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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

REAL RICHES

"Would you sell your eyesight for a million dollars?"
~ Author Unknown ~

Money is only one form of wealth,
And mostly,
Not the best one.
Peace of mind,
Health,
Freedom,
Ease,
The glories of our five senses:
These are riches no money can buy.

I am blessed by the experience of being alive.




Monday, January 25, 2021

WITH OR WITHOUT FEAR

"Fear cannot take what you do not give it."
~ Christopher Coan ~

Some fear inspires action.
And some fear keeps us from moving at all.
Fear takes our breath,
Pounds our heart,
Clenches our jaw, and
Aches our head.

Without fear we are free and easy.

With it, we are 
On edge and
Energetically
Stiff.

I relax and surrender to the currents of life.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

THE GAME

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players."
~ Shakespeare

 As a young girl, I learned how to play the
"I can take it" game,
And became proficient at enduring challenge and stress with a stiff upper lip.
It's a skill I have continued to perfect over the years, and
Matching it with the "Let's see how much I can give" game,
It's become the ideal recipe for anxiety that won't quit:
No room to let the guard down.
No room to relax.
Always ready for the next struggle, and the next one.

Realizing the truth of this recently,
I have decided to change the game.
It's not about how much of anything anymore.
It's about FREEDOM now-
Across the board.

I choose the rules and the game I play.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

THE PROBLEM OF THE MOMENT

 "There are only so many hours in a day."
~ American Expression ~

Time fills,
And not only with what we plan,
But with all of life's little urgencies that 
Demand we pay attention.
In our modern world,
It's easy to be ruled by
The moment's seeming problem,
But we needn't be.
The thing to remember is that ultimately,
Whatever we do.
Or don't do,
Is entirely 
Up to us. 

Most things can wait for our attention a little longer than we let them. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

BATTLE WEARY

"Surrender to win."
~ 12 Step Philosophy ~

Sometimes we are fighting against something internally and don't even know
We are fighting. 
Our bodies know it.
We can feel it in our necks, our shoulders, our jaws,
Our throat.
And it is not until we surrender the fight,
And relief comes,
and the body relaxes,
that we realize 
How battle weary 
and bruised
We have become. 

I stop fighting things being the way they are. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

VIM AND VIGOR

"For this hour, I ask you to ignore the surface-glamour of existence, the buzzing and jigging and vibration of small interests and excitements that form the tissue of our ordinary consciousness, and instead turn your attention to the profounder bass-note of life."
~ William James ~

Sometimes we have the vision
And the energy
And the stamina
And the vim, and vigor, and verve.
And
Sometimes...

we

just

don't. 

I surf the waves of enthusiasm, and relax in the water between sets.

Monday, January 18, 2021

DIVINE CORRECTION

"The feeling remains that God is on the journey too."
~ Teresa of Avila~ 

Three significant times in my life,
I have been on the precipice of willingness
To settle for something that wasn't fundamentally ok from a valuation perspective-
A selling out,
A discounting of myself, 
A vast compromise on my part to get along,
Feeling that to be my only option,
And God has stepped in to not allow it- 
Each time-
Rather drastically. 
It's as if I was driving down a road that became suddenly
And irrevocably impassable:
Blocked.
And at the time- what frustration!
What angst, and hurt feelings.
I was prepared to travel that road, no matter what it took.
And yet,
I also understood somehow,
That a correction was being made,
And I was not being punished, but re-routed,
Not impeded,
But
Saved.

Fate intervenes time and again to keep me safe.