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Motivation Mondays: Valuable Time of Maturity

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“I want to surround myself with people who know how to touch the hearts of those whom (the hard strokes of life have learned to grow, with sweet touches of the soul.” Mário de Andrade

Motivation Mondays: Valuable Time of Maturity
Motivation Mondays: Valuable Time of Maturity

Recently, one of my sisters shared a poem with me that stopped me in my tracks. The famous poem by Mário de Andrade is known by two titles; The Valuable Time of Maturity and My Soul Has a Hat, and its message will move you to evaluate your life, your time, and how/with whom you spend it. Even though both titles offer slight variations to the poem’s translation, they are essentially the same. Mario de Andrade (San Paolo 1893-1945) was a founding member of the Brazilian modernism movement, and a highly regarded Poet, novelist, essayist and musicologist. His poem reminds us of the ephemeral nature of time and how important it is to dispense with niceties and remove ourselves from unproductive situations.  Andrade tackles a topic that many of us would prefer to avoid because it reminds us of our mortality.  Whether we like it or not, in the recesses of our minds, we do wonder; when/what/how?  By the same token, some version of this question arises often: if you had just a little time left to be on this planet, what would you discard and what would you hold up to the light? I have posted both versions below and I invite you to read and digest them, to value every minute you spend, and to choose your company with care. Come back for more.
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The Valuable Time of Maturity – Poem by Mário de Andrade via
” I counted my years and discovered that I have
less time to live going forward than I have lived until now.

I have more past than future.
I feel like the boy who received a bowl of candies.
The first ones, he ate ungracious,
but when he realized there were only a few left,
he began to taste them deeply.The Valuable Time of Maturity

I do not have time to deal with mediocrity.
I do not want to be in meetings where parade inflamed egos.

I am bothered by the envious, who seek to discredit
the most able, to usurp their places,
coveting their seats, talent, achievements and luck.

I do not have time for endless conversations,
useless to discuss about the lives of others
who are not part of mine.

I do not have time to manage sensitivities of people
who despite their chronological age, are immature.

I cannot stand the result that generates
from those struggling for power.

People do not discuss content, only the labels.
My time has become scarce to discuss labels,
I want the essence, my soul is in a hurry…
Not many candies in the bowl…  Contd below



“I have no time for endless meetings where the statutes, rules, procedures & internal regulations are discussed, knowing that nothing will be done.” Mário de Andrade

Motivation Mondays: Valuable Time of Maturity
Motivation Mondays: Valuable Time of Maturity

Who would you choose to spend your time with if it was the last day you spent on earth? Okay, it might be seen as a morbid question but it is a necessary one to ask ourselves. As we traverse this game we call life, being purposeful is not only wise, it helps guide the direction of our whole footprint. Who do we bring along on our journey? Who will serve as trusted guides? We have more control over certain outcomes. Carpe diem.
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The Valuable Time of Maturity – Poem by Mário de Andrade Contd Above
I want to live close to human people,
very human, who laugh of their own stumbles,
and away from those turned smug and overconfident
with their triumphs,
away from those filled with self-importance,
Who does not run away from their responsibilities ..
Who defends human dignity.
And who only want to walk on the side of truth
and honesty.
The essential is what makes
life worthwhile.

I want to surround myself with people,
who know how to touch the hearts of people ….
People to whom the hard knocks of life,
taught them to grow with softness in their soul.

Yes …. I am in a hurry … to live with intensity,
that only maturity can bring.
I intend not to waste any part of the goodies
I have left …
I’m sure they will be more exquisite,
that most of which so far I’ve eaten.

My goal is to arrive to the end satisfied and in peace
with my loved ones and my conscience.
I hope that your goal is the same,
because either way you will get there too ..


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07/01   –  04, Independence Day
07/08   –  11  World Population Day, 14 Bastille Day
07/15  –  15 National Ice cream Day, 18 Nelson Mandela Day
07/22   –  22 Parents Day,
07/29 –    30 International Day of Friendship, Day against Trafficking


08/01   –  Girlfriend Day
08/06   –  Friendship Day, World Indigenous People Day,
08/13  –   International Youth Day
08/20  –   World Humanitarian Day, MTV Music Awards
08/27   –  National Dog Day



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“We have two lives and the second begins when you realize you only have one.” Mário de Andrade

Motivation Mondays: Valuable Time of Maturity
Motivation Mondays: Valuable Time of Maturity

This version of the same poem is called My Soul has a Hat and it stares us right back in the face as it reminds us that we have no time for endless meetings where the statutes, rules, procedures & internal regulations are discussed, knowing that nothing will be done. We reach a point in life when we come to terms with a fact, we have one life to live and it is important to make it count by living our best life NOW. Come back for more later.
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MY SOUL HAS A HAT by Mário de Andrade via linkedin

I counted my years
& realized that I have
Less time to live by,
Than I have lived so far.

I feel like a child who won a pack of candies: at first he ate them with pleasure,
But when he realized that there was little left, he began to taste them intensely.

I have no time for endless meetings where the statutes, rules, procedures & internal regulations are discussed,
knowing that nothing will be done.

I no longer have the patience
To stand absurd people who,
despite their chronological age,
have not grown up.

My time is too short:
I want the essence,
my spirit is in a hurry.
I do not have much candy
In the package anymore.

I want to live next to humans,
very realistic people who know
How to laugh at their mistakes,
Who are not inflated by their own triumphs
& who take responsibility for their actions.
In this way, human dignity is defended
and we live in truth and honesty.

It is the essentials that make life useful.
I want to surround myself with people
who know how to touch the hearts of those whom hard strokes of life
have learned to grow, with sweet touches of the soul.

Yes, I’m in a hurry.
I’m in a hurry to live with the intensity that only maturity can give.
I do not intend to waste any of the remaining desserts.

I am sure they will be exquisite,
much more than those eaten so far.
My goal is to reach the end satisfied
and at peace with my loved ones and my conscience.

We have two lives
& the second begins when you realize you only have one.


Have a happy, peaceful and productive week ahead!

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Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


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  • Thank you for sharing this inspirational article. The quotes really motivates me today. Thank you for posting and allowing us to start our day right

  • Maturity means different things to different people. I think we also have to factor in how public our lives have become with the advent of the Internet and Social Media. I do like this verse: It is the essentials that make life useful.
    I want to surround myself with people
    who know how to touch the hearts of those whom hard strokes of life
    have learned to grow, with sweet touches of the soul.

    Have a nice day.

  • Wow! This is really a motivation post. Everybody has that perfect time of maturity in us to be value and keep intact.

  • Value of time is non debatable. But do I live it with valued moments of goodness that matters most. But I do endeavor.

  • It is indeed important to use our time smartly and not waste it on the negative and petty events. Similarly, it is important to choose a wise person to spend time with. I’ll definitely regret spending half of my life with someone foolish. We should be purposeful. Loved the poems and this is a wonderful post.

  • Another great and inspirational post. I do love every quotes that you’ve used in this. Life is too short, don’t waste time live to the fullest with a good heart.

    • Hey buddy! I miss you. I’ve been so busy offline that I am embarrassed how far I’ve fallen from my creative friends backyards. thanks for the reminder. Checking in ASAP

  • I always look forward to your motivation monday posts. Mondays are rough for me and I always need a boost of encouragement!

  • This poem gave me the chills! There is quite a bit I’d discard, and just a small amount of people and things that would matter in the end.

  • Wow that first poem was beautiful, I definitely related more and more as it went on.

  • I LOVE the first poem. I am saving it to for future. Such a gem. It makes so much sense. I would like to believe I am at a mid point of my life. If I live a decent life – then I should have as much future remaining as much past. I am going to make it count.

  • We often treat time as if it neverending. Time for me to grow up and work harder – because the clock is ticking

  • If it was my last day on earth I’d spend time with my friends and family. It’s important to be surrounded by those we love and love us x

  • I do actually ask myself whom would I spend my last day with quite often and I wish I can have all these people with me all the time, I am actually working hard to achieve this one day.
    Thanks for sharing!

    xo Corina

  • This was a timely post for me I just celebrated my 40th birthday. My Soul Has a Hat has a lot of lines that resonate with me.

  • Ooh, national dog day coming up! Looking forward to that one. I’m excited to see what people will be sharing!

  • This might be my favorite post of yours yet. That poem actually brought tears to my eyes, as it calls for so much self reflection. Why do we waste our time on petty pursuits, jealousy and impatience? Thank you for this powerful reminder to focus on what and WHO really matters!

  • This is very interesting to read I like how poem says we have 2 lives and other strarts when we realize we have one. Time is endless.

  • Wow some deep question there that really made me think. Who would I spend time with during my last day on earth…. Somehow it keeps running through my mind. Beautiful poetry too. So true to live life to the fullest.

  • This is such a thought provoking blog post. I think it’s so important to value each and everyday and to think before acting. Always be a little kinder and the world will be a better place.

  • Thanks for reminding me to live my life to the fullest and treasure everyday with my love one. Do the thing we always wanted to do and don’t wait no more as time is running out.

  • Thanks for this MUCH needed inspiration. Been thinking a lot about my time lately and how I spend it. This poem really puts it in perspective.

  • de Andrade’s poem is amazing and makes us understand how maturity is a gift (and is full of gifts) just like youth. The ability to appreciate and reflect about life belongs to adulthood, it will never be something you’ll have in youth and it’s right this way. it’s the greatest benefit time gives us.

  • “The Valuable Time of Maturity ” is the poem that touches me the most! I am exactly in that moment in my life, doing a balance and taking wiser decisions! I keep saying to my husband “entramos a salir” so when we hesitate on doing something or not I tell him “honey, we are dying…” and everything becomes SO CLEAR.

  • That’s just the weirdest thing. My Mom sent me My Soul Has a Hat about two weeks ago and it really touched me so much. Such incredible words to live by and ones you can only truly appreciate deeply when you reach a certain age.

  • I can totally understand why you loved these poems. They are really motivating, basically they tells us to live in the present, and love everyone. Amazing post. Very motivating.!!

  • I was moved by the poem. It made me realize that I have wasted so much time with useless, meaningless things, and I can no longer get that time back. I have been so immature with going after things that have no value for my soul. I will copy the poem and print it, frame it and put in on my work desk. Thank you so much.

  • I love the poems that you shared in this post. And yes, my goal is the same – to be at peace with myself and to be surrounded by people whom I care about and care about me. 🙂

  • Thank you for this, I would love to go back once in a while in this portion of your blog.

  • If tomorrow was my last day on this Earth, I would try to spend it with my sister. She is my best friend and I love her so much!

  • Maturity is an attractive quality that many people lack these days. There are moments where being silly is completely acceptable, but maturity is definitely necessary for many situations in life.

  • I don’t usually read poems but this one really moved me,
    It’s a lovely piece and worth a share..

  • Love this inspiration. Sometimes lessons have to be learned the hard way and that is how you grow over time

  • Ah! I almost hate to think of myself as mature, lol, but it is so! I have a lot behind me that I have learned from to shape me into who I am. 🙂

  • Those are beautiful poems!! I especially loved this part of the first one:

    I do not have time for endless conversations,
    useless to discuss about the lives of others
    who are not part of mine.

    Who has time for gossip? Not me!

  • Wow. What a thought provoking poem! It really makes you reflect on what has past and what you want to focus on in the future.

  • This is such a nice post and if I have a little time in my life I will definitely use that in doing good things to others, spending time with my family and asking forgiveness to those I’ve hurt.

  • If I will have have a little time to stay here on Earth I will definitely spend my time serving my God will all of my faith and hearts. Of course, I will also spend time with my family, forgive to those who hurt me and ask forgiveness to those I’ve hurt.

  • Yes, I also want to surround myself with people who affect others in a positive way. Away with the negative. We can all do some good in our own little way.

  • If it was my last day on earth, there is not one person I will spend time with but many. I want to be surrounded by my great big family and close friends. I will hug my husband all day and give my son infinite kisses. It’s so true that being purposeful is wise. So many people go through life aimlessly thinking tomorrow is promise. We are given each day as a gift and we must make the day that we are in count.

  • I really enjoyed reading poetry and this one gives me so much inspiration. I used to write poetry all the time and it’s something I’ve wanted to go back to. Thank you for sharing!

  • That poem really does make you stop and think! Thank you for new things to ponder and reflect on!

  • I do love this post allowing us to realize how important to value our time is. I also learned here to value and use of my time in a most important reasons and ways.

  • I always love to value others time as well as they value my time. But if I do have a little time left for me I will do more good things and repent for the sins that I made.

  • That is a very powerful poem. It’s hard to imagine what may be right to choose in a situation like this. I especially like the closing that we have two lives but the second begins when we realize we only have one. Thank you for sharing.

  • I really like all the motivational quotes and picture for Monday. Its a needed boost for productive week ahead.

  • Loved the poem as an inspiration. I sometimes loose track of my end goal and it just feels like spinning the wheels, so really need to hear that!

  • The Mário de Andrade’s quote has such a deep meaning! And yes! I’d also pray to God to bless me so that when I’ll leave this world, I’d be surrounded with my family and the loved ones. I enjoyed reading both his poems and what a beautiful reminder that we should keep ourselves away from the shallow streams of materialism!

  • I love the thoughts of being deeper and true, versus being shallow and only thinking or feeling on the surface. What a wonderful life it would be if people didn’t focus so much on the superficial. And hurrah for the quote by Mario Andrade!

  • Absolutely identify with the quote “We have two lives and the second begins when you realize you only have one.” That’s what maturity is all about…it’s basically not age related. Having begun my second one a few years back, I feel it’s in this one that you reeeally begin to LIVE the way you are meant to be.
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  • Thank you for such wonderful derfu inspiration to go out and live life. I do think if we each viewed life as a precious and short period of time we would take more advantage of it.

  • Let us learn how to value our time. We should spend our times in doing good things to others most especially to our enemy.

  • That is a wonderful poem. I have surrounded myself with friends of all ages over the years, each one is so special. I have a lot of time for this one lady I met on the bus, we used to chat every day on our way to work, she is in her 70s now and I still bump into her every now and then, she is fab.

  • I love the beautiful fresco in the middle of your collage. I’ve always wanted to go to Europe to see them in real life…someday!

  • I would spend my last day on earth as if I a million more to go. For me life is not about the grand adventure but little things that make life worth living.

  • That is an incredible poem. So much of it resonates with me as well. It definitely should make people want to reevaluate their lives.

  • Just wow. Both poems are very moving. The sentiment in both are does actually slap you in the face with its stark reality. But I’m a nice way lol. Thanks for sharing

  • All of these quotes are very motivational! Most dislike Monday, but Mondays are awesome, resets our goals and intentions!

  • that poem is so intriguin and got me thinking i really need to live my life and stop listening to negative people. such a wonderful poem

  • I love the meaning behind this blog. Its so important to surround yourself with people who want to do more for other people.

  • Honestly you really have to think about whom you give your time to, now being in my 30’s i have a lot more smaller network of people that I love.

  • Such a nice post about valuable time of maturaity! I like the poem, so much meanfulness in it

  • I love this post combining poetry and motivation. I feel like I was back in collage studying poetry, thank you!

  • This is beautiful! I love this kind of poetry. Wonderful meaning and inspiration.

  • This is a very thought provoking poem- I prefer the first one here though- there’s something raw, emotive and sad in its truth that speaks to me. Thanks for sharing this!

  • What a thoughtful poem. Good for all of us to be reminded that our days on Earth are limited, and we can choose to live and love well or be preoccupied with little things that don’t matter.

  • I woudl spend my time with my family and, the most important people in the world to me. As long as I had my husband, my children, and my parents, I would die surrounded by love and happiness.

  • The poem does make you think. I want to live away from people full of their own self importance too, wouldn’t that make life easier and nicer.

    • It sure would Melanie and you are one of the nicest bloggers I know. <3

  • Very interesting perspective, I like getting older I must admit and the feeling of calm that comes with it

  • I haven’t read a poem in a while and this really stick to me. I love the values and how much it makes you think about life. Love it!

  • I think that you have to ask yourself these questions from time to time. To really put things in perspective.

  • Oh my! Such an awesome poems here. I love the thought of every words and I love to read this!

  • “I do not have time to deal with mediocrity.
    I do not want to be in meetings where parade inflamed egos.”
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    If it’s my last day on earth, I’ll spend it with my loved ones.

  • Maturity comes with mindfulness according to me. Age factor has nothing to do with it. I love that quote

  • Reading your post made me think twice if I am indeed as mature as I think I am. So many thoughts to ponder. I have to spare some time to look back at the things I did and how I “matured” from my encounters from those “bumps in the road.”

  • Totally agree. We have two lives and the second life begins when we know that we have only one life to do whatever we want to do, to achieve whatever we desire for.

  • The poems about maturing and not wasting any precious time of life remaining is deep. I enjoyed reading and it’s hard to figure out which one I like better but probably the second one. Thanks for sharing.

  • Love the poems that you shared in this post! My Soul Has a Hat says everything about my current sentiments. 🙂

  • I really love your site! I love how you make my Mondays happier! Keep on inspiring people with your poems!

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  • I love your motivation Monday’s . I was just saying I want to surround myself with people who are like me . Love this

  • our time on this earth is limited and it’s always best to endeavor to make the most of it!

  • Amazing poem. It had me furiously working out my age vs. average life expectancy. I think I’m hanging on to the future, but must be close to the half way point should my life go to plan. But that’s the thing, why does it take age to realise this, you never know when the piano will fall from the sky.

  • It has been refreshing to read a blog which has alot of depth and makes you think. I always feel its a good idea to start off Mondays on the right track!

  • These are such amazingly motivational poems. You are right, they do make you stop and evaluate your life.

  • I love the message here. The poem is so amazing. It rings through with me.

  • That’s a nice poem. It’s crazy how we don’t appreciate the time we have until it’s gone.

  • Time is of the essence could not be truer with this post! Time is so valuable and something we too often take for granted. Thanks for the motivation! -Tonya Tardiff

  • I completely agree with this. You do seem to value your time more when there is less of it. I’ve noticed this on trips, and I’ve begun to think about this more as I get older.

  • i hadn’t heard this poem before, but i love it. we should always value the time we do have. in the grand scheme of things, it really is no time at all.

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  • I always feel maturity comes through experience, it won’t come as you say. “Hey maturity, be my part of my life, pretty sure it does not work like that.’ Although poems could be shorter, but yes they are pretty well written. I am pretty sure, if it was last day on earth for me, I might have spend the day with myself doing something which I never got to do.

  • Love the idea of living life to the fullest. You only have one right?!

  • If this was my last day on earth, there’s no doubt that I would choose to spend it with my husband, children and close family!

  • It’s always nice to live around people who are so mature and embrace life with reality. Anyway, I love the poem; these are very inspirational words.

  • Soul has a hat poem is absolutely beautiful. You always find the most moving and poetic writing. Thanks for sharing

  • What a beautiful poem. We never read it before, so thanks for sharing it with us. Time really is so valuable.

  • That’s a beautiful poem. Your post are always full of motivation and I love reading your post.

  • I can’t express how much i love your motivation monday posts. Its very unique compared to other posts i read about. I am becoming a huge fan of Motivavation monday posts

  • I love the poem. It definitely hit the spot. I guess I am still immature in some ways. I have to make some changes and live life as it is supposed to be.

  • A good reminder to live life to its fullest. It used to be so easy to get caught up in the ridiculous. Thank goodness we do mature, I just wish it had started so much sooner! I feel like so much time was wasted on nonsense!

  • Wow this was a really interesting read. I love that you give us poems, something new for me to learn while discussing a subject.

  • This is a fab curation of poems and sentiments. Thanks for introducing us to these beautiful poems!

  • Just the dose of motivation I needed to shut this week and begin a new one. A good read mate!

  • Maturity or adulthood doesn’t always come with age. This blog post is very inspirational and motivational for lots of adults (or not) out there struggling just to achieve and accomplish what’s supposed to be done.

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  • My mum posted this Andrade poem on her FB wall and it was my first time of ever reading it. I connected with it a lot. Don’t waste your time on fruitless endeavours and people and live life to the fullest.

  • My soul has a hat really struck me, I feel myself wanting more maturity my life and less bullshit. I have very little patience for certain types of people these days!

  • I want to surround myself with mature people as well. It encourages me to think deeply and do meaningful things.

  • So many things have come with wisdom. One of the most important life lessons is that our time is not indefinite, so I need to place a premium on the time I have. Typically, I spend every free moment with my family.

  • Monday motivation blog post made my day 🙂 So much to learn. Maturity comes with mindfulness which can come at any age

  • I agree! getting more mature and wiser is for the best. It’s natural process we shouldn’t be afraid of!

  • I would definitely spend it with my husband so, that I can make sure that he will be okay. I will remind him that he is loved and that it’s not the end of the world after I am gone.

  • The poem is beautiful, we need to keep track of what is it that we are doing. Yes I look at everyday as it were my last and just live…do what i like and just be. Thanks for sharing.

  • Beautiful poem, but sad. I do agree with the part about having two lives. For me, my second life started when I stopped using drugs and entered the recovery community. How much time I had wasted. How many things I didn’t start out of fear that they would take too long to finish. Just have to remember that the time is going to pass anyway

  • Isnt it amazing how well fitting in today’s world those two poems are ? i need to use my time more wiser and divide it better as sometimes it does feel as if life was passing me by

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  • What would I do if it was my last day on earth? Most definitely spend it with my three boys! They are my circus – but they are my world!!!

  • Your articles are always amazing with great people. Maturity & time. I love the poems especially ‘My soul has a hat’

  • Such a great read! Life is short and it is definitely important to not take our time for granted.

  • Maturity does take someone and make them into something better. But it takes time and trial for them to get there. Which I suppose is what makes maturity a process if nothing else.

  • I love the poems you have posted on here. They really give a positive outlook on aging and the end of life. Beautiful!

  • This is a great poem! I can totally relate to this, I don’t like wasting time!

  • This is such a nice post and as a person we should learn to value our time. We should spend our time in our family and with serving to our God.

  • I believe in living everyday as if it’s just an ordinary day. I know it’s odd because most people tend to live as though it is their last. But for me it is the little things in life that mean the most me. The daily things I do with my family that I know I would really miss.

  • I love the poem about growing up and growing impatient with immaturity. I think it is part of understanding how people feel and beginning to have more empathy!

  • I love those poems – they do make you think about what you do and still want to do 🙂

  • I have been acutely aware of my mortality since the day my rheumatologist informed me with a flourish that rheumatoid arthritis would without a doubt reduce my life expectancy by at least 20 years.

    Who would I choose to spend your time with if it was the last day I spent on earth? That would definitely be my brother and his children, my housekeeper and her niece.

  • I love this!
    I intend not to waste any part of the goodies
    I have left …
    That is beautiful! Such a great reminder! I need to be more conscience of how I spend my time.

  • If I have only few hours remaining on Earth, I would like to spend it with my family. I want to see them before I closed my eyes 😀

  • As I grow older, I realized that time is too precious to be wasted. I have learned to remove toxic people and drama from my life. I want to focus my time on my husband and kids and our home. That’s where my time and energy needs to be.

  • The poems are really well written and very beautiful, they are both very true to our real lives emotions and feelings.

  • Thank you for the poems! Your posts are always inspiring! It really makes me motivated on Mondays haha

  • This is a very thought-provoking post like all of your other ones. I have to sit with this for a while a lot to consider. Thanks!

  • I always enjoy your blog posts because they are positive and upbuilding. I love how you encourage others to keep going dissipate whatever is going on in their lives!

  • What a thought-provoking post! And wow, at 60, I can so relate to this amazing poem – either version. I have definitely already lived more years than I have left, most likely, and certainly want to make the most of the time I have left.

  • If I didn’t have much time left, I would try to do all of my favorite things one last time. Eat my favorite foods, visit my favorite places, and hang out with my favorite people.

  • So very true! Being purposeful is very wise and it keeps us on course of our purpose. If we know our purpose, we are not wasting time wandering because of the opinions of others.

  • We have two lives & the second begins when you realize you only have one!
    What a thought provoking piece! Life is indeed complicated.

  • That is a powerful poem. It evoked great emotion within me. Most likely due my own juncture in life and how deeply I can relate.

  • This post is an eye-opener and makes us think what exactly we want from life. When we realise the bitter truth that life is not forever, we choose our conversations, experiences and the people we want to be with. We try to make life as drama free as it can be and enjoy each moment it offers, just as we would relish the candies when a few are left in the bowl.

  • Haven’t heard of Mário de Andrade. I’ve been meaning to check out a poetry reading. Have you been to any good ones?

    • We have tons of them in the NY area but, I haven’t been to one in a while.

  • the last poem reminds me of when teenagers want to grow up as soon as possible, to be in that hurried state

  • Oh I love this topic. Maturity is something that we should achieve in life. As we age physically lets also strive to mature in other facets of our lives such as emotional, spiritual, etc.

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