Exploring the poetry of everyday life

New Year’s Resolution

on January 5, 2016

Large New Year’s resolutions are not for me.
I maintain direction, intention and goals
While road stretching before me speaks of revelation
New situations and characters joining my journey.
I no longer go solo.

This is a wonder.
The other evening I went to a movie.
Nothing new here but when it was over
My friend quite easily moved from our seats
And on down the steps to head to the door.

She imagined I followed but that was not so.
Left having a struggle with the sleeves of my coat
And unable to see anything in the dark
I decided to wait. Sooner or later
The crowd would thin and I could escape.

Then a kind stranger entered the picture.
I heard a male voice speak quietly behind me.
“Are you ready?” he said. I answered “Yes.”
He shepherded me down to flat floor and safety.
Then disappeared as I expressed thanks.

He must have been a guardian angel.
Just one of several who have shown up lately
There when I need help but not planned for.
It is a different New Year’s resolution
To learn to rely on the kindness of others.

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

12 responses to “New Year’s Resolution

  1. My New Years Resolution is to continue performing random acts of kindness and express gratitude to those who gift me with a kind act. Happy to reconnect with you after taking a blog break for more than six weeks over the holiday period.

  2. It is a lovely moment when a stranger helps you and expects nothing in return. Thank you for sharing this moment of kindness with us. It is cleverly penned in the shape of a poem 🙂

  3. That is so sweet and lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  4. vivachange77 says:

    Thanks for your comment , Christy

  5. That was a wonderful reminder of the way you’ve chosen to approach the world and it seems a good way to approach it. I wish you many revelations and reminders of the kindness of others.

    • vivachange77 says:

      Thanks for your affirmation. I choose to be grateful and that helps me like my life, warts and all.

      • hbsuefred says:

        Three cheers for the attitude of gratitude, especially for the unexpected kindness of strangers. Since it is unexpected, do not learn to rely on it!

      • vivachange77 says:

        Right. The serendipity is a gift. Asking for help is difficult for me. It was an act of will that got me out my apartment door. I encountered two neighbors and they took over from there to see my bandage was changed. I think connecting with people often comes out of vulnerability.

  6. Eileen says:

    Age, like Winter, seems to me to be a time of receptivity……….even to angels Perhaps that’s why at 78 my favorite season is now winter. I still have trouble asking for help, but I don’t hesitate to accept it now and be very grateful. I am glad to have discovered your blog. I enjoy how you write and value what you have to say. Thanks.

    • vivachange77 says:

      Thanks for your comment. I can’t say winter is my favorite season, yet. Respecting ice and snow and the possibilities of falling (I live in Cleveland but was born in Houston 79 years ago) I am learning to fill my days differently inside my apartment. Not bad. But I miss seeing the moon in the early morning because of the cloud cover.

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