risk

Wonderways

I walk in no one’s footsteps

yet many have led the way.

I follow the unlikely path

the part below my ribs

dictates.

Upstairs, it seems like a

good idea

but I usually go with

the downstairs choices–

more unknown and

exciting and see what I

see.

At least I went with

what I felt–with no

explanations or rationale.

Just ‘go this way’ and

see what happens.

A great adventure usually.

 

 

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Unlearning

Being true to yourself

may be

a different experience

to many.

I am inspired occasionally

to just put away

rules, habit, many things

that rule my life,

to supposedly make it easier

to run.  And they do.  I don’t

want to learn how to drive a

car or ride a bicycle all over again

each trip out.  I already know.

But when creativity enters

into the equation, all that goes

out the window.  Or most of

it.  How can I differently do it?

hmm.

We all have energy, time challenges

even constrictions.  So within

those, now how can I make it

different and interesting &

fun?

I need to be first to do something

I think, not second.  I need

to stand on my own two feet.

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You Can, Yes?

Why go climb high to the sky?

Because it’s there

and you can.

NOT KNOWN

What you can do

until you do it

trying is not even an option

belief

and mental power,

toughness,

that you can,

will succeed

propel you on.

Mindset

and preparation

aid any trained

athlete, even an ordinary

person

to accomplish

unheard of feats.

Yes?  You’re up for it?

Let’s go.

The mountain is

ready and always

there, waiting.

 

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going forward

Today starts

turtle slow

ends rabbit fast.

The story of my life.

Chapter 2

Without the need of people

to show me the way,

I’m promptly lost,

often.

Chapter 3

If I try to give myself

what I want–

oh! no!

All heaven and earth

and generalized heck

breaks loose.

Chapter 4

Indecision rides low

on my hip like a 6-gun.

I draw it only when I

mean business.

The other hip has

decision.  I draw it

when necessary, too.

Sometimes both

at once.

 

 

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Sensitivity

so feel like an island.

A fortress fortified with

defenses unpenetrable–as if

I was ‘proud’ of my

‘untouchablelness’.

I have always been a

defender as opposed to

an aggressor–

peaceable mostly.  Impatient

and irritable & demanding

even, sometimes.

Yet for all that, I remain

alone–distant at an

extended arm’s length

from almost everyone.

It’s so painful to communicate

on an intimate level–I am

so easily hurt–it’s really not

fair–I can be ‘tough’ but then

I’m not vulnerable and tend

to be ‘bossy’ to exert my

authority or dominance

when I sometimes do so.

I’m glad I’m ‘smart’ but

sad I’m sad & sensitive

sometimes it seems such

a hardship.

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Goosey Loosey

O.K.  Goose.  You and your

friend (another goose–Canadian

geese mate for ‘life’) are hogging

the trail.  Sitting directly in the

path of runners, bikers, walkers–

me!  OK so you had to get up off

your duff  (you have a duff,

don’t you?) and stand

aside while I walked through

–even around–giving you

lots of space wild/tame

as you are/seem to be,

and yet you hissed at

me like you were being

sized up for dinner tonight

(you weren’t).

So, I didn’t appreciate

the unfriendly, even overtly

aggressive treatment

even as I just walked by.

I think you had a feather

up your duff and was just

having a bad goose down

day.

Geese landing with fall colors. Montana

Geese landing with fall colors. Montana

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Misty Ghosts

I’m breaking “invisible” barriers–

I didn’t even know were there.

Like a line of ghosts you walk through,

unafraid because you don’t even

know you are doing it at the time

but you can look back or ahead & see

that that’s what you are, in effect,

doing.

Awareness may block your

progress through imaginings, fear.

But you’re blind to all that, set on

full speed ahead, and need a strong

arm to rein yourself in to stop this

powerful train of energetic movement

forward–going almost without thinking

or much forethought just plunging,

forging ahead to your requisite “goals”.

You listen inside for any “unconscious”

insights of warnings or encouragement

and then test it with your logic side

to see if a decision, an action,

is desirable–even as a “risk”

if it seems chancy or on the line as to

whether you really want to engage

in it from this perspective,

in advance.  The ghosts aren’t scary.

If they’re there, you don’t know it.

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Close up of Osteosperum margarita Spoon.

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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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Dare to Risk

I want to take some risks.

I guess the only way to

do it is to “blunder in”

(I fear) and see what

develops.

I do have some senses

about me.

As much as I can fight

through the fear

and feel the anxiety

is as much as I’ll

go forward toward

my goals.

I feel ‘bad’ about not

trying.

If I asked for help

or just took the

risk I wanted to

take, all my fears,

all my imaginings

would just evaporate.

I know this would

happen, I so blow

things out of proportion.

 

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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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