Speak Life

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Each of us was given a unique voice for a purpose. When we do not speak out, we deprive the world of our voice. And we never know what we might have to say unless we say it. It might be something that echos into eternity.

Now that said, we must always speak with others in mind. Speak life, speak kindly and never use our voices to belittle or hurt others. Therein is the problem, we speak without thinking, believing that our voice is all that matters.

Wrong, each voice matters. Yours and mine. We must speak, and then we must stop and listen. For wisdom comes through hearing. I challenge you today to speak only life and see what happens in the lives of those you encounter.

#JustBelieve #HopeLives #LoveChangesPeople #SpeakLife

 

 

Wearing Masks

What hides behind the smiles?
The vacant staring eyes?
Aren’t we tired, so tired,
of wearing masks?
We stare into the mirror and
what do we see looking back at us?
There living inside we see the mystery,
of the imposter who we do not trust.
The eternal fight rages ever on,
to be who we were created to be.
An endless war wages in our brains,
could we be more than what we believe?
We must stand firm and unafraid,
for we are not meant to be fools.
We toss away the sweetest poison,
of false truths and the ridicule.
We have a destiny and a mission,
a path less traveled that beckons us there.
We must rise like a phoenix from the ashes,
knowing we are not the disguises we wear.
What hides behind the smiles?
The vacant staring eyes?
Aren’t we ready, so ready,
to take off the masks?

~Mark Schutter ©2016

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This poem was inspired by my hope that in 2017 I can continue to remove some of the many masks I wear that hide me from others. To be more authentic and real, more vulnerable and accepting, of myself and others. To not live under the shadows others expectations. My wife and I have decided that 2017 will be a year of preparation for us. Preparing our hearts, minds and bodies for the future of all that is good and available to us each day. Now, I leave the ball in your court, how will you live in 2017?

Happy New Year 2017!