October 31, 2009


I’ll never give up

Seeking to know what will work

To enhance this life

To make things better for all

Seeking how to live with joy


I’ll begin with me

I’ll learn to care for myself

In all dimensions

Then I will share with others

With those who want to listen


There are five things I need

Awareness of greater love

Food to eat and forgiveness

Leadership and hope


These I seek each day

I live in discovery

In each of these areas

Because I focus


My answers don’t satisfy

Those looking for a quick fix

But those who will choose to search

Will certainly find


Finding others who’re seeking

Working with the same questions

Makes the journey much lighter

Friendships develop


© Terry S. Smith

October 27, 2009



October 30, 2009


The good and the bad

I observe all around me

Leaves me with a choice

I’ve found a delightful path

A joy ready to be shared

That joy is in you

I discovered over time

Be still and listen

You are larger than your pain

You are free to choose your way

Life does not consist of things

Relationship matters

Relationships are where we fail

It’s where we find real pain

Forgiveness is the secret

How do we get there

It will take your best thinking

Knowledge is important here

A desire to live is the key

With joy as your aim


© Terry S. Smith

October 30, 2009

light into darkness

October 29, 2009

Bringing light into darkness
Letting kindness be the rule
Gentleness and compassion
From a higher love
Relationships will suffer
Until anger is addressed
Honestly and sincerely
In a timely way
I still have many questions
But now I know what matters
I want to know how to love
Myself and others
© Terry S. Smith
written October 29, 2009

rising from desperation

October 24, 2009


There’s a world within

A place that never leaves me

How do I deal with the pain

Brokenness abounds

Looking at my inner world

I seek answers for my life


There’s a world without

A place that I can’t escape

Pressures and expectations

Calling me each day

Looking at my outer world

Living becomes a challenge   


There’s quiet desperation

A reality for many

Masks hide the deep despair

The lonely cry out


So sad and lonely

I rose from desperation

Crying out in the darkness

Looking for some light

I found a friend listening

One who had the time to hear


I am larger than my pain

In solitude I found space

How to think and to detach

Discovered new things



© Terry S. Smith

written October 24, 2009


real peace & real joy

October 23, 2009


Look at your expectations

Of yourself and of others

Look at someone whose healthy

Who lives in real joy


You find at the center

Love, and respect for oneself

A way to deal with failure

Your own and also others


The question I have

How do I help a person 

See that they are loved


How do I live in real peace

With those who are close to me

I discovered forgiveness

A personal quest


© Terry S. Smith

written October 23, 2009


abundant life

October 21, 2009


What is it I need

To live each day with real joy?

Security: Yes

To know my life has real worth

And I’ve the power to choose


Let’s not forget the basics

Good food and relationships

Love and care demonstrated

Where laughter abounds


This goal can be reached

It will take your best thinking

A desire to live 


When our time begins

We’re born having received love

Nestled in our mother’s womb

Safe, secure and loved

We live needing to be loved

We live needing to give love


© Terry S. Smith

written October 21, 2009



October 13, 2009


Loving is daily

An interaction of caring

A gentle kind touch


It is in the voice

The tone will resonate care

It comes from the heart


The heart can be seen

It will reflect what is real

Over time you will know it


Actions speak loudest

They will always tell the truth

They reveal broken places


Mercy can mend it

With two hearts that are seeking

To know what is true


© Terry S. Smith

written October 13, 2009




October 12, 2009


Life looks different

When you see through other’s eyes

A desire to understand

Is a must for one to grow


If things have been bad

If your hopes are not fulfilled

It’s easy to blame others

When you are at fault


It will take courage to look

Not spend your time accusing 

Take responsibility

It’s a work of art 


Desiring understanding

To want to know above all

What it takes to be loving

A desire to change


© Terry S. Smith

written October 10, 2009



October 9, 2009

It’s the simple things
The early breeze in the mornings
Babies who look with wonder
Who give a sweet smile
In response to loving touch
A miracle to behold
Today I will rest
And contemplate the journey
Consider the past
Focus on the future things
And celebrate the present
It’s a secret awareness
Living from the inside out 
Quietness and reflection
Bring life to the now
I see through different lens
Myself and also others
Understanding is the key
When I know, I love
© Terry S. Smith
written October 9, 2009

inner world

October 7, 2009

To master my inner world
Is a daily life time task
I will choose the influence
That draws me to joy
Overcome the distractions
Focus on what is the truth
Discipline your mind for love
See life through new eyes
I have been amazed
When I practice solitude
I hear fresh new things
© Terry S. Smith
written February 27, 2009

Life vision

October 3, 2009

How I look at life is crucial
Because I do what I think
Actions will show my beliefs
Choose beliefs wisely 
How I view myself
Important to my journey
I must renew my mind
I do it daily
It takes bravery
To look at life’s stories
My own and others
I can criticize or love
I can forgive or condemn
I have a life vision
One that compels me
Love, joy, and peace
© Terry S. Smith
written February 26, 2009

the high road

October 1, 2009


I’ll take the “high road”

It is the road to give peace

To those that I fail

And to the ones who hurt me


I’ll never give up

I will always be searching

For new ways to love


I call it life long learning

My mistakes are my teachers

And there are many


But I’m bigger than my faults

And so are those around me

When I can forgive myself

I forgive others


© Terry S. Smith

written October 1, 2009