Living Now Being Joy

One day.  I rest.

Enough for a while.

My system needs to


Then, I’m ready again.

Only for what I want.

I’m reminded that chasing

anything is a huge waste of


And extra effort seems like

a job, more than a game–

effortless, fun, enjoyable–

anything less is not life.

Not living, or a living death.

That means patience has to

come into play & faith.

I’ve wondered about that

word, faith.  It’s so foreign

in my life, it seems.  Either

something is or it isn’t.

To hope for it does no good.

It can go at its own inclination.

And then where are you left?

But negativity & resignation

can close opportunities–

so somewhere in the

middle of those two

extremes will manifest

what I want.


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Said hello

and goodbye

and in between

2 hours evaporated

into what seemed

like a few seconds.

Actually, timelessness.

There seemed no time


I was so totally engrossed

& involved in effortless


I found myself eloquently

fluent in my expression

of words and even more

so between the lines.

I tapped into a source

I couldn’t have broke

into before.

Somehow, I found

my way into and out

of my creative genius

without trying.  The

ideas and words just came

to me & no matter

how difficult the concept

initially seemed to

convey, I did it with

ease, rarely reaching

for a word I couldn’t



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Walking Backwards

Walking backwards–the route–

not my body–produces awarenesses

you don’t as readily notice when

you trek your tried and true

favorite path.

They were all there before but

now you see & feel them in a new


You may even test yourself by

trying to follow your

intuitive knowingness of

where & which way to go.

I got so far out that I

wasn’t sure the way back

would be all that enjoyable

if I was tired & pushing

to get home.  Which has

happened before when I get

greedy and go beyond what

my body & inner sense is

telling me.  I just love it

so much.  And some days

I’m feeling really great & that

enjoyment is all the more


But today turned out fine.

And my inner knowingness

assured me it would give

me the energy to get back

with ease.  I love walking.








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I will write without judgement

of myself, of others, of anything.

How strange will that be?  I always

look at things critically, discerning

the finest points in my choices

when I have the time to ponder

them leisurely, usually.  Quick

decisions just get my best shot.

It’s usually a good shot but it’s

made from so much fogginess

of brain functioning that I only

have to hope I’ve sized things

up correctly and went forward

with my decision, trusting


This looks like it could end

here, but my page isn’t even

filled and my energy to get

up to type it is flagging 4 ways

from Sunday.

I can just rest in the knowledge

that what I write will be as

“good” as the first part is good.

Oops.  I think I just judged!   But

I’m bottomed out on this page &

it’s time to end.  The end.





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Another day

another week

another (school) year


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


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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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.


Bunble bee feeding on thistle flower. Hall’s Canyon National Recreational Area, Oregon

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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’


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


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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I bathed away my stress

sweated out the mess



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


Coax it all you want

nothing’s going to

move much

until measures are

taken to empty

the toxins in your


You know what they


so do something on

an everyday basis.

Or you’ll sit stewing

in your own wastes (ugh!)

making you feel not so


A little effort & the

outlook is cheerier.

You’re not so desperate

to escape your skin.

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