Tag Archives: Responsibility

Freedom?

You use religion as an excuse

A crutch

To pedal your hate

Your hate is from no god

Hate is pure evil

From the depths of darkness

Your pain, whatever internal conflict that troubles you

Is no reason to give pain to others.

I pray that you would find light

I pray that you would know peace, true peace

Hate will only fuel your darkness

Light will quench your darkness

Light will set you free

From the prison of ignorance

I believe in freedom of speech

Freedom of religion

Freedom of choice

Obviously with every choice you have to be willing to live with the consequences

Freedom is often misunderstood

Freedom is not the right to do anything

It is the right to make your choices

Freedom is accepting the responsibility of choice

If you consciously choose to oppress others

To cause pain, grief, discomfort or death

You are not living in freedom

You are opposing the very thing that freedom is

Peace, love & harmony my friends

May the light find you, may your days be filled with joy

Making The Leap

I envy your bravery

The willingness to try

Regardless of the consequences

 

Yet, I wonder if you had become comfortable

Like I have

If you would still have made the leap

 

Or would you freeze

Not to rock the boat

Not to face the risk

 

I wonder and strangely fear

If that will end up

My biggest cross to bear

 

 

 

This one came to me whilst watching the Austin episode of Sonic Highways (if you’re not watching that series you are missing out). The artists were discussing Townes Van Zandt and how he could / should have made a lot more money in his career but he didn’t care, it was never about money for him. He had made his mind up that he was going to but an artist no matter what. I love that attitude, I’d like to think that is the attitude I would have if I had gone down that path for a profession.

Of course the old thought came to me, why didn’t I have that mindset when I was at the right age?  Geography, circumstances, damaged mental goods – these are all true. Would I quit my job today to pursue a music career? Honestly, I don’t think I would, I mean if something crazy were to happen then sure, but to give up the security & the life that I have worked so hard for over the past 20 years to play smoky bars is just not for me. The desire for that life is nowhere near as strong in me today as it was two decades ago when fear & naivety held more control than mere fate. Today I just like to make music for the love of music, there is no pressure that way, other than trying to make myself happy. The only downside is I have to fit it in, instead of it being all day every day.

Yet, I still wonder what if sometimes, don’t we all?

Happy Fathers Day

They say that over 60% of your identity comes from your father

Which leave the fatherless generation in quite the quandary

What if your father is not there, or no good?

Where does that leave your identity?

 

A bad father skews your image of God

A bad father will leave you believing lies about yourself for years to come

If you were taught wrong, turn from that

Choose to remember the good

Focus on what was done, not what was wrong

Now it is your turn, now you are the Dad

 

Responsibility – it is central to being a good Dad

Taking care of your family

Breathing life, truth & teaching into your children

You won’t be perfect, nobody is

You will mess up, you will miss things

But if the love is there, and the effort

Your child will know it, even if it takes a while to realize it

 

Grow truthful confidence in your kids, not arrogance, not lies

When your child asks life’s key questions

About her worth & value, if she is noticed,

You want her to know the answer, the truth, not a hells lie.

Build a home, not just a building

 

Home, it is acceptance, safety, love, a place to belong, a family.

It is never too late to make a change, or to get help

In the land of broken homes, be brave enough to be different,

Build a home, a family.

Send a healthy child out into the world.

Your story isn’t over

Happy Father’s Day

 

 

 

A big thank you to my Dad

Who always loved me & always did the best he could

Despite what life threw our way. Love you Dad!!

 

 

 

 

To be trusted with words

Sometime when it seems like you have something to say

When the excitement is building, your searching for a pen of a keyboard

You’d give anything not to lose it; you think it’s going to be the one.

When actually, it’s just a little that really needs to come out

 

Once you set it free

You are left wondering what happened to the rest

Empty, frustrated;

Is it writers block?

 

The words, the message, the poem

Let it live, let it breathe

Don’t hold it back

Do not be selfish with it

 

You must let it follow its own path

If you do that

You will be trusted with more

Then the excitement will start all over again

 

 

Responsibility

Responsibility; such a conflict of emotions

Responsibility; can feel like a punishment

Responsibility; can feel like a chore

Responsibility; can feel like shackles that are holding you back

 

Responsibility; can feel like a privilege

Responsibility; a great entrustment

Responsibility; can feel like a why instead of a must

Responsibility; will build your character like nothing else

 

Responsibility; it’s all in how you see it

Responsibility; it’s all in how you feel it

Responsibility; it’s how you react to it

Responsibility, it’s such a responsibility