Category Archives: Poetry & Prose

69. Hold My Hand And Walk With Me

Hold my hand and walk with me.
Speak deeply with your eyes and let your heart smile brightly upon me.
Be tender with your touch and fierce in your love.
For the fierceness can break through the walls, but the tenderness is needed to help heal the wounds found behind the once mighty fortress.

Love & Light,
Laura Lum Corby

64. Before The Sun Goes Down

say-what-needs-to-be-saidI’ve learned so much in this last year about what limited time we have here and how important it is to speak our mind today, before the sun goes down, as tomorrow is promised to no one. More often than not, what we hear when someone of significance has been lost is regret for words not spoken, love not shown, opportunities not taken, and a world of unresolved feelings that will never have the opportunity to be fully expressed. This can be true whether someone has passed on, or is just no longer part of our lives.

I truly believe it’s often fear that keeps us from speaking our hearts to others. Fear shows itself in so many different ways. Often we are fearful of the unknown, of rejection, potentially being hurt, feelings not being reciprocated, how we might be perceived by another, and a whole host of other situations that often cause us to build walls of silence, rather than truly articulate our heart’s emotions and desires. Sometimes, it can be more of a situation where we just take things for granted and assume future opportunities will arise to say what should be said at this moment. Life is too precious and far too fleeting for these lapses in communication to occur.

We need to learn to speak our hearts daily. I have a firm belief. There is never a situation where speaking my heart in truth and love is not appropriate… EVER! There should be nothing we can’t discuss with one another, when done so in love and humility. I challenge us all to begin sharing what we’re feeling, even if it’s scary, even if it potentially may not be received or reciprocated as we might like, as that’s not what’s important. What is important is not ever missing an occasion to say what we may never have the chance to say again. It’s not only for our own benefit, but it may have a profound impact on the other person. It could be the very thing a hurting heart needs to hear when the challenges of life have left them bare and in desperate need of love and affirmation. Say it, whatever it is, TODAY!

I wrote this as a reminder to never let the sun go down on what remains unsaid…

Before The Sun Goes Down 

So much emotion left unsaid
By now, they ought to know
They’ve been around for long enough
I’m sure the feelings show
I said it once, quite long ago
And thought that should suffice
But now that they’re no longer here
I’ve started thinking twice
So many things I should have said
So much I could have shown
Acknowledging that special place
Where in my heart they’d grown
For everything they’d been to me
For all they’d walked me through
I realized in painful pride
That many more were due
To all those in my life today
Who’ve touched this tender heart
I vow that I’ll start sharing with you
Now’s the time to start
Before that chance is taken
And before the sun goes down
Let me tell you that I love you
And I’m glad that you’re around

Love & Light,
Laura Lum Corby

62. Time And Depth

time-and-depthOh that someone could hear the music in my head, the melody that walks along side the words I write. How I wish I could convey the depths that I’ve been taken to, the language of which seems to be foreign and misunderstood. What I would give to somehow articulate the bliss that’s found at the end of each difficult fork in the road, as so many stop before ever reaching it. Though I dislike difficulty, I’ve also learned to appreciate the struggle and what comes as a reward if I continue on. It’s a love-hate relationship in so many ways, but growth always comes at a price, a price I have found is well worth paying. How I crave camaraderie, understanding, and most of all meaning, as emptiness seems to abound in this microwave world I’ve found myself in. Where are those who reach for more, who intuitively seek below the surface to find the true answers that only time and depth reveal? Is this a solitary journey, or will others eventually appear, as lost family, reuniting after a long separation, who get me and know my soul? Do we not all long to be known and understood, even if just by one? I suppose time and depth will expose those answers as well, so I move forward in my journey, hopeful they are soon in coming.

Love & Light,
Laura Lum Corby

 

58. Ordinary People Stepping Into Extraordinary Roles

ordinary-peopleA Common Misconception About Qualifications

There’s a common misconception about qualifications for service and greatness. Far too many believe they are unworthy or inadequate in one way or another, to be of any significant use in touching the lives of others in profound and life-changing ways. I spoke to a friend earlier today  who was dismissing her opportunities, as she didn’t believe she had the education or proper training to be taken seriously in the area she was passionate about. It saddened me, as I know her well and her amazing heart would profoundly impact others, if only she believed. I stand to challenge that notion today.

The Least Likely Candidates Have Accomplished Some Amazing Things

Throughout history, some of the greatest feats have been carried out by the least likely of candidates. In most cases, the only qualifications were willingness, passion, determination, and a belief and faith they could make some kind of a difference. Those driven by a passionate, humbled, loving heart have the ability to break through the walls of obstruction in ways intellectual knowledge cannot fathom. It is there transformation happens and lives are changed.

What Matters Is The Condition Of The Heart

I have seen all sides of the talent pool, from the most highly educated, to the homeless and downtrodden. What I can tell you without hesitation is that the condition of the heart is of the greatest significance when it comes to connecting with and touching the lives of others. People could care less what you know (ego), they want to know that you care (love)!

We Are Called To Love

It is in setting aside preconceived, perceptional values about ourselves, and stepping fully into the realm of possibilities, that the bright light within us illuminates the darkened shadows of others. We are all called to love. There is no resume that counts us worthy of such, there is only willingness and a desire to make a difference, that open the door to this extraordinary role in positively impacting others.

Be Available And Willing

I have found myself among the ordinary people who are willing to be used daily in the lives of others. Not because I have any extraordinary skills, but because I am available and willing. When available and willing, we become a conduit for the necessary energy and love required to carry out the purposes at hand. Those are not my skills, but rather Source working through me, to meet the needs of others. It’s not about me, my skills or lack thereof. It’s about being open and willing to be used when the opportunities arise.

Shine Your Light Brightly

I’m a firm believer God does not call the equipped, He equips the called. When the time arises and I respond to the need at hand willingly, the words, tools, and skills needed are always at my disposal, even when I have no advanced training in such! Be willing to step out, knowing what you need to carry out your role, whatever that is, will be provided as it’s needed. Shine your light brightly and go illuminate the lives of those put in your path. There is nothing more fulfilling!

Ordinary People

It doesn’t matter what you have
Or who you claim to be
Whether unschooled and a pauper
Or a seasoned Ph.D.
It’s ordinary people
Our God uses every day
To walk beside the struggling
And assist them on the way
Yes, it’s ordinary people
Who reflect our Father’s face
And most often who He chooses
To convey His love and grace
Though they seem as nothing special
Those faithful few so plain
Are the ordinary servants
He has chosen in His name

Love & Light,
Laura Lum Corby

57. Come Up Higher – A Reprieve For The Heavy-Hearted

heavy-heartA reprieve for the heavy-hearted is in great need this day. We live in an age that is no longer simple. Simplicity was traded for advancement, profit, greed, and a busy life that keeps our minds in constant reeling mode. Rather than living fully to love, serve, heal, and advance one another, we now endlessly toil to simply exist. The stress of this alone can be overwhelming, but when the additional difficulties life deals us are added to the mix, it can be challenging to remain standing. It’s now a world that constantly lays claim to more of what we have, when no rightful claim stands. In exchange, we have lost the complexity of our inner selves, as we no longer have time to tend the embers that grow gravely weak within and are the true source of love and joy within our lives. It need not be this way.

I pray for all who are weary, heavy-hearted and hurting today. I ask for the strength for each grieving soul to look to a higher place for comfort, while going deep within to do the necessary healing work that only God can accomplish when our hearts are wounded, yet attuned and willing. When in the greatest depths of our despair, there is always a road that leads back to the higher places. Yes, I know that sounds far too easy and possibly even trite to those who have been wandering difficult roads for far too long. Yet, I can say with confidence and personal experience it exists. I’ve found it many times prior, and trust it will always be there again when needed, as hindsight holds my proof and that of many others before me.

Where we focus our hearts and our energy is what expands. To find the higher roads, we must make the often difficult choice to look away from the pain, and seek to identify the beauty that still remains. Those higher frequencies become a healing balm to injured souls. Those who choose to remain focused on the pain often do not heal. The higher road is most definitely there, though difficult to see when our lens is fogged and clouded from our grief and tears. Look up, and when no way is clear, ask for directions! Your higher road is just ahead, waiting for you to take those first steps in a new direction.

This is something I wrote that I hope serves as an encouragement.

Come Up Higher

When endless days and sleepless nights
Have had the best of me
When troubles and confusion
Seem to be all that I see
When tribulation takes its toll
And I’ve been through the fire
I see my Father motioning
For me to come up higher
To take me from this state of mind
That keeps me bound in sin
To help me think eternally
Of all I have through Him
To bring my thoughts above the realm
Of which I grow so tired
I hear His spirit beckoning
For me to come up higher
Though bodily an anchor
There’s the choice to rise above
By focusing my heart and soul
On my God who is Love
With eyes fixed on my blessings
I can walk above the mire
Because I chose to follow Him
When He said come up higher

Love & Light,
Laura Lum Corby