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Nurture Thyself

11 Dec

nur·ture: to care for and encourage the growth or development of. To encourage, promote, stimulate, develop, foster, cultivate, boost, contribute to, assist, help, abet, strengthen, fuel.

“Do you love yourself?” I often hear people ask. “You’ve got to love yourself!” And almost always, the answer I hear is, “Yes, I love myself!” This to me is a good example of how the great and powerful word “love” is overused and has lost its meaning. I think a more appropriate question would be, “Do you nurture yourself?” Because that’s what love is. It’s not just standing around with warm, fuzzy feelings floating around in your brain for someone else or for yourself. It’s making an effort, taking the time and doing the work to nurture.

After completing my 10 Day Juice Fast, I can say in complete honesty that I love myself more than I ever have. I know for sure because I feel the love and appreciation resonating throughout my body. It feels amazing and it’s letting me know. Regardless of what your belief system is, whether you believe that humans were created by a higher power or not, no one can deny that the body is a living organism, and all living organisms function “better” (for lack of a better word) when they are nurtured. I shake my head at people who claim to love themselves, yet they turn the organism they dwell in, their bodies, into addicts of nicotine, alcohol, sugar and grease. We can even include the mind, which can be nurtured with deep, creative works such as poignant, intelligent books, art and music, yet some people who claim to love themselves only feed their mind “junk food” like shallow, stupid or hostile creative works. They also feed themselves with “junk people” as I wrote about in a poem once.

The funny thing about humans is that they know the difference between what nurtures and what harms. They may not like to admit it, and they may be very good at lying to themselves about it, but deep down we’re all programmed with that inescapable conscience that knows what we’re doing is positive or negative. Strong or weak.

Do you love yourself? Of course you do! Everybody knows the right answer to that question! But here’s a tougher one: Do you nurture yourself? Think it over and have an honest heart-to-heart with your own body. It’ll tell you the truth.

Nurture Thyself

“Do you love yourself?” the question
Is so often asked
“Of course!” the answer’s said with a
Smile that expertly masks

A body that is not nurtured
It’s slow and brain is fogged
Black tar coating lungs and grease
Within arteries clogged

An irritated attitude
Frustrated and hostile
“Yes, I love myself!” some say
Despite all of the bile

That does reside within them, that
Love quickly turns to hate
When they don’t get their way, they grow
Offended and irate

And all because they’re weakened by
The lack of nurturing
The failure to treat their body
Like it’s a Queen or King

To love thyself means to encourage
Your own health and strength
To stimulate, develop, foster
Go to any length

To sacrifice in order to
Fuel love’s demanding fire
To not just say the concept but
To work, to do, perspire

And when the work is done, you won’t
Need to answer the question
Your glowing skin with pinkish hue
Will serve as your expression

Your wide awake and alert eyes
Will provide your reply
Your focused thinking, energy
Cheer and joy will reply

Love yourself? Of course you do!
Who’d admit they do not?
But do you nurture yourself? That
Will take a bit more thought

~Miro

Day 10!

10 Dec

It’s the final day of my 10 Day Juice Fast!

In addition to losing 10 pounds this week, I’ve also lost 2 dozen followers on my Facebook page. Very happy to see both of these forms of dead weight go! 🙂

There are people out there who are quite sick and tired of my constant Juice Fast updates, and probably think is has no part on a page calling itself “Warrior Poet Wisdom.” Unfortunately those people have missed the message I’ve been conveying right from the start here: one cannot only be a warrior in mind and spirit, they must be one in body as well.

The hang up for too many people is that they see someone else with a six pack of abs and go “I can’t do that!” So what? It’s not your duty to look as good as someone else’s potential. It’s your duty to look as good as YOUR potential. A warrior is not someone who has potential. A warrior is someone who is POTENT. There is no more “Slowly getting there! Getting better!” A warrior is THERE. A warrior doesn’t try to achieve someone else’s best, they achieve their OWN personal best and don’t measure themselves up against others.

Some have said to me, “But you don’t look like you need to lose any weight!” Compared to them, perhaps, but I don’t measure myself up against others. I knew I had a few extra pounds that weren’t doing me any good; only adding more pressure to my bad knees and making it harder to get out of bed in the morning. The extra weight had to go and I feel 1000% better now that it’s gone, no matter how much other people think I looked fine to begin with. The people who say “But you look fine” reveal a little about themselves right there. Looks have nothing to do with it.

Trust me, I’ve heard it all from overweight people. All of the excuses as to why they can’t lose the weight. I was one of them, and I spouted that horseshit myself for years until I showed some accountability, pointed a finger squarely into the mirror and said, “This is YOUR fault. Now YOU are going to fix it.”

Always remember that the mind cannot be strong unless the body is the strongest it can be. Don’t be discouraged if you’ve got some legitimate physical issues that keep you from being a professional athlete. Lord knows I’ve got a laundry list of them myself, but I refused to let those injuries, aches and pains keep me from being the best this body can potentially be. I have bad knees, a herniated disc in my neck and a severe shoulder injury that hurts ALL THE TIME, but I don’t let it keep me from being POTENT. I refuse to be another overweight victim of my circumstances, and I’ll never stop making an effort and trying harder than the average victim who gives up and says, “I can’t! It’s too uncomfortable!”

Stay potent,
~Miro

Too Much

18 Nov

“’Tis not the eating, nor ’tis not the drinking that is to be blamed, but the excess” ~John Selden


Too Much

You go out to a restaurant
With your dear mate in tow
You take a look at the menu
And let the waitress know

What you’d like to order but
What they don’t’ seem to ask
Is if you’re really hungry and
If you’re up to the task

Of finishing off the whole plate
That they will soon bring you
An order seemingly for one
But actually feeds two

And while there are those who will simply
Stop eating when full
And throw rest out or doggie bag
Many do feel the pull

To keep eating and “clean their plate”
Just like when they were young
Mom and dad would not allow
The dessert to hit tongue

Until all food was devoured
And so now as adults
Many will keep eating and
Be sad with the results

For some it is a sick stomach
That will pass in a day
For others, it is discomfort
From how much they do weigh

It took me quite a while to
Recognize what they’re doing
That people who prepare your food
Bring too much to be chewing

That what you’re given isn’t what
Is best for your waist line
That they have no idea of what’s
The right amount to dine

Whenever my wife and I go
To some place for our dinner
We’re quite aware how hard it is
To leave the venue thinner

And so we decide on one thing
And split it between us
It may not seem enough at first
But by the end, it’s plus

Every time we end up full
And marvel, “How could one
Eat all that food by themselves
And feel good when they’re done?”

Just a quick reminder that
Not everything you’re brought
Is what you should accept and to
Forget what you’ve been taught

“Clean your plate” is bad advice
Instead follow your gut
When it says its had enough
Make sure your mouth stays shut

                                        ~Miro

Do The Possible

26 Oct

Do The Possible

Many people focus on
The goals that are immense
The wishes deemed “impossible”
By those with “common sense”

We’re riddled with encouraging
Uplifting words of how
Nothing is impossible
When there’s sweat on your brow

But here today, I’d like to shed
Light on a different type
Of task, the kind that’s possible
The kind that gets no hype

It’s in the possible things where
We often come up short
So for these possibilities
Let me give this support:

When you’ve finished dinner and
You want to have some more
Remember that it’s possible
To get up and ignore

The food that’s on the table
It’s quite possible to place
The leftovers back in the fridge
And show your waistline grace

If you’re sitting on the couch
And watching some TV
It’s possible for you to click
It off and that room flee

Possible to walk outside
And walk around the block
Possible to choose your health
Over the TV’s schlock

If you’ve got the munchies, it is
Possible instead
Of eating junk, to grab some veggies
‘Till you’re feeling fed

When someone starts to piss you off
It’s possible to breathe
And keep your cool instead of getting
Upset while you seethe

It’s possible to say “Thank you”
When someone’s kind to you
To show appreciation for
The selfless acts they do

It’s possible to say “I love you”
To one that you love
All your shy throat and mouth need
Is just a little shove

So ask yourself, “What’s possible?”
The things that aren’t that tough?
And do the possible instead of
Impossible stuff

                                Miro