What It takes to Appreciate

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Just as it takes winter; 

To appreciate summer;

Sickness to treasure health;

It sometimes takes loss;

To appreciate essence;

Sometimes takes absence;

To value presence;

Sometimes takes deprivation;

To be grateful for abundance;

Nothing teaches the need for community;

Than having experienced isolation;

Lessons may be learned;

From books, counsel and real-life stories;

But nothing hits home harder;

Than experience;

Nothing shakes up the soul;

Than having to realize;

You are not as invincible as you thought;

Even with many lessons fresh in the mind;

You find yourself falling;

Into the very trap;

You thought you were smarter enough to avoid;


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Life is as unpredictable as the weather;

All could be well one minute;

And all could be chaos the next minute;

Appreciate the happy moments as they come;

 Because they won’t last forever;

Make sure to create as many memories as you can;

Because they may be the only thread;

You’d have to hang on to;

To keep your sanity;

When things turn downside;


Had I known; 

Is never said in pleasure;

But we all find ourselves;

Saying it at one point or the other;

Not because we didn’t know better;

But because we thought;

The consequences were far-fetched from us;


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No matter how hard we try;

We will definitely make mistakes;

Some for the better;

Some not worth talking about;

But believe everything is for a purpose;

The good, the bad and the ugly;

We become stronger because of it;

Much wiser and better prepared;

For what lies ahead;


Experience is the best teacher, they say;

And that we are the sum of our experiences;

What have your experiences taught you?

Have you been molded into a better version?

Or do you fear the worst?


© Josephine Amoako 2016



16 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautiful. Had i known is never said in pleasure. So true

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading, Lizzy

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  2. josiephin says:

    Very nice piece Joe. I love it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Josie😊


  3. papberry says:

    Great message!

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  4. DamiLoves says:

    Great post as usual! Indeed you are right; “Had I known; Is never said in pleasure”

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading, Dami. Happy new month!


  5. Joel Jemba says:

    Appreciation you say?
    alright! let’s do this…

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  6. mimispassion says:

    My experiences have indeed been the best teachers ever. I loo back everyday and discover how a particular experience has shaped me now and I’m grateful I endured that experience.

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  7. Friend, I appreciate your gift for writing, do appreciate God, for giving you this gift. Hallelujah Praise the Lord. God Bless you dear friend.

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  8. Le artist says:

    Wow, love it!!!! Such wise words of wisdom. Many live their lives without trying to perceive the true meaning of life. I like that you really take the time to think about it and that you have shared your insights with us all. Thank you for that!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      And thank you for reading!


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