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Don’t Let It Die An Orphan
by John Mundahl *

Follow others
Until you’re tired of their exhaust,
Then strike out on your own.
Become friends with your playful self again,
That part of you
The world snatched away
When you weren’t looking.
Choose a different future,
Not the one that looms
As some grim sentence,
But the one that nags to you
In quiet moments.
Don’t let it die an orphan.

girl on her journey

It’s never too late to choose a different future… and its so much easier when we lighten up and become friends with ourselves. Listen to what your inner guide is telling you. Be curious. Have fun with it.


*Soul to Soul (p. 134). Monkfish Book Publishing. Kindle Edition.

About Val Boyko

Val Boyko is originally from Scotland and came to the United States over 25 years ago. At "Find Your Middle Ground" Val brings together her experience as a life coach, yoga teacher and mentor, to inspire awakening to the light and inspiration within us all. This blog is a place of exploration and discovery as we all explore finding harmony and peace, in the highs and lows of life 💛

28 comments on “Choose a Different Future

  1. Thanks for this one Val, which confirm me to go on with my dream ❤

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  2. Each day we have this choice. Great reminder Val 👏💚💕

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  3. Yes! Love the message and the photo – look at her determination!

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  4. I want some of the little girl in the picture’s courage. She’s just going there…wherever that is 😀
    Can I take my Teddy Bear too? 😀

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  5. Beautiful sentiments, Val. It can be so easy to feel that sense of a grim sentence. It takes courage and yes, playfulness! to break through the crust of how things seem…


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    • Thank you Michael for your comment and understanding. Playfulness and loving support (from within, family or teddy) can make anything worthwhile come about 💕


  6. I remember that darling girl from eons ago . . . walking boldly into the future, teddy in hand. I think you were choosing between it and a girl sitting on a dock as your header.

    Anyway, love this post!

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    • I was indeed Nancy. Good memory! This little girl really represents the drive and determination. Sitting and reflection on something more -Externally and internally – seems more essential…. but we must honor that determined little girl and support her on her journey.
      Thank you 💕

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  7. I think I’ve lived all the dreams I came here to live. No regrets and quite the ride. 😉

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  8. “Choose a different future, not the one that looms as some grim sentence.” I love that Val – the freedom to choose. It’s amazing how easily and unconsciously we will follow a “grim future.”

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  9. What a wonderful poem, Val, and it touches me to the core! I love the encouragement that we never reach an age where choosing a different future is out of our reach. Thank you!

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  10. The best is yet to come…so I’m told 🤓☺️ compose a peaceful day dear Val 🤗

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  11. beautiful, inspiring poem. and I love the picture of the little girl walking down the highway.

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  12. Well, this is a perfect message for me today. Thank you

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  13. Agreed Val… its all about Choice…
    Be well my friend.. ❤

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