Why does a number on the scale bring tears

when going up,

but solicit smiles

when going down?


Why does a snowstorm bring anxiety

when travel plans are looming,

but excited wonder

when warm hearths await?


Why does sadness darken a light-loving soul

when summer solstice ends,

but joy sparkle in a sorrowful soul

when winter solstice wanes?


Why does a glass appear half empty to one

yet to another seem half full?

Why does a trouble cripple one

yet to another unhindered sours?


Perspective is the magic key

that turns the blind to sight,

Perspective is the mystic flame

that changes darkness into light.


Grant me that key,

give me that flame

that I may walk, seeing,

in heaven’s light.

copyright 2018


About bjdonaldson

I think of myself as a Renaissance woman with a variety of passions. If you visited me, you might find me hanging out with my husband and children. Our Golden Retriever would be lovingly near. I am a Literacy Coach/Reading Specialist at an elementary school where I provide professional development and coaching to teachers. Formerly, I was a Reading Recovery teacher, an interventionist, and a middle and elementary classroom teacher. Getting up in the morning is not hard; I still love making a difference in the lives of children and teachers.

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