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Monday, May 10, 2021

WE NEVER KNOW

"It's not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."
~ Edmund Hillary ~

We can generate more than enough self doubt all on our own.
We don't need well meaning others to point out where we may be lacking.
It feels so much better to be believed in,
And trusted,
And encouraged-
Even if our aim seems outrageous,
Even if we're less than perfectly qualified to do what we feel called to do. 
Until we put ourselves out there,
We never know how far we can go. 

I stand for encouragement as a force for good in the world. 

Sunday, May 9, 2021

TAKING SMALL STEPS

"Maybe I think too much for my own good."
~ Paul Simon ~

We can think ourselves all the way into 
The achievement of that which we long for,
The art of possibility,
The dream.
And then we can think ourselves all the way out of it,
Backpedaling.

"I can do it," we think. "Yes!"
And then,
"Never mind- no I can't. Who am I kidding?"
Or... 
well... 
maybe...

And all the while, just by taking small steps,
Moving in the direction we want to go,
We are getting there.

It may not play out as anticipated, and I might find a new and unexpected direction as I make my way along the path, but action is the thing that moves me forward: action in spite of whatever my mind may think. 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

CONSIDERATION

"Never rob your character to enrich your pocket."
~ James Lendall Basford ~

Let's have
The consideration
Of communication
And completion
In all of our relationships.
Without that,
Trust goes
Missing.

An inconsiderate lack in communication lacks in integrity as well. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

SEEKERS OF MEANING

"To be curious about that which is not one's concern while still in ignorance of oneself is absurd."
~ Plato ~

We are seekers of meaning.
We want to know, "Why?"
I remember when my children were mere toddlers
And they learned that magic question- 
The one that would make me keep on talking and talking.
'Why, Mommy?"
And I'd do my best to explain the answer.
"Why, Mommy?"
And on, and on, and on again.
We do the same thing in our minds., don't we?
We want to know why things happen the way they do, and what it all means,
But such wanting is exhausting,
And eventually we surrender to the simplicity of,
"I don't know."
And feel
Relief.

I don't have to always know why. 


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

WHO WE ARE

"Truth outlasts the sun."
~Emily Dickenson ~

Relative truth is the result of different perspectives-
Different "takes" on life happenings.
Absolute Truth, on the other hand,
Is always true-
No matter what true,
True for you, and True for me too.
Sounds intriguing, doesn't it?
What IS it?
That which lies before and beyond our conditioned selves,
The quiet, 
The witness,
What looks out from our eyes:
The source 
of 
Who we are. 

We may not know that we know, but we know anyway. 

Monday, May 3, 2021

FRESHNESS

"Outward, and outward, and forever outward."
~ Walt Whitman ~

When we have the courage to try something new for the first time,
And end up loving it,
The obvious next step is to go back and experience it again.
But the second time, we have expectations-
It has to meet the bar we have set from the first go round, 
And it can't, 
Because it will never be the "first time" experience again.
Now, it becomes a measuring up kind of thing. 
So... what to do?
Maybe keep trying new things.
If nothing else, it keeps life 
Fresh.

I am open to all that life has to offer!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

WARM EVENINGS

"Right here. Right now."
~ Fatboy Slim ~

Warm evenings are completely delicious-
Soothing for the soul.
And actually, crisp fall days are delicious also-
And winter sunshine through a window.
It seems that life suits the spirit quite well,
And there is so much pleasure to be had by simply 
Experiencing the changing weather,
And the moving light,
And the day!

I am grateful to be alive.