Friday, January 24, 2014

Quote of the Week

“After a while you learn the subtle difference 
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul, 
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning 
And company doesn’t mean security, 
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises, 
And you begin to accept your defeats 
With your head up and your eyes open 
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child,
And you learn to build all your roads on today, 
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans, 
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight. 
After a while you learn 
That even sunshine burns if you get too much. 
So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, 
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. 
And you learn that you really can endure… 
That you really are strong, 
And you really do have worth. 
And you learn and learn… 
With every goodbye you learn.” 

- Veronica A. Shoftstall 


  1. Powerful and encouraging. Thank you.

    1. I'm so glad you liked it Connie!! I had never read it before and it hit me like a ton of bricks! :)

  2. My mother found this poem in a magazine when she was in her early 20's. When I graduated High School she gave me a copy of it - and I had it pin on my mirror to read or at least glance at it in the mornings. It is one of the most beautiful and truthful things ever written. How crazy to see it on your blog! Her copy reads "anonymous" as the author. I'm glad to have the name. Thanks!!!!!!!