happiness

Live and Let Live

The Dark Hedges. Rural Beech tree lined road in Ireland.

The Dark Hedges. Rural Beech tree lined road in Ireland.

Photography © Dennis Frates Photography  http://www.fratesphoto.com/

I wish I could flick a

switch and be changed.

I think I have all the

answers–no matter how

many times I change

my mind–I think I’m

always right(eous) and

my answers would be

good for you.  Maybe.

But I don’t leave room

for the “unknown”,

“miracles”, if you will

because they’re so

uncommon or even rare

to non-existent.

Anyone can be the first.

So it’s a learned “defect”

I would even call it–in

relationships, esp.

Learned because my young,

innocent self didn’t think

this way.  It didn’t seek to

convince as much as share.

At least I see it.

I want to be helpful–not a

chain around someone’s

neck.

I need to leave room for

“the other” not being me.

Having a different

road to travel, yet we

can still walk it together.

 

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OK Just as I am

I’m ok just as I am, huh?

That’s a weird, strange concept.

I always figured a little touch

up here & there wouldn’t hurt.

A small improvement in performance.

Increased horsepower or maybe

solar power these days.

I don’t need a make over?  hmm.

Maybe I’m not looking at

the same me others are.

When I talk to them I feel

a bit more ok when nothing’s

changed but our chat.

Can’t puff myself up

set up for deflation

by a pin wielding

Madman or woman?

What a concept.  OK as

I am. Hmm.  That

puts me out of a job!

I’ve been a constant

self-improver

wanting to tap

my deepest potential.

I guess I can still do

that while not feeling

deficient in any way.

Constantly not liking my

paint job, looking for a

good deal to shine my

fenders & polish my brass.

 

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Move

Help me find my own house

away from obnoxious neighbors.

Mostly, any neighbors.  Their dogs,

their smoking, loud, & inconsiderate

behavior.

It’s not that I’m anti-social, I just like

my peace, and not have it disturbed.

There must be a way to have

a situation that fits my lifestyle,

my temperament and that I enjoy.

I don’t know, I may be ready for

a move.  I have a lot here that I

like.  Nowhere’s perfect, or is it,

and a way to be there available,

and ready to accept?

 

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Joy to the World

I was reading an inspiring passage.

When I’m inspired, I cast that

enthusiasm onto whatever

I put my attention onto, inspiring

intrinsically, or not.

So, I got excited, determining to

do what I got so excited about

as soon as I “had time”.

Some voices in my head think

I “should” be doing “hard”, serious

even, work that I don’t

particularly enjoy that much–it’s

o.k., but I’d rather be doing

something else.

So, I’m trying to delete

that programming from

my consciousness so I

don’t have to deal with

an argument every time

I feel like doing something

fun, decadent, frivolous

even, or enjoyable when

“work” “has to be” done.

How are we going to live a

life of joy & contribute that

to the world if we don’t

continuously choose fun,

joyful things to do??

Cuban Lily (Scilla peruviana) The Connie Hansen Garden. Lincoln City, Oregon

Cuban Lily (Scilla peruviana) The Connie Hansen Garden. Lincoln City, Oregon

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Spring

Spring has sprung!

The wind has died, RIP.

The leaves are itching to

gather the rays of

the sun.

The birds are definitely

happier, singing before dawn.

The sky is bluer

or is it just my imagination

and wishing it were so?

I know the animals will

be waking up to a more

active lifestyle, too.

Even the people

who brave the beautiful

weather away from their

devices will contribute

to the happiness of Spring.

The gardens will flourish,

glutting our gullets

with health-giving

nutrients from ole Sol.

Some wild & free

for the taking

will also weigh in.

I can’t wait to get

out.

Chocolate Water Fringe (Nymphoides geminata). Huges Water Gardens. Oregon

Chocolate Water Fringe (Nymphoides geminata). Huges Water Gardens. Oregon

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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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Don’t Runoff–Stay Awhile

Inside or Outside

it doesn’t matter

really.

I’m happy to watch

and listen to the

gentle music of

the rain

or watch its lion’s

mouth roar.

Or if I was out

in it,

we’d get better

acquainted

and I’d bring some

of it back

on my clothes.

I live in a very

thirsty state

so any rain

is better than

clear skies for

years on end.

Everything’s full

again almost

to overflowing!

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A Leaf & A Flower

If I was a leaf

I’d grow a flower.

I like yellow

but any color

would do.

I’d let the world

see my beauty.

Invite the

butterflies in.

Kiss the sun.

I know my

time is limited

to the season,

but I’d make

the most of it,

taking the

lion’s share

of the rain,

wind & sun.

I’d love being

alive!

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A New Day

I would like to awaken

to a NEW tomorrow

not like my usual

ones but (to) something

exciting, fulfilling,

joyful.

I always debate–should

it be easy & effortless

or should I have to

struggle to meet my

bliss?  I’m willing

to roll up my sleeves

a bit, esp. if it’s fun.

I just want the result:

A NEW DAY.

Like trying to see

in the dark without

a flashlight.  It’s hard

for me to

envision blissful

happiness with

ease flowing

all day.

But that’s what

I’m after

even if I

can’t see it

clearly right

now.

My gates are

open.

View of rock formations in Zion National Par, Utah

View of rock formations in Zion National Park, Utah

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I WANT TO

GO TO INFINITY

NO LIMITS

NO BOUNDARIES

NO START

NO END

JUST BE

NO TIME

 NO SPACE

JUST BE

SO PEACEFUL

SO QUIET

ENDLESS BLISS

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