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“Choosing To Live With Joy”

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Bob Barta writes what he calls practical poetry.

“Choosing To Live With Joy”

The intent of this poem: To encourage clearing your

mind of harmful thoughts such as jealousy, hate,

anger, prejudice, etc. and day by day, replace them

with thoughts that bring you joy to share with others.

Day by day you have a choice.

You live by the quality of your “conscious” and your inner voice.

As time goes by, carefully choose what you mostly think.

Every thought is an intention, hope, or reason for something.

Realize that you have two minds, conscious and unconscious.

Either can harbor thoughts of misery or thoughts of joy.

What you mostly keep on your mind is what you get.

That is something on which you can bet!

It is best to heed what can bring you joy.

Those are the things that float you like a buoy.

The thoughts you harbor in your thinking space,

set the tempo of your daily pace.

Day by day you have a choice.

You live by the quality of your inner voice.

©2105 Robert J. Barta

Author’s Summary of the meaning of the stanzas:

  1. As time goes by, take good care of your mind,

consistently harboring joyful thoughts day by day.

  1. The quality of your life is directly related to the

quality of your thoughts.

  1. Choosing positive thoughts helps you control and

manage both your conscious and your unconscious

moods and mental processes.

  1. The thoughts you mostly concentrate on are what control

the direction and condition of your life.

  1. Day by day you have the power to choose the kinds of

thoughts that can bring you joy or misery. Your miserable

thoughts affect your behavior and can also affect others negatively.

  1. What you harbor in your mind and mostly think about

governs the quality of your life. Choose well. Good luck.

Author’s Challenge: Re-read and write your own interpretation to add value to the poem.

Shoreline resident, Bob Barta (retired teacher) is an amateur photographer and author of practical poems for teens and teachers. Practical Poetry website http://www.fivestarteacher.com

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