Motivational Monday: Flowers & Stones



Nuggets of praise and critique

Can affect us only if we absorb them

Do we let them seep into our spirit

Guiding our choices and defining our actions


Opinions of others come freely

Whether we ask for them or not

How we process them

Can move us forward, or keep us stuck

Acknowledge the compliments

And the criticism as opportunities for growth

Look at them objectively

And keep that which moves you forward


Craving acceptance can push you

In a direction you weren’t anticipating

While hearing perceived disapproval

Keeps you stuck in place, or

Retracing your footprints


Move forward, not back

With your head held high

As you walk along the path

Acknowledge those who throw flowers

And the ones who choose stones

But keep looking ahead, not behind

Published by Kelly Deeny

I am a writer, singer, jewelry designer, and theatre enthusiast. I use various forms of artistic expression for personal reflection, community discussion and creative inspiration. My premiere novel encapsulates all of the above. Follow along on my journey towards an artistic career!

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