Thought For the Day: The Will To Win, Desire To Succeed, and Urge To Reach Full Potential Are the Keys To Personal Excellence

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” – Confucius



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First Principles: The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed Upon. Period.

“The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.” – Donald Trump



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The Healing Acceptance of Self

A poem of humility and gratitude # 12:

Hamilton County Pt II 11102029

The Healing Acceptance of Self
by Michael Romani

With gratitude, I accept myself
No longer looking for answers from a shelf
But, seeking instead to find peace from within
Behind that wall of pride that is my sin

There is power in this new humility
Embracing the more subtle side of my humanity
Where the sands of time slip down the glass
As each of my memories come to pass

One by one, I am discarding my illusions
Like a fire burning above my confusion
These are the moments walked best alone
In the hallowed night down ancient cobblestone

With a cut of blade, I rage again with violence
As though a victim of my own enfeebled silence
So many questions will remain a divine mystery
As I humbly awake from my own sordid history

Finding that my truest self is the soul of my heart
That deepest within that has known Christ from the start
This is the place where my reality moves past pain
And leaves behind my tears that have fallen like rain

In the grand scheme of the truest mystery
All we think we know fades into divinity
Resting in this peace, I awaken to serenity
Where I find my comfort inside God's eternity

Thankful for the healing of my child within
I leave behind the past of love once felt when
I believed in the magic and warmth of family
Before too many dysfunctions had their way with me

But, now that I have begun to move past trauma
And am setting aside the hurts of self afflicted drama
Its these steps of the unfinished business of discovery
Which find me with grace, finding my way toward recovery

It seems my shadow as a repetition known as compulsion
It finds me drowning in the pain of needful absolution
This is the trap, you see, constant in all of humanity
Until at last we take our steps reaching with humility

(c) November 12, 2019  Michael Romani
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Christmas Lane -Tunnelled Visions




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Thought For the Day: There Are Three Constants In Life…Change, Choice and Principles

“There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.” – Stephen Covey



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First Principles: Basic To Our Constitution Is That Nobody Is Above the Law

“I think a basic principle of our Constitution is nobody above the law.” – Barack Obama

Seven pages of quotations from Mr. Obama and this is the closest that I could find comporting to the founding principles of our nation.



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Memories In An Elephant’s Trunk

A poem of gratitude #11:

Little Havana - Lying Elephant

Memories In An Elephant's Trunk
by Michael Romani

With gratitude I share my words
While overhead there are flying birds
Puzzling along these thoughts contemporary
Wondering how much is too temporary

Unlike elephants who read your soul
Too much of our day to day is out of control
As we have lost our way into our days
Having lost touch with nature's ways

Somewhere in a distant memory
The stars shine over a nursery
Where life can begin again
And each honest hearts meets its friend

Life brings its pleasant surprises
Found in love and new sunrises
As we walk a new path of seeing
Comfortably deep within our being

Sharing a picnic by an old waterhole
Finding the wildness of wilderness that makes us whole
Finding our way along as we reach to define
All the possibilities we've yet to refine

As long as an elephant's memory
We have learned together how to be
Falling stars whisper their miracles above
And in these, we find our way to love

Without change there'd be no butterflies
Without this truth, we'd never realize
That despite how much things rearrange
We can still find the good in every change

Always bravely moving forward and beyond
The harder we hold on, the more we find it gone
Nothing cannot keep for the passing of a night
And world will become its better by morning's light

(c) November 11, 2019  Michael Romani
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Shagwong Cove Resort - Elephantine Bath



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Happy Veterans Day 2019!

Aloha Promises Forever is taking this moment to memorialize and honor all veterans around the world and their families, but particularly those in the United States and Canada for their valor, sacrifices and duty in the service of freedom and liberty!

It is thanks to the likes of you and yours that freedom continues to reign as the beacon of light and hope that it is in this world of ours.   Thank you!




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Thought For the Day: Valor Is Stability of Courage and the Soul

“Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.” –  Michel de Montaigne



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First Principles: America Flourishes Due To Our Commitment To Good Character and Dedication to Liberty and Justice For All

“Our Founding Fathers understood that our country would survive and flourish if our Nation was committed to good character and an unyielding dedication to liberty and justice for all.” – George W. Bush




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Collect Call

In humble gratitude, I offer this poem for those moments we feel most challenged in trying to understand the necessary balance of things as a poem of thankfulness #10:

House of Prayer - A Silent Prayer

Collect Call
by Michael Romani

It's moments like these
When I'm feeling less than confident
Spiritually, I want to please
And nothing I say is meant less than reverent

But Father will you accept this call
I'm your servant as you might recall
Tonight I have to make this call collect
But, I do this with the utmost respect

You see there are so many things
That I have a hard time understanding
I know your holy word and what it brings
So, I hope this is not too demanding

See, it seems I'm wondering about 
Some things and it's not that I doubt
It's just that I need some clarity
And I'm asking this with in all sincerity

In your intention all is by your will
Even how it is that we think and feel
So, please help me have nerves of steel
As I try my best to be open and not conceal

You are God and you are the mover of love
I understand you want earth as is above
So, please tell me why we have to hate
And please accept this call though it is late

It seems all of my less than holy life
Has had less peace than being filled with strife
And so many humans demand that we hate others
While you're clear we are to love our brothers

And that no worship amounts too all that much
If we can't get this right, yet I've a hunch
All of this is according to your holy plan
I'm just never sure that I'm good enough to be your man

I wear your label with all of my best integrity
I am your child and I mean that with all sincerity
But please would you please just accept this call collect
I am certain that you are the source of what's correct

Where does it come from all this hatred and all this war
I have fought to hard and don't want to fight no more
Too many of our brothers and sisters keep on dying
My eyes fill with tears that I keep on keeping on crying

But Father will you please accept this call
I'm your humble servant as you might recall
Tonight I have to make this call to you collect
And I do this with the utmost respect

Please tell me why so many suffer
And why so many sleep without supper
What is it that you would have me do
Please tell me as I pledge myself to you

There are moments when I feel so confused
Please clarify my mistakes so I'm disabused
I want to live my life in humble thankfulness
Please show me to the way to always keep this bliss

(c) November 10, 2019  Michael Romani
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San Carlo - Phone Home To Another Era






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