Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Poetry Helps Fight Stress



            Writing or reading poetry is a favorite activity for many students.  Writing down our thoughts and feelings help us cope with the daily pressures and conflicts in life.  Sometimes writing poetry or keeping a journal helps us to think through our thoughts.  Here is a favorite poem. 

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low, and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out,
The sliver lining of the cloud of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are,
It may seem near when it seems so far.
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worse that you must not quit.

-Author Unknown


     My Aunt Mary turned 97 years old last month.  She is a retire high school English teacher.  She always speaks her mind and listens wells, and at the same time shares a wealth of information.  She plays cards with friends - probably enjoying a game right now!  Stress management involves building a support system and connecting with friends old and new.  My auntie has has to build several new support systems over the years.
     Many children love poetry.  They will read it or write it.  Encourage them to keep a journal.  Have them share it with you if they will.  Most will share! 
    This post is dedicated to all the Aunt Marys out there and especially to mine!

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