Midday Motivation – The Road Not Taken

Some have called Robert Frost America’s poet. Clearly, his 1915 Poem, The Road Not Taken, is among the top poems in American history. One hundred years later, it’s still used as a metaphor in ads and stirs the hearts of adventurers and dreamers.

It gained some notoriety in the past couple of years ago when poetry critic, David Orr, claimed we have all misinterpreted the poem. Whether you buy the classic reading or this noveau twist, it never fails to inspire.

Here’s the poem read by the poet.

Ray

Poem: Where Sorrow Ends

buddha_chakrasI don’t write much poetry any more, but I used to be an avid writer of poetry and verse. My topics mostly ranged from philosophical to spiritual to nature. Here’s one example an attempt to get beyond our temporal conceptions and grasp the void beyond.

“WHERE SORROW ENDS”

Beauty beheld in fragrant states;
surfing across sweeping thought waves.
Tragedy and ecstasy, here are unified,
out beyond the gravity of space and time.

Concept finds no grounding there.
Brilliant men have failed to dare
go where the world is not born;
and so they are by cravings torn.

To be a warrior and a sage
without the fear that grips our age.
To travel where the sages roam,
finding, at last, the peace of home.

Ray Davis
Copyright 1993

See beyond the obvious!

Ray

Ray Davis is the author of Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation – order your signed copy today at AATrilogy.com – founder of The Affirmation Spot and an advocate for the potential of the human race. He’s life-long history buff and holds a B.S. in History Education. He’s always been fascinated by alternative views of history.

anunnaki_cover_full_colorAnunnaki Awakening: Revelation is turning heads and opening minds. Humanity’s past is checkered, secret, and dangerous.

White House Correspondent Maria Love is on to the story of her life and with the help of an Anunnaki leaders seeks to unravel and reveal history’s biggest conspiracy. The Awakening has begun!

Poem: Ultimate Reality

There are many ways to view the deeper nature of the reality around us.

I wrote this poem in 1993, as one way of seeing that reality.

It expresses the sense of wholeness, devoid of our individual personalities, that underlies the nature of our existence.

It’s a bit existential with some Buddhist overtones. I hope you enjoy and that it makes you think.

“Ultimate Reality”

Cling not to what is fleeting
All is fleeting, therefore, cling not.
Matter and energy, time and space
Are but reflections in the void.

Desire nothing and everything shall you attain
Have everything and, in truth, nothing is yours.
For no holder is there and nothing held;
And nothing to hold, only unity.

I am but a process in gentle progress; simply
Inter-connected energy flowing in a manner
Created by what has come to pass,
Its interaction bringing forth the future.

No self may be found behind the process,
Only a conscious part of a greater whole
Moving back and forth as far as may be seen
Yet, verily, never having moved at all.

Copyright 1993 Ray Davis

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray

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Poem: Opportunity of a Forever

 

 

 

 

 

 

“THE OPPORTUNITY OF A FOREVER”

Never before in time and space
has this moment come about;
never shall it come again.
our lives are built on here and now.

Only fools would let this pass
without feeling what we feel.
Let us be calm and let us be bold;
face the fears before which we kneel.

If it’s our past that holds us back,
then let us create a new future.
One where joy fills our hearts
and these feelings of ours mature.

If it is failure we most fear
then let us be filled with trust.
Knowing within that nothing is lost
by honestly expressing our love.

Copyright Ray Davis 1994

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams. He is the author or the ebook The Power to Be You: Game-Changing Posidigms for Daily Life – a book of 416 original empowering quotes, thoughts, and affirmations.

You also may enjoy Love and Relationship Affirmations.

Poem: Break-Through

I began this poem in 1993 and finished it in 1997. It describes a transformation from disappointment and heartache to selfhood. I hope you enjoy. Would love to read your comments.

hope“BREAK-THROUGH”

Free now of all reveling
in unimportant things.
Fraught with expectations
full of broken dreams.

Moving right ahead now
with visions grandiose.
Closeup of a happy young lady enjoying rainSummoning the courage
to conquer all my ghosts.

Knowing in the fullness
of the days that are to come;
my obstacles will fall away
and my fears shall be undone.

father and son on the sea on sunsetMindful in this moment;
connected to my fate.
My sense of separate self
begins to dissipate.

Dissolving now completely
into the cosmic whole.
All enters my awareness
I reach my final goal.

sun in handsKnowing for the first time
who I truly am.
I am Universal Mind
and it is but a man.

 

 

 

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s spent more than 25 years studying personal development and especially writing, recording, and using affirmations to achieve his goals. His eBook – The Power to Be You – offers 416 life-changing and original quotes, ideas, and affirmations to take you to new levels of achievement and reflection.

anunnaki_cover_full_colorAnunnaki Awakening: Revelation, Ray’s first novel,  is turning heads and opening minds. Humanity’s past is checkered, secret, and dangerous.

White House Correspondent Maria Love is on to the story of her life and with the help of an Anunnaki leader seeks to unravel and reveal history’s biggest conspiracy. The Awakening has begun!

Poem: Psychology of Seasons – The Affirmation Spot for Friday October 7, 2011

Today’s Affirmation:

The Universe provides for me in direct proportion to my gratitude! Today I am rich!

My dog Mia and I just went for an amazing walk on this beautiful early Autumn afternoon. We still have Indian Summer going here right now with temperatures in the 80s, but the shift in season is still clear. Everywhere you look leaves, walnuts, hedge apples are strewn across the ground. With every gust of wind, you can hear more of summer’s fruit and life falling to the ground in death. The squirrels are hyperactive right now gathering the ground’s bounty for the winter they instinctively know is ahead. Seasonal changes represent more than climatic transition. They also alter our psychology.

Our ancestors truly recognized and appreciated the meaning of the seasons. They celebrated and revered the cycles of the seasons.

The life that comes to be in the Spring and flourishes in Summer begins to dwindle in the Fall. Today’s post is a poem I wrote in 1993. I hope it captures the magic and meaning of the transition to Fall.

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Psychology of Seasons

A sun-drenched sky
on windy autumn day;
out across open fields
passing clouds make shadow play.

Silent beauty in multi-hues,
but ominous in a sense;
for though today be delightful
darkness soon gains precedence.

Shortly days will end too soon
as the leaves of autumn blow.
The gods withhold their aid
to the lifeforms down below.

A chill permeates the air
and death is all around.
Evidenced by dying trees:
their leaves spread on the ground.

Depression need not be our course;
all things must come to pass.
Death is an integral part of life;
perennial as fields of grass.

For very soon rebirth takes place
and all springs back to life.
To our hearts the glow returns,
bringing end to stress and strife.

Given time we come to find
and perhaps appreciate
the coming of darkness and death
who’s end gives cause to celebrate.

Copyright Ray Davis 1993, 1997

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s spent more than 25 years studying personal development and especially writing, recording, and using affirmations to achieve his goals. His eBook – The Power to Be You – offers 416 life-changing and original quotes, ideas, and affirmations to take you to new levels of achievement and reflection.

anunnaki_cover_full_colorAnunnaki Awakening: Revelation, Ray’s first novel,  is turning heads and opening minds. Humanity’s past is checkered, secret, and dangerous.

White House Correspondent Maria Love is on to the story of her life and with the help of an Anunnaki leader seeks to unravel and reveal history’s biggest conspiracy. The Awakening has begun!

Mothers’ Day Poem and Affirmations – The Affirmation Spot for Sunday May 8, 2011

Once a year we spend a day recognizing mothers for the invaluable contributions they make in all of our lives.

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
Abraham Lincoln

“When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth.”
Mitch Albom

“A wise mother knows: It is her state of consciousness that matters. Her gentleness and clarity command respect. Her love creates security.”
Vimala McClure

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”
Unknown

Here are some Mother’s Day affirmations and an original poem I wrote for Mothers’ Day a few years ago. Thank you to all the mothers out there for what you have done and continue to do for us.

“To Mom on Mothers’ Day”

Out among the stars
that flow across the sky;
there surely must be one
that caught my mother’s eye.

If I could I’d capture it
and lace it with a bow;
give it to my mother
so that she would know.

Despite our disagreements
and our differences of way;
I love her and respect her
on this, my Mother’s Day.

Mothers’ Day Affirmations

  1. “I am a great mom, I am a great mom, I am a great mom and I get better and better each and every day.”
  2. “Today I am the best mom I have ever been!”
  3. “I am a great mother! My kids are amazing people!”
  4. “I am a great mother! Today I celebrate my success as a parent!
  5. “Today and everyday I honor the role of mothers in our culture.”
  6. “I am blessed with a beautiful and healthy family.”
  7. “My children may not appreciate me now, but one day they will understand all I have done for them!”
  8. “As a mother, I am at the top of my game!”
  9. “As my children reach maturity, I easily transition from controller to wise guide.”
  10. “I give my children the gifts of life and opportunity!”
  11. “I am a great mother. My children are lucky to have me!”
  12. “Today and every day, I show love respect for my mother.”
  13. “Today I feel like a successful mom and I AM!”
  14. “I am a great mother! I listen to my children and meet their needs while always remaining the mom!”
  15. “Today and every day, my mother’s memory inspires me to greatness!”

Stay inspired!

Ray

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