After A While / Después De Un Tiempo
After a while you learn the subtle difference
between holding a hand and chaining a soul,

And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning
(Note 1)
and company doesn't mean security.

And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts
and presents aren't promises,

And you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes open,
with the grace of a woman,
not the grief of a child.

And you learn to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.

After a while you learn . . .
that even sunshine burns if you get too much.

So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul,
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure. . .

That you really are strong
and you really do have worth . . .

And you learn and learn . . .

With every good-bye you learn.
2 & 3
Después de un tiempo,
uno aprende la sutil diferencia
entre sostener una mano
y encadenar un alma,

y uno aprende que el amor
no significa acostarse
y una compañía no significa seguridad
y uno empieza a aprender.

Que los besos no son contratos y los
regalos no son promesas
y uno empieza a aceptar sus derrotas
con la cabeza alta y los ojos abiertos y
uno aprende a construir todos sus
caminos en el hoy,

porque el terreno de mañana
es demasiado inseguro para planes . . .

y los futuros tienen una forma de caerse
en la mitad.

Y después de un tiempo
uno aprende que si es demasiado,
hasta el calorcito del sol quema.

Así que uno planta su propio jardín
y decora su propia alma, en lugar
de esperar a que alguien le traiga flores.

Y uno aprende que realmente puede
aguantar, que uno realmente es fuerte,
que uno realmente vale, y uno aprende y
aprende. . .
y con cada día uno aprende.
Life is a never-ending journey
that gets shorter in time,

Don't waste it on things
that won't matter to anyone!

Rather open up your mind
to worlds of possibilities
where differences and beliefs
will be embraced and not thrown away.

Imagine, believe and succeed.
Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life
consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities. 6
[1]  From "One!The Journey hOMe", the eBook by Klaas Tuinman MA, ©2007-17
[2] -
You Learn ~Jorge Luis Borges
[3] -Translation by Veronica A. Shoffstall (1971)
[Note 1] Most versions use “leaning” but some use “possession” or “support”: this   
is due  to a translation/ interpretation challenge because the original reads
one learns that love does not mean bedtime”.  
(Bing and Google).
[4] ~Unknown
[5] ~Lin Yutang
[6] ~J.R.R. Tolkien
-Based on a contribution by Deborah Canivet
MorningStar Inspirations from
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From the eBook: "One! The Journey hOMe", by Klaas Tuinman MA, © 2007-2017

Questions and comments welcomed.
You attract 5 things into your life . . .
what you love,
what you fear,
what you expect,
what you prepare for:
lessons to learn.