Self Help inspired Quote & Poetry

“Mind is the Master power that molds and makes,

And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes

The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills,

Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills:

He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:

Environment is but his looking-glass.”

James Allen’s book, As a Man Thinketh, starts out with the words above. What followed this book was countless other books trying to offer approaches to self help and personal growth but few found much more original ideas than this.

See Book Review of As a Man Thinketh under reviews or click this line

The Law of the Jungle, by Rudyard Kipling

NOW this is the Law of the Jungle — as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.

As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back —
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.


Wash daily from nose-tip to tail-tip; drink deeply, but never too deep;
And remember the night is for hunting, and forget not the day is for sleep.

The Jackal may follow the Tiger, but, Cub, when thy whiskers are grown,
Remember the Wolf is a Hunter — go forth and get food of thine own.

Keep peace withe Lords of the Jungle — the Tiger, the Panther, and Bear.
And trouble not Hathi the Silent, and mock not the Boar in his lair.

When Pack meets with Pack in the Jungle, and neither will go from the trail,
Lie down till the leaders have spoken — it may be fair words shall prevail.

When ye fight with a Wolf of the Pack, ye must fight him alone and afar,
Lest others take part in the quarrel, and the Pack be diminished by war.

The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, and where he has made him his home,
Not even the Head Wolf may enter, not even the Council may come.

The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, but where he has digged it too plain,
The Council shall send him a message, and so he shall change it again.

If ye kill before midnight, be silent, and wake not the woods with your bay,
Lest ye frighten the deer from the crop, and your brothers go empty away.

Ye may kill for yourselves, and your mates, and your cubs as they need, and ye can;
But kill not for pleasure of killing, and seven times never kill Man!

If ye plunder his Kill from a weaker, devour not all in thy pride;
Pack-Right is the right of the meanest; so leave him the head and the hide.

The Kill of the Pack is the meat of the Pack. Ye must eat where it lies;
And no one may carry away of that meat to his lair, or he dies.

The Kill of the Wolf is the meat of the Wolf. He may do what he will;
But, till he has given permission, the Pack may not eat of that Kill.

Cub-Right is the right of the Yearling. From all of his Pack he may claim
Full-gorge when the killer has eaten; and none may refuse him the same.

Lair-Right is the right of the Mother. From all of her year she may claim
One haunch of each kill for her litter, and none may deny her the same.

Cave-Right is the right of the Father — to hunt by himself for his own:
He is freed of all calls to the Pack; he is judged by the Council alone.

Because of his age and his cunning, because of his gripe and his paw,
In all that the Law leaveth open, the word of your Head Wolf is Law.

Now these are the Laws of the Jungle, and many and mighty are they;
But the head and the hoof of the Law and the haunch and the hump is — Obey!

See review of Lou Holtz's book, "Winning Every Day" to see how he took the phrase "The strength of the Wolf is in the pack and the strength of the pack is in the wolf" and made it part of his philosophy. 

 

How Do I Love Thee? Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,

Poems: Goodness & Stick to Your Task

Goodness -by Brent M. Jones

Goodness is the greatest good.

Could we measure goodness

by our thoughts and deeds,

 

Stick to your Task, by Anonymous 

Stick to your task till it sticks to you;

Beginners are many, but enders are few.

Honor, power, place and praise

Will come, in time, to the one who stays.

Stick to your task till it sticks to you;

Bend at it, sweat at it, smile at it too;

 

Quotes by Brent M. Jones (List)

Quotes by Brent M. Jones

"The goodness of people Is often blurred with each day. The life story reveals, what's, in the way"

"Solutions of puzzles often require the recognition of patterns. Life is a puzzle!"

"I think therefore I am. "Really? Maybe the truth is, "You are, therefore, you think"

"Sometimes beauty is not what is in front of you but what it makes you think about and how it makes you feel."

"Nature brings us beauty as a filter for our minds and thoughts"

"The beauty of nature is felt first by the soul"

"Flowers are accessories added by the creator to what was already a masterpiece"

 "If your world is black and white, add flowers"

"Living Art, brings appreciation of Life"

"Nothing in life is guaranteed except change, and I guess that could change"

"The sunset brings color and delight to a day of thoughts. Thoughts follow Light"

"Spring again and again each year, gives life meaning and points the way to living life the fullest, each day." 

"Sometimes the Higher Good is surrounded with darkness. Good Friends are those that help and inspire you to a higher good."

"All life matters and has a noble purpose of it's own."  

"Now is always important"

"Best Day Ever-It might as well be your favorite         It is all you have"

"Good Laws and Good People work well. Good People and Bad Laws still can work. Bad People and Good Laws seldom work. Bad People and Bad Laws never work.”

"The greatest Art is not Created, It is found"

"Stand in the Light if you want to cast a shadow."

"Appreciate Nature, it Lives. All Life Matters"

"Don't air your dirty laundry, hang it in the sun and let the light shine on it".  

Yes, I can do it or toss it aside, but the key is to finish it if I choose to do it. Goals are fine but finish what you start

Down or across the street are people living in need. Some, alone with no one who cares for them. Start on your own street and find those who will benefit by your kindness and service.

Kindness is a reflection of our own art, poetry, and communication. How do we feel?  Our actions become the canvas that the we put our feelings on. You don’t need a good reason to be kind. You just need to be kind

Service and Kindness probably surpass the need for food in the world today. The need is not found by looking to see who is sitting on the corner asking for it. You have to take your two hands and go find and fill the need

Love is infused into the child and it learns to love. Love is renewed into the adult and their love becomes stronger

Keep on learning as long as your here in this life, because when you go, your knowledge is the only thing that you can take with you

Happiness is contagious                            Happiness anticipates                                Happiness is patient                                      Happiness is natural

"The fight you lose is the one you learn from. If you knew you would lose and you fought anyway then you learned even more."

"When the last tree is gone, and the last river is poisoned and the last fish has been caught then we will realize that we have passed on but didn't go to heaven.  Protect these precious creations." 

"When you tell me your story or about yourself I understand who you are and are able to share who I am better."

"The earth can not be owned by man. It can be used on loan. We have a stewardship to the land and need to take care and protect it. The earth has a spirit and it is bigger and stronger than any mans effort to destroy it." 

"Old often rusted automobiles have stories to tell. Some try to hide under the rust or dirt. The stories are still there. Old Autos inspire. They Inform. They are their own art form." 

"Do we really have knowledge or is this really only a Rhetorical Question? Consider that we never gain all knowledge."

"All knowledge is connected to more knowledge"

"Dancing is joyful, Have Joy in your life"

“Write about the details, in detail.”

"Knowing which rule to break probably means you picked the wrong rule"

"When you think of all that goes into what you write you realize that only you see all that is needed and all that it takes. Most of it is never seen by the reader." 

"Writing Thoughts: Stop Look & Listen and write it and then you will always have it."

"Dad's Works makes you understand what a grownup is. Send a good message it will be the most important thing you will ever do"

"Reading qualifies and counts as experience, in my book.'

“Strong men cry. Stronger men cry or laugh with them.”

"A snail carries its home on its back. Since it is always home it doesn't have to hurry and it only moves for a reason.”

"Receiving unconditional love is safer with animals. Maybe it makes giving it as a human easier."

"Love is not a feeling, it is feeling"

"Be yourself and see who you find"

"A life sparkles in the fall but the seasons together tell it all." 

"Happiness is the most intelligent choice"

"If an elephant can grieve for the loss of a child or companion and if it can remember it's grief for decades, then mankind owes the elephant the respect not to hunt them for money. Some stories need to be told because they need to be told."

"Dream your story and then write your story. Live your dream"

"Vintage references makes you feel good if your one that identifies with it. Use vintage where it really fits. You need to know what feelings it will evoke."

"When it is all said and done all you have left is who you are." 

"The light shines and darkness leaves. Find the light. Find the right" 

"Innocence is what is precious about life. No other experience can compare. Cherish it."

“Families help us learn what unconditional love is

 "How we feel about our families teaches us and helps us know the importance of feeling."

“A special breed of cows have legs shorter on the one side than the other so they can walk along the side of on hills. The breed is known as "Lean Beef

"We reflect the color of our thoughts".

"Roots of value have to be below the surface in healthy soil.

"For prayer you don't have to close your eyes or even look up to find an answer you just have to want an answer to come, and then ask."

"Some flowers blush sensing their own beauty and the love they feel from us"

"When leaves turn bright colors in the fall they make one last effort to compete with the flowers

"Inside down deep a dancer lives. One way or another the dancer will get loose eventually."

"The right hand doesn't know what the left is doing but the legs and knees are ok."

"Rationalization precedes personal private indulgences. No good thought goes unrewarded"

"Kindness is not an intellectual decision it is one the heart makes without any motive."

"The heart knows what the soul feels but you have to take a step forward for it to make any difference"

"Words are like the wind. They will blow away your own footsteps but they will also blow away the footsteps and thoughts of others. Use them wisely and with care."

"Sometimes you can see where the trail will lead and you still have to have faith you picked the right trail to start."

Poems, Rain, Do Right by Brent M. Jones

Rain

"A drop of rain
The sun shines
Flowers welcome both
It's natures way" - Brent M. Jones

Do Right

"Do what is right, Review every night, Do what is right, Do it without spite, Do what is right, or do nothing at all. Do what is right, let the consequences fall."  -Brent M. Jones

Poems Wisdom Matters, Mountain Friend & Creations by Brent M. Jones and Summary comment on Caged Bird Sings

Poems

I know Why The Caged Bird Sings-by Maya Angelou 

     (Last Verse)

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wisdom Matters  by Brent M. Jone             

You have to want wisdom  to find it, it won't find you.
Think and then act, or act then think, but look for wisdom. Believe wisdom matters. 

Mountain Friend by Brent M. Jones

A mountain is a friend, always there for you. 

It inspires when needed, and confirms your lofty goals. 

It testifies of the creator,    and gives purpose to our souls.

Creations by Brent M. Jones

Art must be found.
Art informs.
Beauty is not always obvious.
Creations inform.
Find the Creator.
All life informs.  

 

Poem Kindness, Veterans Day & God has not Promised

Poems by

Brent M. Jones

Kindness

Be kind throughout your life.Do good where you can.

Make happiness your choice.Respect your fellow man.

Don’t judge people different. Be grateful for your life.

Use politeness and kindness. Let your soul reflect the light.

Veterans Day

When those who went before us, gave their lives for principle, then we owe it to their them to honor and live those principles.

Poem by

Annie Johnson Flint

(1866-1932)

God has not Promised

God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

 But God hath promised strength for the day,
 Rest for the labor, light for the way,
 Grace for the trials, help from above,
 Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

God hath not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.

God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain, rocky and steep,
Never a river, turbid and deep.

 

 

 

Several Poems by Brent M. Jones

Poems by Brent M. Jones

Butterflies are Light

A butterfly chooses where to land.
Bringing light and beauty on its wings.
Light sitting, like a sunbeam.
Choosing when to leave

Help me Lord

Memory fill the night. Please help make my pain and memories light. In your arms I find comfort. Guide me in my days. Help me Lord, this night

The Trip

Challenge and wonder are along your path. Each day a new turn will attract what you ask. Others may seek the beauty of your trail. Focus on your journey and leave the destination for last. 

 

Words are wind. 

They blow away your Footprints. Make sure your words. Respect others footprints. So others will respect yours.

Lying Eyes

Who you going to believe.                          Who are you going to call.                            Those lying eyes might just tell all.

                                     Baez and Dylan

Voices Singing
Messages Ringing
Thoughts of Being

Who Will Stop It

Good Men stand against corruption and War.
Government promises, nothing changes, only more.
Who will stop it. Who, is it only more?


 

 

                                         

 

 

Poems by Brent M. Jones

Poems by Brent M. Jones

Song of Tonight

No rage, just light.          Embraced by the old   Touched with the light     Is the new world like the old. 

Are memories going to die.                        Memories of fathers, families, friends.

Truth is eternal.              Things will be right        For now desire,            Only to do whats right.

 

Thank You for Coming

I asked for direction
You came into my life
I hurt you, you hurt me.
I learned I was wrong

I said I was sorry
Sorry I caused harm

You listened and helped me
Our lives seem improved
Thank you for coming

 

Kindness

Love Pure, Kindness Reflected, Virtue Defined

Motive Hurts, Heart still Rules, Not the Mind Goodness still comes           From the Heart, Not the Mind

Till We Meet Again

Will we meet again
Have we met before
If not then, is it only now?
Is now all we have          If we met before,
Could that be why         We have met again

Did we exist before
Will we live again

What is the purpose of knowing you now, if not then?

Why did you hurt me?
Why did I hurt you?
Did we care then?

When I see you, if we meet again, 
I will care then
I will be sorry if I hurt you

 

Poetry Is About Feelings

Poetry is about feelings. The poet takes feelings and uses words to express them. The artist takes feelings and uses paint or clay to express them.  Art informs and people see what art wants them to see. Poetry informs of feelings. A picture is like a poem and it takes memories and captures them. Memories may be a form of poetry.

Several Poems by Brent M. Jones

Not Alone 

I felt alone, I had no answers
A person came and filled the need.

I felt concerned with my progress
A person came and had a need.

Why did they come
How did the know
Are we all connected
Help me to know

Life Story

Goodness of People, Often blurs each day A life story reveals what's in the way.

Day Breaks

Day breaks, leaving night behind
The light comes softly, a little at a time
Colors step from the darkness
A new day, with more time

 

Words to Verse

Feelings become Words                     Through Song and Verse                 Heart and Soul Longs to Express

Thoughts Connect with Emotion   

The Heart knows the Words.The Soul Connects with Verse

 

 Crown of Rust

Once a Giant, a Thing of Class           Rusting, sitting on the Grass.              Greatness could be Restored    Rusted from the Roof to the Ground   A new day, A new Color                     Rust now a Crown

Painting the Desert

The Desert Canvas is Brown
Painted in Blue, Yellow and Green
Painted in Red and Brown                   All colors are welcome,
All Colors are found

Purple Sky

by Brent Jones

Why a Purple Sky, Why                       Is a storm coming, When
Is death near, For Who
Will Royalty be here, Soon

Aging Couple

Aging Couple

I see you now, different than before

Years and years gone by

Differences treasured, more and more

Time brings oneness, in who we are

Let my hands touch your face

Just once more, embrace

-Brent Jones

Song of Tonight

 

Song of Tonight

By Brent Jones

 

Land and sky, reach out

Embraced by the old

Touched with light

Our new world, like the old

Gone from sight

Memories sometimes fade

Friends eternal companions

Life short, families bright

Truth eternal, desire to do right