Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 25 comments

The gentle pleasures of life in my wild marshland...!!! / La douceur de vivre dans mon marais sauvage...!!!
Creative Commons License photo credit: Denis Collette…!!!

Will You

Will you go with the flow

Giving the love that is in your heart

So that others may be carried in its current


Will you honor a dream

By taking a leap towards it

Closing the distance with bold action and intent


Will you meet happiness where it lives

Accepting only the present moment as real

And knowing all you need for contentment resides there


Will you accept your own love

And care for yourself in a way that reflects that

By nurturing your spirit from an endless source of respect


Will you let it slide

The imagined slight, the minor irritation

And trade it for the peace that comes from a mind at ease


Will you give back

For no other reason than

It is simply the person you choose to be


Will you walk in faith

Knowing All That Is lives inside you

And it is inconceivable to think you are ever alone


Will you dwell in possibility

Where imagination takes over

And doors open before you even knock


Will you breathe from your belly

Filling yourself with a deep inhale

And releasing what no longer serves you


Will you allow today to unfold before you

By letting each moment be what it is

Without having the need to change or control it


Will you?

~ words written by Emma, of Graceful Balance

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Emergefit November 21, 2010 at 1:31 am

The answers are “yes” to all but one. A work in progress I am.

Yet again, you breathe a little life to my journey. Thank you.
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Suzie Cheel November 21, 2010 at 2:52 am

I just love this and YES I will to all

thanks Lance and Emma it is beautiful
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Zeenat{Positive Provocations} November 21, 2010 at 3:06 am

Oh Lance, this is so so beautiful! Thank you for sharing Emma’s writing here. Brilliantly touching!
And to answer the WILL YOU? question…YES I WILL on all counts and then some 🙂 Now better way to live…
Thank you for brightening up my Sunday as always Lance. You are the bestest ! 🙂
Lots of love,


Lady Fi November 21, 2010 at 3:30 am

Wondrous words! So beautiful…
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Barbara Swafford November 21, 2010 at 4:38 am

Such beautiful words Lance,

Thank you for sharing them with us and thank you to Emma for writing them.

Happy Sunday!
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Wendi Kelly-Life's Little Inspirations,Blue Sun Media November 21, 2010 at 6:42 am

I can say yes I will to all of that. Beautiful words to wake up to on a Sunday morning. Thanks to both of you. I am going to copy them into my Sunday Summit meditation journal this morning,thank you.
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Tess The Bold Life November 21, 2010 at 7:32 am

Love this again! Emma, this is also perfect for graduates. You know Dr. Suess’ “The Places You’ll Go? It’s about external places and I think this poem is about internal places. Pretty awesome, I think!
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Natalia November 21, 2010 at 7:49 am

Yes I will! Just the reminder I needed to be in and enjoy today!

I hope that you have a lovely Sunday with your family Lance!!!
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Angela Artemis November 21, 2010 at 8:38 am

This is simply beautiful. I’ve never been much of a poetry reader – but I loved this.
Lance, thanks for sharing it with us.
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Keith November 21, 2010 at 9:22 am


Thank you, my friend, for sharing Emma’s poem. I see you as a personification of this poem…answering yes to all.


What deeply meaningful words you have penned. They move me, touch me, inspire and challenge me. I readily answer yes to all, knowing that some is still challenging to me. Especially allowing all to unfold as it is without feeling the need to control it somehow, to try to “create” an outcome. My heart is full for having read this poem.

Thank you
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Tim November 21, 2010 at 10:07 am


I am blown away by this quote and accompanying photo. Absolutely brilliant questions being asked throughout that I can connect with. This is one of those poems worthy of being copied and posted near our desks for frequent reminders. Thank you for sharing and getting us thinking in a good way.
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Jody - Fit at 53 November 21, 2010 at 10:20 am

Love it & I will try!

Will you allow today to unfold before you
By letting each moment be what it is
Without having the need to change or control it

Ah YES! I was out for my morn run & I thought the rain would hold off & it did not… I enjoyed it anyway & came in looking like something the cat drug home! It was all fine! 🙂
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Lynn November 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I will!
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Dr. J November 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I will do the best I can.


Little Lessons Under the Big Sky November 21, 2010 at 4:21 pm

What an incredibly touching and profound poem. Thank you, Emma, for the questions! It reminds me of a song for a wedding. A commitment to ourselves! And the answer is YES! I WILL!

Thank you Lance, for posting this. I am going to copy it and hang it up where I can see it often!
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Jean Burman November 21, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Yes yes yes… I’m having what she’s having! (((chuckles)))
I love these beautiful words so brim filled with meaning.
Thanks Lance… for your Sunday Thought for the Day!


Simon Hay November 21, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Yes! Love you Lance.
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Clearly Composed November 21, 2010 at 11:37 pm

*warm smiles*

Lance…no words for how AMAZING you are except….thank you. 🙂

To the others who have left such kind words here…i am overwhelmed with joy that these words found places to land and call home. I am beyond touched with the lovely words shared in response and i bow my head and bring my hands together as i say Namaste to all who have shared in the love here today. Thank you…thank you…thank you.
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Aileen November 22, 2010 at 12:36 am

Emma, this poem is a wonderfully powerful invitation – and I say a hearty YES!
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ClinicallyClueless November 22, 2010 at 5:48 am

What a beautiful and thought provoking post. The poem really hits home for me…I try and am learning to do these things for myself.

Be well,
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Karl Staib - Work Happy Now November 22, 2010 at 9:47 am

Yes I will! I’ve made many promises to myself over these past few weeks because of my illness. I will stick with them. It’s amazing how my perspective has changed.

The biggest difference is allowing myself to feel comfortable with this new change. By relaxing with this new perspective it allows me to make change a little easier.
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J.D. Meier November 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Beautiful words and a catchy cadence.

> it is inconceivable to think you are ever alone
That’s powerful stuff.
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Lance November 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm

The words you have written – they have struck a chord with me in some very wonderful ways. It’s really taking me more deeply into my being, to that place of deeper meaning. And there, I look through the lens of my heart. What a beautiful place to “be”.

So, it is with the highest of respect for your amazing writing talent, that I’m honored to have your words (and you!) here in this space.

To you, I bow my head and fold my hands.



Lance November 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Thank you so much for your meaningful words that you’ve shared, and for the opening of your heart and soul even more deeply to who you are…each of you…

May these words from Emma energize your being to continue taking steps on your journey, down those paths most soul-reaching for you…



Andrea DeBell - britetalk November 22, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Hi Lance! Wow, a field of endless possibilities. Beautiful sentiment and immensely inspirational. Your ending “Will you allow today to unfold before you” is just a gorgeous reminder of allowing grace to guide me through my day. I’ll carry this post with me throughout the week.
Thanks for setting an amazing mood for this week. Loving blessings!
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