From my early years where religion was an overpowering influence on my life I have struggled to come to terms with who I am. I have tended to find the negative in most aspects of my life but with age I feel I am learning to be more accepting of myself. I am beginning to look more positively to the future and appreciate what each day brings.
This is somewhat of a deepish post but I am acutely aware of time passing me by and the need to not waste my time on the trivial and unimportant.
I am grateful for my loved ones and the wonderful experiences and opportunities I have had.
I have been fortunate to have a healthy life and have enjoyed the successes that sport has brought me.
I am thankful to have been brought up with music that has stayed with me all my life. I have been thrilled to have discovered in me an ability to share my world with others in poetry and song.
Below is a poem that I wrote 10 years ago that tells of my struggles in the past. I am happy that these thoughts are becoming more distant and rare as I move towards a positive future.
Brought up with true values...filtrating the mind
Guided by righteous...the holy sublime
We are the chosen for leading mankind
In ways of true knowledge...the needy to find
Insecure boy...wanting to please
Morally driven...time on your knees
Destined for greatness...truly faithful
Dedicated...obstinate...cemented in will
Semblance of order directs and protects
No nonsense approach...what pathways are next
Plans are proceeding by powers above
Infinite wisdom...abounding in love
The mighty have fallen...the meek to grow strong
As body and soul healed from all wrong
A channel that's empty is filled to the brim
Come one and all...you listen to him
The oak tree's now cut down...forests laid low
Though new shoots are sprouting...beginning to grow
The once solid timber built up years back
The blows of the axe so sharply did crack