When I Ride…

New Golden Rule…


Dawn over the Arena

Spring is the time of transition. A time for birth and the labor pains that go with that. As a woman, I allow myself to get a bit too involved in supporting loved ones  through these moments in their lives.


As I was cleaning out and rearranging treasured books, I found this poem that strengthened my grandmother in tough times.

She shared it with me during a challenging time in my life. New Golden Rule…do unto yourself what you would do for others.


Comes the Dawn


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 understand that kisses aren’t contracts

and presents aren’t promises,

and you begin to accept your defeats

with your eyes open and your head held high,

with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.


You learn to build 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 stong

And you really do have worth

And you learn and learn…and you learn

With every goodbye you learn.

– Judith Evans


This entry was published on March 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm. It’s filed under contemplations, family, health, relationships, spirituality, Texas and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

7 thoughts on “New Golden Rule…

  1. The letters guarded by your grandmother are really an exchequer. To read this poetry is good for the life, here at south or there at the north. Lissa, very good choice …, thank you for sharing.

    Cruz del Sur

  2. I love this. Thank you for sharing. I am going to pass it along to someone special that needs to hear these words….

  3. Wouldn’t it be a great song?

  4. karen on said:

    That’s a keeper! I hope I have an opportunity to pass it along to my grand-daughter one day! Thank you Lissa… 😉

  5. I have read that one before but forgotten it .. thanks for the reminder! MJ

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