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Poetry Sunday-Change





Time is needed for change.

Patience is needed too.

Some things are out of our hands,

this I know to be true.


Allow for change,

grasp it.

Learn from change,

chase it.


Challenge and courage are blended.

As we permit it to unfold.

 Cultivating the rich rewards,

Embracing change foretold.



© Donna Donabella 2014


I wrote this poem after going through a journaling exercise exploring who we are.  The prompt was, “I am aware that.”  The journaling guidance was provided by Mari McCarthy@CreateWriteNow.  


Mari asked me to write a guest post for her blog to talk about my journaling experiences, and what journaling means to me.  I hope you will stop by tomorrow to read the post.



I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

blue hyacinth

I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  





Special Note:  Blue hyacinths represent constancy, the antithesis of change.



I leave you with a little bit of sentiment about change.  I welcome you to download the photo and share.




All original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014.  Any reprints or use of content or photos is by permission only.

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  1. November 16, 2014    

    personally I’m with the hyacinths! I’m not sure about all this embracing of change – I think we should resist it until we are squeezed like a dishcloth and wrung into a new shape 🙂 Love ‘the challenge and courage are blended’ line.

    • November 16, 2014    

      Oh Laura I didn’t like being wrung out all the time…so I stopped resisting…I can say I am much happier…..glad you enjoyed the poem.

  2. November 16, 2014    

    I am with you on this one Laura, I fight like crazy to keep things the same, but it wears me down. Working on learning to recognize that with change comes hidden adventures!

    • November 16, 2014    

      Indeed those adventures are much better Beth than being worn down by resisting.

  3. November 16, 2014    

    Change.. Yes a necessity. An ordeal a burden and a joy. Lovely pictures.. I can feel their smell.

    • November 16, 2014    

      They are my favorite spring bulb because of that incredible smell Bjorn.

  4. November 16, 2014    

    Change can be hard but often necessary.

  5. November 16, 2014    

    I didn’t know that about the hyacinth – a great contrast there. Words to think on and grab hold. Some welcome others abhor change.

    • November 16, 2014    

      I used to resist change and was so unhappy…now I welcome it. It has been so much better this way.

  6. November 16, 2014    

    Change is indeed inevitable and its better to flow with it.

    • November 16, 2014    

      I found it was so much better to flow with change.

  7. November 16, 2014    

    with patience and courage change whatever way it is can be embraced…love the pearls of wisdom here…

    • November 16, 2014    

      Thank you…it is not easy to embrace change, but it is better in my experience.

  8. November 16, 2014    

    Allow for change – i love this and that work in the heart Change can be frightening but it can also be beautiful.

    • November 16, 2014    

      Thanks Alan! I think the frightening aspect of change is why so many resist.

  9. November 16, 2014    

    We cannot escape change…even if we would want, sometimes, to run from it. We have no choice but to ‘permit it to unfold.’

    • November 16, 2014    

      The choice for many Mary is to resist it thinking we can escape it…but as you say we really cannot run from it.

  10. November 16, 2014    

    Change happens, even without our realizing it. Which is why so many of us find it difficult to decipher the world we live in. At the same time if we try to be more aware maybe things can be easier.

    • November 16, 2014    

      Lovely thoughts Gabriella…I wrote a longer post on change for Thursday and it seems we were thinking along the same lines.

  11. November 16, 2014    

    i enjoyed this. yes change must be embraced. not to means we let life pass us by without living in its arms…dancing

    gracias. wonderful hyacinths

    • November 16, 2014    

      Thanks so much Marcoantonio…I like the idea of dancing with change.

  12. November 16, 2014    

    I think we sometimes forget that change is not only necessary, but that some of it is really key to our continuing to grow and evolve. A thoughtful piece and I love the hyacinth photos…I can’t wait to smell them again in the Spring!

    • November 16, 2014    

      Me too. I miss my garden and its wonderful smells already. Change is indeed necessary for us to grow.

  13. November 16, 2014    

    Great poem and wonderful images…
    I once worked for a man who instituted change to make those who worked for him uncomfortable (which he admitted). Change for the sake of change.
    And it did make me uncomfortable. And also crabby when he happily changed things back.
    So I see change as a very mixed blessing – something I do at need rather than whim.

    • November 16, 2014    

      Oh Soosie I would not like that either…we need change to unfold naturally. By forcing it to happen of trying to resist it we get the same unhappy, negative feelings…

  14. November 16, 2014    

    The only thing certain in life is change………..loved this, Donna!

    • November 16, 2014    

      That is the epiphany Sherry…once we realize change is happening all the time and we can’t stop it, the more we tend to lean in, embrace it and ride it like a rollercoaster enjoying the ride most of the time.

  15. November 16, 2014    

    I enjoy change for the challenge it gives. But some changes are unwelcome and cause regret. I always try to look on the positive side and think that when one door closes another opens.

    • November 16, 2014    

      A great way to look at change Cherie!!

  16. November 16, 2014    

    Beautiful words. Indeed we need change I do. ^_^ Beautiful flower too and love the color.


  17. November 16, 2014    

    I’m enjoy new experiences. … although I dread some of the inevitable changes to come eventually. Maybe when it’s time for them I will welcome them too, who knows? Your purple flower mosaic is beautiful.

    • November 16, 2014    

      Thanks Sallie…change is hard to embrace and takes time to get used to if we ever can.

  18. November 16, 2014    

    Some changes I resist and need to be resisted…… Others are good…. Learning the difference sometimes isn’t as clear as it could be

    • November 16, 2014    

      I have written a bit more about change for Thursday’s post Michelle. Change happens all the time moment to moment…I am not sure we can resist it. For me I have learned to lean in and try to embrace it good or bad. But we all deal with change the way it is best for us.

  19. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    November 16, 2014    

    You chose a beautiful hyacinth for your collage, I can imagine the scent. Another poem that challenges us to think.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Donna.

    • November 16, 2014    

      I needed a bit of spring to carry me through Judith and it seemed perfect for my poem too. Change is always challenging and by the comments we are all at different points with it. I love challenging people to think… 🙂

  20. November 16, 2014    

    beautiful words and images. My life has been about change of late, so I can relate. Have a lovely week. I am joining you at Mosaic Monday.

    • November 17, 2014    

      Thanks so much Jill. I will be popping over for a visit soon.

  21. November 17, 2014    

    change…indeed need of it.

    • November 17, 2014    

      Important to recognize that need for change.

  22. November 17, 2014    

    Hyacinths do mean a scented spring – and they also are very important Christmas flowers for us.
    Your photos are lovely. Thank you and have a nice new week!

    • November 17, 2014    

      I love learning new things Sara and I did not know this about hyacinths…thank you for sharing!

  23. November 17, 2014    

    Thought provoking post Donna and beautiful photographs, as a gardener I embrace change and sometimes in life change has happened without me noticing until I am out the other side, my daughter going to university and then me taking a few years to realise that she would not be coming home to live again happened without me noticing or thinking it through, but now I am delighted she is an independent young woman who I am really proud of.

    • November 17, 2014    

      I love this story Julie…I have a follow up post about change on Thursday, and your story fits right into it….when you read it I bet you will nod your head and say yes I have experienced that! Thanks as always for reading and sharing with me!

  24. November 17, 2014    

    Time and patience for change – crucial factor.

    • November 17, 2014    

      Indeed as I have learned the hard way!

  25. November 18, 2014    

    I love the smell of hyacinths. They’re one of my favorite Christmas flowers. I have one on my kitchen table right now.

    • November 18, 2014    

      You don’t see many in the US growing these indoors but I will have to look into it.

  26. November 18, 2014    

    I love these lyrics: “Time is needed for change.

    Patience is needed too.

    Some things are out of our hands,

    this I know to be true.”

    A sensitive post and a strong one as well, indeed! A very good week!

    • November 18, 2014    

      I am so happy you picked up on the musical rhythm of the poem as it came to me that way…I am so glad you enjoyed it Alexa!

  27. November 19, 2014    

    A simple truth you have made into a wonderful poem.

    • November 19, 2014    

      Thank you…so glad you enjoyed it!

  28. November 22, 2014    

    Very well put. I like how you expressed it in prose.

    • November 22, 2014    

      I enjoy the challenge of expressing such concepts, feelings and the like in prose…and I am so pleased when others find I hit the mark! Thanks Donna…your support and comments are always welcome and appreciated!

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