fear

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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Under the Cloak

Faceless

I know not

who I am.

If I were to tell you

–ha!  I’d be found out

for all I’m hiding

for fear of conflict

arising because I

speak my mind, when

I do, and if you’re in

the way you get

the blast.

I try to hold my temper

my criticism, my impatience

my frustration

but sometimes inadvertently

I build up so much pressure

& steam, some leaks out.

Political leaks never saw such

revelation.

Sometimes I have to apologize

for the uncivil or even mean

behavior even though it

wasn’t consciously meant.

So I am cloaked way more

than I want to be.

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Bullfrog in pond surrounded by Water Clover (Marsilea quadrifolia). Oregon Gardens. Oregon

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Climb the Mountain

I will climb the mountain

higher in my imagination

than in reality

nevertheless I will go

upward, onward unafraid

even though I fear…

the unknown

the uncontrollable

the stronger forces

Darker than I’m used to

yet I know I must persist

there is no other way to get

back down, shamelessly.

 

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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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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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Dare to Risk

I want to take some risks.

I guess the only way to

do it is to “blunder in”

(I fear) and see what

develops.

I do have some senses

about me.

As much as I can fight

through the fear

and feel the anxiety

is as much as I’ll

go forward toward

my goals.

I feel ‘bad’ about not

trying.

If I asked for help

or just took the

risk I wanted to

take, all my fears,

all my imaginings

would just evaporate.

I know this would

happen, I so blow

things out of proportion.

 

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The Hare and the Turtle

“No, you can’t go, you need to rest.

You’ll over do it.  Already it’s a painful

adjustment to increase your exercise

to an aerobic 45 min. session everyday.”

Yes, it isn’t easy to start when you’re

not used to something.  But I took

it one day at a time to see how

far I could go without injury,

crashing, etc.

So far, so good.  My tendency to

“push” and criticize to look for

“perfection” had to be let go.

Slow worked better than I thought.

Lighter weights were a good workout,

anyway.  I can always move up.

I tend to injure going too fast

or pushing too hard.

So, all the voices in my head

are being stood up to for the

vaporous, substance-less, negative

imaginings they are.

I feel better about myself running.

Going slowly until my

conditioning improves makes it

possible.  Thank God!

 

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Sunny Days

Sometimes the sun

is not ashamed to show

her face.

Mother Jones and Mother

Earth appreciate that.

As well as the little humans

who crawl on her face

like ants.

Sometimes she hides.

Not afraid to show

her face but hangs

out in privacy

anyway.

The ants get along.

The humans

survive.

And the sun keeps

shining,

nevertheless.

 

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Dueling

Fear has two swords

to my every one.

No wonder! I never

win the battle

with it.

Not right away

anyway–how

I would like it-

it takes a while

and things I

try only deflect

its blow when

it has a hold of

me.  It seems

I have to do the

best I can

and keep going

through all

of it to have

it leave on

its own or

almost &

disappear.

some days

I don’t have to

fight this

battle, at all.

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