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Chimes

The gentle sounds
They bring forth so true

Take my mind back
To begin anew

They ring in my mind
And in my Heart

Prompting myself
To make a new start

The wind is the player
An instrument so tame

Moving to the tune
Of a different name

As I sit and relax
I am at peace

The chimes are making
Me feel so at ease…

Written by David Johnson
19 July 2014

Cherished moments
Each new day brings
Causing our Hearts
To leap and sing

Moments that come
Moments that go
In our daily lives
As we go to and fro

In time and space
Enjoyment of each other
Helps us through
This world of bother

Each day we live
Sharing with all
Living in the moment
Standing tall

Take time to reflect
On such a precious gift
Time on this Earth
Goes oh so swift

Cherished moments
Each new day brings
Causing our Hearts
To leap and sing

Written by David Johnson
19 July 2014

I Think Of Times…

I think of times
Not long ago
When a cool breeze
Would set my Mind aflow

Aflow with thoughts
That would relax my being
An experience that was
Indeed most freeing

Freeing the Spirit
Helping me through
Another day gone
Exacting the truth

Truth be told
Planning for the future
Living in the moment
Doing my utmost to secure

Secure in the thought
Holding onto my dreams
Working the plan
Just need to believe

Written by David Johnson
13 July 2014

Fire In The Sky!

Burning in the distance
A ball lights up the sky

The fire slowly stirring
So pleasing to the eye

Reaching out from within
Light protrudes and settles

Upon the clouds so soft
The light it does so nestle

Sinking slowly in the West
One does not need to imagine

The beauty, the colour and form
Of Mother Nature’s passion!

Written by David Johnson
11 July 2014

A Winter’s Day

A Winter’s day
Just sitting in the Sun
Reading a book
Having some fun!

Listening to the sounds
That are about
A certain symphony
Without doubt

The cool breeze
Across my being
So subtle and yet
With much feeling

The smell of cut grass
And the fragrant bloom
Hangs in the air
Like a pleasant perfume

The mind it speaks
In subconscious tones
Giving life to the senses
With no overtones

 

Written by David Johnson
2 July 2014

Imagination, It Flows…

Imagination, it flows
Just like a country stream
It weaves and wanders all about
Always gathering steam

It seeks out stories
Thoughts and dreams
And asks you
To believe

The story that unfolds
Believe it you certainly must
And take it on board
With utmost silent trust

It glides and clears
Mental blocks along the way
Leaving a sense of peace
In no uncertain way

Imagination, it flows
Just like a country stream
It weaves and wanders all about
Always gathering steam…

Written by David Johnson
27 June 2014

Walking The Path

Walking the path of many
Involves little thought
you might say

That is until
Of course
You walk the other way

Life has many a
twist and turn
A way of living that is earnt

How easy it is
On some occasions
To forget what things we’ve learnt

Life teaches us
over and over
Until we stop to listen

When we stop, and start
To learn
Our life begins to glisten

It’s never too late
To start again
Toward that new adventure

Solve a problem
Taking charge
Saddle up for that new venture

Stay the distance
Stay the course
At your own insistence

You’ll reap the rewards
And taste the sweetness
As you dig in, this very instance!

 

Written by David Johnson
26 June 2014

Snow Play

I cast my eyes
Upon the gentle slope
Filled with snow so white

The skiers flow
Down the way
A trail they begin to write

The clear blue sky
The Sun so bright
Illuminates the day

So much fun
As they show their skill
Investing time they play

Gliding through
A scene so clear
Memories built to last

See them here
See them there
Watch them as they go past!

 

Written by David Johnson
25 June 2014

As an Artist, you must continue to feed your mind, ask questions of the world and ponder. Your Art is your attempt to answer those questions and in doing so you can add your flavour to society.

So how do you feed your mind?

You can do this via:

* Reading books and other literature
* Attending Exhibitions (not just the Art you like either)
* Watching movies, documentaries and other media
* Attending lectures and presentations
* Getting together with your peers or Artists outside your realm
* Attending workshops
* Spending time contemplating about your style, about your world

You should attend exhibitions, read books etc that are outside your realm of interest. This has the effect of stretching your world-view and opens your mind to other possibilities. Your feelings about this may reveal to you a new way of seeing ‘the old’ which then will translate into your Art.

Why do all this?

You are a product of your environment. You have been subjected to different influences (chosen or otherwise). You have beliefs and your own thoughts.

Like any endeavour, you will want to grow and evolve, communicate through expressions of your Art.

The world wants to see what and how you feel about things. We want to see your flavour, a flavour that can help grow the world into news ways of appreciation and seeing.

The world is waiting…

Written by David Johnson
21 June 2014

 

Light seeps through
The crack in the wall
Tentacles reach
Not one but all

The message is filtered
For each individual
Each has their own
Singular symbol

Allowing the light
To touch us within
Gives us the clarity
To just begin

Begin we must
To charter our course
And steer the journey
Using our mental force

We know what we must do
The path we must take
To pursue our dreams
And seek our fate

Light seeps through
That crack in the wall
Work hard for your dream
And give it your all!

 

Written by David Johnson
21 June 2014

Each one enters our doors anew
The goal to improve their worldly view

Listening, watching and practicing,
Mentoring, focusing and graduating

Growth in character and respect
Extolling that positive, supportive environment

Demonstrate we must
And place in others our trust

Confidence rises buoyantly
As we go along our journey

Leading and speaking
A journey never ceasing.

Written by David Johnson
15 June 2014

(I wrote the poem specifically for the Agenda for my Campbelltown Toastmasters Club
Changeover Dinner which was held on 18 June 2014. I am the Outgoing President).

Time Wisely

In searching for solitude
We sometimes find

A new way of thinking
A new use for time

We search and we search
Till the way comes clear

We thought we were so far
Yet we are so near

So use your mind wisely
Think and be sure

Spend your time well
And become a connoisseur!

Written by David Johnson
9 June 2014

Wistful thoughts
Come and go
As I sit here
Mind goes to and fro

Of days that are past
And didn’t last
Of future times
Not setfast

Thoughts of things
That I do regret
Other things
I want to forget

Midway journey
I am here
Living my life
Searching far and near

Many plans afoot
Reaching high
Challenges appear
Incredible sigh

Working through
Changing tack
The road ahead
Appears off track

Dance and move
Think on the feet
Imagination helps
No time to retreat

Ideas come
Each day to me
Work them well
Become free

Written by David Johnson
9 June 2014

The title sounds like a good title for a poem. Perhaps one day I will use it as that.

For today however, it refers to two interests I have, one is Photography, the other Toastmasters.

Photography started as an interest for me in the early 1980’s and the obsession continues to this day. Toastmasters, I joined in 2008 and it has given me so much (and continues to do so), including the confidence to open up my photography business, a general confidence and being able to relate to people a lot better.

For the past 6 years the pendulum has swung heavily toward Toastmasters, especially in the 4 years I was on the Executive, culminating in being President this past year. The past two years have been quite intense as the Vice-President Education role and President carry the most responsibility (i.e. the top two positions). I also did the Youth Leadership Co-ordinator role last year.

Come 1 July 2014 I will be ‘Immediate Past President’ and am not looking to take on any Committee roles in any organisation for the next few years, having been on committees for most of the past 26 years. A break is overdue…

My photography business carries on regardless of what I do, however personal photographic projects had given way to Toastmasters in the past 6 years. I will always photograph just like I always will be a Toastmaster. Toastmasters however will slide into the background a bit more and become another tool I utilise and practice at in my goal to become a better communicator and along the way I can help others too.

Over recent months I’ve been getting more and more ideas for photographic/Art projects and attending the recent Head On South Photographic Festival has spurred me on even more!

I can feel the Pendulum starting to swing back already.

Written by David Johnson
1 June 2014

Surrounded By Knowledge

Surrounded by knowledge
I sit in my room
Which book to select
So I can consume

Words come to life
Like water from a spring
Into our lives
So everlasting

Knowledge is power
So it is said
Without some action
There’s no road ahead

Books are a lifeblood
A treasure to behold
Enact that knowledge
And go break that mould!

 

Written by David Johnson
23 May 2014

Quiet moments
Toughest times
Epic battles
Anxiety climbs

Search for answers
Sometimes fruitful
One’s own mind
Giving you an earful

Outside inside
Fears that grow
Etched in silence
Furrowed brow

Troubled Soul
Needs a guide
Faith begins
Deep inside

Battle fought
From within
Positive signs
Now begin

Written by David Johnson
23 May 2014

The Glow

The glow of the fire
Is the heartbeat of the room.
It dances and flickers
To its own tune.

It draws us in deeply
A tale yet awaits.
Of our own making
The coldness abates

The Yellow, the Orange
Leaps to a great height
Writing the path
Lighting up the night

Our Spirit is lifted
Heart skips a beat
Nourished and fed
The Soul is complete

Written by David Johnson
22 May 2014

Lifelike impressions
Written in code

Throughout the ages
Family history is sown

Likeness anticipated
The story is told

The day comes quickly
A joy to behold

A new babe is born
So brilliant, so bold!

Lifelike impressions
Written in code

 

Written by David Johnson
22 May 2014

A Quiet Moment Taken…

A quiet moment taken
Sitting in the Sun
Autumn leaves descending
Birds are having fun

Chirping as they do
In the trees where they reside
Singing a sweet song
Soothing the busy mind

Thinking as we do
Throughout our working day
Needing a calming influence
To get us on our way

Forging that path ahead
A gentle breeze rings true
As we gaze into the sky
Into the sea of blue

Written by David Johnson

21 May 2014

Change

Change for the good
Change for the better
Riding through stormy weather

Taking stock
Clear the head
Call to action instead of said

Some things that served me
In the past
Seemingly are, not going to last

The future is bright
The future is clear
Wheels in motion, starting to steer

Journey continues
It doesn’t stop here
Look at me now, I’m starting to cheer!

Written by David Johnson
15 May 2014

Turn turn,
Weather is cooling

Turn turn
Autumn has arrived

Turn turn
Leaves are changing

See the Yellow, the Orange and the Red

Soon the leaves
Are one with the Earth

Branches are bare
Desolate stare

They await the first Pinks of Spring.

Blossoms abound
Bees come around

Fragrances bloom
Summer looms

To heat the Earth
And enjoy the mirth.

Written by David Johnson
13 May 2014

The Deep Blue Sea

I dream, I dream
Of the deep blue sea

Drifting along
Enjoying the song

Whales singing
Dolphins swimming

Colourful Coral sitting
Fish are mingling

Plankton drifting
Shadows lifting

I dream, I dream
Of the deep blue sea

The light is shining through.

 

Written by David Johnson
4 May 2104

 

Shining, shining
The Sun is on my face

It’s light so golden
Shadows are displaced

As I move through life
Taking on the messages

And living each day
Distilling the essence

Shining, shining
The Sun is on my face

Warming the Heart
Soothing the Mind

Mending with peace
Spirit is aligned

Shining shining
The Sun is on my face

 

Written by David Johnson
4 May 2014

Underneath The Surface

Underneath the surface
So calm and so cool

Colours are wondrous
Shape and form rule

Light from the surface
Fills up the void

Patterns and lines
Art faithfully deployed

Current, not the wind
Works it’s own magic

Brushing past lifeforms
So ecstatic

A wondrous World
Beneath us exists

Shining from within
So hard to resist!

Written by David Johnson
27 April 2014

A tortured Soul
Drifts along…
All they want
Is to belong

Belong and live
Amongst the World
Shattered existence
Mind unfurled

Searching for answers
Within the gloom
Waiting for a chance
To end the doom

The answer is within
As it’s always been
Uncovering the layers
Is the dream

Layer by layer
Determination wins
It’s now or never
The fight begins

Never giving up
Is the key
Victory the goal
Just believe

Written by David Johnson
27 April 2014

Life In Light

Colours, they shine from up above
Rays of Sun permeate the room
Kneeling quietly in silence we find love
Light and prayer raise us from the gloom

Keeping still and breathing anew
Our mind and thoughts, they drift along
We gaze upon the colours true
Just wanting to belong

As we continue our stillness
We allow the Spirit in
To go forth in forgiveness
Which starts from within

In the moment we seek assistance
Looking for and finding ways to cope
Staying always true to self
Never giving up hope

The light it shines from up above
Warming our hearts, strengthening our minds
From the light we find love
From within we choose to shine

 

Written by David Johnson
25 April 2014

Baggage

The baggage we take
Comes along for the ride

It comes in all sizes
We take in it’s stride

Within the journey
Much on the mind

If we don’t let it go
It becomes rather unkind

It takes on many forms
That much is true

Losing that baggage
Will loosen the screws

A clear head
Is what we are all after

So throw that baggage out
And we can all celebrate with laughter!

 

Written by David Johnson
15 April 2014

The early notes rise
Upon the Earth so great

Building as it does
The Guitarist creates

Communicating the magic
They feel within

To the audience’s attention
With such discipline

They take us to another place
And bring us back again

A journey so rich
Just like the sweetest Champagne!

Written by David Johnson
15 April 2014

Ripples Of Iron

Ripples of iron
Shine so bright
Wilting underneath
The available light

Contrasting elements
Attract one’s attention
Mesmerising thoughts
Human invention

They tell their stories
Etched with history
That is kept alive
Containing some mystery

Gazing into the past
Looking for answers
We sit and ponder
Awaiting their next chapters…

 

Written by David Johnson
3 April 2014

Journey To…

Settled back and relaxed
The journey had begun

No rushing, no fussing
Time to have fun

Good book as my friend
My Spirit so settled

First pages are turned
Imagination begins to wrestle

The rain it is falling
So steady and so fine

It reminds me so well
Of a vibrant Summer wine

Delving through the pages
A story so good

Has me entranced
Like I knew it would

The clickety-clack
of the rail track

Creates a melody so fine
Feel like taking a nap

The journey is soon over
Far quicker than expected

Can’t wait to do it again
As I am I now quite rested!

 

Written by David Johnson
28 March 2014

Deep Within Our Lives

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Deep within our lives
Lie both shadows and light

Amongst the glare
And the dark of night

Sometimes clear
Other times blurred

Seldom silent
Often stirred

Searching the depths
We lay in wait

Shimmering light
Oh so bright

We wait and wait
Till the shadows abate…

Written by David Johnson
16 March 2014

Saturday afternoon
Church bells ring

Bringing wedded bliss
Queen with her King

Golden rays of sunlight
Stream across the way

Love continues to blossom
Right throughout the day

Memories are captured
Glorious settings abound

A new life starts
Love, oh so profound

Pushing Forward. Pushing Free.

Raging across the plain
Mountains in the distance
Forward is bleak
This very instance

The wind it scowls
Swirling dust in its wake
Pushing forward
Physically ache

The going is fierce
Dig right in
Up for the fight
Don’t give in

Thinking ahead
Stretching yourself
Energy renewed
With some help

Bursting forward
Time on your side
Winning in time
Thought as your guide

Savour the spoils
Drink to the victory
Share the good fortune
Be bold and push free!

 

Written by David Johnson
28 February 2014

Trickles Of Thought

Trickles of thought…
The rainfall starts
Settling our Spirit’s
Renewing our Hearts

Refreshed we become
As we go through our day
With renewed vigour
We go on our way

The breeze gets stronger
Aiding us through
Completing our projects
To start anew

Fresh ideas come
In rivers and floods
Creativity…
Is in our blood

Written by David Johnson
26 February 2014

Where are you currently in Life?

Are you comfortable? Are you stretching yourself?

At nearly 51 years of age, I look back at my life and think about all the times that I was ‘comfortable’ and then think of sudden changes that made me uncomfortable (they were usually changes I had no control over).

Like many people I think, I feared or was scared of something changing in my life.We like to get comfortable and stay comfortable, with what we know.

Being the ultra-shy person I was in my first 25-30 years I have to say that I did not cope with change well.

What ignited a bit of daring in me was joining a Church Social group as I began to meet new people and in the space of a couple of years I tried Snow-skiing; Grass-Skiing; Roller-Skating; Ice-Skating; Go-Karting to name a few.

Joining other organisations (see bio) over the years helped me gain confidence and helped me in meeting new people, and volunteering for committees gave me the opportunity to give back to the community and personally, it has given me all sorts of benefits.

Joining, committing to the programme & getting involved in leadership in Toastmasters International in March 2008 has helped tremendously.

I now look for ways to ‘get myself out of my comfort zone’ in all different areas of life, photography, public speaking, other art forms, work.

I didn’t realise in my earlier life that being placed in, or volunteering to put myself in uncomfortable situations was going to help me grow as a person. Back then I saw it as a negative. Being uncomfortable I thought was a bad thing. Now I think of it as a positive.

I seem now to be making up for lost time… :)

Written by David Johnson
17 February 2014

Weeds

Weeds creep up
And wind their way
Toward the shattered sky

Silence ebbs
As light escapes
In twisted forms that scare

An eerie gloom
Spreads o’er the land
Shadows cast that grow

The rain it comes
Confronting us so
We must withstand its force

The wind it blows
With increasing strength
And buffeted though we are

As thunder
Rings around the sky
Patience must shine through

We must rise
Against the darkness
Victory is our goal!

Written by David Johnson
14 February 2014

Long Summer Days Ago…

Long Summer days ago
I hear the guitars a strummin’
Smoke On The Water rising
Along with the drummin’

The students were learning
A new song with interest
Playing and playing
With a passion so earnest

Sunny days in the playground
With a Deep Purple theme
Memories come fast
Was it but a dream?

A dream it was not
For I hear the music now
Etched in my memory
My thoughts are in tow

Long Summer days ago
Smoke On The Water rising
A long distant memory
Not fantasising!

Written by David Johnson
7 February 2014

Shafts In The Sky

Shafts in the sky
Cannot be seen
They linger in part
And are not what they seem

Light cascades through them
Not touching the sides
Bouncing off walls
Going against the tide

The shafts do not change
Though our viewpoint does
Mankind seemingly oblivious
To the shafts up above

Shafts in the day
Shafts in the night
Can you guess what they are?
Just look at the dark, just look at the light…

Written by David Johnson
7 February 2014

The Eagle

Stretching its wings
Leaving our shores
Catching the breeze
The wind in its pores

The Eagle flies
Onward to quest
To return with food
And then take rest

Nestling it does
Family at the feet
Nourished and fed
Now they gain sleep

The Eagle awakes
With great attention
The Sun looms strong
No apprehension

New day has dawned
Family is together
That’s not how it stays
For ever and ever

Eaglets move on
Chart their own course
Making a life
Being a force

Stretching their wings
Leaving our shores
Catching the breeze
The wind in their pores

Written by David Johnson
23 January 2014

Time To Shine

There comes a time in everyone’s life
When everything is on the line
When all the work you’ve done
Means it’s time to shine

Through all the thoughts
And plans that have been refined
With all the challenges and the hurdles
You know it’s the time to shine

So shine on through the day
And long into the night
Give it your best
Give it all your might

The journey is the key
Continue to strike that chord
Enjoy what you have done
And obtain that full reward!

Written by David Johnson
19 January 2014

One Of My True Pleasures…

For those that have known me a fair while, they would know that I have been a Bruce Springsteen fan for the past 38 years. Since the age of 12 in fact, when, in 1975 I listened to his Born To Run album (my Brother’s).

I saw Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band live for the first time in 1985 (Sydney) in a concert that was between 3-4 hours long. I remember, for the next 7-8 months, his music was the only music I played in my car and just about everywhere else. The only concert I’ve seen that came close to that one was in 2012.*

Over the years I have been enthralled by his music, his stories and his and the Band’s sound. With each album there is a different feel, as Bruce continues to explore life. His music resonates with me.

I read where some of his fans (particularly in the USA) did not appreciate his ‘We Shall Overcome: The Pete Seeger Sessions,’ as it was too different from his early sound.

I ask you, would you rather someone who produces the same kind of music over a 40 year period, or would you like to hear a singer/songwriter/musician grow and develop and experiment with new words and music and musicians. Surely your answer would be the latter?

It was impressive to hear the ‘Wrecking Ball’ album as, to me, it merged the sound of ‘We Shall Overcome’ album with The E Street Band sound. Magic!

I did not get to see him again until March 2012* in Sydney. It was stunning to watch this man and his band perform with such passion, such energy, love and commitment for their fans.

One of the true pleasures anyone gets who has a favourite musician/singer/songwriter, is listening to their latest offering, which is what I did today as I just purchased ‘High Hopes’, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s latest offering, with a bonus DVD . (In between the concerts it is another true pleasure to listen to the music and play their DVD’s).

‘High Hopes’ is brilliant! Loved every song on it. It has a couple of covers and a couple of songs that we had only heard live versions of  before plus other material that had been recorded but not released as it was not the time. It is now, thankfully…

My wife & I are going to see him in concert next month in Sydney. Can’t wait!

I once heard Bruce Springsteen say ‘that he is in the middle of a long conversation with his audience.’

Bruce, I am still loving the conversation, and can’t wait for your next words of wisdom…

Written by David Johnson (self-confessed Bruce Springsteen tragic)!
17 January 2014

The Moon and You

A quiet late afternoon
Just the Moon and you
Silver in the sky
Against the Blue

Watching the Moon
In all its glory
Moon-dust glistens
As it tells its story

Watching the Earth
From distant Space
It sees the calm
It sees its face

A quiet late afternoon
Just the Earth and you
Blue-Green in the sky
Against the hue

Written by David Johnson
14 January 2014

Ice-Cream Summer

That familiar sound
It fills the air
The Ice-Cream van
Brings people from their lair

It takes me back
To yesteryear
Beaches, suntan
And swimwear

Single serve, double serve
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Which one will I have
Whilst under my umbrella?

Tantalising choices
They did abound
As we thought of having
Another round

Oh Ice-Cream van
Come back real soon
Let’s all hope
It is before Noon!

Written by David Johnson
11 January 2014

Ode To The Corsair

The Corsair’s wings are folded
Awaiting the call
To turn back the enemy
And give one’s all

The take-off is clean
Off into the Blue
Whistling through the sky
As if on cue

Flying in formation
Ready to attack
Fingers at the ready
No time to look back

The battle is fierce
No quarter being given
Tensions are high
For those who are driven

The enemy is defeated
Fists are raised high
The battle is over
The end is nigh

As the squadron returns
To the carrier they call home
The pilots raise a glass
To the courage shown

Written by David Johnson
7 January 2014

Some 18 months ago my Father (because of two medical conditions, one being Dementia; the other being the fact that his Oesophagus has closed up completely so he has to be fed by a tube inserted in his stomach) was placed in a Nursing Home.

Members of our family visit him regularly and Mum and I were there yesterday.

Dad is in the High Care facility and there are a number of patients with varying degrees of health challenges there as you might expect.

There is one patient there called Jack. Indeed we call him ‘Happy Jack.’ We do not know the medical reason that ‘Happy Jack’ is there. Perhaps though he is there for an additional reason…

‘Happy Jack’ (who I’m guessing is in his 70′s) has a walker and (seems to mostly) spend his time wandering around the facility, singing and conveying happy, positive thoughts or tells jokes to each patient he meets. Dad doesn’t say much these days. We were there for nearly 3 hours and he may have said five words. We might get an occasional smile from him but this is rare.

Then ‘Happy Jack’ comes along. Every time he sees Dad he encourages a smile, a grin and makes Dad’s day just that little bit better.

We have never seen ‘Happy Jack’ unhappy. He, like a lot of other patients has to remain within the walls of the Nursing Home. I wished him a Happy New Year yesterday, thanked him for what he does for Dad and remarked that he seemed to be happy all the time. He said ‘every day is a bonus for me.’

What a marvellous attitude.

Every day is a bonus for me. Every day is a bonus for me.

A thought that we should all remember….

Next time I see ‘Happy Jack’ I will thank him for what he does for me.

Written by David Johnson
6 January 2014

New Year Start?

I have seen a couple of comments on Facebook and also in the media commenting on  “why people wait till the New Year” to begin anew. New habits e.g. people attempt to start a new diet, set new goals or make new changes to their lives.

The comments/articles ask why do people do this?

It is true that we, as humans have the ability to make these changes, start a new diet, set new goals etc at any time during our year. We don’t have to wait until the ‘New Year’ to do so.

Myself, I have implemented various changes throughout the year in many different aspects of my life, and on occasions, I have started to think about my goals for the following year in October the preceding year. Last year was a little different in that we moved house around mid November so it was quite a busy time late last year. Thus, I only started to think about them between Christmas and New Year celebrations (and am still working on them).

One of the attractions of deciding ‘new habits’ etc under the guise of the ‘New Year’ is obvious. It is “saying goodbye to the ‘you’ of the old year and welcoming the ‘you’ of the New Year,” i.e. a fresh start.

This has naturally been jumped up on by the media and marketing companies over time and it has become a ritual and opens up marketing opportunities for them.

I’m no psychologist however there seems to a feeling, (real or not) around ‘New Year’ that allows us to mentally say ‘this is a brand new year, let’s make some changes and it is going to be a better year than last year…’

What do you think?

Does a change in habit in the ‘New Year’ feel better or have more impetus for you than changing a habit at any other time during the year?

I would be most interested in your thoughts!

Written by David Johnson
5 January 2014

Each Year…

Each year we set our goals
For what we want to achieve
We think long and hard
If only we’d just believe

The early signs are good
As we work to our plans
As time goes on
Perhaps we need a little hand

The going gets tough
As we try to see them through
Obstacles abound
As we make our way to

The worst thing we could do
Is give up at that time
When the goal is so close
Just give it one more try

As you keep going
Remember just one thing
To achieve that goal
You just need to cling

To those plans that you set
At the start of the year
As by the year’s end
We will all be giving you a cheer!

Written by David Johnson
31 December 2013

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On This Sunday Afternoon…

The Blue sky reigns across the land
Sounds of Summer fill the air
The breeze is so refreshing
On this Sunday afternoon

The trees move in adoration
Backlit leaves like jewellery seen
Shadows dance across the lawn
On this Sunday afternoon

The heat strikes it’s own chord
Bringing people out play
Momentous joy to be found
On this Sunday afternoon

The lightness of the moment
Fills the Soul with glee
Counting our blessings
On this most glorious Sunday afternoon….

Written by David Johnson
29 December 2013

The Spirit Of Christmas

Christmas in Sydney
We are continuing to swelter
As our lives gather pace
In our helter skelter

The shops are a buzz
Like ants we roam
To gather our purchases
And head for home

We attend one more party
To catch up with family and friends
Laughter and frivolity
Is time very well spent

It can be a great time
To look back on our year
As memories flood back
That give us a big cheer

May the Spirit of Christmas
Remind you what you have
May peace be with you
And for that you will be glad

Written by David Johnson
December 17, 2013

I Dream…

I dream of times
As yet to be
Or so I thought
It had to be

I dream those dreams
That are on their way
They won’t be held up
By what I say

The dreams I dream
Are here today
No more waiting
I heard them say

That dream I dreamt
Worked out so well
I’ve learnt my lesson
Which is just as well!

Written by David Johnson
December 15, 2013

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