growth

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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Close up of red rose (Ingrid Bergman Hybrid) after rain shower. Portland Rose Test Garden. Portland, Oregon

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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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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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Best I Can

I quit pursuing and

it came to me.

Since I am ordering

“I Dare You”, I am letting

the normally scarier risks

be cast to the wind.

So upsides and down,

with each choice,

we do the best we

can, or else we’d

do better, right?

 

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faith is not negotiable

Today I ran headlong

into a buzz saw.

Disregarding my safety,

I went anyway,

thinking there was no

harm.

Well, life is life and I

went forward putting

my best foot there

and seeing where

it took me.

You can either live

and enjoy or suffer

the consequences,

or stay in bed

and do the same.

So many sources

of support when

I needed–and I

did need–them

came to mind.

 

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Beyond the Stars

I wonder at the sky

why so much is up there

unknown

and so much less is down

here where we are, on Earth?

I want to know what there

is to know of interest to me.

My mind thirsts for knowledge,

understanding, new discoveries.

Some day we will leave the

Earth for distances we can

barely comprehend right now.

Permanently, maybe, or we may

come back for a nostalgic visit,

but moving on we must.  To

grow, evolve and become–

become what?  more human?

more machine?

Where are we headed, anyway?

 

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A New Path

You find a new path

you keep following it

until it leads you

out of the woods.

Side excursions are

adventurous risks

you take off the beaten

path.  Experiments

with promise worth

the veer–or not.

Errors take a toll

but ruts take a

bigger one disguised

as ease and pretended

progress.

Be honest.  Let go of

unworthy ventures.

Ride the dips but

when the peaks are

lost, it may be

time to find yet

a new path.

Keep open to

exploring.

No one learned

anything without it.

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Sun through snow covered tree at Anthony Lakes in winter

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Moving On

Kids move on easily.

They outgrow

their lessons, clothes

games quickly, visibly.

You don’t know who

they are if you spend

much time away from them.

Adults can be rut-dwellers.

Nature or no one else to

move them along

leaves them left

to their own ways.

They become near-

sighted, far-sighted

and the whole of life

takes on a blur

not of movement

but of stagnation.

Stuckness can devastate,

destroy ambitions buried

deep in youth.

To be a kid again you

have to grow from the inside.

The innocence and curiosity

are all there ready like the dragon

to be awakened.

Close up of Osteosperum margarita Pink Flare.

Close up of Osteosperum margarita Pink Flare.

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Going Ahead

Alive.  And kicking

and screaming…

any way to get there,

just go.

The road is untraveled

mostly, because, as

they say, that’s how

you know it’s yours.

No rush.  Except there

is a rush

but you can

disregard

that message

stuck in your mind’s

memory

that is undeletable

yet don’t give it

any attention–

it will go away.

Try not to kick

too much

though,

& for the neighbor’s

sake

hold down the

screaming.

Red Poppy in field of daisies. The Palouse, Washington

Red Poppy in field of daisies. The Palouse, Washington

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Rain, Rain

The rain knocks quietly on my

roof

let me in

it pleads.

I scoff.

You’re all wet!

You’ll inundate my valuable

being.

Cleaner I may be

but all wet like you.

Nature craves your wetness

doesn’t complain a whit

except you wear out your

welcome by staying

too long.

Otherwise you’re a welcome,

refreshing visit

unlike the drying winds

which produce little growth

save the spreading of some seeds,

and the lightning and thunder

scary & destructive

when they comes too close.

Rain just falls

by itself it is harmless

in excess or driven by

other forces it can

overwhelm the delicate flora

and fauna below.

Lightening strikes over farmland. Near Alpine, Oregon

Lightening strikes over farmland. Near Alpine, Oregon

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