Feelings, Life, Love, Poetry

just another day by day

“It’s just another day as far as I’m concerned,” my friend Kathy said to me on Christmas Eve when I reached out for some support.

Sharing my feelings is a strategy I use to help myself manage difficult emotional states. Writing poetry, writing anything at all and exercising are other healthy strategies I use. (I sometimes use unhealthy strategies as well, but I won’t go into that LOL!)

So it was Christmas Eve, and I was feeling lonely. Alone and lonely. I am often alone, and mostly I delight in my solitude. But lonely and alone is not a good combination. Paradoxically, lonely in a crowd of people can be even worse, because when you’re lonely in the midst of others, especially if they are family and/or friends, you feel completely isolated and disconnected — like you don’t belong.

It’s even more devastating to believe that everyone belongs somewhere, while you feel that you belong nowhere. Whether it’s true or not doesn’t matter. Feeling like that fills the empty spaces inside you (that are not already occupied by loneliness, isolation and disconnection) with despair and hopelessness. It’s a profoundly disturbing and frightening place to be. 

The conversation with Kathy didn’t do much to lift my spirits. Then, out of the blue, I remembered an anonymous poem I’d cut out a couple of years ago, and put between the pages of a book with the intention of publishing it here someday. Why it came to mind is a mystery, but I retrieved it from its hiding place, and when I read it, I felt more hopeful. Christmas may be “just another day” as Kathy says. But it’s another day during which I can reflect on life, and why I’m here. And that’s a good thing. #ThankingTheUniverseForAnonymousPoets

 

another day

by anonymous

another day i am
another day i am alive
another day i breathe
another day i love
another day i think
another day i dream
another day i do

 

Oh yeah, and this too:

 

Day by Day (lyrics)

Bad news don’t ruin my appetite
Don’t let the papers tell me if it’s wrong or right
I just do what I do and I do it day by day by day by day.

I live life, might take it slow
Make mistakes but Oh! that’s the way it goes
I just know what I know and I know it day by day by day by day

(Chorus)
Day by day I’m feeling stronger
Day by day I’m lasting longer
Day by day you help me make my way

I speak up with I feel it’s right
I jump up with I know that I’ve got to fight
Until then, I just take it day by day by day by day

(Chorus)
Day by day I’m feeling stronger
Day by day I’m lasting longer
Day by day you help me make my way

(with you) don’t worry about it
(with you) don’t worry about it
(with you) don’t worry about it
Day by day by day by day

Sometimes, late at night, I feel strangely blue,
Sometimes, late at night, I need what I get from you,

Day by day, you show me a better way
Day by day, you help me to find a place
Day by day, you help me make it
Day by day by day by day by

Day by day I’m feeling stronger
Day by day I’m lasting longer
Day by day you help me make my way

Day by day I’m feeling stronger
Day by day I’m lasting longer
Day by day you help me make my way
Day by day by day by day by ..

Day by day I’m feeling stronger
Day by day I’m lasting longer
Day by day you help me make my way

 

See me?

i’ll be glad when christmas is over

deep loneliness runs through me like a river

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