Advice

Advice

Some people say not giving advice is the best advice

But I think that’s a mental blunder

Isn’t saying not to give advice actually advice in itself

These things I wonder

If I’ve learned anything over the years

It’s that I need advice

I’ve also learned to give away what I’ve learned

And do it without a price

Do it to nourish

Do it to cherish

Do it so others may not perish

Advise out of love

Advise so others downward spirals may be turned

Here are a few things that I’ve learned-

Stay out of your own way

If you don’t ask the answer is always no

Learn to meditate and pray

When you’re at bottom there’s only one way to go-

And you’ve reached bottom when you stop digging

Stay teachable, humble and kind

A life without love and laughter is a life without living

Consider words and actions closely because life has no rewind

Treat others as you’d like to be treated

Holding hate and resentment in your heart only hurts you

A flower or garden grows best if properly watered and weeded

Forgiving, not forgetting, is one of the greatest things you can do

Being honest, open-minded and willing is really how to live

Strive towards a life that’s simple, loving and free

Live in the present, love in the moment, learn how to truly give

These are all things that were passed down to me

Please, please! Above all else find God

It’s the best advice I know to give

A self-serving, self-absorbed life is no life at all

Serving God and others is the best life to live……

That I know

Joel Prickett

10/30/22

Alone

First understand that alone is not bad

Sure,of course, it’s not the life that you had

It’s a time of reflection and a time for growing

It’s spending time with the Mighty All Knowing

You’re not alone,

you’re not the only person who’s lost their way

These things sometimes happen in our lives

but it’s not the final say

Every moment is a chance, every second is a choice

Of how you will continue

And how you’ll use your voice

And if you call to him- humbly, truly call to him

I’m sure it will be known

That moments and chances that you think have slipped by

All along you were never really….alone

Joel Prickett

9/20/22

When one door closes….

When one door closes

Life is life.

There’s no blueprint, map or crystal ball,

Only your choice of who’ll you bring with you through it all.

There’s no telling sometimes of what life poses-

how when one door opens another one closes.

Or is that backwards?

Life is life.

When one door closes another one opens-

It may not’ve been the one you placed all your hope in.

You may not’ve known that a door was even there.

It may have been only in God’s watchful stare.

Life is life.

Forward or back-

Which way do I go?

Which door do I go through?

How am I to know?!?!

The choice of which door, or even walking through it, matters much less-

Than the choice of who you brought with you on each of life’s quests

Today I choose a life not wrought from my own desires, or my own plans-

But instead ask God to put my life in his own hands.

Life is Life.

It’s a fact so simple, so truthful and so well known!

But so many people miss the part of never, ever having to go through it……

Alone.

Joel Prickett

9/7/22

Turn

Turn

It’s in the moment where I feel most helpless that I need to turn

This lesson is simple but sometimes so hard to learn

If I’m helpless then I have no answers, I have no solutions for my problems

I need to turn to someone who knows how to solve them

I used to turn to something, anything to alter my minds sound

But when my mind would speak again no answers would be found

Only more helplessness stuck in my mind doomed for me to keep

It seems as though I dug my hole, once again, even more deep

When God was mentioned, I learned to always quickly turn away

So wrongfully directed, turning towards my own dismay

Then one day I tried something different, turning towards Him

I was amazed at the soundness and joy this brought in

I have practiced this for many years not always getting it right

Sometimes no soundness will come, and even that’s alright

I must have trust that he knows best even if to me it isn’t known

I have much better results relying on His mind than relying on my own

This practice has brought more soundness and more joy with each passing day

Simply learning to turn towards instead of turning away

Joel Prickett

5/21/22

Marriage (Anguish Language)

There was a time when I swore I’d never marry again. Or even open my heart to another. I was in a lot of pain and dealing with much anger. I was in a dark place. I wrote this at that time. (Usually don’t share my dark stuff but It was an outlet for me and part of the overall healing process). Luckily I have come out of that darkness. I can’t imagine staying in such a dark place for too long anymore. The point being- stay real, feel, share then heal.

Marriage (Anguish Language)

True Love?

When true love isn’t true, it’s a lie

When it changes and it dies

Was it really ever true at all?

Will you remember? Can you recall?

No one ever really knows for sure,

A false sense of loving from the impure.

A one sided perception based on trust.

A leap of faith in the arms of the unjust.

When trust and love both bite you

When honorable oaths spite you

Will you now believe its a lie?

With intentions of helping you die?

Now can you see it through?

A destructive end to leave believers blue.

A stifling stench of burden to have & to

hold.

A merciless twisted knot if real truth be told.

Will you take this person to love?

Will you then place all else above?

When it’s believed, it’s life’s breath

When you see the truth, it’s death.

True love’s truth is a lie within

A wonderful fantasy if you like to pretend.

A cherished torturing on a believer’s soul

A pursuit of dark into a bottomless 

hole.

When will true love ever win?

Joel Prickett

5/7/22

“Nurse!” (Pt. 2)

“Nurse!” (Pt.2)

I just got report in the ER and shift change was underway. We were in the midst of the first COvid crisis and stress was already very very high. I’d taken over the care of a very young expecting soon to be (for the first time) mother. She miscarried once. And much had to be done even though she already had a room ready. Meds, IV fluids and meds, paperwork, etc etc etc. . Plus she was POSITIVE!

I suited up in all the PPE I could and I went in. The goal is always “in and out quick” when dealing with contagious diseases. I bombarded her with education while going over paperwork, giving meds, POC, etc etc. Never wasting even a second. I got wrapped up in everything and all the tasks at hand that I had forgotten something. Plus I was sweating and it was getting hard to breathe. ‘Time to go’ was pressed in my mind.

I was backing out and near the door (still talking, mind you) when she said the word. “Nurse?” “Is my baby gonna be ok?”

It floored me. In an instant I felt all her fear. I looked in her eyes and it was there. How did I miss it? I’ve never ‘carried’ (a baby) before but I got a glimpse of maternal responsibility at that moment.

I pulled up a chair and sat right next to her. I took her hand. I assured her that her baby was ok. Not because I was a visionary or anything magical like that but because I knew that baby had the best mom it could. And she was going to be one amazing mother. This is what I made her understand. This is what I forgot. She thanked me in the most heartfelt way. And I in turn thanked her. When I last saw her the fear in her eyes was replaced with a ‘smiling glow’.

I had forgotten for a moment the depth nursing can take. And the opportunities that can be missed when caring for others. I was rejuvenated (again) in that moment. Nursing at it’s best is caring (truly) and sharing- (of myself). Again, I look at this as way more than a job and that’s why I still love it. That’s my vision for you. That’s the magical part.

Joel Prickett

5/7/22

A Rap Prayer

A Rap Prayer

The enamored glamour given to the world in panorama makes me choke and stammer like being struck in the chest with a sledgehammer –

Seek and ye shall find

The blessed and the meek are displayed as weak with their outlook branded as bleak and their societal label as freak when it’s just the Truth they seek-

Seek and ye shall find

We’re so far backwards from God’s plan for us, we scratch and we claw with no one to trust, we incinerate ourselves with our own disgust that it’s truly like ashes to ashes and dust to dust –

Seek and ye shall find

We’re wandering in the dark steadily missing our mark turning always outward full of hem haw and gawk when the true nature of our reality is blatantly stark-

Seek and ye shall find

The time is here to make what’s clear the near miss as we veer back towards his plan for us here and not be full of rebellion and fear –

Seek and ye shall find

It seems we’re on a mission only we can envision as we incarcerate ourselves into our own prison seeking our own redemption when the true truth is that he has already risen-

Seek and ye shall find

But not if you choose to be blind

When this world is far far behind

I hope you just took a moment and opened your mind.

Joel Prickett

5/6/22

Offense (pt. 1)

Offense (pt. 1)

The more fragile we are the more easily we’re hurt

The notion of control of offensiveness is merely absurd

When you build a fence

When you build offense

You only fence yourself inside where you’re harmed by simple words

The more offended we become the more off ended we’re stirred

A world free of offensiveness is a world where no ones heard

When you take offense

When you make a fence

You only build another boundary where reality is blurred

And these boundaries give false security in spite of your hunt

Call it wokeness, correctness, call it whatever you want

With each taken offense

You steadily build a fence

I’m not sorry to have to break it to you and be so blunt

The goal is to decrease fragility or as some say ‘toughen the skin’

This is not done by retaliation but by looking within

“Why do I take offense?”

“Am I building a fence?”

A self reflection or ponderence of ones own feelings and facts is where to begin

Joel Prickett

5/5/22

RACE

RACE

My people are in a race to oblivion!

My kind are in a place of self destruction!

My kin are oblivious to a solution!

My brothers and sisters use race to divide,

The problem is not race-

The problem is space-

The one between the ears of my kin,

And eyes that can’t see pass skin!

This imagined hatred is no mere figment.

Brought upon by clashes of pigment 

That’s  carried down by clueless teachers,

And taught difference by mindless preachers 

My people race forward with bannered hate-

My kind seeks to focus only on the discord-

My kin lack vision of the solution which waits

When we discard our minds and simply move forward.

My brothers and sisters there is a solution 

To rid your mind of pigmented pollution.

All that’s required is to focus on the solution-

To not stay bogged in the figmented pollution.

Free your mind to be color blind!

A new freedom you will find 

When you free yourself from the bind 

Of a limited self restricted mind.

There’s no winner of a race of race-we’re all human (race)

There’s no kind of kind of our kind- we’re all human (kind)

No being is superior to another being- we’re all humans (being)

The problem is not of the skin!!! It’s of the seeing.

Joel Prickett 3/8/17