faith

Wanderlust

I just want to wander

here and there

wherever I feel

for an hour–

not on the freeway

at rush hour

but somewhere in nature

that I can feel relaxed

enough to sense my

gut feelings and try

to ‘hear’, be aware of

them, telling me or

giving me ideas

of where to go next,

what to do & see what

happens.

Such non-directive

living might seem

an exercise in futility

but I think, contrarily,

it will get us in touch

with a creative part of

ourselves that we are

constantly suppressing

by our judgemental, critical,

negative thinking.

Wood Duck in pond at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens. Oregon

Wood Duck in pond at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens. Oregon

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Decide

Decisions shouldn’t be that

powerful.  Either you do

or you don’t.

Washing around in the middle

of those

Doesn’t get you anywhere.

Somehow your mind is not

your own in those moments,

if you are indecisive.

It’s not clear what the

action that would be best

is.

So circumstances sometimes

Make it easy for you

& release you from your

opportunity.

If it would have been

something you really

wanted, you wouldn’t

have hesitated or feared

something else better

wouldn’t come along,

something more suitable

& you knew in an

instant, yes, this

is for me.

 

Close up of Gerbera flower

Close up of Gerbera flower

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A good day

Foggy, cloudy & cool

turned to warm, sunny

and blue.

If we waited long enough

the sun would dominate

the “pesky” fog that cast

somewhat of a ‘gloom’ on

the day.

I can see my shadow! I

exclaimed as we walked to

lunch!  I can make a

rabbit with my hands!

It was all good until we

had to go back for the

tickets for the drawing

at lunchtime.

Gathered up, on the way

back & excited to get

to lunch I said,

don’t…but too

late…as she rounded

the corner…run…

I mumbled to

myself.

Sunburst through rock arches. Bryce  National Park, Utah

Sunburst through rock arches. Bryce National Park, Utah

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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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PROcrastination

Get started writing.

Do you know a better way

than to just ‘get started’?

I don’t.

Sometimes when I wait for

inspiration, it’s like snail

mail.  I used to go out to the

mail box everyday waiting

for some word from my loved

one.  I had to wait.

Inspiration will keep you

on the line like that until

you give up exasperated.

So I try to follow the

rules I tell my students.

Because they’ll also take

forever if you give it to

them.  I say, “no rush.”

Let an idea come, there’s

lots of them all over the place.

Your imaginations are rich

with things to write about.

BUT if after a minute

nothing shows up,

you start writing anyway.

One kid actually took me

up on writing, “I don’t know

what to write about”, after

I told him to write even that!

Pacific Albus (Poplar) tree farm, Boardman Tree Farm, Oregon

Pacific Albus (Poplar) tree farm, Boardman Tree Farm, Oregon

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Make Room

Why do we hold on?  Letting go

makes room.  That’s enough in

itself.  Room to move.  Room

to breathe.

It’s not like you won’t have

anything if you let some of it

go.  We’re obsessed with

having, with possessions,

like we won’t get caught

“without” if we have some

in “reserve”.

It’s hard to develop if we’re

always provided for.

Lean times show us we can

prevail, make it through

what seems like impenetrable

barriers.

It’s not like we haven’t

“practiced” this over and over.

And here we are–still in

one piece!  Amazing!

Life seems to want us

to do our part & it tries

to find ways to give us

what we need to do that.

No one likes a slacker.

Everyone has to pull their weight–

in one way or another.

Look for those gems in others–

They’re there.

 

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Release

I need an outlet

to receive

my seized seed

a tanned and smooth

and firm fountain of

wisdom and warmth.

Clasp hands

unite, filled with

the old faithful

eruption–

a release

not seen in a

long, long while.

Receive.

Engage,

says the captain,

laying in a course…

 

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Mighty Fastball

Everyday

I am thankful

so today is

just

another

one.

Everything

I have

everything

I am

Who I know

Who knows me.

Dr. Seuss

My Dr. in the heavens

My Dr. on earth

Whoever it is

is welcome

to come and

heal me

of all

disease.

Simple

isn’t it?

You invoke

invite in

all the healing

energy out there

& it comes rushing in.

You just have to

receive its mighty

fastball in your mitt.

 

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so it is

The web

supports

our meager

yet substantial weight.

Falling

without a net

can be fatal.

Yet it is there

to save our life.

To let us know

not to give up or in

to weakness that

is not ours.

Humans are given

many chances to

redirect our efforts.

We just must

know that is so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Conversation

Enough?  What do you mean enough?

There’s enough to go around.

Well, I don’t see it yet.

So does that mean it isn’t there

or will be when you need it?

No, I guess not.

Well, then, chill out.  It’s coming.

What you need it on its way–as

if it had to “go” somewhere.

It just appears when the need arises.

You sound so cocky.  So confident.

I am.

You could do with a little faith in

the (as yet) unseen.

You care too much what other people

think.

If you want to believe in ghosts,

believe in ghosts.

Believe your needs are already

taken care of by the great architect

in wherever he/she/it is.

They don’t sit at the drawing

board all day for nothing, you know.

Your anxieties ripple the water

and no one can see anything even

when it appears.

You drive an unrelenting,

hard argument.  No wiggle

room in your thinking.

Yes, that’s the way it should

be.

Crocus and oak leaves. Bush Park, Salem, Oregon

Crocus and oak leaves. Bush Park, Salem, Oregon

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