Sometimes. . .

Soooo. . . how are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? Are you on track to fulfill them, or has the train derailed?

Sometimes we promise too much to and of ourselves, so we don’t achieve all we resolved to. Our resolve then weakens, and we become discouraged and stop striving toward our goals. This doesn’t happen only at the start of a new year. Failure to accomplish what we’ve set out to can happen any time we experience something that shifts the course of our lives. When things get off-track, we don’t always have the ability or the will to steer them back on-track. But sometimes things don’t end up where they seem to be headed. Sometimes, with or without our conscious effort, things turn out just fine. This is my wish for you.


Sometimes by Sheenagh Pugh

Sometimes things don’t go, after all,
from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel
faces down frost; green thrives; the crops don’t fail,
sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

A people sometimes will step back from war;
elect an honest man, decide they care
enough, that they can’t leave some stranger poor.
Some men become what they were born for.

Sometimes our best efforts do not go
amiss, sometimes we do as we meant to.
The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow
that seemed hard frozen: may it happen for you.

(Source: The Poetry Cure, edited by Julia Darling and Cynthia Fuller, 2005)


Sometimes–a useful word, a valuable perspective. It broadens our sense of being and awareness of the possibilities in our lives, for better or worse. What-could-be expands in both directions. Let’s explore the better direction.

Reflect and Write
  1. “Sometimes things don’t go, after all, from bad to worse.”
    Consider a bad situation that you expect to get worse and re-imagine it shifting course and going from bad to good. What quality(ies) do you possess that would allow this shift? What actions would you and/or others need to take? What would be the outcome(s) of this change in course?
  2. “Sometimes we do as we meant to.”
    Maybe you have a New Year’s resolution or general goal or wish that seems to be unattainable. If so, what can you do to better your chances of success? What doable changes can you implement that will lead to achievement of your intention?

How does “sometimes” factor into your life?

*Feel free to share your thoughts or writings from your journal in the comments section*

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