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Poetry Sunday-Thrive





Moving forward

Slowly along a path-

With a sense of hope and

Renewal welling up.

Inside filling me

With a burning desire

That shines bright

Radiating all around.

A deep realization growing,

Flourishing, strong, thriving!


© Donna Donabella 2013


I wrote this poem New Year’s Eve 2013 as I chose my word to focus on for the year.  This past year’s word has been Thrive.  I chose the word before I decided to retire and this word has served me well to set the foundation to heal and ready myself for the next steps.



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.

monarch collage

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:  Butterflies represent transformation.  And monarchs are especially important as their numbers certainly have been declining.  But it seems they continue to thrive and it is reported that their numbers are beginning to increase with this years southern migration.



I leave you with a little bit of sentiment about butterflies, transformation and thriving.  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 2, 2014    

    love the positive spirit…thrive is a good mantra too…

    • November 4, 2014    

      I thought so too Sumana and it has served me well this year.

  2. November 2, 2014    

    Hope and desire what powerful impulses to achieve anything we desire.

    • November 4, 2014    

      I have dipped into their well all year to nurture those desires.

  3. November 2, 2014    

    Very nice thoughts and indeed we have to survive and thrive!

  4. November 2, 2014    

    What an optimistic poem of renewal!

    • November 4, 2014    

      Thanks Mary…it was a powerful poem for me as I started my retirement.

  5. November 2, 2014    

    Beautiful Donna, I’m so glad you will be sharing this with I Heart Macro this evening!

  6. November 2, 2014    

    A poem to say yes to, a poem to remind us of vitality and hope.

    • November 4, 2014    

      Indeed it has given me much hope this year Susan.

  7. November 2, 2014    

    You are really thriving in these days Donna. I’m so happy about it–just think how far you’ve come since the days when you were planning retirement, wow.

    • November 4, 2014    

      It is amazing Susie…I love looking back and seeing how far indeed.

  8. November 2, 2014    

    I’ve been planning a post about thriving. I have to continually remind myself that I now have the freedom to do so. Your poem is spot on, the tentative steps and then the joy of realization. Thrive on, Donna!

    • November 4, 2014    

      You too Susan…it is our time to thrive.

  9. November 2, 2014 a promise of something new in the making…

  10. November 2, 2014    

    there is a nice sense of renewal in this…of a new breath of life
    and when we do we often start off slow…gaining
    momentum as we feel that renewal…

    • November 4, 2014    

      A slow rise to feeling the renewal and healing breath…perfect Brian!!

  11. November 2, 2014    

    Thriving – a wonderful way to feel. The energy created by your positivity does radiate outward. We come away refreshed by your words.

    • November 4, 2014    

      Oh then I am doing something right…so glad for this Sherry…thank you!

  12. November 2, 2014    

    Thrive is a wonderful word. And sentiment. And feeling.
    I hope you continue to thrive – and flourish.
    And I do love the ephemera of butterflies. Fragile beauty.

    • November 4, 2014    

      Thank you Soosie! I feel the butterfly’s transformative power which has helped me keep thriving as a focus…

  13. November 2, 2014    

    I love the word “thrive.” It’s positive and energizing. I will think of this word “thrive” as I go about my daily activities. Thank you. Your photo of the monarch butterfly is beautiful and suits your theme well.

    • November 4, 2014    

      Thank you so much Christa for these lovely words!!

  14. November 2, 2014    

    Gorgeous words and images.

  15. November 2, 2014    

    Yes let us thrive and keep many of our fellow species thriving also.

    • November 4, 2014    

      I agree…that is why I garden for wildlife…helping them thrive too!

  16. November 2, 2014    

    Lovely image! The word THRIVE is a wonderful word and feeling.. I hope you enjoy retirement and I hope you thrive, lovely poem.

    Enjoy your new week ahead!

    • November 4, 2014    

      Thanks so much Eileen…Thrive was a wonderful foundation and I think it will fertilize all endeavors to come….

  17. November 2, 2014    

    Lovely word ~ Thanks for the meaningful post ~

    • November 4, 2014    

      So glad it brought you meaning Grace.

  18. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    November 2, 2014    

    If there is any butterfly trying desperately to thrive lately, it is the monarch. Love your text on renewal and thriving.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday Donna.
    BTW, this Saturday Miriam Goldberger is coming to talk about taming wildflowers to our 19 garden clubs of the county. Anything to pass along to her from you?

    • November 4, 2014    

      So glad you enjoyed the post Judith…tell Miriam I said hello and I wish she would come this way to speak!

  19. November 2, 2014    

    The word thrive is just humming with possibilities. That is a great word to accompany you on any new paths you create. The positivity in this piece is life-affirming.

    • November 4, 2014    

      Thanks Talon…I am glad you felt the positive in the poem.

  20. November 3, 2014    

    I just love this idea of choosing a theme word for the year!

    • November 3, 2014    

      Debra, a few of my blogging friends were doing this and thought it was a grand idea so I started. It has been wonderful focusing me for the year. Very healing.

  21. Pat Pat
    November 3, 2014    

    Beautiful images and inspiring messages.

  22. November 3, 2014    

    Wonderful, wonderful 🙂

  23. November 3, 2014    

    A beautiful and uplifting post 🙂

  24. November 3, 2014    

    Lovely and inspiring
    Have a good week

    Much love…

    • November 5, 2014    

      I am pleased you were inspired Gillena! Thank you!

  25. November 3, 2014    

    I feel so much positive in your words, Donna, such an inspiring message.

    • November 4, 2014    

      I am so pleased you were inspired Petra!

  26. November 3, 2014    

    I love your poem and your butterfly shots. Thank you for sharing!

    • November 4, 2014    

      So pleased you enjoyed it Gunilla!

  27. November 3, 2014    

    I enjoyed your poem. You have a way with words.

  28. November 4, 2014    

    Very life affirming and the photos too…. Michelle

    • November 4, 2014    

      Thank you Michelle! It has served me well this year…

  29. November 4, 2014    

    Aah…yes, moving forward is always the way to be. Somehow, someway, this is a Spring time poem. With the images of the monarch butterfly and your diction, yes it’s a renewal piece at its best.

    • November 4, 2014    

      It does feel like spring when we are renewed…and I retired in spring when I finally was thriving…how wonderful how this all worked out!

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