Sunday, April 30, 2017

Editor's Thoughts/Carry On--By Karen O'Leary--United States

Dear Whispers’ Friends,

You are my writing family, friends I feel honored to share the gift of words with.  As we regroup, we will find our way forward.  I hope you will enjoy reading some of my poetry in May.  If you have any suggestions, please send them to me with the subject of WHISPERS’ SUGGESTION.  As a growing creative community, our fabric is woven of many voices—each yarn a different hue.  That makes us special.

This poem captures the essence of what I would like to share with you today.  Many of you are familiar with this piece, but I hope it will still convey something meaningful.

Carry On

Some days are long;
the road gets tough.
We give it our all
and that is enough.

Friends share our toils
and carry us through.
We learn about love
and generosity too.

We sing of the gift
of a warm embrace.
It lifts our burden
from a weary place.

We learn to look
for others in need.
With grateful hearts,
we spread love’s seed.

Some days are long;
the road is tough.
We give our best
and that is enough.

Wishing you the best always, my friends.  My thoughts and prayers go with you.

Blessings,

Karen O’Leary
Whispers’ Editor

43 comments:

  1. Not only is your best, more than good enough, your average will always more than suffice. You are just that good.

    Loving your rhythmic resolution set here, Karen. Thanks! :)

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    1. Dear Michael,

      What a joy to have you a part of the Whispers' community. You are such a light. Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  2. I see you as one of those bright stars, that outshines all others. I simply hope you return to WHISPERS, Karen.
    Awaiting the day.
    With special thoughts
    Isha

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    1. Dear Isha,

      What a gift you are! Thank you for your lovely thoughts and ongoing encouragement.

      Many blessings,
      Karen

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  3. Sending you love, thanks, appreciation and the very best wishes.
    Neil.

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    1. Dear Neil,

      Thank you for your kind words. Please keep me in your prayers. I appreciate you support.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  4. Find peace. You have given us a great gift and we are thankful.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tricia. That peace isn't always easy to come by but I found mine--at least in the context of some backsliding my this imperfect human being. Please keep me in your prayers.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  5. I can't say anything any better than everyone else has said. Your words mean a great deal to me...more than I can say. You are in my heart as you go through your personal struggles. Take care.

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    1. Dear Shelly,

      My husband and I continue to pray for you. Please pray for me too. Our Whispers'Family means a lot to me. I hope that I will be able to open Whispers again with a more manageable agenda.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  6. And our thoughts and prayers go with you karen

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    1. Thank you so much John. You are such an encouraging beacon in the poetry community. May you enjoy your gift of words.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  7. 'Carry on' were the words my late dad would always say and even when he was very ill his determination kept him going. Your words are inspirational Karen and I love the way you start and end with the same stanza and I have found from my own life experiences in the last 3 years that true friends will pull you through:-) hugs jan xx

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    1. Dear Jan,

      Wow! Thank you for sharing this slogan of your Dad's. True friends are those that stick with you no matter what. What a joy to have you a part of our Whispers' family.

      Blessings always,
      Karen

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  8. Dear Karen, we all owe you much and do hope that Whispers will continue in future! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, my friend! Loved your 'Carry On'! Blessings and Hugs, Gert

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    1. Dear Gert,

      What a gift you are Gert! Thank you for your ongoing encouragement, my friend.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  9. Together we will carry on!
    Refresh the mind and listen to the whispers in the wind ...
    All the best, Inge

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    1. Dear Inge,

      I'm hoping we as a family can carry on but have to look for a more manageable format for me. Thank you for your kindness.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  10. Karen, so sorry to see this community ending. But my prayers rise for you and your well-being. God bless.

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    1. Dear Arthur,

      I'm not giving up that easy. I think we can come up with ideas for a more limited approach so that keep Whispers alive in some fashion. Thank you for your prayers.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  11. Hopefully not an end to this journal, but fighting on!

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    1. Dear Martha,

      I'm hoping to fight on too! For the moment, I'm placing that in God's hands.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  12. Dear Karen,
    Well said. Never give up or let down. Keep
    that poetry trucking flowing forward.
    Yancy

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    1. Dear Yancy,

      You are too much! Thank you for making me chuckle today.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  13. As I've told you my son is battling cancer and I will share your lovely poem with him. I wrote a poem called the Cancer Road. It is probably too long for here but I'll try.
    The Cancer Road

    The road can end in death,
    but can also lead to recovery.

    While walking in fear and in hope
    unfilled potholes litter the road.

    It is the prospect of hope that says--
    keep going—stay on the road.

    Not knowing is hard, but the love and
    support received means you do not

    ever walk alone.


    Caryl Calsyn



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    1. Dear Caryl,

      Many of our Whispers' contributors are facing a multitude of challenges. I hope your son enjoys this poem. It comes from my own heath challenges. My thoughts and prayers go with you and your son. And with God, we truly don't walk alone.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  14. Dear Karen, It's never easy, but with the Lord on your side, you can rest assured that He knows what's ahead & what's best for you. The road may be laden with many obstacles, but the Lord will help you leap over them, rather than trip over them. My prayers & thoughts are with you. May the Lord grant you wisdom in the days to come! Thanks for your hard work on Whispers. Love, Chris~

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    1. Dear Christine,

      Thank you for being in my corner along with Our Lord. Your thoughts mean a lot to me today.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  15. I enjoyed your piece very much Karen. I am sending loving thoughts to you as you figure out what works best for you in the future. Whispers is a very special place for many, I hope that you find a way to continue to share your joy with others. Best to you, always...Peggy

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    1. Dear Peggy,

      Your friendship and encouragement as great gifts in my life. Whatever the walk, I trust God will show me the way. Thank you for your lovely words.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  16. A perfectly true and beautiful poem, just like you,that so touches my heart. I am praying the Lord's will be done in your life as well as the life of this Whispe3r's journal.
    Love, Charlene

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    1. Dear Christine,

      What a joy to read your words today! I'm not sure where my journey lies at this point in my life. I hope that I will be able to share the gift of words with you and the others talented writers, many if which I have become my friends.

      Blessings always,
      Karen

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  17. Karen,
    I hope this website will be around for as long as you can tend to it. I realize it is hard with ailing health, but maybe you will find a way to "carry on" if only for a little while longer.
    Yours truly,
    David Fox

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    1. Dear David,

      Thank you so much for these lovely words. It is through the gift of words we share thoughts that transcend borders to reach out to others. I appreciate all you do for Whispers.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  18. Karen dear,
    Your poem resonates and speaks truth--Your road has been long and tough and yet you carry on and lift so many up with this community you began and continue to care about. Sending all my love to you, and hoping a door will open--wishing you the very best.

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    1. Dear Mary Jo,

      You and Frank are special gifts to Gayle and I. Our four candle journey gives us the strength to approach life's challenges, one step at a time.

      Blessings always,
      Karen

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  19. This poem is a beautiful message of hope to carry on. I am always inspired to read this poem. Thank you, Karen, for all you do and all you give. You are a blessing.

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    1. Dear NIla,

      What a blessing you are in my life! It's friends like you that give me the courage to carry on. It sure isn't easy. If we are able to touch the lives of others...it gives us a deeper sense of purchase. Thank you for all you do and for all that you are.

      Best wishes always,
      Karen

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  20. My prayers go with you, too, Karen. That is something which I can give in return for the encouragement and inspiration which you have often given me. Take care & Blessings ~ paul

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  21. Dear Paul,

    Thank you so much. It is the ability to give of ourselves to help others on the road of challenges that doesn't erase the hurt but may make it a bit easier. Writing reaches across borders to find the greater good.

    Many blessings,
    Karen

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  22. Dear Karen, thank you for sharing your kindness, thoughtfulness, and "Whispers." It's been a joy to be a part of your wonderful circle! Thank you for your prayers, and I will keep you in my prayers as well. Take care and God Bless, Marlene

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    1. Dear Marlene,

      It is a gift to work with talented and kind people like you. My prayers go with you.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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