Walk with Empathy


May we walk with empathy today…

I think we as a society can be too quick to judge.
Often times we think we know better than another.

But do we really?

Have we actually walked in another’s shoes?
Do we carry their hidden scars as our own?

Do we wake up from their nightmares,
in the middle of the night, drenched in their sweat?

Do we grieve silently their tears for a loss
or heartache that we may never have experienced?

Do we really have any right to condemn another
who has walked through the fire of their own life?

Who has been brave enough
to take another breath?

Who are we to say what is right or wrong?

Yet we do each day.
More than we realize.

We judge one another and ourselves harshly.

We whisper behind closed doors,
in an attempt that they might not hear us.

I don’t know about you,
but I am tired of it.

If you are not here showing up for your life…

Creating your heart out.
Getting up after you fall down.

Stay right where you are.
Breathe into that space that feels hard to reach.

Walk with empathy…in your own shoes!

©2015 Te’ Werner

©2015 Photo Te’ Along the river’s edge; Columbia River, WA



“What begins to emerge within oneself is a profound discovery…” – Te’

How do we begin to know ourselves?
The longing deep inside our soul to belong.

I believe it is a highly personal journey…

To discover our own soul.
To recognize the essence of who we are.

No where along the beginning of my journey
did I fully see how one was to go about finding oneself.

The more that I lived out my days.
Following seemingly long treks into my past,

did I come to see that I was emerging…
as myself.

By my daily practice of being with my sacred self.

Through my morning writing.
Moments of meditation and yoga stretches.

More writing, about my dreams and simple pleasures.
My days began to fill with gratitude.

I began to strike up a rhythm with my breath.
My breathing brought me into the present moment.

What began to emerge within myself was a profound discovery…

Each of us at some point in our lives
begin to search for what lies “within” us.

Breaking through the barriers of self doubt,
numerous fears and feelings of failure…

become treasures of self discovery
waiting to emerge.

In these moments of self reflection
especially when we begin our day

can be a very enriching experience.

Enriching in the sense that we can create magic.
That we can celebrate triumph in our lives.

So many friends along the journey
of my “souljourn” blessed my life

as they continued to believe in me.

They held me up with their love and
gentle reminders of who I AM.

Especially during my darkest hours.

My wish, my prayer for you is that as you journey to your soul,
that you honor your sacred self as you emerge!

©2015 Te’ Werner

©2014 Photo Te’ Along the river’s edge; Klickitat River, WA

A Mother’s Reflection


I may have never held you in my arms as an infant,
welcoming you into the world through sweat and tears.

But I have held you in my heart like a precious being.
A whisper of love.

I may have not been there to celebrate your first words,
your first steps or your first birthday.

But I have held you in my heart as we celebrated together.

I may not have been there for many
of your very early years…

I can honestly say this now as a mother.
I have loved you since I first held you in my arms.

When I first welcomed you into my world as you welcomed me.
I have loved you for the first of our life together and always.

Thank you for the firsts you have shared with me,
both your sorrows and your triumphs.

I love you very dearly and am blessed too by your love.
As your ‘bonus’ mama.

©2015 Te’ Werner

©2005 Photo my two ‘bonus’ sons “Grinning in the Rain!”


High Five to You!


For all the new people now following my work I want to first thank you and welcome you to joining this writing journey of “Triumph” with me!

After healing from several months of “walking pneumonia” and having my bestest friend ever crash, Mac, “my go to guy”, my laptop of nearly seven years…

I have had some time to take a new perspective on my writing journey.

Writing long hand has a way of slowing down the thoughts and helping us gain a ‘creative edge’ to creating.

It feels like new energy has emerged!

It was an honour to celebrate April National Poetry month and share some of my soul poetry with you. Thank you for your support.

I am continuing to post my weekly Writing Wizard blog on Wednesday’s! And I will continue to look forward to what else emerges as we continue to celebrate Triumph.

Your feedback and words of encouragement are a reflection of the amazing soul that you are. Thankful for the gratitude that I feel for each and everyone of you.

High Five to YOU!

Your fellow writing warrior,

I also invite you to join the journey https://www.facebook.com/tewernertriumph

Triumph to Rise & Shine


I had the honor of meeting Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita on a flight from Denver to Seattle in the Spring of 2013 when I was returning home from a writing conference.

Her face was glowing as she was taking pictures from our airplane of Mt Rainer where she was on her way to be a Sherpa for the summer.

Pasang was the first Nepalese woman to climb the summit of Mount Everest. She shared with me her story of how she continued to train in spite of what others told her.

To learn that she is now in the midst of Nepal giving of herself to help her country. I wanted to share Pasang’s amazing strength and determination to be of service.

A friend of her’s wrote this poem of Triumph that greatly speaks of the soul of Nepal:

“Nepal faced catastrophe
But we still have the hope…
Hope that our mother will rise again!!!
Because every end is the start of a ”New Beginning”
And when this cold breeze calms down…
Our glory will again shine…
And she will again smile
But for that…She needs you now.
Help her in every possible ways you can.
If nothing, at least quench thirst of needy people
or give your helping hands to her!!!
Along with prayings do a bit from your level!!!
Don’t complain the government…
It is not only a problem of small area
And when you donate make sure that your donation reaches in the right place.
This is just a time phase…
We know we will rise and shine again!!!”
by सोनाम जाङबु शेर्पा 

May we be inspired to Rise and Shine!

©2015 Te’ Werner

Photo courtesy of Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita near Kathmandu, Nepal