Authenticity, Life Stuff, Main Genre: Adult Fable, posts

“The Good Dog with No Confidence” (an Adult Fable)

There once was a dog who was so good he became known only as “Good Boy.” He knew he had another name at the vet and the groomer, but he cherished this second name above all else — for he loved being a “good boy” in the tough world in which he and his human dad, “Hooman,” lived.

One day, Good Boy saw that Hooman was watching some type of video on his screen. The movie was talking about something called “confidence” that Good Boy had never heard of.

It talked about how, if you have confidence, it means you know you have something to offer.

Good Boy was astonished. Hooman had been through so much. Maybe that’s why Hooman could not feel this “confidence”? Maybe because Hooman had been through rough times, he could not always be confident, like the video talked about.

Or maybe if he had it, he just didn’t show it.

But Good Boy knew Hooman was still a good person and had a good heart. Good Boy knew what was good. Hooman fed and cared for him and other people. Hooman worked hard and was honest.

Good Boy did not understand why this “confidence” mattered more than what was in Hooman’s heart.

Even worse….Good Boy did not think he had confidence himself. He had never even heard of it before! He thought in horror, “Does that mean I am not really a good boy?

MORAL: When it comes to others, look at their heart and goodness. These matter above all else.

 

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Haikus, Main Genre: Nostalgia, Poetry, posts

When Less is More: Reasons for Appreciating Haikus

Haiku: They stood by the sea/Someday, they would remember/this moment that passed
“By the Sea”: First pairing of haiku with original art (acrylic on canvas)

We all learned what a haiku is in elementary school and possibly studied them through college (if only off and on). It may be easy to pass up the art of haiku — but for those who take the time to understand a poem’s meaning, the seemingly humble haiku can hold a lot of meaning.

Enjoying Haikus

Haiku examples are especially prolific on Instagram posts, where shorter verses work better in an image — and interestingly, the image-based Instagram is where I really started appreciating haikus.

Poetry books and online sources often couple haikus with art. Yet with or without imagery, some people are amazing at haikus! The meaning that is conveyed in such a short, limited-stanza piece is inspiring.

Writing Haikus

My new appreciation of reading haikus has led to an interest in writing them. Sometimes, many of us are inspired to write poetry, as for me with this recent poem, “Why?” (and other poems soon to be here). But trying to fit exactly the right word for a haiku  —  with the right meaning — can be like finding the right piece to fit into a puzzle. And once you find the right piece (aka “word”), the fit can be magical.

So even if some of us are more prone to read or write prose, we can still appreciate the beauty of “less is more” in the haiku.

 

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