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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

THE BEAR

"We only part to meet again."
~ John Gay ~

A bear crossed the road in front of me as I came around a corner and
Down a hill, 
And, it being a quiet country road with no one behind me,
I stopped, and rolled down the car window to
Check him out: a big bear with lustrous black fur...
And he stopped too,
And turned his head to check me out.
We sat there together 
Looking at each other
In this extended 
PAUSE... 
And then I eased forward in the car, he turned and started moving off into the woods.
And the moment was over.

Driving away, I felt shifted by it, 
Gifted by it,
And one with 
Life. 

Our days are a series of magical encounters. 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

MAKING SENSE

"Logic: The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding."
~ Ambrose Bierce ~

When things don't make sense to us, it's natural to want 
To find an explanation or a "reason"
That will make them
Make sense....
At least to our brains, if not our hearts. 
It's because of this, and that.
"Oh, ok."
It always feels better when things make sense.
And yet, so many things-
And people-
Just
Don't.

I'd rather admit to not understanding than forcing logic onto something that is intrinsically non-sensical.  


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Sunday, June 20, 2021

SHOWING UP

"Silentness is not silence."
~ Jose Garcia Villa ~ 

We can be carried along pretty merrily by life,
And be feeling pretty good:
Solid, confident,
And then something comes along to derail us.
It never fails.
And the only thing to do then is to
Feel the feelings.
Identify the misperceptions,
Remember who we really are, and
Keep showing up.

I watch myself being disturbed, and trust the learning that will come. 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

THE NEW VIEW

"You beautiful trees! I love every one of you as a friend."
~ Lucy Maud Montgomery ~

I used to long for expansive mountain views
That stretched on and on and on...
The broad rolling skyline!
And it is exquisite, for sure.
But the view I prefer to live with these days 
Is closer in,
Feels secure and lovely in a way the 
Big mountain view does not.
Light through leaves and pine needles,
Dappled, luminous, soothing, and
Kind. 

Home feels like a hug. 


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

INTEGRITY

"Hold integrity sacred."
~ The Myrtle, January, 1884 ~

Doing what we say we will do,
Being on time,
Responding to inquiries from business associates and friends,
Saying please and thank you-
These simple things make all the difference.
Without them, the world stumbles and lurches,
And it becomes irritating and nearly impossible to get things done.
Integrity is the force that 
Makes things 
Happen with ease. 

You can count on me. 



Tuesday, June 15, 2021

RIGHT SIZED

"Something it swings on more than the earth I swing on..."
~ Walt Whitman ~

The thing with arrogance in any form is that 
We give ourselves credit for things that are actually
Beyond our personal control.
As such, the boom must fall,
And leave us humbled,
Re-positioned, and 
Right sized,
Admitting that we 
Went too far. 

I am both more and less influential than I can possibly understand. 


Monday, June 14, 2021

ENOUGH

"Infinitely will I trust nature's instincts and promptings."
~ Muriel Strode ~

Sweet.
Bitter.
Smooth.
Rough.
Hungry.
Angry.
Tender.
Tough.
Loving.
Laughing.
Crying.
Stuffed.
However we are,
Is perfectly
Enough.

I accept the way life moves through me.