happiness

eating

eating keeps me alive

happiness keeps me wanting to eat

to feel good.

I am good.

Not perfect

but good enough for any

challenge.

I may fall

flat on my

face.

But I’m up for it

until I do.

Flattened out

like Flat Stanley

is a common

occurrence to

people who try.

To all these ends–

I eat.

 

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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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happy

I wish I had security,

inner security–

not being afraid of

losing anything or

wasting any time, for

instance.  My guilt

mechanism would not

be activated.

Just be at peace.

How hard can that

be?  Many people–

maybe most–struggle

with it for a very long

time–maybe even a

lifetime–and some

may die without ever

experiencing that

state of not needing

something else or

seeking, or even pursuing

a better, more favorable

position.

Our dissatisfaction can

ruin an otherwise happy

existence if we would

just let go

of conditions not

being “perfect”–even

if that could be so.

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Cone flower. Portland Zoo butterfly Garden.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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eggshells on the trail

I can only be happy.

I can’t be happy for my friend.

Or enjoy the beautiful day for

him.  He has to do that for him-

self.  His 10 foot thick wall of pride

allows no help to reach him.

A fast rabbit may get in & out

and leave a basket of eggs for

his perusal, but again,

it’s his call whether he cracks one

open to see if it’s still good.

I go a strange way–the only way I

know how–to try to find my

way through the world.

I’m happy I’m doing things

for myself.  It shows.

I’ll keep doing it.

 

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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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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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With or Without

I want it

yet I don’t want it.

I want to let

it go–be happy without it.

Is that possible?

I have to tear all the programming

in my head apart

and put it all back together

again leaving out

having to have something

or else I will forever

and eternity be

as unhappy a

bloke as

the next bloke

walking down the

street.

I would not stand out.

If I was happy, voila

I would be noticed

and have what I want

but then don’t need it

because I’m already

what that thing or

person would give me.

I think my brain is going

in for an overhaul and some

major repair work so

it can live in the

21st century world again.

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Halema‘uma‘u crater on Kilauea volcano glows at evening. Hawaii Island.

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Freedom

The tail.  Is it the tail that wags

the dog?

Some think it is so.

Expression of tail

overrides even the

bark of delight, glee

at a walk, a run

or freedom in any

way from home.

Home is where the heart

is.

Yet freedom yields

powerful exertion

over home if it is

confining.

The whole body

knows freedom

or not.

It’s not hard

to decipher.

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Silhouetted Joshua trees and sunset. Joshua Tree National Park. California

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Fun

3 letters.  If they’re not in your life

put together like that–you

don’t have much going into your fond

memory account.

It’s not the be-all & end-all but its

absence is.

Just doing without enjoying is

racking up a lot of “things” while

you’re not feeling particularly happy

about it all.  Joy is missing–

sometimes we forget or don’t

even know to feel what we’re

doing as enjoyment.  To relax

into that.  It may be there 5%

but it needs to be there 90-100%.

Not of the time–I’m talking about

the quality of experience.  Deeply

felt ones are like wringing the

last bit of water out of a sponge.

Most of us have soggy sponges.

Unused joy that is in the shadows,

the wings, waiting, to color

our experience of life.

Otherwise, it’s a black & white

movie, over at the end & that’s

that.  Not much to write

home about.  Just another

check off the list.  Your bucket

is getting empty, but it often

times doesn’t mean too much.

Fun.  Is it or isn’t it?

 

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