To write or not to write?

If you can perform well at your best, then you can perform better at your best.

Lazarus Shatipamba

Recently, I’ve been questioning whether or not I’m really a writer.

I think, therefore, I am one. However, according to the age old adage “Writers write”, I’m no orthographer.

Not unless you include academic essays and professional assignments within the scope of orthography. Perhaps, I’m baised towards creative writing, because when I muse upon writing, it is penning poetry and prose that spring to mind.

And so, even though I’ve composed a compendium of essays for school and a plethora of professional texts for work this year already, I still feel as though I’ve been cheating on my God-given gift, that most spiritual of blessings, writing.

And so, here I am, writing–speaking without saying anything.

In his insighfully inspiring, Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke echoes the sentiment that if you can live for even a second without writing, then it’s probably a sign you shouldn’t be writting. Basically, if it is not a necessity for you to write, then don’t write.

As an admirer of the great poet, you can most likely imagine the dreadfully fearful fit it sent me into when I realized I’d gone for more than a minute without writing. Perhaps it’s hubris, but I take pride in being a writer.

Although, it does stroke the ego knowing I belong to the same club as legendary literary luminaries like Shakespeare, Blake, and Rilke himself, to mention but a few; I honestly, really feel like I am a writer. Else, why would I be so good at it and why does it bring me so much joy whenever I do write?

Certainly, God did not err when He blessed me with the gift to write.

And so, I no longer question whether or not I really am a writer. Because I really am a writer. Just one who happens to be extremely inconsistent writing creatively and consistently busy writing professionally and academically.

What about you? Does it make you feel good being associated with greats like Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Browning?

Do you enjoy writing as much as I do?

Yes? No? Maybe…you’ll let me know in the comment section?

The seven deadly sins of life

Where hope grows, miracles blossom.

Elna Rae

In life, there are a great many things we should not do unless of course, we want to get hurt. From touching hot stoves to disturbing beehives, and unwisely spending money lavishly there is an army of things one can do to bring oneself closer to a state of suffering much further away from happiness and true success.

Out of these great many possibilities to ‘err’ in life, I bring you seven, which, if you ever find yourself committing will definitely accelerate you away from becoming successful and experiencing the true wonders of happiness. So without any further delay, here are the most significant things I want you to always remember never to do. They, in no particular order of importance, are:

  • 1. Living your life on other peoples terms

Never ever put yourself under the social pressure of having to please others. Even if you tried you’re fated to fail because firstly, you can never please everyone, and secondly, if you could–please everyone that is–you’d most likely not be pleased with yourself. The statistics of my personal experiences have shown that no matter how hard you try there will always be someone who’ll cry from your behavior.

So rather than attempting to please others and live up to their expectations of you, experts recommend you try to fulfill your own objectives and expectations instead. Not only is it much easier it’s also healthier because this way you may steer the ship of your peace of mind clear of destructive and depressive waves.

At the end of the day, when you’re on your death bed and your last breath is leaving you, and you retrospect upon your life you are the only one who will regret living other people’s lives and not your own.

And so, in order to avoid that fatalistic end, realize you are the only one who really knows yourself. So you should have faith in yourself and guide yourself according to your dreams and aspirations. You should live life on your own terms.

  • 2. Not taking risks

Every chess player worthy of their pay knows that sometimes you’ve got to sacrifice your queen to checkmate the enemy king. Sacrificing is not always guaranteed to win, it’s a huge risk because your opponent may surprise you with a response you hadn’t anticipated. Usually, though, well-calculated sacrifices generally lead to greater rewards. This is true not just in chess but in life as well.

In terms of life, taking risks doesn’t have to involve scary life-death situations. A risk doesn’t have to be drastically life-altering to be rewarding. Most times, a small risk like trying something new can have an astronomical effect in that it leads you to discover what exactly you’re meant to be doing.

So never shy away from taking risks. It definitely won’t be easy, but always be ready to try new challenges. Don’t fear the unknown, explore it, and seek out those things within it which you’re passionately interested in, those things that set your heart racing in excitement and your mind pacing in curiosity.

  • 3. Letting petty things ruin your mood and peace of mind

Just like iron filings are at times attracted towards a magnet and sometimes repelled away from it, so sometimes, in life, things go our way, and sometimes they just don’t. You need to accept this and not let many of the things you encounter in life stress you out. Most of them you’ll find are not even worth worrying about. Worrying about them just poops on your good mood, all for nothing.

Rather, you should focus your energies on the things that matter and that are in your control. Petty things which we fret over on a daily basis, mild inconveniences, coupled with things not going according to plan don’t actually require plenty of concern. So never flush your peaceful experiences down the toilet by worrying about things that have already occurred, may never happen, are out of your control, or aren’t actually important.

  • 4. Basing your happiness off external factors

We live in a capitalistic and materialistic society that promotes the notion that we need the latest smartphone and the most expensive cologne to be happy. We live in a world where people utter things like ”I can’t live without you” and ”without you I’m not happy”. Although I see and appreciate the romantic spirit within expressions like these, I strongly advise against making other people or things master over our happiness. Happiness based on external things does not last.

Happiness as the cliche goes ”is a state of mind”. Happiness is something born and bred within an individual. No amount of material wealth will permanently cure a sad heart. The only way to be happy is to understand that the word ‘happy’ is a verb aka doing word and to use that knowledge to act accordingly.

You should cultivate a strong relationship with yourself. By nurturing your self-esteem and getting to know yourself better–what you want and how to fulfill it–the likelier you’ll live a happy life regardless of whether you’ve amassed many material possessions.

  • 5. Letting others take away your personal time

The most important relationship you’ll ever have is the one with yourself. So when people try to guilt-trip you into sacrificing your precious personal time for them, don’t be scared to stamp your foot down and defend your time without shame or guilt.

Even if others don’t understand, feel free to take time out to be with yourself and to do the things that matter most to you. It’s your life, only you get to set the terms and conditions to it, and only you get to dictate how to spend your time.

  • 6. Letting others treat you badly

Everybody deserves to be treated well. No person should be subjected to mistreatment. If you have toxic people in your life who treat you badly you need to detach yourself from them. If they happen to be family or co-workers and it’s hard to separate from them then you should let them know you don’t appreciate the way they treat you. Most times, all it takes to stop being treated badly is standing up for ourselves.

We teach people how to treat us, so every time we let someone mistreat us we’re teaching them it’s okay to do so. It’s not, so cultivate relationships with people who treat you well and break off from people who mistreat you.

  • 7. Not constantly learning

We live in a rapidly ever-changing world. Yesterday’s knowledge may be too old for today. What you knew in the past might not be relevant today. So there is always something novel to learn and discover.

Having an open mind and a growth mindset will aid you in adapting to this ever-morphing world. So long as you maintain a positive attitude towards learning, so long as you do not erect a wall around your mind so that new ideas and ways of doing things don’t enter, you will be okay no matter good or bad weather.

Active Again

In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it.

Norman Vincent Peale

Like a dormant volcano, my blog has been inactive very consistently recently. You most likely must’ve been wondering what happened to me? Did I kick the bucket? Or did I fall out of love with writing?

Rest assured I’m alive and well. My love for writing is greater than ever and dare I say better than ever. I’d love to regurgitate the excuse ”my studies as a Bachelor of English and Linguistics have kept me in a tight grip so much so that I didn’t get any time to update my blog” as the reason behind why I’ve neglected my duties as a blogger, but sadly I cannot.

Yes, my academic adventures in the literary arts took up most of my time, but quite frankly the primary factor behind why I haven’t been updating my blog is that I was–perhaps I still am–going through a phase at the end of which I’ll either be a better writer or not a writer at all. Through my studies, I’ve come to realize the metaphoric ramifications of antique adages like ”the pen is mightier than the sword”. As writers, we wield a mighty power, a double-edged power that can enlighten, heal, and inspire positivity yet also perpetuate prejudice and negativity. I don’t know about you, but that’s plenty of pressure for a guy who if left to his own devices will lock himself in the library and throw away the key.

Meanwhile, I was going through all this, too busy to update my blog with positive poetry and prose, you stuck by me. I did not lose any followers, in fact, I rather astonishingly gained a few more subscribers. For your divine show of loyalty and kindness, I thank you with all my heart. Thank you for not abandoning me. Thank you for staying with me. I sincerely appreciate it.

I’m on holiday now so I’ve got more time on my hands to pursue more of my passions. My heart is racing at the prospect of reacquainting myself to the fascinating and inspiring people here on the blogosphere. I can’t wait to apply what I’ve been learning on my blog, I can’t wait to immerse myself in the community.

As of today, this previously dormant volcano of a blog is going to be erupting with creativity.

Once again, thank you for remaining a follower of my blog…and like the Japanese say “Sayonara!”

If You’re Happy And You Know It

Your attention is the most important asset you have. Be deliberate with it.

Zat Rana

Whoever came up with the song ‘If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands’ was not only a musical maestro, for their skilful ability to make music that lasts for more than a millennia at the pinnacle of every child’s favourite song list; but also a Good-mood Guru, for I don’t know anything else with the ready power to instantly elevate my mood as much as ‘If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands’.

My gratitude goes out to that person, whoever you are, wherever you are, Thank you, Baie Dankie, Merci Beaucoup, Gracias, Domo Arigato Gozaimasu, Tangi Unene, for making that most wonderful song, for whenever with my mood there’s something wrong, and there’s nothing else that’s like a body-builder strong, enough to lift me out of the pit of doom and gloom, I can always count on it to serve as the remedy makes me feel happy.

It is during uplifting moments like these when I’m reminded that blissfulness is a choice and that if today is Monday I don’t have to wait for Tuesday to come in order for me to choose and wed happiness as my beloved state of mind. It is at times like these where I wish that everybody knew the lyrics to ‘If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands’.

Ideally, I would’ve sung the song and inserted it as an audio, but due to the fact that my singing is prone to at worst destroy your eardrums and at best make your ears bleed, I’ll instead just share the lyrics of the song with those who don’t know it, and hope that someone else with a more alluring voice has or will sing the song and upload it onto the world wide web so as to familiarize you to it’s melody, otherwise you won’t reap the full blissful benefits of the song.

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. (Hands clapping)

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. (Hands clapping)

If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it.

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. (Hands clapping)

If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet. (Feet stomping)

If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet. (Feet stomping)

If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it.

If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet. (Feet stomping)

If you’re happy and you know it shout “Hooray!” (Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it shout “Hooray!” (Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it.

If you’re happy and you know it shout “Hooray!” (Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it do all three. (Hands clapping, Feet stomping, Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it do all three. (Hands clapping, Feet stomping, Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it.

If you’re happy and you know it do all three. (Hands clapping, Feet stomping, Hooray!)

Be warned not to go fight with other people in disagreement because there’s another version that goes…

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. (Hands clapping)

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. (Hands clapping)

If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it.

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. (Hands clapping)

If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet. (Feet stomping)

If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet. (Feet stomping)

If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it.

If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet. (Feet stomping)

If you’re happy and you know it shout “Hooray!” (Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it shout “Hooray!” (Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it.

If you’re happy and you know it shout “Hooray!” (Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it do all three. (Hands clapping, Feet stomping, Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it do all three. (Hands clapping, Feet stomping, Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it.

If you’re happy and you know it do all three. (Hands clapping, Feet stomping, Hooray!)

That consumnates this article, I hope you enjoyed reading it, and that If you’re happy and you know it you’ll let me know, otherwise I’ll be forced to go another round singing the song just to dispel the sadness sparked by your not commenting on this post.

A Positive Way

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.

George Lorimer

Embrace a positive way of thinking
And you will be a light in the darkness
A gardener, in mind, positive thoughts planting
Embrace a positive way of thinking
And in the dark cloud see the silver lining
Unless you want darkness to dismiss your bliss
Embrace a positive way of thinking
And you will be a light in the darkness.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

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NOW | Part One

Men who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the man doing it.

Chinese proverb

to tune into the now
is to turn a second into eternity
to watch an hour go by, in the blink of an eye

it is to be, beyond the borders of worries which wrinkle your brow
for you are, aware of the poetry, the beauty of life.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

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The Doors Of Opportunity

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.

Mother Teresa

The doors of opportunity will continue to open
and close

So be ready to walk through them
when the doors of opportunity open

And don’t be sad or mad
when the doors shut you out
of the opportunity of a lifetime

For as soon as one door closes
another is sure to open.

Just be glad
the doors of opportunity will continue to open

And steady yourself so you’ll be ready to go
when the doors of opportunity open
to let you through.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

The Poets Peace

A letter to you, from me

Hi there, stranger–because you do not know, me, even though you are, me, and I am you–I trust you are not in danger.

And hope that you are well, I just wanted to tell, you that hell, is always knocking, at your door, but that heaven is always in your reach. You just have to stretch, your heart, and your mind, to their limitless potential.

I know you don’t know me–for you have never met me, you and I are strangers, even though I am you, and you are me–so you must be wondering who I am, to tell you that heaven is always within, your reach and that hell is constantly knocking on your door?

I am no spiritual sage, if my age of just twenty-three years doesn’t tell you that, then let me tell you I am simply a student, of life, who likes to learn, and live, life to the best of his ability.

I am not a success sensei, in fact, I’m studying at the local university in the city, but I’m not paying for my own tuition fee. I haven’t written any books, on self-development, nor have I any degrees.

I am not a philosopher, you will definitely find many flaws, in my reasoning and thinking.

I am only twenty-three years young, and counting, to my tomb I don’t know, when the clock will stop ticking. But as long as I am breathing, I try to live life to the best of my ability, but like every ordinary person I am not perfect, I have made many, many, many mistakes, and I am sure the numbers will keep increasing, but as long as the number of my learning is not decreasing, I am happy, to make as many, many, many mistakes, as it takes, to gain mastery, of this thing we call reality. 

Since I am no spiritual sage, success sensei, or philosopher, I’m just a stranger–even though you are me, and I am you–so you have no reason to believe my words.

It’s entirely up to you, to choose whether you will learn from the mistakes of a simple guy, who is lucky enough to have discovered his passion for poetry and language, and his love, for humanity, and all the beauty life has to offer.

A guy who loves you–for you are me, and I am you–and whose dream it is that you are living in a state of bliss which can never be dismissed.

A guy, who has been blessed with a brilliant mind and has learned, he is, a spiritual being, experiencing reality in human form.

I haven’t always been like this.

In fact there was a time not so long ago when I refused to learn the lessons life was teaching me.

A time of suffering, when my mind and my heart where in disharmony.

I like me better right now–and I’m sure you do too, because you are me, and I am you–so I am extremely grateful, for the many, many mistakes I’ve made, for they have led me to an appreciation for this gift, of life, presented to me, every single day, by the Most High.

I have aligned myself with the Gods, and the destiny they set in prophecy for me: to create my dreams, and to stare my nightmares in the face, and dare them to do their worst.

Perhaps I’ve read way too many books?

Mayhaps I’ve smoked way too many Marijuana joints?
Perhaps I’m just too high off life?
Maybe? My habits are getting the better of me?
Perhaps? I’m just deluding myself?

You have no reason to believe me. But I’ll tell you anyways–If you don’t already know–that you too have a magnetic mind that is geared towards attracting abundance and all that’s good for you, and repeling resistance and everything that is bad for you.

Unfortunately, we live in a society that does everything it can, to control our minds, and to use it to attract huge profits for itself.

The society we’ve been bred in has programmed us to act in a reactive manner,
Always focusing on repelling perceived nightmares, it has taken away our power to be proactive in attracting our dreams.

The good thing, however, is that you, my dear, stranger–even though I am you, and you are me–have, at any moment in time, the choice to take back your power of magnetism towards optimism.

If you are still with me, thank you for sticking by. I know this is an unusually long letter, I never intended it to be so. But I’ll go with the flow–because I believe God is speaking to you, through me, right now–
and he wants you to know that your heart will show you the way to heaven, and your mind will help make, the way that gets you here.

You just have to–like a poet–make the desires of your mind rhyme with the feelings of your heart.

I know, by experience it’s not easy to listen to your heart, nor to command your mind, for we live in a world filled with so much noise that it’s hard to hear the voice of God speaking, to you.

Yes, it’s not easy tuning into the intuitive powers of your heart, and the creative power of your mind. But know, this is a good thing, for it will be more fulfilling, once you have learned, to master the power God has trusted you with.

I’m sure you know that with great power comes great responsibility, so don’t be scared of your duty, to create your ideal reality.

This is indeed an unusually long letter, but rest assured it is about to come to an end.

But before I conclude I wanted to impress upon you the message that even though hell is constantly trying to knock down the door of your well-being, heaven, the haven of happiness is always within, your reach. No, you don’t have to die, a saint. You just have to reach out, and grab it by the balls.

All you have to do is follow the passions of your heart, the things which inspire you to make art; and to use your mind to find the resources which will help you on your journey towards reaching heaven.

In befriending your mind and heart, be not scared to make mistakes, for your success is not at stake. It was already written in the stars.

Just be brave, in facing life’s lessons, with the confidence that you will learn, and eventually graduate as cum laude from the suffering of hell.

In conclusion, this is not a get rich quick potion, nor is it an easy solution to the situation you find yourself in.

It is not an attempt to teach any moral lessons or brag about the fact that I have found heaven, because hell is always knocking at my door.

Instead, it is a symbol of my love for you–because you are me, and I am you–in which I try to inspire that fire within you, to burn, with a desire which will make you aspire to reach, ever higher, and higher for your goals.

This is simply my way of telling you that you don’t have to be a spiritual guru from India to reap the benefits of being in heaven.

In fact, the Gods have already blessed you with the power, to reach out and grab heaven by the balls. For you are needed here.

Yours in love and kindness

I am a tree

You can’t always be happy. But you can cultivate a state of perpetual well-being.

Lazarus Shatipamba

I am a tree
so best believe
of my fears I am free
to grow
and to reach for the stars
that glow
up high in the sky.

I am a tree
so best believe
growing brings me glee.

My roots are all grounded
in positivity
so the nutrients I take in
are geared towards nourishing
my state of well-being.

I am a tree
so best believe
I like to shed negativity
so that I don’t fall
into a state of melancholy.

I am a tree
so best believe
I shade those around me
with my positive attitude
and I share with them
the fruits of my gratitude.

Always reaching
towards the light
so you must best believe
that I seek to reach the heights
of my fullest potential
for I am tree
and growing brings me glee.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

The Poets Peace

Hello beautiful people. Delighted you read my post today. I don’t have much to say, except to ask that you hit me with some constructive criticism or perhaps you can praise the poem to raise my mood in the comment section.

Either way, I’ll be glad to hear what you have to say.

Anyways, thank you for visiting a pensive poets blog. Have yourself a truly tremendous Tuesday (hopefully you already tuesd to be happy).

Happiness | a Metaphor

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into visible.

Tony Robbins

Hi there friends! Glad to see you here. Hopefully the Monday blues haven’t had a clue how to sink their teeth into you.

As you’ve seen by the title today’s poem is a short metaphor that will hopefully open the door for you to enter into a state of mind where your perceptual parameters have been expanded.

If so, then feel free to let me know what your views on the poem are in the comment section. I’ll be more than happy to hear–or read–what you have to say.

So without further delay, here’s your poem for today…

is heaven in the mind.
A haven
where you will find your thirst
for bliss quenched
and your hunger for joy
has been filled.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

The Poets Peace

You are in control

Your mental and physical health come first. Everything else is secondary.

Zat Rana

Hello there friends.

It’s been a minute since I last updated my blog.

Perhaps you’ve been wondering if something is amiss?

Rest assured everything is just the way it’s supposed to be. I can’t complain about anything. My recent period of inactivity was just down to me taking a few days off to refocus my energies.

But I’m back now and we can resume our adventures through my imagination together. I’m glad you’ve been checking in even though I haven’t been doing so. You deserve an entry in my Gratitude Journal for you love and support.

Today’s poem is one I don’t want to foreshadow with a preview. I’d much rather you read it and give me your views about it in the comment section below.

I know that sometimes your emotions will get the better of you.

That anger may run away with you and win the race of emotional stability
And that sadness will surely lull you into feeling blue.

I know that jealousy can certainly cloud your vision of reality
And fear will definitely paralyze your thoughts, so you can’t think clear.

I know lust may lure you into the bedroom of doom and gloom
And that although bliss may make you feel as though nothing is amiss
Your anxiety will eventually come along to dismiss your bliss.

When this happens, do not pull your hair in despair
Instead know that you have the intellect to dare
To control your emotions so that they never
Ever get the better of you no matter what.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

The Poets Peace

Thank you once again for checking in on me, and for reading a pensive poets piece. I wish you all the best.

Time is precious

Pain makes you stronger. Fear makes you braver.

Retrieved from the Motivation app

Hi there! Thanks for checking in today. I’m glad you’re here.

It’s been a while since I’ve written a villanelle. I’m a bit out of practice with the form but I hope you enjoy reading it.

I would rather have a million seconds to spend
Then to have a million dollars to waste.
Because time is precious, and it you can’t lend.

You can still borrow money from a friend
But no one will give you their time in haste
So I’d rather have a million seconds to spend.

‘Every second in my day I’ll defend’
This statement in my head I will paste
Because time is precious, for it you can’t lend.

The loss of any time I cannot afford
Because I’ve got dreams that need to flight take.
So I’d rather have a million seconds to spend.

Even with all the money in the world
When dead, one can’t buy the time to good food taste
‘Cause time is priceless, for it you can’t lend.

Given a choice between more time or more gold
It will take me only a few seconds to decide
That I’d rather have a million seconds to spend
Because time is precious, and it you can’t lend.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

The Poets Peace

Life is like the weather

Learn to weather all the seasons of your life. If you’re happy be grateful; if you’re not be thankful it will not last forever.

Lazarus Shatipamba

Life is like the weather

Sometimes its summer
and the sun shines its light
and all things radiate their warmth.

But life is like the weather
and so autumn will definitely fall
upon us. Trees will start to shed their leaves
and temperatures will begin to drop
because life is so like the weather.

So autumn eventually shifts to winter
when its so bitter cold outside
that you don’t even want to wake and get up
out of bed to face the day.

But thank goodness
life is like the weather
and that no matter how bitter the winter
may be there will forever follow a spring
in which joy will bloom like a flower in our hearts.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

The Poets Peace

Good day guys, I hope you’re all having as good a day as I’m having. Hopefully the Monday blues have not sunk their teeth into you.

Today’s poem owes it’s inception from a post I read on Sobia’s blog ( I only just recently started following her blog, but so far I found it nothing but inspiring.

Go see for yourself if you don’t believe me

A Cold, Cold World

Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.

Harold S. Kushner

I know
that it’s a cold, cold world out here.
That even with a jacket on
you may find yourself freezing
shivering cause it’s a cold, cold world.
But I ask, that you be bold
enough to share the warmth of your light
with those who are shivering
and freezing in this cold, cold world.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

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The Blogosphere | A Place

Be patient, if something is supposed to happen, it’s going to happen.

Chiara Ferragni

It’s a world on its own
In time
I’ve come to call it my home
For not only
Is it the place where my heart is
It’s also where my craft is

It’s a place
to unleash my creativity
A place to hone my craft
A place to meet and greet
And get to know people that will show
You how to wow at the wonder of life.

It’s a place to get inspired
It is my favorite place

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

The Poets Peace

Love You Forever

Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.

George Bernard Shaw

I will
love you, forever

I will, never
stop loving you

Even when your physical beauty
begins to fade with time
and it becomes nothing but a memory of yesterday
I will endeavor to make rhyme
my actions with my words.

And so
I will, never
stop loving you

For I made a vow
that I will
love you forever.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

The Poets Peace

Help me keep the blog running

I’m in love, again

Believe in yourself, push your limits, and do whatever it takes to conquer your goals.

Retrieved from The Motivation app

I’m in love, again
after so many years
I’m in love again
with you, so I shed tears
of joy, cause I’m in love, again.

It’s been a while
but I’m in love again
although I risk much pain
by being in love again
I will smile a big smile
for I am in love again
with you.

With you I am in love
and although I risk much pain
I know there is much to gain
from being in love again.

So I smile a big smile
for after so many years
it’s good to know my heart
has not forsaken it’s art.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

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The Universe

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

Jim Ryun

The universe
is like a giant classroom
and you are but a learner
with circumstance as your teacher
and everyone else your classmate.
Even though not all of us are good academics
we should never despair
for so long as we work together
to solve our problems
the sooner we will learn
to live, our lives
to the best of our abilities.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

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Life Is Not Easy

Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.


No one ever said ”life will be easy”
So when the going gets rough
Just remember that life is not easy
And be thankful you have a life.

When the going gets tough, just remember
No one ever said ”life will be easy”
So find a way to hang in there
For so long as you persevere
Your salvation will be near.

No one ever said ”life will be easy”
So don’t expect it to be a stroll in your hood.
Although it is hard, just know it’s good
For you that life is not easy.

It being challenging makes you stronger
So when life gets hard just remember
That life is not easy and strive to be better
For so long as you persevere, your salvation is near.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

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The Path of Most Resistance

When you say yes to something unimportant, you say no to something important.

Robin Sharma

I know the path of least resistance is very easy to follow
Because challenges and tough times are never easy to swallow.
But I implore you to follow the path of most resistance
Because although the difficult road means you are never at rest
It is the one that will guarantee you perform at your brilliant best.

I know the path of least resistance is very easy to follow
That it is better to experience happiness, rather then sorrow
But if becoming better matters to you, then do be sure
To take the distance that will offer you the most resistance
As surely, it will improve your level of persistence.

I know the path of most resistance is never easy to follow
Because the path of least resistance is way too easy to swallow.
But if you ever want to be the best when faced by a test
The be sure to embrace the path that offers the most resistance
For it will to your inner power bring you into existence.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

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Hi guys. Today’s poem was inspired by chapter 20 in Robin Sharma’s bestseller, The Greatness Guide. I’ve been taking it a chapter a day for the last few weeks since the lock-down began and i’m glad to say it’s been a good motivational read. It certainly lives up to its shine as a bestseller. But me, i wouldn’t sell it for the world.

In light of the chapters’ theme, i’m curious to know about times in your life when you found yourself in tough times, that put you under pressure and led to you becoming stronger then you were.

Beauty is in the eyes of the Beholder

If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Well, i guess that age old adage must be true
Cause every time i look at you I’m filled with wonder

This explains why I’m always perplexed and left to ponder
When no one stares at you the way i do
That beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

So when nobody else looks at you i always wonder
If there is something wrong with me
Cause every time i look at you I’m filled with wonder

But nobody else’s mind seems to wander to places far
When they look at you, which gives me a clue
That beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

Else why does my beating heart sound louder than the thunder
When i set my sights on you? I guess it’s be-
Cause every time i look at you I’m filled with wonder.

I’m an avid chess player, so unless i made a blunder
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with me, so i guess it must
Be true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Cause every time i look at you I’m filled with wonder

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

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Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Winston Churchill

When your palms are sweating
And your tummy is aching
Because you are scared, of doing something
Feel the fear and do it anyway
Its good for your mental psychology.

When you are scared
Of doing something
Feel the fear and do it anyway.

Acknowledge your sweaty palms
And calm your aching tummy
With the knowledge that
Its good for your mental psychology
When you feel the fear, but do it anyway.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

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Good day guys! I’m glad you made it to my blog and grateful you read this post to the end. Sure it’s not long but you’d be surprised by how many people don’t actually finish reading what they started regardless of its length.

Today’s post was inspired by a post on Jamie’s blog ( Jamie’s writing is not just inspiring, its also very insightful so be sure to check his blog out.

Once again, thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week

My Motivational Mantra

The ordinary focus on what they’re getting. The extraordinary think about who they’re becoming.
Like an arrow aimed at its target
I am headed straight for success.

Nothing can halt me in my progress
For i know that obstacles will bar my way
And that struggles will leave me with many a scar
But I am a visionary, So I can clearly see far
Into my future of becoming a star
That shines the light of its positivity
In this dark world filled with negativity.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

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More then the sky blue

Just like the blacksmith hammers the gallant knights sword into shape.

Tough times batter me into becoming better.

Lazarus Shatipamba

Do you know what it means for a poet to love you?
Even when your lipstick's smudged and your makeup's dry
He will love you as much as birds love the sky blue.

Tell her, the poet loves you much more then lies the true
When stupid cupid comes around to ask you why
You don't know what it means for a poet to love you.

When your friends come by your house to ask for a clue
How much the poet loves you, without even a try-
Tell them he loves you more then the sky loves its blue.

Say that the poet loves you many times, not a few
When they ask you to answer quick and on the fly
"Do you know what it means for a poet to love you?"

Tell all the people of the wide world the poet loves you.
Even when your own self love does begin to die
He will love you more then the judge loves what is true.

When potential suitors ask if you have a clue
In a voice that's very deep and volume high
"Do you know what it means for a poet to love you?"
Tell them he loves you more then birds love the sky blue!

© 2020 The Poets Peace

The Shining Star

If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.

Warren Buffet

Oh! What can ail thee, shining star in the sky?’
That have watched over me from a place afar;
With your wandering eye, there were the birds fly,
Way up high in the sky to hide from the war.

For many years have I been bright in the night.
Whilst watching over the warm earth with my eye,
I have seen many a thing has dimmed my light.
Such as when you humans make each other cry.

For many years have I watched you from afar.
And even from here I hear sounds as men die,
Rippling through the still air into my ear.
Making me cry as tears with my eye I spy.

And just as men get wounds fighting in the war.
And get nasty scars that cling to them for life.
So has this shining star been wounded with scar,
By what he saw that cut him like a sharp knife.

And so, this pain I gained in my side;
Is what ails a shining star in the sky,
At night when his light is not so bright.

© 2019 The Poets Peace

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You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Christopher Columbus
I am the wind that blows.
The river that flows.
And the mind that knows
How all this really grows.
Born from nothing
I permeate everything.
From the essense of your ring
To that of bees that sting.
Never made,
Hence i will never fade.
Though made into a blade
I will certainly degrade.
Out of time i stand
So my dreams never end.
Even when buried beneath sand
I am able to transcend.
I am the hand
That shapes the land.
The lad that does not understand
The concept of being grand.
My breath, stirs the trees
That sway with graceful ease.
Though i may be on my knees
I know i shall never cease.
I am the wind that blows.
The river that flows.
And the mind that knows
How all this really goes.

Lazarus Shatipamba

© 2020 The Poets Peace

Master Chess Players

Life is like chess. To win at it, one must learn its principles and put them into practice.

Robert Gwaze

Do you know how to make like a master chess player and make a move so good it forces your enemy to taste the flavour of defeat? 

Chess masters are well-known for having the godlike powers of analyzing and assessing situations coolly, weighing options calmly, good vs bad, making plans and executing them flawlessly, all this with their eyes closed. Lets us not even consider the surprising fact that calculators are jealous of their superior calculative power and that binoculars hate not being able to see as far as they. I bet even army commanders covet the skills of strategy they possess. 

Simply put master chess players are Nikola Teslas in the Science of Decision Making. Doesn’t this just make you want to be a master chess player, able to outwit obstacles, sacrifice your fears and checkmate your way to success?  I do.

Laza the wanna-be chess master😅

To be honest, however, you don’t have to fantasize about making binoculars, calculators and commanders covet your skills because you are already blessed with the same capabilities bestowed upon master chess players.

The only question is ‘Are you playing chess with life, or are you busy blundering and letting it’s challenges checkmate you?’  

Sage Advice

If you’re not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon. And if you’re not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you’re trying to solve.

Jeff Bezos

Imagine you are a healthy and wise old man or woman, you’ve lived a long life punctuated by a plethora of enlightening experiences.

What single most significant piece of advice about charting life’s pathways would you share with a child?

If I was a dusty gray-haired sage full of age, and I was limited to imparting only one piece of advice to my child, I’d use my last breath to inspire them to cultivate a Growth Mindset, because it bestows upon its owners an intense desire for learning that can’t like a fire be put out by the waters of circumstance. I believe a Growth Mindset will go a long way in ensuring its owner can successfully navigate their way through the wilderness of life, as it embraces the scholastic attitude of learning that enhances and leads to the evolution of the human species. Life is about learning, it’s a better teacher than your Morphology lecturer. The only time you’re at risk of failing and stagnating is when you’re not learning, from your and other’s faux pas. Which is why I would advise anyone who dreams of living to be as wise as I to find lessons in every moment of their life and to turn tough circumstances into a school where they can learn to pass the difficult tests that life throws their way.

What about you? What advice would you give your child if you were old and wise?  

Would you encourage them to make like the Nights Watch and stand atop the wall of their attention, on the lookout for negative thoughts that may invade and conquer the kingdom of their happy peace of mind?

Will you be a staunch advocate for embracing positivity like it was a long lost lover?

Or would you make like a bill-board and advertise patience as a prerequisite to pursuing successful dreams?

Let me know in the comment section below. I’ll be elated to hear your advice.

A Letter To My Unborn Daughter

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

Dalai Lama

My dear darling daughter, do not be alarmed for this is your father and I’m very happy you’re reading this.

I can imagine how angry you are with me for not being there in your baby years, I’d like to enlighten you that I didn’t abandon you, it’s just that I’m needed in heaven to help the angels defeat the devil.

If you can read this then you must be a big girl now. How I wish I could’ve been there to raise you. But I see from up here how well your mother raised you. Please thank her for me.

You’re probably pondering why I penned this letter? It was not simply because I desired to connect with you, my dear darling daughter, nor because I wanted to immortalize my love for you in these lines; but mainly because I’d like to bestow my fatherly advice upon you, my dear darling daughter, hoping you’d take an old man’s words to heart and from it not let them depart.

The first golden nugget of advice I’m giving you, not because it’s most important but because it’s most significant, is that you should follow your heart and do what you love. Your heart is a compass and it will not lead you astray. If you follow your heart I can guarantee you’ll be happy.

Thinking before you act is the second gold coin of counsel I’ll be departing with for your sake. If your heart is the compass that knows the way, then your mind is that which walks the way. It’s no use knowing where to go if you can’t get there. Don’t just rush into the jungle if you’re not prepared to meet the lion. Desire and feelings are nothing without action, but action is nothing without desire and feeling. Your heart and mind should be in harmony like rhyming poetry. Only then will you experience the beauty that is being happy.

Thirdly, don’t neglect your body or your mind. Exercise them both by doing things that stimulate them for the better.

Fourthly, if you ever want to get to where you’re going, then you’ll need to be a quantum dreamer as well as a big believer in yourself. The world will try to knock you down, but do not let it. Society will try to make you frown, but I implore you to not let it. The day you do is the day you destroy your dreams.

If it so happens that you don’t take any of the aforementioned advice, then I won’t really mind, so long as you please, please do listen to this piece of warning: Beware of shy boys and don’t listen to Cardi B’s music.

There you have it, my dear darling daughter, it was a pleasure writing to you, may you live joyously and carefree, confident in the knowledge that I’ll be personally watching over you.

Be strong in the face of temptations

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

Pablo Picasso

There is a passage from the pages of the past–in the bible, in the forth chapter of the book of Matthew–that tells a most inspiring story, of how the devil sought to tempt Jesus into taking the path that leads straight to hell.

The temptation came at the ripe time, as Jesus–after fasting for forty days and forty nights–was probably at his weakest. But even though Jesus was not at his strongest, the devils endeavors at tempting Jesus can be likened to those of a fool flapping their arms so they can fly, utterly and uselessly fruitless.

Whether you’re a God-fearing Christian who never misses church or not, I think you will find golden nuggets of value in this tale if you but look at it closely.

To me the story is a metaphor for life that serves as motivation for me not to let myself be derailed by distractions when I set my mind to achieving something.

With social media a tap of the finger away, and app notifications but a beep away, we live in a world were there are distractions at every corner, so it’s not easy to focus our attention on one thing.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ll unlock my phone with the intent of responding to a text, but instead I’ll find myself seven videos deep into Jason Silva’s Shots of Awe. Now, there’s certainly no problem in watching Jason Silva’s inspiring videos, what’s amiss is that I was supposed to be replying to a text and I let myself get sidetracked.

I know I lack the level of spiritual strength possessed by the Son of God, so I’ll probably come undone here and there, but I will do my best to be strong and not let myself be seduced into straying from the path of my purpose.

What of you?

Will you do like Jesus and be strong in the face of temptations?

Or will you give into your weakness and let yourself be swayed from the path you were on by distractions?

Don’t be shy to let me know in the comment section below, I’ll be elated to hear from you.