Respect: Don’t Lecture Me Please
Respect for others is an important attribute to have.
Everyone is different and you need to walk in their shoes,
So don’t be quick to judge or have unfair expectations.
People are influenced by many different things.
Each of us handles and reacts to situations differently.
Circumstances beyond our control can arise,
Time is not always conducive to what we want to achieve.
Developing understanding and tolerance isn’t hard
Once you realise that not everyone thinks the same.
No two people deal with a situation identically.
Try to see the other person’s point of view.
Let everyone deal with their life the way they see fit.
Each of us has different and unique priorities.
Challenges arise from time to time diverting us from our goals.
Telling others what they should or shouldn’t be doing
Ultimately leads to resentment and disharmony.
Remember, other people, ARE NOT YOU!
Encourage them and rejoice in their differences.
Maybe others don’t agree with everything you do,
Especially if you preach without knowing the facts.
Pay me the respect I value and deserve,
Let me live my life the way I choose.
Expectations are often set too high.
Always remember that life has its ups and downs,
Sometimes you don’t know what hurdles others are facing.
Exercise patience and understanding and life will go on.
by John Hansen 2017
After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com.Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction.
I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren.
I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials.
It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems.
I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.