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.

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).

Today you can start anew

You have to be lucky to be successful, but luck can be engineered.

Zat Rana

I know that today is a shadow of yesterday
And that you can’t help yourself from looking into the past
For it is the place where your memories forever last
The place from which you dig the contents of your story.
I know that today you’ll regret what happened yesterday
And that you can’t help yourself from reliving the past.
But I implore you to look at the moments that move fast
Past you through the lens that you can re-write your story
Anew starting today you can take away the worry
That tomorrow will bring with it a sad reality.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

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Time is precious

Pain makes you stronger. Fear makes you braver.

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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

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You are your own hero

Don’t wait to be rescued. Save yourself.

Lazarus Shatipamba

So I see that you are
waiting, waiting, waiting
for a gallant knight and shining armor
to come and rescue you.

You are waiting, waiting,
waiting impatiently
for a hero with no cape on
to come and save you
from between the jaws of a lion
and the claws of a tiger.

I see you’ve been waiting and waiting
for someone who will come to your aid.
But I tell you ‘they will never come’
for you are not a victim.

You are your own hero
You’ve got the cape, to fly, to escape
From whatever situation you find yourself in.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

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Sitting Pretty In Your Zone

Push yourself because nobody else will do it for you.


So what you are comfortable?
sitting pretty on the throne-
of your comfort zone
will get you no where fast.

Sure, you may be having a blast
sitting pretty in your comfort zone
since there’s no risk of breaking a bone.

But you should know moments like that don’t last
that eventually you’ll be made to atone
for sitting pretty on the throne-
that is your comfort zone.

So, if you don’t want to be overthrown
for sitting comfortably in your zone
then challenge yourself, get up off your throne
and make an effort to hone your skills
in sitting pretty outside your zone.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

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If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.

Katharine Hepburn

Whoever you are
You are stronger
Than you think you are

You think you are strong
But I tell you “you are wrong”
Because you are stronger
Than you think you are.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

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Never Forget

You are never too old to set another goal, to dream a new dream.

C.S Lewis

Whenever you find yourself falling from high altitude
Never forget that gratitude is the best attitude
Never forget that although sticks and stones will break your bones
What does not kill you only serves to make you stronger.
So when you fall, be grateful, you did not break all your bones
And be thankful that you can heal, to stand tall, and rise another day.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

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Never Stress

When life puts you in tough situations, don’t say ”Why me” say ”Try me”


Stress not, if instead of rising in the east
The sun rises in the west.

Stress not, if the clouds start crying, and you get wet
Whilst on your crush outside you were spying.

Fret not, for control these things you cannot.

Never stress, when your lady wears a red dress
Instead of the clingy blue one you wanted
For it’s up to her, to decide what she wants to wear.

Don’t stress, when you lose a game of chess
You can’t control the outcome, only how you play
So don’t stress, when your efforts end in a mess.

However, do stress, when you encounter failure
Stress, for only you can control your success.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

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