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Writes on spirituality, personal development, mental health, healing, and traveling light. Life coach & top writer in travel

Haiku

Image: Damien DUFOUR on Unsplash

Sunshine in Autumn
Must get those walking boots out
The leaves have fallen.

Thank you for reading!

© Orla Kenny


# Writing Prompt

The photo was taken by the author in Penang, Malaysia

Why do I travel? What is so interesting about travel that I’m willing to give up so many other things? Is there a purpose to all this traveling nonsense?”

— Jack Road

I thought these were good questions for me to ponder on too as I think it’s important to know why we do what we do.

Many people talk about how passionate they are about travel, but the word passion does not resonate with me. I don't like to say, I am passionate about traveling, but I like it a lot and it makes me feel good.

I want…


A Haiku

Photo was taken by the author in Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain, August 2021

There is always hope
God has a plan for your life
Your future looks bright.

© Orla Kenny

This haiku is based on a Scripture verse that always brings me hope.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

Thank you, Ivette, for publishing my poem in Poetry’s Home.


Haiku

Image: Jack B on Unsplash

Poems on healing
might not make much sense to you
and that is okay.

Thank you for reading!

© Orla Kenny

Thank you, Ivette, for giving my poem a home.


and finding freedom

Image: Toni LLuch on Unsplash

Sometimes it’s hard to
write happy things
when life was grim
back then.

We become happy
positive people
in an attempt to cancel out
the misery.

If we can just replace
the darkness
with light
pretend
it’s all going to be alright.

What else could we do?
We’d be shamed
and condemned
if we said a word.

We learned to smile
to be cheerful
positive and happy
ignoring the whole mess.

Be responsible too
to compensate for all the
irresponsible ones.

I learned to be good
as they seem to like that.

I learned to be quiet
because I was a…


Why I left home for distant shores

Image of Ireland: Conor Luddy on Unsplash

Yesterday, I stopped for a while in a small park near where I live. Being Saturday, it was busier than I like, but I managed to find a quiet place to sit.

After about ten minutes, a man arrived with his son. I assume it was his son anyhow.

He had a baby holder strapped to his chest which he carried the child in. They stopped on the grass, by a tree, opposite me.

The child was young, maybe between one or two years. It looked like he had recently started to walk and was enjoying his new freedom.

The…


Haiku

Image: Matheus Ferrero on Unsplash

Friendship is a gift
given by God to bring love,
joy and connection.

Don’t take your friends for granted. They deserve the best of you. Often people expect too much from their friends and lean on them too often for emotional support.

Over time this will put a strain on the relationship and probably bring it to an end.

Love your friends and go to a counselor or support group when your problems are too heavy for a friend to bear. ❤

Thank you for reading!

© Orla Kenny

Thank you Diana C. for publishing my poem.


Often overshadowed by Madrid & Barcelona, the third-largest city in Spain is home to the Holy Grail and many other hidden treasures

Just off Plaza de Ayuntamiento, an area with good traditional Valencian restaurants: Photo was taken by the author

I decided to leave Barcelona as it felt a bit rough in places. It’s a beautiful city, but there are parts that didn’t feel so nice.

I thought if I was going to stay and work, I would need to do more research first.

For example, La Rambla, which is a touristy area is a beautiful street with lots of good places to eat, but the atmosphere is not great, in my opinion, especially at night.

It’s not relaxing and the prices are too high. I doubt if locals would eat on that street.

Of course, this is the same…


Here’s how it goes

Image: Uday Mittal on Unsplash

The Explosive Response

You always blame others!
You think you’re so righteous!
And, all I did for you.
You’re so radical and extreme!
You think you know everything!
What makes you think you’re the expert?

The Victim Response

You don’t understand me.
How hard it is for me.
You should support me.
My life is hard.
You’re so mean.
I have so many responsibilities.
I get stressed.

The Nice, Soft Response

Ah, you just need to understand
that life is hard for everyone,
and we all just need to love
one other
and trust each other.
All humans fail.
You should never cut people out.
We…

Orla Kenny

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