Pleasure and Pain, Ours to Determine

Pleasure or Pain, Ours to Determine
Pleasure or Pain, Ours to Determine

Perilous though life may be,
more peril comes from stagnancy,
and choices deem the circumstances due,
when we choose movement or inaction,
as what ensues so poignant.

The array of life experience
is endless in extremes,
the learning our struggle and recompense,
as we lose direction, hesitate
and out of fear procrastinate.

Stillness just a request for learning,
our inaction our questioned discerning,
and in refusal of decisions to be made,
we suffer harsh penalties,
lessons of the soul to sate.

The questions of direction and movement,
are always ours to consider,
yet in responsibility we must accept
what we procure, regardless of consequence
and the lessons given to find balance.

But the pain of consequence
is a gauge based on perception,
and in acceptance, the easing of our apprehension,
for challenges are just that,
no need to unduly suffer in learning.

Pain is not necessary if we accept the learning,
see what we have been offered, been given,
and take responsibility for decisions,
each one a step toward wisdom
and a more stable path.

Life’s course is varied,
but the rocky paths are for our benefit,
so when we realize that
and accept the need for learning,
the course is somehow different.

Judgement creates measure,
and response is ours to determine,
either pleasure or pain in degrees
ours to discern and experience,
so out of kindness, refrain from judgement
and accept all challenges equally.

Tony DeLorger © 2018

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Tony DeLorger

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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au videos on YouTube and book sales on website thoughtsforabeautifulmind.com, Amazon and digitalprintaustralia.com.au/bookstore

4 thoughts on “Pleasure and Pain, Ours to Determine

  • January 10, 2018 at 6:41 PM
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    Beautiful words dear Tony with lots of truth and wisdom…and as you said our decisions may land us in either despair or glory..we have to accept wherever our decisions take us and learn from our mistakes..doing absolutely nothing or having no decision of our own is the worst possible solution for our fear of failure…thank you so much for sharing this very thought provoking write.

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  • January 10, 2018 at 9:14 PM
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    My pleasure Anjana, glad you related and enjoyed my thoughts. Take care dear friend.

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  • January 11, 2018 at 3:39 PM
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    Truth in so many ways. I am under the thought process of learn from everything you do, positive or negative. Challenges are there to overcome and pain and pleasure are relevant for their desired effect. Accepting responsibility seems like a thing that older generations do, myself included. New gen seems to never bear the consequence of action always placing blame somewhere other than the source. I especially loved verse 4. Great work my friend.

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  • January 11, 2018 at 4:27 PM
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    Glad you appreciated my thoughts Paul, and I agree, young people seem to blame everything for their circumstances and make situations much worse. Taking responsibility for our own lives is fundamentally necessary in order to create balance and harmony in life, I believe. Cheers!

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