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Writings of Toni Taylor-Helser

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Time To Go Inward ~ An Open Letter

My Dear Loved One;

Please forgive this open letter, I did not know how else to reach you, and although this is a selfish act on my part I do hope and pray that just my few words and the song I include speaks to your spirit that I know is still searching.

My hope is you will  understand that this which you are going through will all be worth the pain and the struggle someday when you look back. I pray that you will come out the other side someone you like enough to know you deserve to be loved in a healthy, loving, and kind way. Though I am unable to be there for you for what ever reasons, your choice, or mine, please know that I am trusting there is a great chance you will read this.

As the song will tell you; Time To Go Inward.. I am not denying the incredible hard work on your part it is going to take. If you do, although a journey, I think you are going to like the you that you are going to find there. I hope & pray you have the nerve.

Our healing, yours and mine will begin once you are well.

This song I believe will speak to your heart in ways I cannot because of who I am to you. That is why we process and assimilate through music, is it not? My tone may sound reserved, it is. I do not trust my emotion here and it certainly is not the platform for it anyway.

For tonight,  for today, let it be enough that you know I love you, that this will never change. It could not. Know that you are in my prayers and my positive thoughts continuously. You know how much faith I have in this belief.

I have just as much faith in you.

POSTSCRIPT:   (Added March 29, 2013 after speaking via phone)

To you My Loved One:   you reaching out tells me the one thing I needed to know now from you, That you are in a better place today than you have been in a very long time. Today is all that matters for now. It may be all that ever matters. You have always my unconditional love always, sometimes that means having to love from a far. But it never diminishes the love held. Thank you for doing what you are doing. This too shall pass, and things will once again shine more brilliantly for you than you ever thought would happen again. Trust me.. but more importantly trust something more powerful than either of us.
I love you.  I am so proud of you.  Your personal cheering squad~

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Two Whispers of the Heart ~ For Tee

The progression of a first time collaboration.

I am not a poet, never even claimed to be. In fact have never  tried my hand at it. I had no idea of the possibilities. However friends often see things we cannot see in ourselves. This is what is happening for me. Friends taking some simple words I write and expounding on them with their incredible talent. Sharing with like-minded & heart people is something special I am just learning thanks to my blogging family of writers.  I am inspired by their faith in me. 

From Tee’s Blog teeceeconcil blog http://teeceecounsel.wordpress.com/
Something was created by two people who do not know each other very well. Yet two hearts can still whisper the same message.

Thank you so much Tee. This has been awesome!

A simple comment on a friends blog”

“Music provided, spirit open,

whispers to the heart 

I Hope You Dance!”

And a friend responds in like:

Triggering sweet sensations. Inspiring lovely imaginations.

I Hope you dance:

Where will I go today

of course, I will

I Hope You Dance

~

The  Unintended Collaboration

Music provided,  Triggering sweet sensations

spirit open, Inspiring lovely imaginations

whispers to the heart 

I Hope You Dance

I Hope you dance:

Where will I go today

of course, I will

I Hope You Dance

Thanks so much Tee!  

Very Cool my friend!

Tee & Toni collaborate
9.18.2012.

A Mom & Daughter Puzzle – The Empty Pot

“Well Mom, who wrote the Quote?”

Me: “No one seems to know”

Daughter: “Did you do your own reasearch?”

Me: “I tried, could not find anything but anonymous”

Daughter: “Let’s Google it!!”

Me: shaking my head.  Of Course!

BRILLIANT DAUGHTER!

Need to find an answer today ask your kid. I recently posted the poem below and although I could not find any answer myself and settled for anonymous like thousands of other bloggers seem to be doing right along with me. Leave it to my ethical child who as she has always claimed was raised by her hippie mom would not accept the answer that we could not find who to attribute the poem too.

The partial poem in question was

* If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
* If you  plant goodness, you will reap friends
* If you plant humility, you will reap  greatness
* If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
* If you  plant consideration, you will reap perspective
* If you plant hard work, you  will reap success
* If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation…….

(excerpt from full poem)

My daughter is a brilliant & ethical. She also cannot abide by people taking credit for something they should not. She gave me props (Thank you kid!) for not at least letting it appear I wrote it, but she was not accepting the anonymous story. As she said to me, “It came from somewhere. She has such a great point. And me? What was my excuse for not hunting further than a casual internet search in which I saw anonymous so many times on its first page I accepted it. But just for a second resource because that is what I do I then went to my 10 pound book of Bartlet‘s Book Of Quotations” that has been my companion for almost 45 yrs. Again. Nothing. So my great analytical research mind accepted this. I posted and said credit should go where  credit is due,  but I could not give a credit. And I was wrong. Thanks Kid!

Thanks to my daughter and her computer experience and knowledge of the Google search Engine she & I can give this poem it’s proper credit. I’m kind of  proud of this kid of mine. She had emergency brain surgery 3 years ago as some of you know and she has a better analytical mind than mine is sweet.  Not that there wa sany great impairments she has had some issues. She just keeps improving. And that is SO sweet.

My kid, daughter #2, mother of my grandson who I have also mentioned in prior posts found the answer we bloggers have been looking for,  The author of this poem. MY ethical child who could not let it go, she and I worked together for about 15 minutes hunting down one link after another until we found a book. This book contains this quote in it;s entirety.  It may only be a partial source and the author may have used  it too not knowing if it is that old of a quote. We read too that the quote may date back to ancient Chinese beliefs. My daughter J* and I want to share the book we found.  And my daughter’s message is? “Don’t give up just because you might not find it on the first page staring at you.”  My take away lesson?  Learn from your children, and how sweet any time is with your kid.

The  book is called “The Empty Pot” author~ Demo

It would be considered a children’s book but I beg to differ But then I believe “Where The Wild Things Are” is an adult book so maybe we should not go there. All I can say is it is now part of my wish list at Amazon.

Amazing what two-generations can do. I said this to my daughter and she agreed, adding, “And a hippie mom with Hippie child.”

I smiled at my daughter. She is her mother’s child.

The book and info about it can be found at amazon.com

The Empty Pot:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Empty-Pot-Demi/dp/0805082271/ref=la_B000WQ0BMO_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1345668959&sr=1-2#reader_0805082271

Demi. Bio:

http://www.amazon.com/Demi/e/B000WQ0BMO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

©tjhelser@aol.com

Note to author:  Thanks so much for the use of your poem & mention of your book.

Go Fly a Kite!

In honor of the frogs and crickets I hear outside my windows tonight because it’s actually warm enough to have them open this poem and photo is posted. I wish I could say I was the pilot of the kites, the photographer who shot the cool photo, the poetess who saw the possibilities in dreams & kites. But alas I’ll have to settle with being just the blogger who does the posting about all three.

Happy Spring Friends!

~

Throw your

dreams into space

like a kite,

and you do not know what it

will bring back,

a new life,

a new friend,

a new love,

a new country

~ Anais Nin

©tjhelser 2012

Write From Your Heart

Writing from your heart as my friend DanIrene @ http://workthedream.wordpress.com/author/danlrene/ is an incredible poet. And I am not sure she knows it. No pun intended. Really. Her poetry is from her soul, deep, meaningful and very significant. I’m so touched by this piece she titles, “Written In Invisible Ink” left me with goose bumps. Wanting to be held.

In honor of my resolve to not Re-Blog I am sharing DanIrene’s link here so that you’ll know how sincere I am in knowing you’ll find her blog and this poem so worthy of your blog reading time

. It was so worth mine.

Thanks again DanIrene for sharing ~

©TJHELSER 2012