Cathy W. Lauro

Poems & Quotes


This poem I wrote speaks about the transience of time:

This Moment

Stay; let me hold and savor you
for you will not come again.
Here you are and now you’ve gone.
Hello. Goodbye.

Listen, I heard her footstep;
one, no more.
I turn; she slips away.
Another comes to take her place.
                  © 2001 Cathy W. Lauro


The poem below captures the essence of living deeply, joyfully, and successfully.

I want to travel as far as I can go,

I want to reach the joy that's in my soul,

And change the limitations that I know,

And feel my mind and spirit grow;

I want to live, exist, "to be,"

And hear the truths inside of me.

                              Doris Warshay



The following is a poem I found many years ago that has deep meaning about appreciating the present moment.

"Prayer for Now"

Today, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, savor you, bless you before you depart.

Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it will not always be so.

One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky,

and want more than all the world your return.

                             Author Unknown


The following are excerpts from Cathy's book The Inside Advantage: How ordinary people can accomplish EXTRAORDINARY things:

  • "We are ready to move forward when staying the same is more fearful than change."
  • "Everything you need is already within you!"
  • "The journey begins with the DESIRE to move forward."


Additional quotes from Cathy's book:

"Nothing will come of nothing. Dare mighty things."
—William Shakespeare

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
—Marcel Proust

"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."
—George Bernard Shaw

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Imagination is the eye of the soul."
— Joseph Joubert

"I shut my eyes in order to see."
—Paul Gauguin

"Vision is the art of seeing things invisible."
—Jonathan Swift

"It is not enough to be busy. The question is:  What are we busy about?"
—Henry David Thoreau