Think about what makes successful people better than those who aren’t successful. Getting to the top is not easy, requiring hard work and much sacrifice.
Successful individuals set goals and work to achieve them. Also, they believe in doing right, even when no one sees them.
However, when we consider those who aren’t successful, we often encounter two types. First, there are those who don’t work hard, who think mainly of their own interests, although they do appreciate the successful individuals around them. Then there are the unsuccessful people who are liars: they lie about everything and spend their lives trying to ruin others. They are good at making up numbers. They claim to be successful but have no proof.
And worst of all, these unsuccessful ones spend time denying the success and hard work of those who achieve.
Remember, hard work is like sunlight and truth. It cannot be hidden. Again and again the light of the sun and the truth of good people keep emerging to shine over everything, to brighten the earth and our lives.
Hard work and honesty are the truth
but lies are short and untrue
Sooner or later
Everyone will learn the truth
Truth lasts forever
Truth is stronger than any small or large lie
And liars are always losers
Because honest and true people are winners
Alaha Ahrar (C) All rights are held by the author.
Alaha with WP medal
Ambassador of Youth, Peace and Goodwill
Human Rights Activist
Community Development Advocate-FACETS
Board of Directors Afghan Women’s Writing Project
Director of Media and Publication Afghan-American Women’s Association (A-AWA)
The Director of International World Poetry, Youth Team Canada
Ariadne’s Notes: On March 8, we had a amazing on air International Women’s Day Celebration on the World Poetry Café Radio Show, 1-2 PM , PST. with feature Alara Bretanne and poems read by poets from several countries. I have posted them below in the order that they were read and also want to thank Michael Collins from Australia for his poem which would be posted as a feature later.
Ariadne’s Notes: Happy International Women’s Day! A special celebration with Alara Bretanne and e-poets: Vani Pradeep, India, Ceri Naz, Philippines and Alaha Ahrar, Afghanistan , US.
Also included were Alfonso Pretel , Spain and Michael Collins, Australia. Super tech Victor Swartzman sang Happy Birthday to the women of the world. Missing was Craig Earqhart who was not able to join us since he was in the hospital but we played his UCLA heart transplant song . Music by John Lennon , Susan Cogan and Craig Earqhart. Thanks to Osiris Munir.
Sharon Rowe’s story, the Great Switch a Roo was dedicated to her friend Stuart who passed away recently.
For years we have had a special event for International Women’s Day but were not able to this year. However this radio show made up for it. Thank you all!
At 15, Alara was introduced to poetry by an extraordinary English Lit. teacher from Trinidad. Through his encouragement, one of her poems was published in the local newspaper. While attaining her B.A., majoring in English Lit., at Western University in London, Ontario, she was strongly influenced by the poets of the “Romantic Era” such as Blake, Byron, Shelley, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats. The mystical and metaphysical orientation of their writing gave Alara an expanded world vision
Alara was involved with World Poetry, The Millenium Writers Group, and was featured as a guest poet on World Poetry’s radio station in Vancouver, BC. In 2011, upon moving to Vancouver Island, BC, she joined the Cowichan Writers Group and began writing short stories. Poetry and short stories were published in the Anthologies “One Brick Shorts” in 2013 and “Love Notes” in 2016.
She describes the background of the poem:
“The poem I selected to send was a “Goddess” poem to have a feminine style of prayer since much of our current religion is more masculine based, although I can see that changing.
Recently, in an on-line women’s group, a member had expressed her interest in my poem as she was having some difficulty in turning to a male God. I typed it on the Facebook page and it was quite well received. I’ve been involved in enough groups and can honestly say that these women want to get back to a more positive and sovereign form of empowered femininity that includes their sexual healing but not as ball busting feminists, although I think these brave women were very necessary in the early days of creating a path for women’s rights.”
(The Goddess Prayer)
My womb is bathed in golden light
Tiny stars swirling inside
Twinkling, laughing in the void
Peace, tranquility flowing through my body
Like mother’s milk
Ecstasy engorging my breasts
For release, for touch
For light, for love
Body arched to give and to receive
The miracles of spirit
Born into flesh
My woman’s spirit in many guises
Seeker of Truth
Breast of Hope
Body of Life Eternal
September 24, 1993, The Center, Kamloops. All rights reserved by the author.