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Thursday, July 9, 2020

LIFE'S PARADOX

"The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence."
~ Ovid ~

When there's too much rain, 
And everything is muddy and washing away,
We'd do anything for sunshine;
And when the earth is dry and dusty
And burnt up,
We'd do anything for rain. 

I stop wanting things to be other than they are. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

NO LONGER A VICTIM

"Knowledge is power."
~ Thomas Jefferson ~

We can complain about a situation forever-
How we don't like it,
How it frustrates us,
How we wish it were different,
But there is no power in that.

When we accept it as it is,
And deal with it from there,
That's something!

Then we have choices,
And the burden is lifted,
And we're no longer a victim,
And we can do as we please. 

If I find myself complaining about something in an ongoing way, I stop talking and get into action. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

TRIGGERED

"One of the habits of the mind is the invention of horrible imaginings."
~ Jotge Luis Borges ~

Happily going about our day, our ego can 
suddenly be triggered 
and we become
instantly irritable.
It's like a flame ignition.
We are lit.
Generally, it's something unpleasant from the past
That has been drug to the surface,
And connects one negative narrative to another
Like a stream of connected handkerchiefs 
out of a magician's hat.
And they will keep on coming until we 
Wake up
And catch the process in action.
It's not unusual for our mind
To want 
To take us down.

I learn the ways of mind games. 

Monday, July 6, 2020

SIMPLE, QUIET, AND CLEAR

"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have."
~ Eckhart Tolle ~

Perhaps now more than ever we can benefit from simple pleasures,
Sensations,
Changing light.
We can elevate our world by picking
A bouquet of wildflowers,
Or watching chirping birds
as they twitter
And swoop;
Tasting coffee
Or tea,
A sweet peach,
Or 
Cold water in delicious gulps. 

We don't have to be at the mercy of any narrative.
It's up to us.
We write the script.

The pleasures of life remain. 

Sunday, July 5, 2020

WEEDING

"To know when to go away and when to come closer is the key to any lasting relationship."
~ Domenico Cieri Estrada ~

Without proper maintenance and care, 
life, 
like a garden, 
returns to chaos.

I value a sense of order and keep things neat. 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

SHORTCUTS

"A stitch in time saves nine."
~ Ben Franklin ~

Shortcuts don't always work the way we hope they will, 
maybe because of the energy that's involved in wanting to take them in the first place. 
We think up a clever way to save time and save work- 
make it easier.
But sometimes, 
maybe even more often than not- 
the shortcut we come up with ends up taking longer, 
and requiring more effort,
than the obvious, 
straightforward, 
strong and 
steady 
way through.

To get the job done, we just have to do it. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

CONTESTING OPINIONS

"To each their own."
~ English Idiom ~

It's easy to think we know what it's like to be someone else, 
but the truth is, 
We don't.
And they don't know what it's like to be us.
We create the world we live in.
We pick and choose what's important and what's not.
And, while it's true that beyond the surface mental noise
We are one at the core,
That's a truth missed by most.
So what we're left with
Is contesting opinions,
Myriad visions,
And insistent thoughts.

I take care of me, and trust you to take care of you.