Move Forward

Move Forward

“Consensus does not always work in a crisis.  You must have the courage to move forward.”

-Safra Cruz (Co-CEO of Oracle)

Break Away

Break Away

I escape my shelter
Take a peak
Spread my wings
And fly away
No more protection
From the cruel world
Off on my own
To fly or fail
The weather will alter
The wind may be harsh
At moments it will be cold
But on I must go
To continue to soar
Is up to me
Nothing ever comes
Very easily
If I should falter
In these skies
I will not stop
Trying to fly
I broke away
I explored the world
I am off on my own
Just my wings and me


– J.S.Atkins

A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream; 
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone? 
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep! 
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp? 
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave? 
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
Happiness (Thoughts on a Thursday)

Happiness (Thoughts on a Thursday)

Today, as I sit at my desk, I wonder am I truly happy.  Then, I decide to ask myself what actually dictates a person’s happiness.  Is it our significant others, our jobs, our materialistic items, or is it our education?  Maybe it’s family that gives us that feeling of happiness, but I want it to be more than a feeling.  I genuinely want to BE HAPPY.

I have heard that we may have been placed in situations that can deter us from achieving our goals in life and I definitely believe that.  The job that I have and the goals that I want to achieve do not align with each other.  I want to accomplish so much more than just making a substantial amount of money; I want the money that I make to be a REAL reflection of something I love and of the hard work that I do.

At the moment, I don’t feel like I am of use to anyone and that is probably my fault.  How does one move on from feeling like this?  Do they create their own path to success by just quitting their job or do they handle their 9-5 as well as work at their dream?  I believe that whatever life has in store for me, including this moment of uncertainty, is going to teach me a valuable lesson.  I will get through this.


-J. S. Atkins