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Thursday, February 25, 2021

AND ON IT GOES

"I used to trouble about what life was for- now being alive seems sufficient reason."
~ Joanna Field ~

Life is a continuum.
Every ending is a new beginning.
And every morning turns to dusk.

I am flowing like a river.




Wednesday, February 24, 2021

THE WAY IT WANTS TO GO

"First things first."
~ Bill Wilson ~

Sometimes in an effort to simplify a process,
We end up complicating it instead.
Our interest in speed works against us,
And we become stuck insisting on our shortcut,
And frustrated the longer it delays us.
Inevitably, we end up back at square one,
Beginning again,
And having to take it the way it wanted to go in the first place-
One step at a time.

I stop trying to speed through life, and make the decision to live it instead. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

THE POWER AT WORK

 "God is the answer.
What's the question?"
~ Charlie Matheson ~


The scope of the power at work in our lives is 
beyond comprehension.
We set our goals and make our plans
And feel frustrated when things don't play out as we'd anticipated.
And meanwhile, the earth and sky are moving and shifting
Just for us.

I am part and parcel of the tremendous whole. 

Monday, February 22, 2021

THE THING ABOUT PRAYER

"Freedom begins between the ears."
~ Edward Abbey ~

If I pray for freedom, that must mean I'm not currently free,
Which means that actually I am praying to be bound
So that I can experience becoming free. 
We have to be careful.
Prayer is tricky that way.

I am already free. 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

STEADY AND NOT

"I am vast. I contain multitudes."
~ Walt Whitman ~

I am not afraid, and also,
I am afraid.
I am calm and secure, and also,
I am anxious.
I am strong and fragile,
Awkward and highly capable,
Joyful and sad.
The humanity in me shrinks and expands.
The divinity
Quietly 
Abides.

I am not one thing or the other.
I am both and. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

THE SLOW FIZZ

"And lo, the Hospital, gray, quiet, old,
Where life and death like friendly chafferers meet."
~William Ernest Henley ~

Time in hospitals stretches like long afternoon shadows.
Medical machines hum hypnotically in the background.
In non-emergency situations,
the environment is entirely non-dynamic.
It's murmuring instead, and numbing and dragging,
And soothing somehow, 
by being utterly, and almost painfully
Dull.

Healing happens over time. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

TOO MUCH

"When it rains, it pours."
~ The Morton Salt Company ~

When we have what feels like more than we can handle,
It seems almost inevitable,
That something else comes along...
Why, I wonder.
To toughen us up?
To push us past the point of breaking into surrender?
To show us we are stronger than we think?
More resilient?
More capable?
None of the above?
All of the above?
Or maybe "Why?" is the wrong question.
Maybe the better question...
Maybe the only question really is 
"Why not?"

Life makes a mockery of my plans.