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A Poem To Uplift And Encourage – My Take on Kitty O’Meara’s Motivational Poem

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Poetry is the form of art that sneaks into your brain and allows you to live every word the author writes. The thing that makes poetry so special is that it resonates with everyone on a different level. A poem to uplift and encourage is normally the best to read and absorb.


Wherever you are in life, it meets you there.


I first read Kitty O’Meara’s poem when it went viral at the beginning of the pandemic and it resonated with me on an entirely different level than I expected.


A poem to uplift and encourage


And the people stayed home.

And read books, 

and listened, 

and rested, 

and exercised, 

and made art, 

and played games, 

and learned new ways of being, 

and were still. 

And listened more deeply. 

Some meditated, 

some prayed, 

some danced. 

Some met their shadows. 

And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed. 

And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, 

and the people joined together again, 

they grieved their losses, 

and made new choices, 

and dreamed new images, 

and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, 

as they had been healed.

As humans, we are always on the go. There’s always a meeting we’re running late for because the train refused to show up on time. We are constantly in survival mode and hardly truly living. 


When the whole world stopped, our thoughts became louder.


For the first time, some people were forced to face their true selves and what they saw, they did not like. 


Our brains are constantly holding us accountable for our actions but in the world before the lockdown, we were too busy to listen. We kept ourselves busy in order to ignore the traumas from our past. 


Kitty O’Meara’s poem became famous because it showed us hope. There was a silver lining at the end of the pandemic. There was hope that the traumas we’ve been avoiding would be healed if we gave it the time it needed. There was hope of inner peace.


In order to find that peace that O’Meara spoke about in the poem, we have to start paying attention to our thoughts, our bodies, and most importantly our actions.


What are we doing to expand on our gifts and bring about change in our lives?


How are we elevating ourselves mentally and physically?


We have gifts. It’s a good reminder that whatever your gift is, and however small it is, keep using it.


“We have gifts. It’s a good reminder that whatever your gift is, and however small it is, keep using it.” –  Kitty O’Meara


Most of us haven’t healed from the traumas of our childhood because we’re too scared to face the feelings that may arise once we’ve decided to tackle that monster head-on. But that should never be the reason to hold yourself back from a profound sense of release which will lead to healing. 


We were all born with the ability to express our feelings. Whether that’s through words or through movements, we must utilize these gifts to bring healing. 


We are here on this earth to learn and to feel the wide spectrum of emotions. Running from those feelings will only delay our lessons for days, years, or even lifetimes.


The time to face our true selves is now.


The time to heal our traumas is now.


The time to elevate into our higher vibrational self is right now.


We cannot move forward if we do not heal from the past.


Take the time every day to sit with yourself in absolute silence. Even if that time is only ten minutes after the alarm for work goes off or five minutes before the kids are awake. You need to listen to what thoughts come to visit you so you can address and resolve them.


Take care of yourself first!


You are precious, your energy is finite so don’t waste it helping everyone else while forgetting the one person who should come first in your life: You. 


If you disagree, ask yourself this, How can you help the ones you love if you’re not physically here?


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Jody is a creative writer, artist, graphic designer, and a digital nomad who also helps people live more fulfilling lives by finding creative solutions to their personal growth and development problems and lifestyle challenges.

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