courage

Unlearning

Being true to yourself

may be

a different experience

to many.

I am inspired occasionally

to just put away

rules, habit, many things

that rule my life,

to supposedly make it easier

to run.  And they do.  I don’t

want to learn how to drive a

car or ride a bicycle all over again

each trip out.  I already know.

But when creativity enters

into the equation, all that goes

out the window.  Or most of

it.  How can I differently do it?

hmm.

We all have energy, time challenges

even constrictions.  So within

those, now how can I make it

different and interesting &

fun?

I need to be first to do something

I think, not second.  I need

to stand on my own two feet.

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You Can, Yes?

Why go climb high to the sky?

Because it’s there

and you can.

NOT KNOWN

What you can do

until you do it

trying is not even an option

belief

and mental power,

toughness,

that you can,

will succeed

propel you on.

Mindset

and preparation

aid any trained

athlete, even an ordinary

person

to accomplish

unheard of feats.

Yes?  You’re up for it?

Let’s go.

The mountain is

ready and always

there, waiting.

 

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going forward

Today starts

turtle slow

ends rabbit fast.

The story of my life.

Chapter 2

Without the need of people

to show me the way,

I’m promptly lost,

often.

Chapter 3

If I try to give myself

what I want–

oh! no!

All heaven and earth

and generalized heck

breaks loose.

Chapter 4

Indecision rides low

on my hip like a 6-gun.

I draw it only when I

mean business.

The other hip has

decision.  I draw it

when necessary, too.

Sometimes both

at once.

 

 

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fearless

fear?  fear?

What fear?

Kidding myself–

with inaction

pretending to be fearless

when challenges

surface

avoiding

with innumerable

excuses

fear?

less maybe

gone

for the moment

feel brave

inspired

who knows?

I may move

forward

without the

slightest hindrances.

Doesn’t take much

to keep going…really

–just keep moving–

one foot in front of

the other.

What fear?

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Goosey Loosey

O.K.  Goose.  You and your

friend (another goose–Canadian

geese mate for ‘life’) are hogging

the trail.  Sitting directly in the

path of runners, bikers, walkers–

me!  OK so you had to get up off

your duff  (you have a duff,

don’t you?) and stand

aside while I walked through

–even around–giving you

lots of space wild/tame

as you are/seem to be,

and yet you hissed at

me like you were being

sized up for dinner tonight

(you weren’t).

So, I didn’t appreciate

the unfriendly, even overtly

aggressive treatment

even as I just walked by.

I think you had a feather

up your duff and was just

having a bad goose down

day.

Geese landing with fall colors. Montana

Geese landing with fall colors. Montana

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Relationships

Social skills.

How do you meet new people

if you don’t have

social skills?

And…what if…

They are a bit dull–

like a knife that never

gets sharpened–

expecting it to cut

precisely?

Well, practicing

involves feelings,

among other things,

that may have to

be risked getting

stepped on, hurt,

inadvertently mostly,

in the process

of learning.

OTJ training.

You don’t want to

walk on coals before

you’re ready

but eventually

you’ll have to take

the plunge.

Cone flower. Portland Zoo butterffly Garden.Oregon

Cone flower. Portland Zoo butterfly Garden.Oregon

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Reception

With each new risk

you open more emotionally

up the ante

to win or lose

what the stakes

are now worth

much more than

before

your kitty was

only so big

as your account

was limited.

Just because it’s

new doesn’t mean

it has to be any

scarier.

The ‘chance of a lifetime’

comes again

more than you

expect

Unexpected surprises

dominate

my life.

Life wants to

cooperate

so I could at least

graciously receive.

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Breathing

The key to life!

Really!  How often do you

take a really deep breath?

and then again repeating

20-30-40 times?

Then hold it s long as you can.

Your brain is supercharged

with oxygen at this point

and you become to believe you

possess superpowers if only

at least in your mind until

they can begin to manifest

in your body!

Hmm.  Something to give

some practice to, time to,

I think.

What a delicious discovery

for a few minutes of

effort every so often or

as a real discipline–

for longer…?

Lavendar and gift shop. Purple Haze Lavender Farm. Washington

Lavendar and gift shop. Purple Haze Lavender Farm. Washington

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Reach

You can be the smartest loner in the

world

it’s not going to do you a bit of good

reach out

that fire is hot

you can get burned

yet you must

reach

for what you want

however scary

and fraught with thorns

your beloved hand goes to grasp

even a little reach

is worth a lot

to someone who will meet you

half way.

Mosaic snake design on bench in Tubac. Arizona

Mosaic snake design on bench in Tubac. Arizona

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Crossing the line

I want to break out

of the mold

the die

I was cast in.

Reach over the fence

unlock the gate

and walk through.

To a new field–

of dreams…

pleasant ones

I can grab

and embrace

and hold tight

to

for a while

until it’s time

to let go again

and wander

into a new field–

of dreams…

Silhouetted Joshua trees and sunset. Joshua Tree National Park. California

Silhouetted Joshua trees and sunset. Joshua Tree National Park. California

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