Contradiction #8

Other people are not a source of peace or happiness;

but something deeper –

an experience of ourselves.

Yet, without other people,

we may not experience peace or happiness.

~ Kelly Hartland

Contradiction #4

To attain happiness,

we must first risk becoming miserable.

~ Kelly Hartland

Contradiction #1

The more interesting our inner life –

the less interesting our semblance.

~ Kelly Hartland

Deep feelings

If to take offence

is 10% actuality and 90% actualised fear –

who is the offender?

~ Kelly Hartland

Accommodating

Kindness must first be at home

within, and for, ourselves

before it can be offered to another.

~ Kelly Hartland

Eluded pursuit

An eluded emotion will pursue –

a pursued emotion will elude.

~ Kelly Hartland

Freedom trap

Consumerism is to an adult,

what a play-pen is to a toddler –

recreational imprisonment.

~ Kelly Hartland

Whispered boundary

Education affords us

the illusion of freedom under authority.

~ Kelly Hartland

Clay

The hard knocks in life

can give us our strongest

and most striking features.

~ Kelly Hartland