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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.



Sunday, June 13, 2021

HAPPENINGS

"The why and wherefore passeth human understanding. 
That's just the way the Lord's got it arranged."
~ Cid Ricketts Summer


Days,  meals, meetings, phone calls, crises...
They all just happen the way they happen.
No amount of wanting guarantees any particular kind of outcome.

I accept the unfolding adventure of life.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

CUSTOMER SERVICE

"Humor is the good natured side of a truth."
~ Mark Twain ~ 

A while ago, I booked a flight to Los Angeles to see my son, Nick,
On an airline I have found to be pleasant and reliable.
Last week, I received an email from them telling me that my return flight has been changed
And now,
Instead of getting in at 4pm I will be getting in at midnight,
Which is not the end of the world, but not exactly convenient,
And I still have a fair bit of time before the trip so I called today to talk to someone.
When I asked the computer voice if I could please speak to an agent,
I was transferred to another computer voice that let me know I was in the cue,
and very pleasantly mentioned that the wait time would be approximately
Six hours and eight minutes.
I hung up the phone and burst out laughing.
What else is there to do at that point?

When life is preposterous, which it often is, I can be amused by it.
I don't have to let it twist me into knots. 


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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

THE WAY IT IS

 "Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid."
~ Frederick Buechner ~

The quote above is TRUE in that
Beautiful and terrible things DO happen,
All the time, to each of us...
Sometimes both in the same day.

And somehow, all of it plays out.
Always.
So, in hindsight, no need for fear.
We survive. We evolve. We pick ourselves up
And become useful to others who 
Come along behind.
We are resilient, and our pain makes us beautiful,
And grows us in compassion,
And throughout it all,
Known to us, or
Unbeknownst,
We are carried
And filled
With the Grace of
God. 

Living is life, and life is up and down and all around. 


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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

BAGGAGE

"History is filled with the sound of silken slippers going downstairs and wooden shoes coming up."
~ Voltaire ~

We come at life so FULL of our history:
Trusting or suspicious,
Dragging or lightly,
With happiness or dread.
It makes for challenging interactions-
Very few of them 
Completely clean or
Clear. 

I accept the potentially convoluted history of new people I encounter.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

FLOWERING CHANGE

"When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills."
~ Chinese Proverb ~

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I considered stopping writing it,
I considered all kinds of options,
And decided on this one. 
It's where the energy led me- 

I believe there's value here- and if you do too,
Become a Daily Enlightenment's "Member."
And in the new format, you will get an image every day 
To accompany the words... 
There will be a couple weeks of blogs posted in both places
And then,
Just there. 

I gracefully accept the inevitable process of change. 

Sunday, June 6, 2021

PARTY INVITATION

"I am the sunlight to the soil of my own soul."
~ Muriel Strode ~

We are so good at fooling ourselves.
It's a game we love to play-
We invite energy we don't want and then wonder why it's showing up,
Like announcing a party and then
Being mad and bewildered when the guests
Arrive.

I take responsibility for what I attract. 


Thursday, June 3, 2021

HOT OR COLD?

"Cussing the weather is mighty poor farming."
~ African American Proverb ~

A butterfly bush that grows 10 feet tall in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Grows 5 feet tall in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania:
Shorter growing season- less sun. 
But in the Pocono Mountains, because of so much delicious rain, 
A pine tree grows 100 feet tall,
While in Santa Fe, it's a shrubby bush.

And we are like that.
Some of us are more vital in the heat, and some in the cold,
Some in the mountains, and some by the beach.

Are we a tumbleweed, or dune grass?
The knowing is inside each one.
It's up to us to answer the invitation.

I don't pretend to be something other than I am. 



Wednesday, June 2, 2021

RISING FROM THE ASHES

"Fire is love and water sorrow."
~ Proverb ~

When we are burned out,
We are like a forest fire, quenched.
And from this black singed earth grow the 
Most impossibly fresh green sprouts.
They are exquisite,
And beautiful,
And new. 

Life renews us as it must. 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

THE UNKNOWN

"A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral."
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~

We claim not to like the unknown,
But if we're honest with ourselves and consider it truly,
I think we will find it's actually quite enjoyable.
If we don't know how something will play out,
We can imagine it going any way we desire,
Any way that pleases us to imagine.
Once it's done, once it's known, there's no more imagining,
There's only the dealing with whatever has happened,
And even if it's rough, or tough, or tragic, there's still fun possible
In the unknown of that.
The game then becomes, what are we going to do now?

Mystery is a delightful form of play.