Judgement

Other people–esp. people

who are your ‘friends’

or you know–

just are.

No judgement is

needed

as if you needed

to give your mind

(and your ego)

something to do.

It’s not a caste system

of hierarchies–

better or worse

are comparisons

that judge and

have some kind

of agenda

to favor you

in the end.

Give it up.

Don’t do it to

yourself, either.

Close up of Teddy Bear Sunflower.

Close up of Teddy Bear Sunflower.

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Words

Words are human

communicators.

They let whoever

hears or reads them

know what

is or was in the

originator’s mind.

Otherwise, it’s just

a dark cave

no one goes into

and nothing

comes out of.

Intelligible sounds,

markings–we call

them words.

It all starts with

the alphabet

and goes out

to create a

whole new

‘reality’ for

whoever

they reach.

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Reprieve

I thought I’d lost it all–

I was in a panic.

Frustrated by overwhelming

circumstances

penetrated my defenses

left me feeling helpless

completely blocked and stopped

from seeing clearly

the way out

of what to do–if anything

to move forward

out of my predicament.

I trusted I knew what

I was doing

I was willing to accept

this level of risk

knowing/feeling that

I could handle it.

Then I doubted–

myself–and just about

everything–as if the

lights were suddenly shut off

and I was left

groping in the dark.

Thank God I found

a light.

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love and joy

I am alive

so much possibility, potential

living is joy

live what you love

and you will be joyful.

I am enough

this is enough–

Spider Web with dew and blurred flowers. Near Alpine, Oregon

Spider Web with dew and blurred flowers. Near Alpine, Oregon

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Time Travel

In third grade you

start wondering:

how far can you go?

They heard about

other dimensions.

How do we get there?

Are they really there?

What about time

travel?

It’s not just the

thing of movies

anymore, a

fantasy.  They

want to build a

time machine

if that’s what it

takes to get out

of third grade

or their neighborhood.

This isn’t on the

curriculum, but

I try to answer

their questions

and at least

get them thinking.

 

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Don’t Waste

I want to go forward.

I don’t want to pass up

opportunities.

My body can be a

good

sign for whether to

move or stay.

And that may change

variously

with the hours.

So when a go ahead

signal is received

as opposed to a

stay where you are

signal,

I heed it.

Trying to do the

best I can

so I’m happy

with all

results.

Some are close calls

but I make them

anyway.

I need to lighten up

and not worry about

waste.

Snow covered trees with sunrise. Oregon Cascades

Snow covered trees with sunrise. Oregon Cascades

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Going to Work

Staying home

has its plusses.

You get to ‘rest’ a lot

compared to a day at work.

But guess what?

I never thought I’d yearn

for a day of work.

As much as I like walking

in nature,

a day at home

seems rather empty

and unfulfilling in a way.

But just like sleep, we need it

apparently–at least I do–

or the rest of life is not very

rewarding–as much of it

as you can see with your

eyelids half-open and

brain on ‘conserve resources’

a kind of screen-saver

consciousness, without

adequate sleep.

So tomorrow I will try to

make sense of the day

trying to draw out the

wisdom of young ones

who will help me see my way.

Northern Anchovy (Engraulis anchovy). Oregon Coast Aquarium. Newport, Oregon.

Northern Anchovy (Engraulis anchovy). Oregon Coast Aquarium. Newport, Oregon.

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On a Walk

No.  I don’t have time for a walk, today.

Yes you do!  Get your butt out that door

and go walking.

Who knows what’s out there that’s new

or changed from yesterday?

I saw a tree that went (belly) roots

up as it fell over.  I don’t remember

seeing that before.  No strong wind

yesterday that I remember.

My memory is good and I’m very

observant–don’t like to miss a

thing I can take in with my eyes.

So the next time I visit a place,

years later sometimes, I remember

how it was then & I can see all the

changes.

I don’t remember this tree on its

side, half way in the river but

my mind is busy these days

with “problems” or puzzles I

try to sort out while I walk, so

I could have missed it, OR

I am just really waking up

to getting out of myself &

becoming more aware of the/

my environment.

Demoiselle Crane or Lovely Lady crane. Grand Hyatt, Kauai, Hawaii.

Demoiselle Crane or Lovely Lady crane. Grand Hyatt, Kauai, Hawaii.

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Certainly Uncertain

What’s this quest for certainty?

What’s so special for having

the ability to ‘stop time’ and

have everything stay the same

forever, even if you could do it,

just to have a little (or a lot of)

certainty in your life.

No. 1, it’s boring beyond words.

It’s a fantasy in our minds

that we can control everything,

even time itself.  Then we would

be ok.  We could move the pieces

around the board and get everything

to ‘fit’ in its ‘proper’ place to fit the

picture of our life picture-perfectly!

I don’t know about you, but

I’ve got to live with that

uncertainty–see the excitement

when it comes of things I

couldn’t have anticipated

and watch my life take off.

When its slow, its meant to

be slow so I can relax,

rest & recuperate for the

next thrust into life’s adventures.

High waves during storm at Devils Churn, Oregon.

High waves during storm at Devils Churn, Oregon.

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Relax

If I would just relax and

ride the waves of life in

a boat

instead of paddling frantically

to make up for ‘lost’ time

or slow down from making up

for ‘lost time’ by paddling frantically.

The waves rise and the waves fall.

It’s an easy ride up one side

and down the other.

Let the ocean current

ride you tsunami-like along.

Land will be your brakes

then you will be calm again

ready for the next swell,

the next ride in to shore.

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Golden helicon (Heliconius hecale) on Black Eyed Susan flower. Portland Oregon Zoo

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