flow

Endings

Another day

another week

another (school) year

finished.

I wonder how I find

the energy to do what

I do each day.

It’s a lot.

I get inspired from

project to project

not really following

a script.

Looking back

I did a lot of

good things for

myself & others

which I hardly take

time to reflect upon

& give myself credit

for.

Pink Lady Hellebore flower in fall grasses. Al's Nursery. Woodburn, Oregon

Pink Lady Hellebore flower in fall grasses. Al’s Nursery. Woodburn, Oregon

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Flow

It’s the flow from one thing

to another without interruption.

One joyful activity after another.

If it’s not fun, why in God’s name

are you doing it?

Get in the flow of good feelings so

you can spend your energy

perpetuating it.

To have to constantly leap out of

the fire back into the pot is

harassing and demeaning.

You’re better than that.

You deserve better than that.

Going where you don’t want

may be a flow of sorts

but mainly you’ve got a

good head of steam, taking

you nowhere, fast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Be Where You Are

We went, my self and whoever

walks with me into the forest

of ideas and thought.

It would almost be better to leave

them at home

and just be where I was with

my body as well as my mind.

My senses have plenty to do.

My mind could very well

take a well-earned vacation.

Things pop up when they’re

ready to be solved, acted

upon.  No real need for a

formal battle plan.

You miss the whole walk

when your mind is ELSEWHERE,

usually at spots you may

not even desire to be and

which are forever in motion

until you arrive at the time

and place of your rendezvous.

So, a plan is old after the

moment of its conception.

Better to be open to changed

conditions and ready to

improvise effective solutions

based on your wits, not

your preparation.

A little prep, but then

let’s see what’s there

once you arrive.

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Play

I got paid to play!

I feel like a NFL star.

With kids 3-5 years old

the only thing important

to them is to eat and play.

Indoors and out.

They delight in their new

abilities–to catch the

ball–to throw the ball.

To be stubborn or to not

fight it at all & go with

the flow–they are good

at doing that, mostly.

So creative.

There’s no ‘right’ way

because every way

is a new way for them,

so they can decide

how they want to

do it.

They’re not ‘serious’

yet.

You couldn’t pay

them not to play!

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Rest or Work?

OK I’m starting writing

even if I don’t have a

clear vision of what I

am going to write.

Tried really hard (maybe

that’s a clue [trying hard usually

gets you nowhere]) to work

today but it wasn’t in the

cards for me.

I’m still rather fatigued

from earlier in the week.

If I have too many

things on the burner

I’m overwhelmed just

thinking about them much

less doing them–which

usually ends up only one

at a time but the

whole backlog just

seems so overwhelming.

Nevertheless, I didn’t work

today.

I finally had some time

to cook myself some

decent food and sit down

& eat it.

If I don’t prepare my meals

for the weekend by taking

a day off for that, then

the weekend becomes a working

day or two for me and

no rest is received.

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Detox

I bathed away my stress

sweated out the mess

stuck

inside.

I didn’t move too much

just turned up the heat

and soaked.

Just like in your house

your body has to

take out the garbage

too.

Coax it all you want

nothing’s going to

move much

until measures are

taken to empty

the toxins in your

cells.

You know what they

are

so do something on

an everyday basis.

Or you’ll sit stewing

in your own wastes (ugh!)

making you feel not so

good.

A little effort & the

outlook is cheerier.

You’re not so desperate

to escape your skin.

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feelings

I can be happy

or I can be sad.

Sometimes I have

a choice or the

choice is easier

to make.

If it seems like

I don’t then I

should go ahead

with the feeling

until it leaves

on its own.

Feel it, in other

words.

Ignoring it

or pretending

it’s not there

or I wish it

wasn’t there

are all steps

to denial of the

process of letting

it go.

Happiness can

stay as long

as it wants!

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Upstream

Fear the future?

Why?

So many of us

do.

Who knows what

tomorrow

will bring?

If our thoughts

create

our reality–

well, all those

fears

are going to get

in the way

of the good stuff.

What’s “good” for us

comes

always

although we may

not view it as

such

until it ripens

and is ready

to be picked.

Put yourself

in the flow

and just wait

for the upstream

goodies to

come to you.

Red Rock Canyon. Waterton National Park, Canada.

Red Rock Canyon. Waterton National Park, Canada.

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Good Day, Friday

My day was uneventful

if that’s the way I

choose to look at it.

On the other hand, it was

filled with the best of

experiences I could have

hoped for.

So, without judgment

would be best, but positive

judgement can come in

second.

The wind seemed to be

at my back all day.

At review, I would have

had more clever, insight-

ful responses but I

did what I did & it

wasn’t bad consider-

ing…

I like playing in the game.

Sitting on the bench

gets very tiring.

 

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Tapping the Source

The source is not bankrupt!

The source doesn’t just dole out

so many leaves per tree.

It tries not to overwhelm

bringing too much too fast.

But it has a rhythm and a

timing.  Sometimes it seems

like it’s long overdue.  Well,

maybe it is.  Or maybe it’s for a

reason.  A bigger purpose.  To

cast a larger net.  To build

strength, to persist, to create,

to innovate anew.

Yes, the source is perfect.

Man is messing with her.

Let her do her thing.  There’s

something afoot that is

nurturing like a mother.

We fall under her charge

& can ride her wave

of cycles & rhythms.

Slowing to hear how

is part of it.  Then

courage to follow

what you hear.

Go to the source.  It’s

never empty-handed.

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