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Lessons Learned This Year

Or rather in the last twelve months!

By Denise E LindquistPublished 22 days ago 2 min read
Lessons Learned This Year
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What are five lessons you learned in the last twelve months? Rupi Kaur's Gratitude Writing Prompts

First I wanted to say only five?

So I am going to take a dive

And see just how many there are

One year ago, seems too far!


Here goes though with number one

69 is a terrible age to be as it means I'm old

70 is right around the corner so I'm almost done

Okay, that's where I was at but I wasn't sold.


Then there was the idea of elders in the 21st century

That was much better than old people or old person

Just think of all of the things I did in maturity

I can give others the experience. My version.


I found someone to teach the class I taught

as I don't like teaching online. I fought

it and it won. I found someone to do it.

I couldn't teach by just sitting, it didn't fit.


Second, I decided to write and post too

every day like others. It is tough to do

as being away from home is a miss

doesn't publish on my phone, so dismiss this!


Third, writing poetry all month in February

is a big job, and rhyming from March - January

is a big deal, even if it is just on the 8th

I love it, so we will continue and have faith


Fourth, I discovered diabetes 3

The research behind that you see

I listened to the sugar free man interviews

on his 7 days of doctors, scientists and experts


Everyone from vegan to carnivore agreed

that processed foods are bad and it is about greed

sugar and corn syrup are an addiction.

I have to agree for me that is truth not fiction.


The part that was especially new to me

was how fructose effects the brain, you see

the science I can't explain but I believe it

and don't want to just sit

here until it happens to me next, sh-t!

dementia, the different forms

do the research and you don't need dorms


There is controversy about diets but the sugar thirst

is clear, so number 5 is I have given it up here!

No particular plan. I gave up decaf and chocolate first

expecting withdrawals and they were there.

Headaches, cravings, lethargy, and moodiness.

It didn't last too long but I still have tiredness.

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About the Creator

Denise E Lindquist

I am married with 7 children, 27 grands, and 12 great-grandchildren. I am a culture consultant part-time. I write A Poem a Day in February for 8 years now. I wrote 4 - 50,000 word stories in NaNoWriMo. I write on Vocal/Medium weekly.

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  • Karin Zuccarello-Sieber14 days ago

    Da ich im 23 mit meiner KRANKHEIT: rheumatische Arthrose auseinander setzen musste/ durfte hat mich deine Poesie über Diabetes sehr nachdenklich gestimmt. .vor allem Krankheit im Zusammenhang mit Dankbarkeit liest oder hört man eher selten ...Aber als ein. Spezialist in Kreuzlingen Schweiz am Bodensee untersuchte und mir meinw Krankheit diagnostizierte spürte ich riesige Erleichterung weil ich 3 Jahre vorher die falsche Diagnose GICHT bekommen hatte und seitdem den Alkohol nicht mehr anrührte!

  • Oh actually if anyone can learn one lesson from this bundle it is great!

  • Whoaaaa, those are some very good lessons! Loved your poem!

  • Robyn Peterson21 days ago

    The mental anguish of trying to pick 5, would be treacle for me as well, I would probably write all the trials and tribulations down first and then pick out only a few that wouldn’t be to long to compose. Some of my “errors” are my accomplishments that I made it here today.

  • Mark Graham21 days ago

    A lot to think about in this one. I wouldn't mind teaching online, but no college seems to be hiring as of now. By the way I do have a Master's and a Doctorate as well as a Graduate certificate.

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