emotion is helpful but can also be a deterrent if one allows it to consume their life.  We all experience fear as a warning sign of danger but when fear becomes a permanent state of mind it can affect a person's life in profound ways.

One emotion that can be lost amidst the trauma of recent events is happiness.

Yes we can still feel happy amidst so much trauma. Each day I read another headline or watch another tragedy unfold on the news, my heart just breaks. If I hold on to the emotions of anger, sadness and fear I find that I can't focus. I search daily for ways to maintain my happiness. To stay positive when so much negativity abounds.

In order to function at work, school, home, church or anywhere focus is needed. Our families and friends deserve our attention. They need our attention. If we allow fear to rule we would never leave our homes. If we give in to anger we may react in ways that we will regret.

We must allow ourselves to FEEL these emotions and more, but we must find a way to keep them from overwhelming our lives.

The way I choose to do this is to focus on love. One of my favorite scriptures is John 13:34 which tells us to love one another. When I look at someone with love there is no room for hate. The way that I am able to do this is because I recognize that we are all human beings. To truly look at someone and love them is to look beyond the surface and deep inside to the heart and soul of that person.

I am not someone writing from a professional standpoint, this blog is not offering medical advice. I am not advocating on behalf of anything or anyone.

I am simply a human being who is tired of other humans beings hurting their own.

"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." ~ Ephesians 4:31-32.

Focus on love,
Valerie

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Day to Day

By Valerie Maldonado

Day to day
I strive to be
The best I can
The real me
It's not easy
Not at all
But I do my best
To stand tall
I try not to conform
Or fall in a rut
I search for answers
But more often than not
All I find are questions
And confusion
What the hell am I doing?
I don't always know
But one thing I'm sure of
Day to day
I put each foot forward






Saturday, October 14, 2017

I Seek Rest

By Valerie Maldonado

I seek rest
From the daily grind
From the relentless assault
On my overfilled mind
From the negative press
I seek rest
and solace and respite
From the vile news
We receive each night
I need an escape
A way to deviate
From hate filled speech
And the words that reach
A feverish state
When one needs to be right
I seek rest
And tranquility
A moment of stillness
A day of quiet
In a world suffering illness
Of every sort
Ailments that need cures
Problems that need solving
I seek rest
From an ever evolving
Onslaught of anxious
events, tragedies, and
Senseless death
I seek rest
In the arms of my Creator
Through prayer
And faith and grace
I seek rest
From God above
For only through Him
Can I continue to love
And live and dream
and hope
By His mercy I remain
Calm and rested


Picture by me in NYC 2017