busyness

go–no go–go

Feeling disconnected

then connected.

I can stand back

go within

having distanced

myself from

supposed problems,

delays,

I say:  What can

I do while I wait?

Then I do it.

I look up.

Oh, I think I’m

connected again.

That was short!

Crimson star flower (Adenium). Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Arizona

Crimson star flower (Adenium). Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Arizona

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A day of nothing

an 8 day week

wouldn’t hurt to have

an 8 day week

think how much I

could not get done

on that one extra day.

Sleep–that stealer of life

would get the lion’s share

of not doing

I wouldn’t have to

worry about what to

do with the rest of the

day because I wouldn’t

do anything.

 

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Coming and Going

The weather does what it likes

you have no say in how it comes

and goes–or just stays–it’s

itself–the weather, and it’s

got a mind of its own.

Now you can like it

or lump it

it’s not going to change

to please you–not likely

anyway–unless just

by coincidence its

doing what you’d

prefer–then still

there are no guarantees

–it blows in & blows

out like a “spoiled”, or

so-called, “spoiled child”–

those are the ones I

respect the most.

Children are one thing.

I’m still working with

the weather!

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Outing

I like to write

but I need to

sleep.

I went out to nature

as busy as my

mind was

hardly appreciating

the peacefulness

of the beauty

I was immersed

in.

I am glad

what

I was in

became

a relief

for even

part of

my day.

 

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Live Now

Just slow down.  What’s the big

problem?  If you fill your life

to overflowing, bursting at

the seams with activity, you won’t

even get to know who you are–

become acquainted with

yourself.

What you like, what you really

feel, and believe.

I shouldn’t try to make

life so complicated.  It’s

simple.  It’s in the moment,

not in my mind which

is usually not in the

moment.

Enjoying the simple

pleasures of life–such

a trite phrase, but you

need go no further than

that and have things

turn out just fine.

No regrets–

if you’re there

when it’s there.

 

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Stop

To stop seems dangerous.

Like riding a bicycle,

only forward movement

keeps you up.

No more, I’m full.

The flow has to reverse

in order to make room

to continue intaking.

A rest of sorts is needed.

A feeling is necessary

to give direction,

momentum

again.

A soul-searching

feeling–it was

in there all along

but buried under

mounds of

debris.

Too much, too fast

dictates an overflow

run amok

flooding every direction

at once, inundating

all channels to anywhere.

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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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Truckin’

Shop til you drop

write til your nose

is impaled on the desk

if more is coming

let it come

you don’t want

to leave

before you’re finished.

Still, there’s a tipping point

of diminishing returns.

Your (energy) high point

may have been passed

long ago and now you

struggle to write what

was once easy before.

You’re mind and body need

rest.

Conditioning is built

up over time, not the

other way around.

 

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Ebb and Flow

In the ebb and flow of life

you learn to go with it.

Some days you have energy

and get a lot done.

Some, you don’t

but that doesn’t mean

something important

didn’t happen–within.

Rest and activity–the

basis of life.

Clean & dirty also

happen.

When alone time

is needed, alone time is

taken unless you

don’t heed the signals

that say stay away

–for a while–then get

back to being your

social, normal self

–in moderation.

Overdoing either brings

unbalance.

Our idea of what’s “best”

is just “our idea”, not

necessarily what’s best.

Red Rock Canyon. Waterton National Park, Canada.

Red Rock Canyon. Waterton National Park, Canada.

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