The First Baby Step of The Reluctant Poet

Charles Robert Lindholm – The Reluctant Poet

The sad truth is that we don’t always make the right choices or do what we know is best for us!  I think we can all “True that”.  There are too many examples in our own lives and all around us.  We know, deep in our hearts what the right choices were or are and yet so often it hasn’t mattered.

With a flippant disregard for the truth and the facts or a serious and profound contemplation of the consequences and devastation that may ensue, we still make choices that haven’t been the best for us.

Some, but not many were for the betterment of others.  A knowing sacrifice, a kind gesture or other noble and loving motivation may cause us to choose against our own self interest.  Those times in life can be the best in our lifetime.  But honestly, most times, well you know!  We could have or should have made a different choice.

Sometimes we look back and wonder, “how did I end up here, in this situation?”  Some huge choices stand out and we know the answer, while other tiny and seemingly insignificant or repeated ones hide in the shadows of our mind and memory.  Some of us suppress the subtle urge to look in the shadows because we don’t like what we see and the way it makes us feel.  We respond with the resignation of, “Oh well, it’s too late to change things now!” or with regret but no decision to change or improve or act in the time that is today.

Life is so busy and things have moved so fast that we didn’t pay attention to the slight detours we took or we didn’t think they would take us so far off course from the goals and destinations we wanted, or thought we did.  We often end up as the person in Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” standing at a fork in the road (a great read if you haven’t read it already!).  We are not always able to end up with the contentment and understanding of Frost’s traveler but we can change and improve our today, no matter how long we have neglected or ignored goals and the “disappearing dreams of yesterday” (from Kris Kristofferson’s song “Sunday Morning”, great song).

It is hard to face the question everyday – “What have you done today to make your dreams come true?” and so we usually don’t.  Because we haven’t done much if anything.  That has been especially true for me in the past but today – December 4, 2016, I am making a small step with this post to move toward my goal, my dream of becoming a “Published Poet” and writer.  I hope that you will be interested and curious enough to join me on this journey of discovery of new and enlightening insights, information, entertainment, writings and musings.

Happy Trails,

Charles Robert Lindholm

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18 thoughts on “The First Baby Step of The Reluctant Poet

  1. It is good to connect with you Charles and thank you for visiting and taking time to comment on my blog. Best of luck with the poetry and if I can help in any small way please get it touch. I will have a look at Frost’s poem.

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    1. Thanks for checking out my blog!! I have really enjoyed your work and your comments! Thank you for the generous offer of help! I would also like to offer the same to you.

      I have the author of “Poemcrazy” (please check it out on Amazon) that I correspond with and she conducts workshops and seminars on poetry and how it can positively impact a person’s
      life. I believe she also conduct train the trainer classes. She holds workshops at elementary schools, high schools and colleges as well as prisons.

      Let me know if this is something you might be interested in and I can put you in touch with her. Her book is really great!

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      1. Thanks for the recommendation and I would be happy to have a chat with her and look at her work. This is something I may be looking to do sometime in the future, in the UK, so would be nice to see what she does.

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        1. Here is the response I got from Susan. She waits to meet you!! I’m hoping you will find this connection helpful in your journey.

          Chuck,
          How wonderful that you have begun a blog. Beautifully done. hooray! Maybe I will gather inspiration to begin one myself. Delightful work.
          And I look forward to connecting with DavyD. Why not give him my email and see if he might want to get in touch? My workshops began as part of Ca. Poets in the Schools and I don’t know if such an organization exists in the UK. Do feel free to see if he’d like to contact me.
          Meantime, all blessings to you and yours. And marvelous that your daughter set your blog in motion.
          Love, Susan

          Here is her email: suegwool@gmail.com

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  2. I’m so glad to be acquainted with you! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post on your beginnings and identify with so much of what you express. My first introduction to poetry was my father reading Robert Frost. After my father passed away, I inherited his collection of Robert Frost poetry complete with handwritten notes. Thank you for visiting my blog, also! I’m in the middle of a freelance project, so I haven’t posted in a while. I’ll be finishing up in just over a week and look forward to returning to the owl’s cyber home. 🙂

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    1. Hi Laura,

      I’m glad to meet you also! I loved your site and am looking forward to following you!! I glad you like this post. This is all new to me. I had asked my daughter for some ideas as to how to go about doing something with my poetry so she wrote back and said, you now have a blog. You need to start posting – “I’m helping you face your fear, so I push you so you can fly”. I’m glad Now but it took some getting used too.

      I love Robert Frost! I got introduced to poetry in 7th grade English. We were assigned a project to make a scrapbook that illustrated two poets works with cut out photos from magazines etc. I chose Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”. I’ve been hooked ever since. If you are a fan of his maybe you should pick something and try it? Like a coffee table book? Good luck with your project! I will look forward to your “return”.

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  3. “It is hard to face the question everyday – “What have you done today to make your dreams come true?” and so we usually don’t. ”

    This makes a lot of sense.

    I’m glad you decided to step towards your dreams, and thanks for guiding me to this post. It’s was way easier to get to know you here. I get the whole AA thing. Haha.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Liz!

      Yeah, that’s so true isn’t it? You’re great just going along and then Wham, the spotlight is blinding you and you hear this voice (as if from God) so, Chuck tell us about yourself and where you want to be in five years??? And in your mind you are yelling – AHHHHHH as you runaway as fast as you can. It’s good to face your fears – Well, that’s what they tell me. Do they tell that to you too? Is it a lie??? Or not?? Thanks again for finding me!

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