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.

‘Oh Ear’ a Sonnet

When your body moves, your brain grooves.

Jim Kwik

Well hello there friend. How are you doing today? Very well I hope.

Thanks for stopping by, your presence here always fills me with gratitude.

This year, I shed a tear not only in honor of those who lost their lives to the global pandemic that’s taken the world by storm, but also for all those times I missed out on blogging.

I won’t beat myself up too much for not blogging as much as wanted to, instead I’ll prime myself to be a better blogger next year.

It is exactly because I haven’t been blogging consistently, however, that I’m really appreciative for the fact that my blog has kept on growing.

It is because of people like you who take time out to visit even when I’m not here. For that, I wish you all the best for the coming new year.

For today, I will be sharing a sonnet I composed recently in the hope that it enhances your day in any way whatsoever. If it does don’t be shy to let me know in the comment section, I’m always happy to hear from you.

So without further adue…

Oh Ear!’ how happy I am you are here.
I know you’ve been by my side my whole life,
But before I could never see you clear,
So I’d not know if you could hear my voice.
But now that I can see you I can say
That without you my life would have been dull.
I don’t know without you beside my skull
If I’d even be able to dance for joy.
In fact, I’m not sure I want to find out.
I can’t imagine my life without you.
A life where to listen I have no clue
Will surely lead me to kick the bucket
For life’s a song and it demands dancing
But I can’t dance if I’m not listening.

The Process of Progress

The process of progress
is fueled by a desire within
a yearning, to learn
how to be a better you.

It is driven by behavior
geared towards leaving stagnation
in the rear.

Sure, you may get stuck
in the traffic of negativity
but so long as you got your mind set
even a red light at the robot
will not have the power to stop
you on your way
to becoming a better you.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

The Poets Peace

To super duper days

If your heart and mind rhyme, then your life will be sublime.

Lazarus Shatipamba

Do you ever just wake up feeling like today is going to be a super duper day,
and then today does end up being a super duper day?

Yes?

No?

Maybe?

In the quest to be my best I like to put the powers of my mind to the test by setting positive intentions for my days.

Why? Perhaps I’ve read way too many inspiring books on self-mastery that encourage courage to take on the day?

Mayhaps my inmost desire to be the creator of my reality demands that I use my ability to be who I want to be, to live my day as perfectly as I can?

It’s possible that my innate nature as a bliss junky is what drives me to seek out experiences that elevate my mood and stimulate my mind so that I can grow, to know how it feels to wow at the wonder of life.

On more than a few occasions I managed to make my mind and my heart rhyme–by aligning the mental intention that ‘Today is going to be a super duper day’ with the elevated emotions that are associated with good days–the result of which is usually a sublime day–a day where everything seems to go my way, where I learn new things, do new things, and get to meet and greet inspiringly interesting individuals.

It is on days like these where I strut out of the rut of daily rigid routines, and walk into a new reality abundant with the unpredictability of perpetual possibilities that inspire a sense of mystery and awe.

It is on days like these where I marvel at the combined powers of mind and heart. The minds power to create my dreams is simply astounding, and the hearts power to lead me to success, mesmerizing.

Because of days like these, where I awaken to the proof of my spiritual powers, I have decided that from now on every single day of my life is going to be a super duper day.

It’s audacious, I know, but I’ll give it my best try.

What about you?

Are you going to let your powers sleep, deeply dreaming whilst you are in a nightmare?

Or are you going to awaken to the fact that life is a dream and you are lucid enough to do whatever you want to do?

I’d really like to know, so don’t be shy to let me know in the comments section below.


There’s no ending without beginning

Hello there friend.

Arigato gozaimasu for tuning into my blog today, and merci beaucoup for reading this post, wherein, I’m delighted to be sharing my first post on a blog I’m co-hosting with some of my classmates.

Please do visit. It will be the equivalent of my gratitude smoking a joint and therefore getting high. Lol.

Who knows?

Perhaps you’d like what you find there? Inspiring you to leave a like? A comment? And a follow?

Hopefully you won’t be shy to leave a comment.

So without any delay…

I believe it was the great spiritual sensei, Gautama, aka the Buddha who uttered the antique adage “There are two mistakes one can make, along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.” Not to judge, but how many of us are guilty of making those mistakes? Never finishing what we started? […]

There’s no ending without beginning

Gratitude Journal #3

Greetings and salutations my beautiful people.

How are you doing today? Very well I hope.

As always, arigato for visiting a pensive poets blog, and for reading his expressions of creativity.

I’m always honored to have you here looking at the world through my eyes. My gratitude is always at its best when you are here.

For today, I’m sharing yet another gratitude entry, not only because I want to kill the two birds of updating my blog and embracing gratitude to elevate my mood, with the one stone of gratitude journaling; but also because I hope to inspire you to embrace gratitude, the best attitude, too.

Gratitude Journal #2

Konnichiwa my friends.

Merci beaucoup for visiting my blog today.

I haven’t been posting as usually as I would like to–school has been keeping me beezier than a public bus–so I’m really glad you haven’t abandoned me. Domo arigato gozaimasu to you.

Wherever you are, I wish you a splendid day ahead. If your day is just ending than I hope you had a super-fragilistic-expiali-docious day, and pray that you will wake up tomorrow with a glow that shows your passion to play the game of life as best you can.

Today, I just wanted to share an entry from my Gratitude Journal with you, not only to elevate my thoughts and thus my emotions and feelings, or to emphasize the powerful nature of words, but mostly to inspire you to look at life through the lens of gratitude and positivity.

So without further adue…

Once again, thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day and week.

By the way, if you think the level of my gratitude is as sky high as heaven and would like to join me up here, than this Gratitude app it for you. It has helped me to focus on the positive things in life, to appreciate and notice even the small things that make me happy. It is free and you can get it at https://gratefulness.page.link/app

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 2020

The Poets Peace

Searching and Searching, but not finding

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

Socrates

I’ve been searching and searching
But not finding any answers to my questions

I’ve been searching for a path into the temple of happiness
But it seems I’ve been searching and searching
In all the wrong places.

It seems I may never find the temple of happiness
That I’ll forever keep taking shelter
In this shack of sadness I find myself in
For I’ve been searching and searching for years
But I’m not finding answers to my questions.

Where is this so-called temple of happiness I’m failing to find?
And how do I enter through its gates?

These are the questions that plague every waking hour of my day
They are the questions which keep me up at night
I just hope I’m not doomed to keep searching and searching
But not finding any answers to my questions.