So What!

To the What-If’s of the world
I shout out
So what!

The chronic ‘what-if’ thoughts
rain down
crowding out calm clarity
leaving one sitting in
a paroxysm of fear
wondering what the future holds
drowning out the glimmer of hope
standing on the doorstep of tomorrow.

It is a long journey into nowhere
arriving exhausted
even before you’ve begun.

A whirlpool of tired thoughts
swirls around in secret
disturbing the peace
yielding to a negative now.

An occasional anxious drop
is allowed in the ocean of life,
not the endless waves of doubt
circling around in confusion.

So what, I repeat,
practicing mindfulness
relaxing in the glow
of an everlasting love,
pushing those what-if’s far away
with a shove of new indifference.

God’s grace gradually glides in
sweeping away the debris
scattered around,
and I am whole once again.

Viola Athaide, a student of Theology, is actively involved in parish life, leading Bible courses, the Prayer Group, and the Ministry with Maturing Adults.

  • Hania Fedorowicz
    Posted at 07:14h, 23 March Reply

    Wonderful, being in the moment with the Giver of Life. Thank you, Viola!

  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 09:13h, 23 March Reply

    Thank you Viola!

  • Karen Arthurs
    Posted at 09:17h, 23 March Reply

    Patience and Trust, endure.

  • Greg Schmidt
    Posted at 10:29h, 23 March Reply

    A ray of sunshine. Much needed today!

  • Teresa Correia
    Posted at 18:51h, 23 March Reply

    Nice. Thank you !

  • Sylvia Lee
    Posted at 20:28h, 23 March Reply

    Thank you Viola for both poems “What-If’s” and “So what !” They echo with each other.

    With faith and trust in God, we have our inner peace.

    SPRING is here. EASTER is near and so is HOPE.

    God bless you !

  • Jacqui
    Posted at 07:29h, 24 March Reply

    You always reach out and remind us of the positivity of a life lived with God.
    Thank you

  • Christine Domingo
    Posted at 09:32h, 24 March Reply

    What I take from your lovely reflection, Viola, is that the negativity of the “what if’s” we experience can often lead us to abandon a thought or venture before we’ve even given it a chance to take take root. The positivity of the “so what’s” we allow our minds to ponder, based in our trust in the Lord, can lead us to actions we often deem insurmountable or beyond our ability. Thank you and God bless you.

  • Fay Vaz
    Posted at 14:36h, 28 March Reply

    Thank you for this very real situation we all face. Yes its the complete unconditional Grace of God that helps us clean away debris as you so aptly describe. God Be with you and may the Holy Spirit guide you each hour of each day

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