Follow the leader

Clinginess is a bad habit! Holding on for dear life, people will keep things that they know aren’t good for them. They’ll come up with a thousand and one reasons as to why they’ve got to have it, when they really don’t need it. I can be stubborn when it comes to releasing things, but even in the midst of my foolishness, I still manage to “dodge a couple of bullets”. Besides, I’m not taking any unnecessary hits, when I don’t have to.

I know you are afraid to “loosen up your grip”, but it’s time to just let it (or them) go! When God removes you from a situation, don’t ask any questions. Just trust His judgement and immediately follow His lead. Not only does He want what’s best for you, He can see what’s ahead of you! Just ask yourself, would you rather walk away in disappointment or filled with regret?

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

On a lighter note…

A colleague and friend of mine, sent me an email that contained a powerful message about four lit candles. One candle represented peace, and the others, faith, love and hope. Each one of them had a specific purpose, but they were unable to serve it, because no one had peace, they lacked faith and didn’t understand the importance of love, so they all lost their flame. However, the last candle that remained, was hope. Because of its unwavering power, it kept burning and was able to relight the others. We all have those four candles planted deep inside of us, but some people have allowed their hardships, life experiences and winds of doubt, to blow their flames completely out. They’ve lost their spark, and couldn’t set themselves ablaze, even if they wanted too. So many bad things has happened to them, therefore, they’ve become weak, hopeless and can’t find positivity in anything. They don’t see a way out, and their life has become very dim. Because they lack the ability to shine, you have to be the light in the midst of their darkness. You are their candle of hope! Whatever you do, never stop burning, because your fire can reignite their flame!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Happy Resurrection (Easter) Sunday

Good Morning wonderful people! I’m so thankful we arose today, because He arose over 2,000 years ago! I’m grateful for His sacrifice, love, grace, mercy and just knowing He’s always there, even when I feel alone. If you’re feeling lonely, don’t be. You’re in the presence of the best company you could ever have! Enjoy your day (this day), and remember these two words: Who and What. In order for us to be who we are, He had to do what was necessary!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Today is a GOOD day (to love)

Happy Good Friday to those of you who celebrate this wonderful day! For those of you who don’t, I hope you will join me next year! On this day over 2000 thousand years ago, a man laid down His life, so that I could have mine. I am forever grateful and appreciative for God using his Son to take my charge, even though He had done nothing wrong. The act alone, is the purest form of love! God is love, so why can’t we love each other? It doesn’t matter one’s religious beliefs, denomination or choice not to believe, we all could use a little more love. So, get up, get out and spread some love, while I continue to spread His Word!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Grow Up

If you’re reading this, you’re blessed! A lot of people aren’t able to, because they’re either blind or dead, but thank God you’re neither. Too often, we take the day and time for granted, because we feel it’s a guarantee, when it’s not even a promise. We go for days, weeks, months and years even, without contacting those we love, because we “just know”, they’re always going to be there. But, will they? We set aside today’s tasks until tomorrow or next week, because “we’ve got time”, right? Do you? We hold grudges and wait for the other to make amends, but what happens if they don’t “make” it to another day? Will your bitterness end, and resentment kick in? Who ever really knows, but one thing I do know is, life is too short! Enjoy your time here, before you run out! Work like you have no tomorrow! Be the first to say “I’m sorry”, even if it wasn’t your fault! Fix things now, or regret them later!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Broken eggs

He hurt me, but this time I gave him permission
I never thought he’d take my fragile heart and twist it into every position
Except the one that intertwines his and mine together
But instead of love what I ended up getting
Was another storm to weather

Or could I? After all, I’d been in the rain for far too long
His hurtful words darkened my day
And is the reason the sun is gone

Far out of distance where it doesn’t shine any warmth into my life
When he wrecked my happiness he left me paralyzed
Wondering if I’d ever love right

Or wrong, because of the way he treated me
And ignored my presence although I was there
And despite me being only one finger touch away
Sadly, he didn’t care

Or bother to take advantage of my love
Because he was of afraid of the things to be said
Rather than speaking up and defending his feelings for me
He chose to be silent instead

Of helping me carry this heavy burden
He placed on my heart and head
And because I foolishly placed all my hopes in one basket
I’m left counting broken eggs

Never put too much ‘stock” into someone, because we all know how fast things “crash”.

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Helpless

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up
No matter how hard I try to stand
My mind is no longer in control of my body
And my heart is the new Chief-in-command

Playing in the field of love is a dangerous ground
And I’ve used all my ammunition
I pull out the white flag to end this war
But my heart refuses to listen

Instead it keeps beating and bleeding love
Fighting to the very end
Quitting is not an option and failure’s no choice
So it fights with every intent to win

Words are thrown like massive grenades
And there’s nowhere to run and hide
Although it’s strong and continues to beat on
Slowly it’s dying inside

The zeal it had is fading away
And my heart is losing its power
It begins to grow weak and is threatened by defeat
But continues to fight until the final hour

Suddenly it shuts down to the point of no return
Resuscitation or bringing it back to life
Hurt prevailed causing my heart to fail
Because it was too helpless to put up a fight

Love is always persistent, but sometimes, even it will “hurt” us!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Temporary Delight

Many of you don’t know that I am a Poet, and poetry is and always will be my first love! I enjoy writing books, but nothing warms my heart more than a free verse or rhyme. In fact, I have three unpublished Poetry books that I someday hope to get out. Until then, over the next week, I’ll be sharing with you some of MY favorite pieces that I’ve written (I’m aware that my poetry is subjective). I hope you enjoy them just as much as I did writing them!

For twenty-six years my love sat on display

and I watched as each person passed me by

Suddenly things changed, when he looked through the windowpane

and purchased the love no one wanted to buy

Like two small kids we linked up hands

and chased the other til we grew tired from all the fun

Like magnets our eyes met and we kissed without any regrets

as we laid marinating out in the sun

As the sun glared down and kissed our skin, we searched for the nearest shade

Rather than rest under the old oak tree, he sought refugee within a dark cave

Like trees during the winter solstice, his leaves began to change

and the love that lit his fire for four months, was slowing losing its flame

Not satisfied with his purchase, he went to the store demanding something be done

but there wasn’t anything that they could do, because of the store’s strict policy on “no refunds”

No matter how good the love made him feel, or the need to have it in his life

He grew tired and it was no longer wanted, because it had satisfied his temporary delight

No matter how much you love someone, make sure they feel the same way about you. If not, you’ll find yourself crying over something you thought was to “last forever”, when it was meant to be enjoyed for a “little while”.

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Clinging for strength

*In the wake of the 9 individuals who lost their lives in a plane crash on January 26, 2020, this post is dedicated to those who are still living in the dark, are lost or have lost a loved one, and are struggling to come to terms with their death*

I know what it’s like to be helpless and despondent, sitting in despair, hoping and praying to be saved. I’ve lived in some dangerously low valleys, and there were times I thought I’d drown, because I didn’t have anything or anyone to grab hold to. It was a struggle to stay above water, when I was surrounded by a sea of hurt and pain. I, too, know how you feel. I was literally fighting for survival, while weakened from life’s many torrents. Things became so dark and dreary, that I lost sight of hope, and the light at the end of the tunnel. Although that is in the past, the hurt still lingers on. I’m in a much better place now, but it took me days, weeks, months, and years even, to get where I am.

There are many people going through a pretty rough storm, wondering if they’ll ever see the sun again. Their heart is broken, and the thing that they lost, is the only thing that can mend it again. They’re in agony and pain and too weak to pick themselves up. They need help getting through whatever it is they’re enduring, so don’t walk away, because they’re clinging to you for strength.

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

Finishing the puzzle

Have you ever met a woman that was so desperate for love, she gave up her entire being just for the corner of a man’s heart?  The old saying goes, “A piece of a man is better than no man”.  But, no man is worth having if he doesn’t add to a woman’s life, but instead takes away from her value.

At some point in her life, every woman has dreamt about her ideal man, planned her wedding and even picked out names for her unborn children (or maybe that’s just me). But to what extent would she be willing to go to get that “happy” ending?  Is losing her sense of identity worth the cost of being happy? 

Unfortunately, a lot of women become so caught up in the things that they want, that they neglect to take care of their own needs.  Rather than be patient and wait on the man that God has for us, we instead try to create him.  However, sometimes what we want is not necessarily what we may need. What we fail to realize is that you can be in a relationship with someone, but not have ownership of their heart. 

In other words, what good is it to have the key to a man’s heart, if it doesn’t unlock it?  No matter how hard we try to twist and turn the lock, it fails to open.  In more ways than one, relationships are a lot like puzzles.  We as women have all the pieces (signs), but are too afraid to put it together, because the whole idea of being finished (broken up) scares us, because there’s nothing left to do, but move on.

Rather than move on, we frantically check the box (hold on) hoping that maybe all of the pieces aren’t there.  Truth of the matter, they always were.  But, for some apparent reason, we can’t fathom the idea of being alone.  Immediately, we find fault and blame ourselves for the demise of our relationship, because of something we may or may not have done.  Therefore, we change ourselves and try to fit the description of what someone says we should be.

As a result, we ultimately end up not liking the person we’ve become.  While we were so busy finding love, we managed to lose ourselves in the process.  What’s even sadder is a man doesn’t realize he had a good woman until she’s gone.  Even then, he still doesn’t realize, because he never paid enough attention to even know she was there.  Besides, I don’t want a man whose ego is bigger than his heart.

He’ll never be able to love me, because he’s too busy loving himself. Truth be told, a woman should never fall for a man and expect him to pick her up, when he is the sole reason she is down.  Love is a beautiful thing, but it means nothing when you can’t feel it! Ladies, know your worth, but most importantly, know when to move on.

Until next time Note takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue