Poetry Today

Don’t Let Rejection Move you

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Rejection is a part of life, sometimes it’s unfair, and sometimes it’s because we are not prepared to step into that present situation. Most times, it’s because we are trying to fit into a space that’s not meant for us.

Always trust that sometimes rejection is pushing you towards something greater. Do not allow rejection to move you. Do not allow it to stop you from reaching higher. Do not allow it to harden your heart.

Continue to move with purpose, continue to reach into the depth and announce your presence. You will know where you are meant to be, you will feel the warmth and the peace that comes with being accepted.

Never push or stay where you know you don’t belong. Recognize rejection when it comes and learn to walk away. In doing so, you will save yourself years of being stuck in the wrong place.

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Have a safe and bless week.

Nikki

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Let It End

Let it end

Let the reign of

Self-doubt go

It has done its time

It has caused you enough grief

Let this new season

Bring you peace

Forgive yourself for

Thinking you are not worthy

It’s time to heal

It’s time to rise

Let it be known that

You did not give up

Even when doubt lingers

In the corners of your mind

Putting yourself back together

Was not easy

But your courage to forge

A new path has given you strength

To carry on

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Lately, I’ve been focusing on embracing what’s before me. Letting the past rest and living with true purpose.

As you take a deep look at your life and your future, change what’s not working, keep what makes you happy. Live in the moment and let your joy be known.

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Nikki

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You Are More Than the Lies You Allowed Yourself to Believe

Sometimes it gets into your soul, and you can’t shake the low dark cloud that’s hanging over your head. The chatter, the lies, the bitter words, all the things you allowed yourself to believe, all the things you are still holding on to. They are not true; they don’t define you.

Here are 5 steps to help you accept how wonderful and bless you are:

1. Let it go and set your soul free.

2. You are enough even on the rough days

3. You don’t need validation; your authenticity is your truth.

4. Embrace your uniqueness and your strengths.

5. Let the world see your light, you’ve hidden it long enough.

Bonus 6. Forgive yourself and others, this is the only way to move forward.

The days are full of trouble, but the days are also full of hope and beauty. Every morning you get an opportunity to wake up and choose life.

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Nikki

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There’s Power In Accepting Your Truth

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” —Thomas Edison

It’s time you understand that there’s no need to hide your failures, there’s no need to be ashamed if you’ve started something that did not worked out. There’s power in accepting your truth, there’s liberation in understanding that this is YOUR life, and you can change course, you can start over, you can make something new as many times as it takes for you to be happy and fulfilled. I know you’ve heard this before, but let me tell you again, all the things that happened in your past DOES NOT define who you are or who you can become. So, start again and again and again until you’ve mastered the art of acceptance, starting over and success.

These 8 quotes on starting over that will help you look to the future with hope.

  1. It’s ok to start over as many times as needed.
  2. You are worthy of second chances.
  3. Take time to understand your journey.
  4. Learn from your mistakes and start something wonderful.
  5. The lesson is in the moments between failure and success.
  6. Your ideas are valid, never let them die.
  7. Find a new path and write a new story.
  8. Patience is the key, what is yours will always find you.

Be proud of your journey; learn from the unfavorable experiences, expand your heart and grow and rise and become the best version of yourself.

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Nikki

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Gut Feelings

Some called it intuition, sixth sense, a hunch, a feeling, my grandmother calls it gut feelings, but no matter the name, I always listen to it and pays attention. That feeling that’s crawling between your soul and your bones, it’s always trying to warn you, to tell you something is not right. Often times we ignore it and ended up paying the consequences.

This poem speaks of the truth of not listening to your gut feelings.

Broken Link

These walls no longer

Hold me

This house without

Your warm smile

No longer feels like home

A broken link

A body without hands

And hearts

You were the epicenter

Of my world

A beautiful disaster

I saw coming

But couldn’t turn

Away from

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This poem along with many more can be found in my book Sackcloth & Silk.

Available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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Do you listen to your intuition or your gut feelings?

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Until next time

Nikki

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You are defined by the grace you give

You were born into it, the hardship, the pain, the abused, the sickness, the worry, the neglect, the endless tears……. you’ve seen and experience more than you should. You’ve tried and failed more times than you should. You’ve questioned your worth. You’ve stayed silent even when you have so much to say.

But today I want to tell you something you probably already know.

You are precious and your life is worth far more than you could ever image.

Give yourself and your situation some grace today.

You carry so much light in you, but you need to let the darkness go, so you can shine for the world to see.

I want you to remember that no matter how bad your circumstances are; you are not defined by them.

Your worth is not defined by your overflowing to do list

Your beauty is not defined by your weight

Your goals are not defined by your failures

Your truth is not defined by what others think of you

Your future is not defined by your past mistakes

Your hope is not defined by your lost

You are defined by the life you live

By the grace you give

By the freedom of your smile

And by the virtue of your hands

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Nikki

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Hope Coming Back Home

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
― Maya Angelou

All of us in our own way are dealing with something we rather not speak about. We are imperfect, we are tired, we stumble through our days trying to hold on to the promises we made to ourselves, but on the hard days, I remind myself that I am still here, I am alive and bless even in the midst of my circumstances. No matter how dark the days are, I can still choose to let the light in.

This is your reminder, the light is always with us, in us and around us, choose to let it in today. Whatever you are going through I pray you find the courage to overcome and find peace again.

I love this quote by Earnest Hemingway, “We are all a little broken, that’s how the light gets in”

I think it’s fitting for the day and time that we are living in. Normal as we know it no longer exist and we are learning how to pivot and adjust. There are some deep darkness and even some hopelessness in the lives of those we love, and it’s up to us to show them that they are stronger than their circumstances. There’s light along the broken path, Show them the beauty in accepting the truth that change is inevitable and they can rise stronger than before.

HOPE, COMING BACK HOME

You are worthy

Of the music in your soul

The air upon your skin

The light

That has finally return

To your eyes

You told me of the darkness

How you fought and won

And I could feel hope

Bending the edges

Letting the light in

I could see joy

Coming back home

To the soft places

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Nikki

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I Am Learning To Trust Myself Again

We are all imperfect, and no matter how hard we try, sometimes life will bring us to our knees. So the choice is ours, to get back up and keep living, keep dreaming and fulfilling our destiny.

Trust the journey, have faith in the little things. What you tell yourself matters, the affirmations and love that you give away to others are great; but remember to give some back to yourself as well.

Think about where you are going.

Where do you want to end up?

What is your purpose?

Choose the path that represent your heart.

Embrace your uniqueness and your strength.

This poem is about learning to trust yourself again. I hope you some comfort and insight in these words.

I am learning

How to trust myself

How to let go

Of the things I can’t control

I am growing

I am capable

I deserve all the love

In this world

I will not settle

I will no longer beg

For what is rightfully mine

I will open my heart

To feel deeply

To nourish the space where

Discontentment lives

I will fill my soul with

Goodness

I belong here

In the breath and longing

Of this glorious life

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With Gratitude!

@paragonwords

Nikki

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There’s Power in The Knowledge of Who We Are

The space between self-doubt and self-confidence is full of passion and desires

Sometimes we are the only thing holding us back. The space between self-doubt and self-confidence is full of passion and desires. We are capable of rising above the harsh realities of life, seeing things from new and exciting perspectives and curating a life worthy of our best efforts. Our potential is locked up in the circumstances that binds us to our pattern of living.

Our lives become a mundane cycle of doing and repeating, living inside a box, self-created and destructive. For some this is the norm, the brutal reality that life is trivial, and change is stagnant. Others find ways to tap into a reservoir of emotion, passion and creativity and live at their full potential.

I know, it’s easier said than done. life is different for everyone. The baggage we carry are often heavy, the pain we feel blind us to the reality that we are warriors, and what lies ahead is so much greater than what we’ve been through.

There’s power in the knowledge of who we are, and once we discover our purpose, we will see that our life, no matter how small and fragile, matters. it’s what we tell ourselves, actually; it’s what we’ve accepted that is killing our dreams.

This part of life is hard

We take without giving

We speak without thinking

We walk away

And forget to comfort

The brokenness in each other

We cling to unforgiveness

We brush aside

Years of sacrifice

We let go so easily

Of the good

In humanity

I hope this post helps you along your journey to live brave and hopeful.

Leave a comment or share your thoughts

Stay hopeful!

Nikki

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Sackcloth & Silk

A Poetic Journey From Darkness To Light- Nikki Sterling

This book is very dear to me; it holds the precious words that I’ve kept hidden for years.

There’s truth, hope, healing, bravery, separation, heartbreak and love here Transformation is not pretty, healing is not attractive, its begging the tears not to spill in the school car line, it’s putting on your lipstick and smiling on the conference calls, it’s the prayingand the constant breaking every day that snatches the breath out of you.

On the good days you embrace the beauty of renewal, you remind yourself that you are stronger than the things that are trying to consume you. The first half of this book (Sackcloth) is a brutal journey through Sacrifice, Severed and Silence, and the second half of this book (Silk) is a celebration of Bravery, Love and Blessings.

Welcome to this space, rest a little, open these pages and let the power of words embrace you. This book is a conduit for every emotion that you try to drown in the dark pool of uncertainty. Know that your feelings are valid and it’s ok to open the door and welcome them in. Walk through your darkness unafraid, let your pain bear witness that you did not give up, that you did not nourish the space where discouragement live, that you welcome the light and set yourself on a path to healing, bound and embodied with the truth that you are not broken, you can self-generate the love you need to heal the deepest wounds.

It’s ok to cry

A little

It’s ok to break apart

Sometimes

It’s ok

To not be ok

Let your soul rest

Lay down the burdens

At your feet

The pain is temporary

Your sorrows will not last

Find your joy

Take it back

Make it a permanent

Symbol of hope

The breaking will come

The hitting rock bottom

Is almost a certainty

But the ash falling at your feet

Will be washed away

And the rising up of your soul

Will be forever glorious

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