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Help Yourself

It is a great thing to do for others
But sometimes that can go too far
We want to be a help to our brothers
But it is too easy to lose who we are

Instinctively we want to do as asked
If someone needs our help
But then we find ourselves doing a hundred tasks
We go round and round that carousel

We can sometimes feel selfish
For taking care of ourselves first
But the alternative can be hellish
When you find yourself overworked

By well-meaning friends and family
Who sometimes don't mean so well
And will occasionally take advantage
If you are having a generosity spell

I know it can be hard to decline
But sometimes it must be done
Life is yours alone to define
Don't be pushed around by anyone

Copyright © April Gabriella

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  1. Date: 8/25/2013 9:57:00 AM
    Beautifully expressed truth within this piece, and you have penned some verses that I wish I had written, and I'm a little jealous lol. For instance: "Life is yours alone to define"- absolutely beautiful and true. Great job! :)

  1. Date: 8/20/2013 11:39:00 AM
    Thoughtful piece, this is.

  1. Date: 8/18/2013 7:43:00 PM
    Your words are filled with much wisdom.

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 12:19:00 AM
    good advice. good poem. Bravo!

  1. Date: 8/16/2013 7:02:00 AM
    Hey there !! Enjoyed stopping by reading this lovely write of yours !! loved it ! :) , Love , Saanvi

  1. Date: 8/15/2013 3:30:00 PM
    You're so right April, I used to get caught in that trap till I learned. Wonderful write, thanks for sharing...Peter

  1. Date: 8/15/2013 1:37:00 PM
    yessss, this expresssion of inner care resounds... absolutely empowering and lovely,april ...:) huggs

  1. Date: 8/15/2013 7:40:00 AM
    Wilma says we need to be selfish sometimes... I have no problem with that!!! LOL Great write dear April xoxox

  1. Date: 8/15/2013 6:19:00 AM
    April, can definitely identify with this piece, we need to be selfish sometimes.. Love this message, hope your day is a good one :) Wilma

  1. Date: 8/14/2013 12:46:00 PM
    - It's nice to be a helpful person .... but it should not be utilized. - A well written poem, April. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)