Live Fully, Love Deeply, Laugh Often

I evesdropped their conversation
Watched the volley, back and forth
Times they agreed, times they didn’t
Their tension cut into me
The words, even the silences, all too familiar

Time to find a another job
Start a new career
Time for a major career-life shift
The words stung because they were true–
for me as well

My whole life, I longed for a calling
An undeniable sign from God–
A burning bush, a voice deep inside
Throughout my work life, doors opened and closed
but no trumpet ever sounded

Work aligned with spirit
Service to others
Right livelihood
Create the work you love
Meaningful work

Right work, right life?
Maybe not
Right life, right work?
Suddenly a trumpet blares:
Live fully, love deeply, laugh often

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About Don Iannone

Don Iannone is a poet, writer, teacher and photographer who lives in the Greater Cleveland area. He has worked in the economic development field for over 35 years. Don is the author of three poetry books and five photography books. He is working on a short book of photographs and poems about human trafficking. This work was exhibited at six venues in Ohio. Don holds an M.A. degree in Art and Consciousness Studies from the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, where he teaches writing. His educational background also includes studies in Anthropology, Photography, Organizational Behavior, and Economic Development. Donโ€™s website: http://www.donaldiannone.com Wisdom Work Press: https://wisdomworkpress.wordpress.com

11 thoughts on “Live Fully, Love Deeply, Laugh Often

  1. i think doing whatever makes you happy as long as that doesn’t make others miserable is the best way to live. well, there are other things to consider but in the main, that’s it ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thanks Polona. Yes, I agree with that.

    Kai: Thanks. Did you hear they have to replay the Super Bowl game because of some problems with the game? Hummm…Now who will you cheer for? Just kidding.

    Thanks Margie. Good seeing you around.

  3. If I had a poetic voice I would have written
    ” My whole life, I longed for a calling
    An undeniable sign from Godโ€“
    A burning bush, a voice deep inside
    Throughout my work life, doors opened and closed
    but no trumpet ever sounded”

    Fortunately there are others who write these kinds of words for me and I can feel known, mostly by myself.

    Thank you Don for being one such poet.

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