The Cards We’re Dealt

We sail through life smoothly
until a wave knocks us down
with no means for escaping
no turning around or backing away
We’re still caught in the aftermath
of that dismal day

The best move is to dive in head first
We may get hurt
where our emotions could run so wild
that our souls would be fully drained
from the collision of shock,
new found pain

Where tears could fall so long and hard
that face muscles would begin to dance
and our happiness would be scarred

Our only choice then,
is to move forward
We must learn to deal
the hand we’re dealt
and consent to acceptance

With weeping more infrequent
and the embracing of strength
Our eyes will open to the light and follow
allowing Hope and Faith
to enter
our hearts once again

© LScott 2013

Dedicated to my family
with all my heart. ♥

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53 thoughts on “The Cards We’re Dealt

    • Aww…Autumn, thank you, my friend and sister for your most encouraging words…It’s surreal how I felt so paralyzed after hearing the news and now, with a new year and some time passed, I’m able to move forward and write from the heart. I am so very grateful for friends like you and Gabby, who have continued to “be there” for me. I will always be there for you, too. Hugs and blessings! xox

  1. Beautiful poem Lauren and I love the expression of hope and faith in it. Sometimes the soul feels as though it’s not possible to have those 2 things, but it actually is always possible because it’s a decision. Love is a hope and an inner desire and a decision, but maybe most importantly a command. Stay strong. I know you are strong.

    • Thanks, Scott, and you are so right about hope and faith being a decision. Honestly speaking though, it just wasn’t there last year, until maybe the end…now I know what it’s like to feel paralyzed, not physically, but mentally, and it’s surreal, to say the least. Anyway, I am strong (I am woman :))! Okay, I had to add a little humor! But, yes, strength, hope and faith will remain; there is no other choice! Hugs to you, my friend!

  2. Beautifully written from the depths Lauren.

    You are at the beginning of yet another new journey. A long process of recovery is on its way. And you have already laid a strong foundation for yourself of hope and faith and these two will give you the beginning that I can feel you crave.

    My love and blessings are with you all the way, and although we have only known each other a short time, I am here for you.

    Love

    Christine (((hugs)))

    Xxxxx

  3. Lauren- Hope, faith, AND PRAYER- and you have each one! Reading your blogs finds me without the words needed to express my feelings, etc. There’s an old song “You are so beautiful” and this poem captures its true meaning. Luv Dad

  4. Acceptance is truly important, Lauren–I believe it unlocks the door so that God can work out His miraculous destiny in our lives. When we stop fighting and hollering, we can hear His Voice much easier as He guides and directs, says, “this is the way–walk you in it”. God bless you and your family abundantly–love, sis Caddo

    • Thanks so much, Gabby, as I mentioned to Autumn, you both have been truly wonderful friends and I am grateful. I will keep the faith and strength needed to persevere! Love and hugs back to you, too! xo

  5. A wonderful and heartfelt poem. Take care, Lauren. May you be graced with blessings and love and happiness.

    And when the golden falcons build another simmering tower to the sky,
    Love will tell you it is time to build a bridge for your hearts.

    Subhan Zein

  6. A magnificent post for the family, but for us too, as I am always moved by what you share and feel. You have always been a blessing to me Lauren, so you are always in my thoughts and prayers, all of you including your dad. I loved the poem. May God’s grace embrace your family with an abundance of healing and love always! Much love to you dear sister…Wendell.

    • Thanks so much, Katy, and I’m happy to be able to inspire you. My family has had some tough times, so I try to inspire us all, as well as, my visitors. I’ll be over your way soon!
      Lauren

  7. My dearest Lauren, the poem brought much tears – as I also experienced the same paralysis of the mind and the pulse in 2010 – 2011 – the pain was unbearable, to say the least. Life has a strange way at draining us in that serrated pang — that is when we must silently listen to the inner realm in solitude – that every blow shall only make you a stronger ‘soul’. I am nobody to give you unsolicited advice, howsoever, we are each other’s silent mate when we share our worlds in our respective galaxies (blog), thus, I truly care for you, and wishing you abundance of spiritual strength and courage to face any upheaval. You are a beautiful, beautiful woman inside/out — someone I admire and am proud to have in my life’s transitory journey. Much love & many hugs to you.

    • Oh, Shaheen, you bring tears, but not of sadness…I am touched by your words and also saddened by the pain you have experienced. I can say the same things about you, too, and am always here if you need someone to listen. You can email me anytime. Thank you so much for your friendship…love, hugs and blessings to you, also.

    • Me, too, Carl! We never expected to be dealt this hand, but I’m sure that’s what most people say. I can’t go into details here, but if you’re interested in listening, then you can email me. Otherwise, things are stable and one day at a time… 🙂

  8. You are so right about hitting it head first. I wrote a book about such things. Much love and warm hugs for you and your beautiful family, Lauren. ❤ xxx

    • Awww…thanks, Red, I know you’ve been through a lot, saying it mildly and I’d love to read your book! Is it on your blog or can you send me the info? Sending hugs and love back to you! xoxo

      • While you were gone, I launched my publishing company. Here is the link to the book. Subscribe whilst you are there. It is not nearly as active as M3, but you will get notification when we add the print books and new titles.

        This is the link for finding KUS: http://redmundpro.com/?s=killing+us+softly&submit=Search While you are there, hover on the book store and click on the Free Book Bin for a copy of the first Flash in the Pan. It is a free download ❤

      • Good Morning, Red, I’ll check these out later (it’s our anniversary and we’ll be out), but I’ll fill you in with my goal…I want to self publish a book of poetry, for personal reasons and maybe to take to our local bookstores (who knows). It’s more of a personal project and I know my Dad (93) would love to have something tangible. He loves my blog and it keeps him busy since Mom’s passing. Anyway, is this something you could help me with? Like I said, I will peruse your information later, but thought I’d check with you. I have been researching self publishing companies online and have a couple that I’m thinking about, but I’m comparing packages/prices and it’s all overwhelming. Even if you don’t this, you might be able to point me in a good direction? Thanks, in advance, my friend, and have a lovely day! xoxo

      • I will give you advice. Word from the wise? If you are going to be charged to print your book, you are being ripped off. ❤ Climb in the inbox when you have time. xxx

      • There are 2 companies that have do-it-yourself options, all is free in designing, etc. However, there is a cost for printing and I haven’t reached that point, yet, in my research. I have to check out the link later, but I will also climb into your inbox! 🙂 Thanks, Red! xoxo

  9. Dear Lauren. Although I know how you words here speak from your heart and a very personal and painful experience, they are out-reaching and inspiring. I think when we are struck a blow and experience fear and pain and despair, we are assuming we know more than we do. Perhaps, the same could be said for hope, for faith, but much better to take that path. And so your words help lead that way. Sending prayers and healing and friendship. Love and hugs, Diane XO

  10. I love this one Lauren! Poignant and beautiful, most especially since the sentiments are for family. Just doesn’t get any dearer or more heart-felt when one is writing from personal experience and the emotions engendered! Thank you for sharing a part of you..

    • Hi Penny, I was searching for this poem and found your comment that I missed! I’m soooo sorry, two years later. Sheesh! I know we’ve lost touch and that happens in blogland, but I hope life is treating you well. Since this poem was written, we’re still plugging forward. There have been tough times for our daughter, but she graduated from college, is now working full-time, and plans to start her master’s program in two years. We pray her health will cooperate and we continue to pray for healing…many hugs and I need to catch up on your blog! 🙂 xx

      • Hi Lauren. Apologies never necessary between friends. Life happens for all of us. May I respectfully recommend that the miracle you wish for your daughter to think positive affirmations that it has already happened. I’ve seen a few things in my own life that in believing it is already so, can initiate positive responses in the body! Of course I add my own positive vibrations and send them to her and your entire family. All my love, the very very best to you! 🙂 xx

      • Thanks, Penny, and she has the most optimistic, stellar attitude that we can hope for. We, as her parents, are following her lead, although it’s tough at times. Love and blessings to you, my friend! ♥

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