Food for Thought with a Poem from Shel Silverstein

Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child,

Listen to the DON’TS.

Listen to the SHOULDN’TS


the WON’TS.

Listen to the NEVER HAVES,

Then listen close to me…

Anything can happen, child.

ANYTHING can be,”

Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

Doubts can make dreams and hopes feel like they aren’t worth reaching, make them lose their wings. To all, may we prove that they can be. Perhaps it’s a simple dream, perhaps it would take a hundred men and women. If you believe that it should come to be, make it come true. Shel Silverstein wants you to know that as long as you push aside the doubts, “anything can happen.”


Us and the World

by Brianna G. Harte

The world keeps telling us that we’re DIVIDED.

Over laws, over religion, over race, DECIDED,

But let me ask you. Would you FIGHT IT?

Not with war, not with fear, no way. UNITE IT,

All of us in one world, we should take PRIDE IN IT.

But what makes a world, a nation, a COMMUNITY?

It’s one simple word we all know and it’s UNITY.

We’ve all got our choices and we can CHANGE

Ourselves, the world, our paths TODAY.

Seek to learn and understand so that we don’t feel DEPRIVED.

We shouldn’t have to worry about HOMICIDE.

We shouldn’t be motivated by FEAR.

We shouldn’t have to believe that we can do NOTHING

Because there is not a time you should sit DOWN

Just because you don’t see the world STANDING UP.

There are solutions to the PROBLEMS,

But not every solution is the RIGHT SOLUTION.

Find that right solution or help FIND IT

Because believing that someone else will STAND UP

Will not guarantee that unless YOU START STANDING.

Copyright ©2016 Brianna G. Harte. All rights reserved.

A Letter: Avoiding or Facing the World, Yourself

Letter to: Anyone that will listen


Which is better? To avoid that which is feared to approach those that do not seem to have a chance to stand up to that which is feared? Sometimes, faith that something better will take hold to a situation is not enough by itself, so we must decide which path to take. Hard questions begin to unfold once we realize this. Tell me, what would you do? Escaping a choice may be a choice, but does falling away from what you could have an impact on make anything better? I ask this as one who still has a long way to go. I ask this as one who faces indecision and must act. I ask as the one who has heard others declare that they would rather abstain than take charge.

I am not saying act rashly. That seems to never work out very well for anybody. However, there is a time to decide. Don’t let fear drive your actions. Think about the options and which is shines in more ways than one. Pick not the blueberries in the nearby bush when a field filled with it lies just up the ridge.


Thank you for listening.


Listening to What Matters: A Letter

by Brianna G. Harte

Letter to: Anyone that will listen

Not too long ago, people strived for excellence, not for a paycheck. Men and women inspired others to do more, to do something about problems. Wisdom from the elders was passed onto the youth. Information came from the respected, the trusted. What happened?

If I had a job in which I had to sell a product, do you know what I would be told? Focus on the finances. Sad to say, it speaks louder than health sometimes. Even louder than the future. And unfortunately, it’s what ends up having the tighter fist. It seems that wads of money dangling in front of people’s faces influences their decisions more than others that those very people are responsible for. Sure, money makes you rich. The funny part about it all is that typically, it doesn’t make one happy. If you can’t feel proud of what you’ve done, if you’ve lost the support of those that matter and gained the dependence upon big dollars, how can you be the person you are anymore? Pride may be a vice, but if greed takes its place, is that somehow going to erase the disappointment it shall leave in its tracks?

Don’t watch the world dissolve into bags of money taking the place of beauty, of the value of life, of honor. Bystanders are part of the problem. Do you want to be a bystander? I beseech you to start talking. Dare to debate. Seek out the reasons why. In the process, don’t lose yourself. A blind alley where one forgets to search for the value of life can be a very lonely one, so focus. Don’t be rash. Don’t bring danger about. Instead, bring reason. If you have a mouth, use it. If you can hear, listen to the worthy. If you can see, look for someone you can trust.

You were not meant to be a bystander. You were not meant to be controlled by money. You were made with a mind. Use it. Remember what matters.

Be inspired.

Be inspiring.


Someone hopeful

Copyright © 2016 Brianna G. Harte. All rights reserved.

Making a Choice and a Difference: A Letter

by Brianna G. Harte

Letter to: Anyone that will listen

Imagine that you are looking at the world. You want to make a change. You don’t, though. Ask yourself why. Are you not willing to change it? Do you think that you are unqualified? Do you believe that one person cannot make any differences? Believe one thing. If you believe that it will make a better world, that it can bring about peace, that an incredible problem at your doorstep can be confronted, what is holding you back?

In the present day, as in the past, nothing is perfect. I mean, is violence necessary? If you could decide whether we have to fight or can reconcile with our neighbors across the world, what would you choose? Think about the environment. Should it be doomed to die? If you were given the chance to preserve it, would you?

Little actions we make can make a difference. When there are enough of us fighting for the improvement of our world, things can change. Tell a friend that he or she should turn off the lights and walk outside for a bit. Tell a family member that they can recycle and reuse plastic bottles, cardboard, etc. Tell people online that they should think twice before pulling a trigger. If this is not the world you want to live in, the word must be spread. Not through fear. Not through pain. Not through death. Not through exclusion.

Making a difference isn’t easy. But it’s not impossible.

Think about it.


Someone that cares

Copyright © 2016 Brianna G. Harte. All rights reserved.

Inaction Should Not Be An Option

by Brianna G. Harte

Letter to: Anyone that will listen

I’ve been thinking about an issue that has been brewing for some time now, boiling over the course of a few months. Created out of hatred, fear, and disgust, it tips the balance of a scale, the scale belonging to the country. When people despise a policy or a person, whoever that may be, there are two paths they may take. 1) They can simply not support it or him/her. 2) They can support what they think is right.

For example, say that PJ wants to outlaw free speech in the United States. Seeing as the majority of the country exercises that right to new degrees continually, there would be few advocating for a change in the constitution. Now if they decide not to support it, sure, there will be a loss of millions of votes for this. However, if they do not vote for a different policy that says to ensure free speech is for everyone, as this is not implied by opposing the outlawing of free speech, then it is still possible that free speech can be outlawed. How would you feel? Simply sitting back and watching to see if others will have the guts to make sure that the votes that are not bought or persuaded cannot continue without a fight . . . it seems easy. At times, a single vote may not mean a whole lot. However, they do add up. If say 300 people vote to outlaw free speech and now a million people decide to ensure free speech for everyone, the scale is tipped.

Think about a certain issue in politics right now in which the decision for the entire nation would be greatly influenced on whether or not people vote. Think about a crime done by a gang, where a few members of a gang can decide someone’s fate. Think about anything you can make a difference for.

We all have voices. However insignificant we think they are. Whether you believe you are a nobody or the head of a company, whether you have been in the papers or have been sitting behind a desk, whether you are a single child or one of a dozen, your opinion matters. We all have to show what’s on our mind. Simply standing by should not be an option. If you want something to improve for the world that affects more than just you, the Earth is not going to move on its own. It takes many more.

What is your choice?

Good luck.


Someone that cares

Copyright © 2016 Brianna G. Harte. All rights reserved.