No Regrets

World Poetry Day: Post 3

No Regrets

Follow your mind;

and when you doubt it,

insightfulness remains in your instincts.

Have no regrets.

Follow your instincts;

and in your quiet moments of aging,

feistiness remains in your heart.

Have no regrets.

follow your heart;

and in reminiscing your pleasures,

joy remains in your soul.

Have no regrets.

Follow your soul;

and in your final enlightenment,

your light remains for all.

There are no regrets.

~Barbara S. Collier

No Regrets (c)

 

 

 

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Fantastic Friday: Isaac Burns Murphy

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The Rider, the Man

Horse Jockey Isaac Burns Murphy won his first race on September 15, 1875, at Lexington Crab Orchard. He  won 11 races in 1876 and 19 in 1877.

In 1884 Murphy won the American Derby in Chicago, Illinois, which was at the time the most prestigious race in the nation. He would win the American Derby in 1885, 1886 and 1888.

On May 27, 1884, Murphy got his first Kentucky Derby win and would win twice more, in 1890 and 1891. He was the first jockey to win successive Derby races and was also the first three-time winner.

Isaac Murphy counted that he’d won 628 of his total 1,412 races. In one his most calculated races, according to author McDaniels, on June 25, 1890, Murphy raced against white jockey Ed “Snapper” Garrison, during the era of Jim Crow segregation,  to determine who was the better jockey. Murphy won by a heart-stopping first place finish.  He was the “man” of legend for black folks back then and later white jockeys and scholars acknowledged his skill and a first -rate jockey.

Murphy competed at the Monmouth Handicap, in New Jersey just a few months later. Suspiciously, he rode poorly during the race and at the post-race inspection he fell off his  horse and was accused of being drunk while riding; something he had never done before. However, he was suspended for 30 days, ever though his intoxication was never proven. Researchers agree now that this was to discredit Isaac Murphy.  Forensic investigations done later posit he may have been poisoned, but the culprit(s) were never named.

The Jockey Murphy never re-gained his status as “the prince of jockeys.”  After many difficult post-racing years, he died of pneumonia  at 34 years old on February 12, 1896.

75 Questions: Day 75

Let the journey begin! Commence this New Year 2017 with a recovered inspiration. Make each revealed intention stick. Mark your pathways with golden joy…you are here to make life go right.

Embrace yourself, hug your heart, affirm in your inner soul joy, peace, trust, mindfulness, compassion, truth, empathy. Look within, all of the characteristics for goodness are already there in every fiber of your being.

Release, relax, restore.  You are a strong courageous life lion. Love life-it loves you, that’s a golden rule.

“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” ~John Quincy Adams

You’ve done some hard work: detoxing your mind and clearing your spirit takes energy. Sometimes the task was exhausting, other times because of the unfamiliar you may have felt sick. But, rejoice the pollutants of guilt, shame, disappointment, poor habits, grief, anger, despair, judgment, doubt, stress (all perceived obstacles) are minor concerns.

You persevered. Although the pursuit of clarity never ends, where you are now as a human being, who knows oneself, is pristine and glorious. May each day of New Year 2017 extend a blessing to you and may you expand that blessing to others.

I challenge you to be happy this New Year. This is my toast to you.

Question 75: What’s Next?

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Write on your life’s chalkboard

75 Questions: Day 74

There were 75 days before the New Year 2017 began, according to the Gregorian calendar when this series of blog  questions began. Now there is only ONE day before new year’s day. Incredible! Mind-blowing! Insane.

In keeping withe the trend, this blog posting will ask you one question. That question may inspire you, it may perplex you, it may anger you, or it may tickle you. The deliberate  intent of the 75 questions is to probe, to prompt a reaction, to get you to stretch, to press beyond tradition or boundaries, to think broader, to break free as you ponder and then give a thoughtful answer to the question.

It’s all about you. Each of the 75 questions probed to prompt a reaction. You get to embrace your heart. And, allow others to see what is true and real about you. Life is about the worth of your relationships: to others, the environment and yourself. You are just that important.

Ask questions. Check out your world. Ask others what is special about you. Grow. Glow.

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You are an eloquent, bright light

The overall intent of the 75 questions is to capture change. The questions are to be a precursor for inner change that leaves you feeling safe,vital, dynamic, in control, powerful, intrigued, universal, connected, and authentic.

When these astounding  emotions are opened up within you (they already exist), you change and your world changes and the whole world changes with you.

Question 74: What do others see in you? (Ask them)

75 Questions: Day 73

When this blog series of 75 Questions began, there were 75 days before the pivotal start of New  Year 2017, according to the Gregorian calendar. From that day forward, the life-changing  countdown began and it continues. So, for the next 5 days (Monday – Sunday) the blog postings will still ask you one question. That question may inspire you, it may perplex you, it may anger you, or it may tickle you. The main thrust is to get you to your zone of happiness.

The main intent of the 75 questions is to probe, to prompt a reaction, to get you to stretch, to press beyond tradition or boundaries, to think broader, to break free,  to find your dharma. All that is asked is for you to give a thoughtful answer to the question. Focus.

It’s about the trust that is within you. You are your guide to help life go right. The arrow direction of which only you dominantly control. Awakened mindfulness, compassion, awareness. Meditation on your intention, that your guide arrow. Peek into your peak.

The overall intent of the 75 questions is to capture change. The questions are to be a precursor for inner change that leaves you feeling more safe, in control, powerful, intrigued, and authentic..

When these amazing emotions are opened up within you (they already exist), you change and your world changes and the whole world changes with you.

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Question 73: Your intentions are what ?