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20/08/2018
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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 poemhunter.com
” 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.
READ: Reflections: Time Long Past…
Reflections: Taken Back In Time…
Time: Losing A Day In Our Lives…
Haiku: Will 25/7 Give Us More Time?
Weekly Photo Challenge: DINNERTIME

 

 

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 ..

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JULY 2018/AUG 2018 are:

JULY

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

AUGUST

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

 

 

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2018?

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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.
READ: Musings: How We Spend Our Time…
Inspiration: Time’s Greatest Gift Is Perspective…
Musings: What Time Is It?
Haiku: Time Capsule…
Motivation Mondays: Fountain of Youth

 

 

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
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.

Badge: – I created a fun badge using PicMonkey’s free photo editing tools. You can create your own, use WordPress’ integrated tool on your blog or you are welcome to use mine. (see dedicated page)
Tag: – Motivation Mondays
Hashtag: – #MotvnM

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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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