By Anna De Snyder

“Our doubts are our traitors” ~ Shakespeare

Just being mindful of the way we think can make such a difference to our well being. One of the greatest obstacles to achieving what we set out to do, starts with how we think and how we view ourselves. Negative thinking can stem from feeling fearful and being fearful can hold you back and stop you from doing the things you truly want to do.

Next time you’re starting a new project or trying something new, pay attention to your thoughts and feelings. Be an active thinker, recognise doubts for what they are, and release them. This will allow you to push forward, freeing you from negativity in that moment.


Every action has a reaction 💜

Freedom, like the push and pull of the tide.

Give and take, make no mistake.

All in order, all in connection.

Whispers of the ocean breathing in and out like a

pulsing heart, gentle rhythmic motion, powerful.

Every breath connects to the next, like the sun rise and sun set.

Connect to the source of life to experience true freedom.

© Anna De Snyder 2022


Let it flow, your truth and your passion, delight.

Forgive quickly, being slow to anger, peace.

In times of trouble, be reassured, look up.

In times of joy, count your blessings, give thanks.

Life is a blessing, appreciate it all.

Compassion to all, is fair, live and let live.

Remove any judgment, it reflects on you.

Humble yourself, learn to tame ego and pride.

Don’t let jealousy, ruin you or your life.

Don’t dwell on the past or live in the future.

Love one another, in truth and honesty.

By Anna De Snyder

Written for dVerse MTB. Today’s host, Grace, says: For today’s Meeting the Bar/Poetry Form, we will craft a poem using 11 line stanza.

Eleventh Power is an invented stanzaic form introduced by Christina Jussaume who requests the subject be uplifting. The elements of the Eleventh Power are:

  • stanzaic, written in any number of 11 line stanzas.
  • syllabic, 11 syllables each, per line.
  • rhymed, rhyme scheme: abababccddd or ababababccc.


It no longer serves you,

close the door,

don’t look back.

Respect you,

say goodbye.

Life is short,

make it count.

Live each day,

yay the cliché;

like the last.

Make a stand,

speak your truth

with conviction.

Don’t even sweat

the reaction.

Done is done.

You have all the answers;

to all that troubles you,

you know what to do.

Don’t let fear mislead

your judgment.

Fear misguides,

disguises solutions.

You know for sure,

be still and know.

© Anna De Snyder


Life is a gift

Life is precious.

Life is abundant,

continual growth.

Life has no limits

Life is for living.

Life is forgiving,

continual chances.

Life is a blessing

Life is a moment.

Life is eternal,

continual essence.

Life isn’t easy

shouldn’t be wasted.

Life has its setbacks,

Life has its joys;

wonder and awe.

Life can change,

all in an instant

appreciate it all.

© Anna De Snyder 2022