learning

Experiment

I’m so willing to try

what works.

Openness of mind requires

courage, although it may

not seem so.

Everyone is genetically different

even though you may find

yourself in a particular “group”.

So, what works for one

does not necessarily work for

all, even though we are all

humans.

So being open to experiment

–yourself being the “lab rat”,

requires letting go of

OK, for wow!

Anyway, on-going conditions

let the chips fall as

they change where they may.

So, one day at a time,

though trite,

may be the sanest and

best way to get through

a tailored existence–

fitting you to a T

at least temporarily.

Sailboat off St. John, Virgin Islands and sunset.

Sailboat off St. John, Virgin Islands and sunset.

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Perfection

Mistakes for the perfectionist:

if you get it right the first time,

how are you supposed to learn

anything?

Being a perfectionist is a dead-end

position–even if you somehow think

you attain it.  Or worse yet, think you

can.  Somehow a bullseye is a bullseye.

Yet…there’s always room for improvement.

Therefore, perfection is a nebulous concept

if not wholly 100% attainable the way

you’re defining it–no problems, no

course corrections–just shoot the arrow

and voila, hit the center–dead center

of the target, and as in Robin Hood,

you have to split my arrow to come

any closer–only in the movies!

 

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Words

Words are human

communicators.

They let whoever

hears or reads them

know what

is or was in the

originator’s mind.

Otherwise, it’s just

a dark cave

no one goes into

and nothing

comes out of.

Intelligible sounds,

markings–we call

them words.

It all starts with

the alphabet

and goes out

to create a

whole new

‘reality’ for

whoever

they reach.

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Reprieve

I thought I’d lost it all–

I was in a panic.

Frustrated by overwhelming

circumstances

penetrated my defenses

left me feeling helpless

completely blocked and stopped

from seeing clearly

the way out

of what to do–if anything

to move forward

out of my predicament.

I trusted I knew what

I was doing

I was willing to accept

this level of risk

knowing/feeling that

I could handle it.

Then I doubted–

myself–and just about

everything–as if the

lights were suddenly shut off

and I was left

groping in the dark.

Thank God I found

a light.

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Sincere Speed

Maybe I shouldn’t be so sincere,

so nose to the grindstone

rule follower so I don’t

get into a lot of trouble

I have neither the energy

nor inclination to deal

with if the train derails.

Yet, anything I’ve ever

learned or found to be of

value involved stepping

over the line of the rules

and scaring myself

half to death

by walking into

unknown territory

left to fend for myself

sans rules, guidelines–

and sometimes my

common sense!

I’m torn between being

an adventurer (which I am)

and staying ‘safe’

pandering to my

invalid fears I so

conveniently ‘manifest’

out of thin air.

You’d think I’d do

that with things I wanted!

Mixture of Gerbera flowers at a farmers market in Los Angeles, California

Mixture of Gerbera flowers at a farmers market in Los Angeles, California

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PROcrastination

Get started writing.

Do you know a better way

than to just ‘get started’?

I don’t.

Sometimes when I wait for

inspiration, it’s like snail

mail.  I used to go out to the

mail box everyday waiting

for some word from my loved

one.  I had to wait.

Inspiration will keep you

on the line like that until

you give up exasperated.

So I try to follow the

rules I tell my students.

Because they’ll also take

forever if you give it to

them.  I say, “no rush.”

Let an idea come, there’s

lots of them all over the place.

Your imaginations are rich

with things to write about.

BUT if after a minute

nothing shows up,

you start writing anyway.

One kid actually took me

up on writing, “I don’t know

what to write about”, after

I told him to write even that!

Pacific Albus (Poplar) tree farm, Boardman Tree Farm, Oregon

Pacific Albus (Poplar) tree farm, Boardman Tree Farm, Oregon

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Practice Makes Perfect

I wrote, “It’s ok

for my life to be easy.”

I stuck it to my wall.

When I look at it, I wonder

why I have to be reminded

so often of something I

already know to integrate

and use it in my daily life?

I guess I’m human

like everybody else

(except for the few

masquerading aliens!)

but why do I take so

long to learn a simple

lesson?

Is it that hard to learn

to be easy?

God only knows.

But I hear you can

get better, you can

rewire or make over

your brain to

do things you could

not have even thought

would be possible to lead

your body through.

And mental & emotional

things, too.

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I “learned” in 12 steps.

Another reminder!

 

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Me Again

If I wake up to a new “me”

who will I be?

An overnight

sensation!

I may tap dance

my way right out of,

or conversely into,

your life.

All my fears are gone

now, you see.

I’m changed.

I’m starting to really

like myself.

It’s a strange feeling

actually, when I feel

that self-acceptance

and even adoration.

The “old me” wants to

step in and find fault–

the smallest pebble

out-of-place–

to discredit my love.

I give it the boot

right away.

I see what it’s doing.

I am aware of its

nefarious ways

and even having

habit on its side,

I still kick it out.

My clothes still fit

but something inside

I’ve outgrown and

need to go out & buy

myself a new suit.

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ME

If I was j.u.s.t myself,

I would probably go off

the DEEP end, bounce in from

right field

to a grounder hit poorly, that

should have been an “out”.

Who knows what virus my brain

may release on the literary world?

Taking it by storm no

vaccine or antibiotic would touch,

it mutates and changes defenses

so quickly.

Me, myself & I, we stay in a

hole deep inside

lest the slings and arrows

of OUTRAGEOUS fortune

pay an untimely visit–

every visit from them is

untimely.

So, wounded, I limp back

home, licking my wounds

in self-pity waiting for this

wave of compassionate

self-demise to end.

Who am I, anyway?  EVEN

I do not want to really

know, for fear it would be

unacceptable, even to ME.

Eroded rock formations in Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

Eroded rock formations in Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

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Flowing

The endless end of the day:

don’t want to give it up–

to sleep.

Too much fun, joy

riding the wave of

weekend energy

seeming to be pulled

forward into activity

ending up where I

want to be over & over

again all day.

My job involves making

decisions that may

involve disappointing

people and in the end

being unfair.  My

knowledge is so limited,

in each situation, I’m

bound to err.

I challenge myself

to be better everyday

but really so stern

a view of my output

is self-destructive

continuously applied.

Relax.  Ease up.

Let the day unfold,

play out as it

is “supposed'” to.

Don’t fight it,

it will go by itself.

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